Don’t know about you, but I have a deep concern for the situation today in the Middle East (as it relates to Israel and her Arab neighbors, and others). The situation there at the present time is a “powder keg” waiting to explode!
Today, I was challenged as I read these words from Psalm 122 as a part of my Bible reading during “coffee with the Lord…
“I was glad when they said to me, ‘Let us go to the house of the Lord!’ … to give thanks to the name of the Lord… Pray for the peace of Jerusalem! May they be secure who love you! Peace within your walls and security within your towers! … For the sake of the house of the Lord our God, I will seek your good.” (from Psalm 122)
Gotta tell you, I grieve that a Moslem holy site, the Dome of the Rock, is situated on the traditional site of the Jewish temple! I look forward to the day when Ezekiel’s prophecy of a restored eschatological temple will be fulfilled! (Ezekiel 39:25 – 48:35) I am praying for “the peace of Jerusalem!” I am praying that Jewish people will turn to Christ as their Messiah! I am praying for Scripture to be fulfilled in the coming of the Lord!
In the meantime, I rejoice that there is a real “temple” in Jerusalem (and elsewhere in the world) of the kind that is spoken of in Ephesians 2:11-22 and 1 Peter 2:4-10 where the Living God makes His presence known among both believing Jews and Gentiles who embrace Jesus Christ as their Messiah…
“So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God, built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus himself being the cornerstone, in whom the whole structure, being joined together, GROWS INTO A HOLY TEMPLE IN THE LORD.” (Ephesians 2:19–21 ESV)
“As you come to him, a living stone rejected by men but in the sight of God chosen and precious, YOU YOURSELVES LIKE LIVING STONES ARE BEING BUILT UP AS A SPIRITUAL HOUSE, TO BE A HOLY PRIESTHOOD, TO OFFER SPIRITUAL SACRIFICES ACCEPTABLE TO GOD THROUGH JESUS CHRIST… You are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light. Once you were not a people, but now you are God’s people; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.” (from 1 Peter 2:4-10 ESV)