The Jerusalem Connection….
Think on this: “Yahweh says ‘In those days and at that time, when I restore the fortunes of Judah and Jerusalem, I will gather all nations and bring them down to the Valley of Jehoshaphat. There I will put them on trial for what they did to my inheritance, my people Israel, because they scattered my people among the nations and divided up my land.'” (Joel 3:1-2)
Pray like this: Father, grant that your people will never fall for the lie that there should be a two-state solution, made up of Judea and Samaria and east Jerusalem for the Palestinians and what’s left for Israel. In Jesus’ name, AMEN!
Quote of the Week
“Because of the Jew named Jesus Christ, and because salvation comes from the Jews, a Christian concerned for Jews will affirm and support this state. By God the Father, through Jesus Christ, and when only the slightest trace of the Holy Spirit moves them, Christians are called and enabled to say ‘Yes’ to it, and despite all its problems, to defend it against its ideological and political enemies. This state is a touchstone for anyone who is convinced that God’s people does and will exist in a tangible form, rather than in the shape of programmes, ideas, or dreams only.” Markus Barth, People of God.
*Of course Markus Barth (Oct. 6, 1915 – July 1994) was one of the son’s of Dutch theologian Karl Barth. But generally he is much more “Biblicist” and conservative than his father. From 1940 to 1953 he was a Lutheran pastor in Bubendorf near Basel. In 1947 he received a doctorate in New Testament from the University of Göttingen. Between 1953 and 1972 he held professorships in New Testament at theological schools in Dubuque (Iowa), Chicago, and Pittsburgh. From 1973 to 1985 he was professor of New Testament in Basel.
His three areas of interest were the sacramental understanding of Baptism and Lord’s Supper, the theology of the Pauline Epistles and Jewish-Christian dialogue.