Inside Israel – Jerusalem Day

Hi and welcome to a look inside Israel as J of Jerusalem shares her experiences and helps us see behind what we may hear on the news.  God bless you and yours today, as you pray. Now, here’s J . . .

Yom Yerushaylem – Jerusalem Day!   
On the 6th-7the  of June 1967,(the 27-28th of month of Iyar on the Hebrew calendar, which is why it is celebrated today) Jerusalem was returned to the Jewish people, united, for the first time in 2,000 years, since God exiled us as a people, fulfilling His Word by sifting us throughout every nation of the world…the result of our stiff necked disobedience. 
“When the Lord brought back the captivity of Zion, we were like those who dream.  Then our mouth was filled with laughter and our tongue with singing.  Then they said among the nations, ‘The Lord has done great things for them.’ The Lord has done great things for us, whereof we are glad”. Psalm 126:1-3. 
This is proclaimed, along with all of the Psalms of Ascent (Ps.. 120-134) during the trek to Jerusalem, as groups from all over this land of miracles ‘come up’ to Jerusalem to celebrate by walking and praying through the old city, remembering the wonder, by gathering at the western wall, by participating in some of the many ceremonies, memorial services, learning sessions, walking tours, or simply to visit the many museums for free (as they are this day as a gift).  Soon crowds will begin to gather in the center of town to march (we are never sure of the route until the last moment)…many have been gathered though out the old city and at the western wall since last night, to pray and give thanks. It is truly a wonder…the scripture alive, being written STILL…before our eyes and in our lifetime. 
A people scattered for 2,000 years, holding on, none the less, to ancient promises given to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, repeated to Moses, David, Solomon, the prophets, over and over recorded in the scriptures and committed to  memory, passing them on – generation to generation… Jews prayed (and still do) 3 times daily, facing Jerusalem (as Daniel did) – the Passover service has ended (and still ends by those living outside of the land) “This year we celebrate in the diaspora, but next year in Jerusalem.” Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the longing continued through  two millennia
“How shall we sing The Lord’s song in a foreign land?  If I forget thee, o Jerusalem, let my right hand forget her cunning!  If I do not remember you let my tongue cling to the roof of my mouth, if I do not exalt Jerusalem above my chief joy.” Psalm 137:4-6   is recited at many Jewish weddings (definitely here and) worldwide.   
When the Israeli paratroopers reached the western wall and the shofar was sounded on that historic day in 1967, at the culmination of the 6 day war, the chief Rabbi Shlomo Goren proclaimed Jerusalem day a minor religious holiday (minor because it is not prescribed in scripture).  It remains that today.  There is a small, one page web site that so well shares what he said …the prayer of rededication of the city to God and our commitment to keep her from being divided again.  It also has that historic photo of the soldiers seeing the wall for the first time.  It is well worth reading the prayer and taking a moment to look at it.  (if you can’t access it, please write and I will copy it for you) 
Last night, at our fellowship meeting, we took time to pray in small groups for Jerusalem.  Before we went to prayer, our pastor, who is a native born Israeli (a sabra’), shared with us his memories of that day 45 years ago.  I have heard it first hand (and shared with you over the years) from a number of people who played dramatic roles, but this is the first time from the mouth of a believer.  He had fought during the war on the Egyptian front, and his father, an Israeli General at the time, had participated in the retaking of Jerusalem.  He (our pastor) said that the very air was permeated by change of nature; it was as if the air itself changed and cleared and everyone was as one in a dream…the joy, unspeakable.  Everyone KNEW that EVERYTHING had changed…that the moment was pivotal.
It is THIS Jerusalem that I write to you from today…It is THIS Jerusalem that I speak of…and will pray until her name becomes a PRAISE UNTO GOD, and unto all the earth. 
There is a ‘popular song’ sung that I particularly love as it is from Psalm 147:12, 13 and 2  Although it will be foreign to your ears, perhaps you would like to listen with me?  I have included 3 renditions…2 with beautiful video of Jerusalem, and two are sung by believers from here whom many of you might know (Barry and Batya Segal – but without footage) and Carol Cantrell.  The third is also most special. 
May you…and we all…catch a glimpse of HIS understanding and purposes for both the fulfillment of HIS Words concerning the earthly Jerusalem as well as the heavenly!  May we who are here accomplish His purposes for today and be a sweet smelling savior from the tabernacle of His body (as the body IS His temple!)  Thank you so much for your prayers!  Lovingly, your sis in Jerusalem
(first, here are the wordsJ
Shabechi Yerushalaim et adonai
Haleli elohaich tzion
Shabechi Yerushalaim et adonai
Haleli elohaich tzionKi chizak berichei shearayich
Ki chizak berichei shearayich

Berach banayich bekirbech
Berach banayich bekirbech
Berach banayich bekirbech

Haleli haleli elohayich tzion
Haleli haleli elohayich tzion

Jerusalem praise God
Tzion praise God
Jerusalem praise God
Tzion praise GodFor He made your gates locks strong
For He made your gates locks strong

For blessed the sons that sit in your city
For blessed the sons that sit in your city
For blessed the sons that sit in your city

Praise God Tzion
Praise God Tzion   –   by Barry and Batya Segal
ani b’derek
Published in: on June 3, 2012 at 10:46 pm  Comments (8)  
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  1. Great post.Thanks.

  2. Thank you Larry! God bless you and yours as a new week starts up. I’ve been gone, but trying to catch up!

  3. Thanks for sharing, Bridging Deb

    Much rich history … Reading over and over again.


  4. very good reading Deb! great lesson for us

  5. God bless you, dear Ann full of grace and song . ..who comes and crosses over the bridge in order to love and pray. Thank you!

  6. God bless you, Angel Terry, and thank you for reading and praying! Hope you had a good weekend . . I’ve been away, so haven’t been able to read and keep up with the blogs!

  7. I rejoice with you J.
    There are many who have a spiritual connection with Jerusalem and the restoration of all these things.
    Many are Israelites and don’t know it! Of course being in Yeshua through partaking of the Marriage Cup of the New Covenant is all that matters. We are living in VERY prophetic times.
    Truly it is marvellous!
    The Lord bless and keep you,
    Love from Psalmist Susan in Australia.

  8. Reblogged this on Bride of Messiah and commented:
    Reblogged from my friend Deb’s WordPress site. Every week she passes on messages from a Messianic woman friend / believer in Israel. See suggested videos at the end.

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