Today we read the last chapter of Colossians, two Psalms and one chapter of Isaiah.
August 24: Colossians 4, Psalm 84, Psalm 85, Isaiah 39 (click on the chapter to begin reading).
Colossians 4, Paul gives final instructions, final Greetings and exhortations as he bids them God’s grace.
Psalm 84, of the Sons of Korah. Charles Spurgeon said this Psalm was entitled “to be called The Pearl of Psalms.” He once preached a whole sermon on verse 3: “Yea, the sparrow hath found an house, and the swallow a nest for herself, where she may lay her young, even thine altars, O Lord of hosts, my King, and my God.”
Psalm 85, of the Sons of Korah. A prayer of thankfulness.
Isaiah 39 tells of Hezekiah’s folly, how he shows all the riches of Jerusalem to the envoys from Babylon, and he said “There will be peace for our time”, like Neville Chamberlain did before WWII.
History repeats itself
Yet we are called to pray for the peace of Jerusalem.
The Dome of the Rock was originally a church. Now it is a shrine.
Inside is the stone on Mt Moriah, where Abraham offered up his son Isaac. It is also the spot Islam claims in the story of Isra, when Moses, Jesus, and Muhammad, peace be upon them, joined in prayer. https://lenbilen.com/2012/01/24/moses-jesus-and-muhammad-joined-in-prayer-where/
There is no temple for the Jews, only the wailing wall remains.
Jerusalem also has a Christian quarter with many churches.
For the Muslims is the famous Mosque on the bottom of the Temple Mount.
The farthest place of prostration is claimed by Muslim to be Jerusalem.
No, the Islam system never changes, conquest only.
The burden of Jerusalem, according to the prophet Zechariah: