<Note: this is a continuation of the thought/email mentioned in this post from a few days ago.>
I love Psalm 122. It’s one that I put to music many years ago and I love to sing it still.
It’s clear from Genesis to Revelation that God’s passion is for his bride, the new Jerusalem mentioned in the book of Revelation. Every time I pray for peace among the bride of Christ, I’m praying for the peace of this Jerusalem. Every labor I put into bringing about the peace he desires for his bride, I’m laboring for the peace of this Jerusalem. This kind of activity has been a primary focus of my life for about 35 years.
Jesus made it clear that it’s never been about the physical descendants of Abraham, which are an earthly body of people. The children of Abraham/Isaac/Jacob were all about his plan for bringing salvation to the entire human race, his highest creation, the descendants of Adam and Eve. Jesus was about his bride, which is a spiritual or heavenly body. Placing one section of humans on a pedestal above others is sinful, like idolatry. And I say we should beware the blindness that thinks the current, earthly nation of Israel “can do no wrong.” That group of people is made up of the same “stuff” that every other group on earth are made up of – human beings with a sinful nature that need Jesus.
There is certainly lots of injustice done in the world, by every nation, against every nation, including lots done against Jews. I am not attempting to make any comment on what to do about the conundrum of strife in the Middle East. My point in this conversation is to say that I do not accept that the current, earthly nation of Israel, and the earthly city of Jerusalem, is the same “Israel” and “Jerusalem” spoken of prophetically in scripture, which I believe is focused on the spiritual bride of Christ.
Thus, I do not see David’s prayer in Psalm 122, “may they prosper who love you <Jerusalem>” (NAS) as involving any kind of promise from God that he will prosper those who love the current, earthly nation of Israel. This also means that I am not confident that the forming of the earthly nation of Israel in 1948 was a fulfillment of biblical prophesy or in any way connected to the promises of Christ’s return. I am not aware of any place in scripture where we are encouraged to go about trying to fulfill prophecy, but I see this in some of the thinking of the church, especially with regard to “end times” and the current, earthly nation of Israel. Jesus specifically taught against such thinking in Acts 1 when the disciples wanted to see him restore the nation of Israel even then, and he essentially said, “it’s not for you to know these things” and he focused them on following the lead of the Holy Spirit. In my humble view, this is where we as his church need to keep our focus still.