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Cities of Our Faith-jerusalem

Cities of Our Faith-jerusalem

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They shall call thee, The city of the Lord." — Isaiah Ix. 14.
One spirit, diverse ministries." — 1 Cor. xii. 4-6,

They shall call thee, The city of the Lord." — Isaiah Ix. 14.
One spirit, diverse ministries." — 1 Cor. xii. 4-6,

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CITIES OF OUR FAITH-JERUSALEMBy STEPHEN A. CALDWELL.They shall call thee, The city of the Lord." — Isaiah Ix. 14. One spirit, diverse ministries." — 1 Cor. xii. 4-6, I. JERUSALEM. Of the cities of onr religion we begin with Jerusalem, for there the relioion of Israel comes to its consummation and capital. And it was the religion of Israel which in time became the religion of Christ. The faith of Paul was only the faith of Abraham enlarged, the acorn become an oak. Christianity grew out of Judaism. It was not a rebellion, but an evolution. The earlier was germinal and prophetic of the later. Jesus was a son of David accord-ing to the flesh. His twelve apostles were Jews. His church began in Jerusalem. The New Testament has its roots in the Old. They are two volumes of the same book. Abraham rejoiced to see our Lord's day and was glad. It is a far cry from Abraham to David ; from Ur of tlie Chaldees to Jebus of the Canaanites, across a thousand years. The change from the fortress of the Jebusite to
the Temple of Solomon, from the threshing-floor of Arau-nah to the Jerusalem of the Herods, still more from Jacob's stone in Bethel to the maonificent rituals of Cai-phas, still more the transition from the simple faith of the fathers of the Jewish race to that of Hillel and Gamaliel, from the first seed of Judaism to its perfected fruit, covers a grand era in the history of mankind. It is the growth of a nation as well as a religion, of a national religion, of a theocracy into a monarchy. It was a long time before Israel came to Jerusalem, and its religion found a capital. The progenitor of the He-26 CITIES OF OUB FAITH. brews dwelt in tents, though he looked for a city which hath foundations whose builder and maker is God. His successors were shepherds and nomads without a country. In Egypt they kept their Hebrew separateness, without becoming a nation, without losing themselves in the supe-rior and dominant race. Always in their hearts was the tradition of the old home of their fathers, and the hope of their return to it. And so whatever they absorbed from that ancient civilization they carried away as seed for the
new future in which their nationality was shaping itself. They fled into the wilderness ; they spread over Canaan ; but they were still twelve tribes with separate interests, though with a certain community of religion. Their reli-gion, born in the desert, growing up under sacerdotal influences, had its sanctuaries here and there, and its mov-able home and tabernacle, but only that, and no fixed, cen-tralized seat till with David came monarchy and a metro-politan government, and Jerusalem, the city and temple of its religion for a thousand years to come. Here at last Israel gathered up its scattered life, its six centuries of preparatory history, all its elements of greatness, into a new period of power and splendor, and as well of division and ruin. Here began Jerusalem, small indeed among the great capitals, capital of a small nation, and yet, as Dean Milman says, "the scene of more extraordinary events, more strange and awful vicissitudes, than any city in the universe, not excepting Rome." ^ Here David set his throne, and gave a permanent capital to his country. For seven years and a half David had been king in the ancient city of Hebron,^ too far south for a strong hold upon the whole kingdom. He struck for a new capital, and instead of going to the old towns, like Bethel, or She-chem, or Samaria, he laid siege to the old fastness of Je-bus, on the boundary between Judah and Benjamin, and

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