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Teaching - Jerusalem

Jerusalem - teaching of peace

The center of Jewish life was the temple at Jerusalem. The lamed in 'Temple' heykal היכל means the temple has something to do with teaching. The particular lessons in it's construction and the sacrifices will be covered later. [1] [2] [3]

Jerusalem ירושׁלם‎ is the 'teaching ירו of peace שלם. Jeru ירו means 'God's י revelation ר made clear ו' or 'Jehovah's יו heart of revelation ר'. God has a heart of revelation or 'teaching'. Jerusalem is the center of God's 'dinner theater' [4] or parable used to teach about himself. [5]

Jerusalem is not the subject of revelation, it is the prophetic riddle with the fulfillment in Jesus. If you point at the symbol as the completion, you miss the thing intended by the symbol.

  1. Construction of the tabernacle
  2. Construction of the temple
  3. Christ in the sacrifices
  4. History as 'dinner theater'
  5. De 28:37 And thou shalt become an astonishment, a proverb, and a byword, among all nations whither the LORD shall lead thee.
Salem - reputation of teaching peace

Salem שלם means 'peace'. It's construction is 'reputation שם of teaching ל. Why would we need a teaching of peace?

His name is Elohim; 'God separated from men by ignorance'. The carnal mind; the mind of flesh, is an enemy of God because your instinctive nature usurps God's position of declaring good and evil. By instinct you choose your own way. We even celebrate it in song. [1] Peace with God comes by renewing your mind by teaching. [2]

Jerusalem is the city that God chose to carry his reputation. (1Ki 11:36) His desired reputation is that he reveals himself and teaches for peace. [3]

  1. "I did it my way"- Frank Sinatra,
  2. Ro 12:2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what [is] that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
  3. Mt 5:43 Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy.
Peace through the cross

This is the purpose of the temple in Jerusalem. The sacrifices were a symbols of how peace with God was made possible through the death of the Son of God. [1]

But the death of Christ was no more notable than the death of any animal, or of any person unjustly condemned. It is his resurrection that sets him apart. It is not the death that gives life, but his resurrected life which gives it. Planting a seed does not give fruit. It is the springing to life from the dead seed which produces.

Can you find symbols of the resurrection of Christ in the temple and sacrifice dramas?

  1. Ro 5:10 For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life.
Wo with good news

'Temple' היכל means 'wo הי at the Son of God's כ teaching ל'. It was a woeful place as people repented and confessed their sin; but it was in Jerusalem - the teaching of peace with God.

The temple was inside of Jerusalem. The wo of the cross is surrounded by, and engulfed by the teaching of peace. Yet, we so often hear of the death of Christ, and only of his resurrection at Easter. It is not the 'wo' of the cross which saves us. It is the heart of the 'good news'. There is no good news without it. But there is more to the good news than his death.

Peace with God is the 'good news' or the 'gospel'. Jerusalem is a symbol of the Gospel. What happened at Jerusalem? A Holy God was placed in the hands of sinful men to be offered as the sacrifice for sin and produce peace with God. It was a great and terrible day; the day of the cross, the day of the Lord. And now God dwells with men [1]

  1. Re 21:3 And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God [is] with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, [and be] their God.