Jerusalem is the capital of Israel, but it is not recognized internationally. The land is regarded by Jews, Christians and Muslims as their Holy Land. Israel became a nation again in 1948 after almost 2000 years. The northern kingdom of Israel was conquered by Assyria in 722 BC and the southern kingdom (Judah, capitol Jerusalem) by Babylon in 586 BC. After 70 years of Babylonian exile, they returned to their land in Jerusalem and rebuilt King Solomon’s temple. After Christ and the subsequent fall of Rome in 70 AD, the Jewish temple was destroyed, the nation dispersed and Jews scattered around the world, all fulfilling the prophecy from the book of Daniel. The bringing together of a nation again after […]
The average church sermon is probably only remembered for about twenty minutes after it has ended, or until we get to lunch. But the words of Jesus have been remembered and recited for over 2000 years after he spoke them. Jesus only directly answered three of the 183 questions he was asked, according to gospel accounts. Sometimes he would put the question back on the person and sometimes he stayed silent. Jesus asked more questions than he answered. His own questions were intentional, to make people think or challenge their view. He often asked people what they wanted or what they believed. “Who do you say I am?’’ “Who do you seek?’’ Jesus may not have regularly answered their questions, but […]
Matthew 21:14-17 ~ Children’s praise in the temple The blind and the lame came to Jesus in the temple complex, and He healed them. When the chief priests and the scribes saw the wonders that He did and the children shouting in the temple complex, “Hosanna to the Son of David!” they were indignant and said to Him, “Do You hear what these children are saying?” “Yes,” Jesus told them. “Have you never read: You have prepared praise from the mouths of children and nursing infants?” Then He left them, went out of the city to Bethany, and spent the night there. When Jesus came to Jerusalem, he came to the temple. It was His Father’s house and the place […]
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Sue McCusker is a writer, Bible teacher, and web developer who loves to share the stories of life, hope, and faith she sees around her every day. She has written for Guideposts and Angels on Earth magazines, and teaches the story of God in women's Bible study.