34 O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, which killest the prophets, and stonest them that are sent unto thee; how often would I have gathered thy children together, as a hen doth gather her brood under her wings, and ye would not! Luke 13:34 (KJV)
Who does Jerusalem belong to?
It’s amazing to me, and a sure evidence of the existence of the Holy Spirit, how many saved Gentiles answer that question with, “The Jews.”
unsaved people respond, “it belongs to (fill in the blank)”.
Jerusalem was given to the Jews.
4 There is a river, the streams whereof shall make glad the city of God, the holy place of the tabernacles of the most High. 5 God is in the midst of her; she shall not be moved: God shall help her, and that right early. Psalm 46:4-5 (KJV)
Jerusalem is the City of God.
14 The sons also of them that afflicted thee shall come bending unto thee; and all they that despised thee shall bow themselves down at the soles of thy feet; and they shall call thee, The city of the LORD, The Zion of the Holy One of Israel. Isaiah 60:14 (KJV)
If Jerusalem belongs to God, He can give it to whomever He wants.
5 Since the day that I brought forth my people out of the land of Egypt I chose no city among all the tribes of Israel to build an house in, that my name might be there; neither chose I any man to be a ruler over my people Israel: 6 But I have chosen Jerusalem, that my name might be there; and have chosen David to be over my people Israel. 2 Chronicles 6:5-6 (KJV)
5 But unto the place which the LORD your God shall choose out of all your tribes to put his name there, even unto his habitation shall ye seek, and thither thou shalt come: 6 And thither ye shall bring your burnt offerings, and your sacrifices, and your tithes, and heave offerings of your hand, and your vows, and your freewill offerings, and the firstlings of your herds and of your flocks: Deuteronomy 12:5-6 (KJV)
14 But in the place which the LORD shall choose in one of thy tribes, there thou shalt offer thy burnt offerings, and there thou shalt do all that I command thee. Deuteronomy 12:14 (KJV)
18 And Gad came that day to David, and said unto him, Go up, rear an altar unto the LORD in the threshingfloor of Araunah the Jebusite. 19 And David, according to the saying of Gad, went up as the LORD commanded. 20 And Araunah looked, and saw the king and his servants coming on toward him: and Araunah went out, and bowed himself before the king on his face upon the ground. 21 And Araunah said, Wherefore is my lord the king come to his servant? And David said, To buy the threshingfloor of thee, to build an altar unto the LORD, that the plague may be stayed from the people. 22 And Araunah said unto David, Let my lord the king take and offer up what seemeth good unto him: behold, here be oxen for burnt sacrifice, and threshing instruments and other instruments of the oxen for wood. 23 All these things did Araunah, as a king, give unto the king. And Araunah said unto the king, The LORD thy God accept thee. 24 And the king said unto Araunah, Nay; but I will surely buy it of thee at a price: neither will I offer burnt offerings unto the LORD my God of that which doth cost me nothing. So David bought the threshingfloor and the oxen for fifty shekels of silver. 25 And David built there an altar unto the LORD, and offered burnt offerings and peace offerings. So the LORD was intreated for the land, and the plague was stayed from Israel. 2 Samuel 24:18-25 (KJV)
Jerusalem was appointed as the place determined by God, the holy city of God. There the city is determined to be the place the Bible says is ordained by God for the Jews to worship in.
That’s a bottom line statement – God says, we do.
There should NEVER be a statement by ANY Christian that any peoples besides the Jews have any right to Jerusalem. At the very minimum, you’d be opposing God. You’d be in a state of rebellion.
I’ve seen with my own eyes Christians claiming that Jerusalem should be the capitol for the Palestinian people. At this point, I have three assumptions to make:
- They have never read their Bible
- They have read their Bible perhaps once but forgotten
- They are in a state of rebellion.
I’m not going to even get into the fourth possibility, that they’re deluding themselves about being Christians. Normally that’s the first thing I bring up when the Bible says “Jump” and Christians say “duck”.
Okay, who are the Jews?
The Jews are the descendants of Abraham, a man chosen by God because of his faith.
The Jews are the descendents of Isaac, a man chosen by God because of his faithfulness.
The Jews are the descendants of Jacob, a man chosen by God because of his faith.
The Jews who lived in that part of Israel are the descendants of Judah, a man chosen by God because of his faith and faithfulness.
Part of it bordered on Benjamin, the brother of Judah.
The phrase “chosen by God” echoes again and again.
Our attitudes as Christians at that point should be, “Yes, sir!” Bible says, I do. Bible teaches, I believe.
“But what about the Palestinian people?”
This is going to sound callous but the Palestinian people had capitals. Had homelands. The “Palestinian peoples” are the descendants of armies who were told to choose the territories in Israel they were to conquer. Prior to their invasion of Israel, they gave away homes and possessions. They invaded Israel…
…and were devastated. They fled back to their homelands, to find the borders closed. They slunk back to Israel, and begged for mercy.
They’ve been there ever since, the children, grandchildren and great grandchildren of an invading army.
All the nations say we need to give these people a homeland. History tells us they had several – Egypt, Lebanon, Syria, Kuwait. Jordan.
I can remember people telling me Yassir Arafat, a murderer, simply wanted a home. And then, a place to die. My answer was, Egypt should take him back, then. And then I enlightened people as to the history of the “Palestinians”.
Am I wrong? It’s not whether I’;m wrong or not. I believe God. I believe the Bible. The Bible says, God chose… and I believe it. If God had chosen the worst real estate on earth for the Jews, then I’d be all about that. “Yessir, the bible says Antarctica is for the Jews!” But He chose Israel. He chose Jerusalem. And gave it to the Jews forever.
Our answer should be… “Yessir.”