Ignoring the counsel of committed allies, the United States exits the Iran nuclear Ageeement, opens a new Embassy in Jerusalem, and the Israeli and American governments, American evangelicals and other evangelicals who have been molded by American evangelicalism are hailing a new day, a historic moment.
With Gaza within shouting distance “New days” are cheap and shallow.
Gaza, where Samson spent his last days! Yes: that Gaza, 1 of 5 Philistine strongholds and Gaza of those non-Jews who have citizen rights in Zion.
When the location of an embassy overrides the location of the divine name “new days” are not much at all. Let us assume that something new involves building on what is newly created, but in this timeline nothing has changed in the marketplace: we still hear the groans of the prisoners, and liberty for those who were doomed to die is hard to find. The hoopla in Jerusalem today is Much Ado About the Quagmire of religious intolerance and compassionless politics. It is a celebration of a land claim that has little to do with what Zion has looked like over the (same 3 in the claim) millennia and less with what Zion will look like when the lessees lose their property.
Hear Solomon. About the house that matters.
1 Kings 5:4-6
But now the Lord my God has given me rest on every side. There is neither adversary nor misfortune. And so I intend to build a house for the name of the Lord my God, as the Lord said to David my father, Your son, whom I will set on your throne in your place, shall build the house for my name. Now therefore command that cedars of Lebanon be cut for me. And my servants will join your servants, and I will pay you for your servants such wages as you set, for you know that there is no one among us who knows how to cut timber like the Sidonians.
Hear David. What the name of God in Zion means.
Let this be recorded for a generation to come, so that a people yet to be created may praise the Lord: that he looked down from his holy height; from heaven the Lord looked at the earth, to hear the groans of the prisoners, to set free those who were doomed to die, that they may declare in Zion the name of the Lord, and in Jerusalem his praise,
Messiah owns Jerusalem: no-one else does. If you can imagine a legitimate peace in Jerusalem without upfront representation of all of earth’s families then Babylonian juice may be your favourite drink.
All full of themselves, the powerbrokers tighten their screws in pursuing everything but justice. Bloodshed by an Israeli ruler is disqualifying. Messiah’s Jerusalem admits no Jew/Gentile split, no slander, no clash of beasts (worldruling powers) no space for propaganda, no space for slutty behaviour like the embassy gambit.
What is shocking about the embassy hoopla is that Israel has always been the beneficiary of the greater powers whether that means local governments such as the Midianites and Philistines or whether that means being a province of Rome or Greece or Persia.
So now America legitimizes the Jewish state – created by America’s mother- by moving an embassy and Jerusalem’s capital is being spent on luring a john so they can obstruct justice and freedom for those who are bound and for the bringing down on barriers so that I can have her children from all over the world to celebrate the one true God