We see historically Jerusalem as the place where the Israeliteâ€™sÂ gathered to celebrate the feasts and perform the sacrifices. Jerusalem means city of peace, or city of Shalom. Strongâ€™s concordanceÂ connectsÂ â€shalomâ€ with who we know as KingÂ Solomon. Solomon means peace. JeruShalom was the city of Solomon. Solomon was the physical representation of the son of David.
We know Christ is the real object of the â€œson of Davidâ€ prophesy because all the gospels refer to Christ as the â€œson of Davidâ€. Solomon was an earthly fulfillment but he was not eternal soÂ Solomon could not have been what God was referring to with the promise of â€œyour son will build me a house for my nameâ€, 2 Sam 7.13+16. And this house was the center of the city. It was this city, Jerusalem, that all believers would come at the appointed timesÂ to celebrate the feastâ€™s with the sacrifices and rest on the Sabbath. This is what Yahweh meant in Due 12 The Israeliteâ€™s having come out of Egypt were told by God to seek the place of the 12 tribes whereÂ Yahweh puts His name. It was in this place that the sacrifices would be performed, where they would rejoiceÂ and where His rest for them would be.
Joshua means â€œsaviorâ€ and he brings into the land as promised, meaning the place where the promises are fulfilled. Now after the land was split up between the tribes they went back to war. In other words coming into that land was not the literal fulfillment of the promise or they would have no wars. They would be at rest. But the Holy Spirit was indicating to them that the promise was not literal. see Hebrews 4.8Â .
With this in mind we look at Solomon in the same light. The promise is not literal. If Solomon was the literal fulfillment he would still be alive and reigning in Jerusalem. The people got that and spoke of Christ â€œBlessed is He who comes in the name of the Lordâ€.Â A question then arises. Does Yahweh put His name on a land or a people or a person?
The old covenant picture was the city. All the sacrifices and the feastâ€™s were in the city. The city was in the land. And from Heb 1.1 god spoke at appointed times in various ways in times past to the fathers, has in these last days spoken to us by His Son. Meaning God communicated to them through these various ways but now the Son supersedes and explains. As Christ said â€œI will no longer speak to you in parables but I will tell you plainly about the Father. What the land, the city, the sacrifices and the feastâ€™s had taught about God are now taught by the son.
When Moses first saw the Lord he was told â€œTake your sandals off for where you stand is holy groundâ€. Then he was instructed to make the things he saw on that mountain that was holy ground. This is where the blueprints and the calendar was obtained for the old covenant. The whole purpose of the old covenant was to bringÂ a certainÂ people with a certain language to the place to worshipÂ God, in a certain land at a certain city on certain days with certain activities.
With Christ, John the Baptist said â€œit is He who comes after me who was before me whoâ€™s sandal strap I am not worthy to unloose. Instead of taking off sandals like Moses because the ground was holy it was the man that was holy, donâ€™t touch his sandals. This marked the start of the new covenant. The promises of God were no longer at a certain place on a certain day but a certain person. This is the true place where God put His name, is not a land or a city like the old covenant, but a man, the Son.
Paul says that all the promises of God in Christ are yes and amen. That â€˜in Christâ€ the promises dwell. All eyes were on the land and the city, are now should beÂ on the Son. We can see that the Holy Spirit indicated that the land was not of this age, that the Son was not of this age. Does it seem strange that the land is not of this age? That the Son is not of this age? It is not the land that is Holy but the true son with Holy sandals He is Holy, and those who are â€œIn Christâ€ are in the true land where the promises have their reality.
If Â the â€œholy landâ€ has been replaced by the son who is Holy and those who were pictured â€œin the landâ€ were just learning to live â€œin Christâ€, meaning the same thing. The same way those who honoredÂ King Solomon were learning to honor Christ as King
Earthly Jerusalem or JeruShalom was given a king Â Sholom/Solomon. The city wears his name. We bear the name of Christ. We are ofÂ his city, we are a royal generation, a holy people. Why? Not because we are in a holy land, for that is an oxymoron but we by faithare in true Holiness in the Son who has the Name, who sanctified all His by His blood. He sanctified a people not a place.
So whoÂ are the citizens? John 1.13 those born notÂ man or flesh but of God.Â Who then is the Jew? Rom 2.28 the jew is not the outward appearance but the inward circumcision of the heart. Where then is Israel? Gal 6.15-16 in Christ the only thing that matters is the new creation, as many as walk by this rule, Sholom be upon them, the true Israel of God.
It has never been about land and lavished buildings and extravagant festivities. These were all tutors to bring us to faith. To understand their eternal counterpart.