2001-03-17 - Messiah: His Final Call to Israel
Messiah: His Final Call to Israel Series, Part 23
Last week, we looked closely at a passage of Scripture from Ezekiel 34. We saw that God himself would become a shepherd and shepherd His people. We also saw how God would use the Apostles to shepherd Israel and how other saved, glorified people may also assist in shepherding the Chosen people. This week we would like to take a closer look at Jerusalem of the future. Let us begin our devotional with a look at these verses from Jeremiah.
Jeremiah 3:16-17 "And it shall come to pass, when ye are multiplied and increased in the land -- in those days," saith Jehovah, "they shall say no more, 'The Ark of the Covenant of Jehovah.' Neither shall it come to mind; neither shall they remember it. Neither shall they miss it; neither shall it be made any more. At that time they shall call Jerusalem the throne of Jehovah; and all the nations shall be gathered unto it, to the name of Jehovah, to Jerusalem: Neither shall they walk any more after the stubbornness of their evil heart."
One of the most important pieces of furniture belonging either to the Tabernacle or to the Temple was the Ark of the Covenant, the top of which was called the Mercy Seat. On it rested the Shekinah glory. On the Mercy Seat, the blood of atonement was sprinkled on the Day of Atonement. Thus the Ark of the Covenant was practically the center and circumference of the thinking of the average Hebrew.
But in the future, when Israel is restored to favor with God, the Ark of the Covenant will not be thought of, neither will it be made any more.
Jeremiah 3:16 "And it shall come to pass, when ye are multiplied and increased in the land, in those days," saith Jehovah, "they shall say no more, 'The Ark of the Covenant of Jehovah.' Neither shall it come to mind; neither shall they remember it. Neither shall they miss it; neither shall it be made any more."
The Jerusalem that has existed for centuries will have passed away. The Jerusalem of the future may be thought of as "Jerusalem the Golden," for it will be built on a gloriously magnificent scale.
Isaiah 54:11-13 O thou afflicted, tossed with tempest, and not comforted -- behold, I will set thy stones in fair colors, and lay thy foundations with sapphires. And I will make thy pinnacles of rubies, and thy gates of carbuncles, and all thy border of precious stones. And all thy children shall be taught of Jehovah; and great shall be the peace of thy children.
The reason for this splendor and glory is stated in the following verse:
Jeremiah 3:17 At that time they shall call Jerusalem the throne of Jehovah; and all the nations shall be gathered unto it, to the name of Jehovah, to Jerusalem. Neither shall they walk any more after the stubbornness of their evil heart.
Why will Jerusalem be called the throne of Jehovah? There can be but one answer. Messiah Jehovah will be there. Isaiah had a clear vision of Messiah Jehovah, as He will reign in Zion.
Isaiah 33:17 Thine eyes shall see the king in His beauty. They shall behold a land that reacheth afar.
Isaiah 33:20-22 Look upon Zion, the city of our solemnities: Thine eyes shall see Jerusalem -- a quiet habitation, a tent that shall not be removed, the stakes whereof shall never be plucked up, neither shall any of the cords thereof be broken. But there Jehovah will be with us in majesty, a place of broad rivers and streams, wherein shall go no galley with oars, neither shall gallant ship pass thereby. For Jehovah is our Judge, Jehovah is our Lawgiver, Jehovah is our King; He will save us.
According to verse 21, "Jehovah will be with us [the Hebrew people] in majesty." Jehovah will be present in Jerusalem as King, according to verse 22. Jehovah, King Messiah, will be the Judge, the Lawgiver and the King. Zephaniah the Prophet likewise portrays the vision of Jehovah, King Messiah, reigning in Jerusalem.
Zephaniah 3:14-17 Sing, O daughter of Zion; shout, O Israel. Be glad and rejoice with all the heart, O daughter of Jerusalem. Jehovah hath taken away thy judgments; He hath cast out thine enemy. The King of Israel, even Jehovah, is in the midst of thee; thou shalt not fear evil any more. In that day it shall be said to Jerusalem, "Fear thou not, O Zion; let not thy hands be slack. Jehovah thy God is in the midst of thee, a Mighty One who will save. He will rejoice over thee with joy; he will rest in his love. He will joy over thee with singing."
The united testimony of Moses and all the prophets is to the effect that, when Israel accepts her rejected Messiah, He will return, lift the curse from the earth, establish His throne in Jerusalem, and reign over all the nations. Our prayers are important. We can clearly see the facts in the texts we have just viewed. Yet there is a gap of time in between them, from here to there. May our prayers go up to the Lord that Israel may find the true light in this gulf of time and may her Risen Lord and Savior guide them safely home. Amen
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