Jesus Christ is - The Wonderful One
To Him be the glory both now and forever.  Amen.

As a watch tells the hour, the Jew tells us of the Day......

A lizard can be caught with the hand, yet it is found in kings' palaces.
Proverbs 30:28


The Jew

Scattered by God's avenging hand,
Afflicted and forlorn,
Sad wanderers from their pleasant land,
Do Judah's children mourn;

And e'en in Christian countries, few
Breathe thoughts of pity for the Jew.

Yet listen, Gentile, do you love
The Bible's precious page?
Then let your hearts with kindness move
To Israel's' heritage:

Who traced those lines of love for you -
Each scared writer was a Jew.

And then as years and ages passed,
And nations rose and fell,
Though clouds and darkness oft were cast
O'er captive Israel,
The oracles of God for you
Were kept in safety by the Jew.

And when the great Redeemer came
For guilty man to bleed,
He did not take an angel's name
No - Born of Abraham's seed
Jesus, who gave His life for you,
The gentle savior was a Jew.

And though His own received Him not
And turned in pride away,
Whence is the Gentile's happier lot?
Are you more just than they?
No: God in pity turned to you - 
Have you no pity for the Jew?

Go, then, and bend your knee to pray
For Israel's ancient race;
Ask the dear Savior every day
To call them by His grace;
Go, for a debt of love is due
From Christian Gentiles to the Jew.

Author unknown

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Jerusalem as a name in the Holy Bible is listed upwards of 800 times.  In other forms, Jerusalem and the Temple Mount are listed many, many more times than this.  An interesting point concerning Jerusalem in scripture is that no matter where someone is traveling from, when their destination is Jerusalem it is always termed "going up to Jerusalem" and if they are leaving for another location from there, they "go down."  This shows an elevated respect for the city which cannot be denied.  Even the psalms reflect this.  Psalms 120-134 are termed Songs of Ascent.  Each psalm reflects a step along the journey to Jerusalem and ultimately the temple for each annual feast.  For your edification and growth, I've listed all the different titles and descriptions given to Jerusalem, including the Temple Mount, and they're source in the Bible.  There are times these same titles are used for other locations; however, I'm not counting them in the total number for each name (unless I err - perish the thought!)   Be advised, many of the descriptions for Jerusalem are negative.  As the people rebelled against their Sovereign Lord, the titles would reflect God's displeasure with them and their sacred dwelling.  However, at the end of each rebuking, God always promised restoration of the Holy City and throughout scripture he reiterates his everlasting covenant with the land and the people Israel.

Adulterous Wife - Ezekiel 16:32 (once)
Afflicted City - Isaiah 54:11 (once)
Afflicted One - Isaiah 51:21 (once)
Altar Hearth - Isaiah 29:2 (once)
Ariel - Isaiah 29:1 (4 times)
Beautiful Holy Mountain - Daniel 11:45 (once)
Beulah (married) - Isaiah 62:4 (once)
Born Despised - Ezekiel 15:5 (once)
Brazen Prostitute - Ezekiel 16:30 (once)
Bride - Isaiah 62:5 (5)
Bride Beautifully Dressed - Revelation 21:2 (once)
Camp of God's People - Revelation 20:9 - (once)
Captive Daughter of Zion - Isaiah 52:2 (once)
Center of the Nations - Ezekiel 5:5 (once)
Chief Among the Mountains - Isaiah 2:2 (twice)
Chosen City (var) - 1 Kings 8:44 (9)
City He Loves - Revelation 20:9 (once)
City No Longer Deserted - Isaiah 62:12 (once)
City of Bloodshed - Ezekiel 22:2 (3)
City of David - 2 Samuel 5:7 (More than 40 times)
City of God - Psalm 46:4 (twice)
City of the Jebusites - Judges 19:11 (once)
City of Judah - 2 Chronicles 25:28 (twice)
City of the Living God - Hebrews 12:22 (once)
City of My God - Revelation 3:12 (once)
City of Oppressors - Zephaniah 3:1 (once)
City of Our Festivals - Isaiah 33:20 (once)
City of Our God - Psalm 48:1 (twice)
City of Revelry - Isaiah 22:2 (3)
City of Righteousness - Isaiah 1:26 (once)
City of the Great King - Psalm 48:2 - (twice)
City of the Lord - Psalm 101:8 (twice)
City of the Lord Almighty - Psalm 48:8(once)
City of Troops - Micah 5:1 (once)
City of Truth - Zechariah 8:3 (once)
City of Tumult and Revelry - Isaiah 22:2 (once)
City that Bears My (God's) Name - Jeremiah 25:29 (once)
City that Brings on Herself Doom - Ezekiel 22:3 (once)
City Under Siege - Isaiah 1:8 - (once)
City With Foundations - Hebrews 11:10 (once)
City Without Walls - Zechariah 2:4 (once)
City Where David Settled - Isaiah 29:1 (once)
Cooking Pot - Ezekiel 11:3 (twice)
Crown of Splendor - Isaiah 62:3 (once)
Cup that sends the surrounding nations reeling - Zechariah 12:2 (once)
Daughter of a Hittite - Ezekiel 16:45 (once)
Daughter of Jerusalem - 2 Kings 19:21 (7)
Daughter of Zion - 2 Kings 19:21 (28)
Delight of Your Eyes - Ezekiel 24:21 (once)
Deserted - Isaiah 62:4 (several as a description, once as a name)
Desolate - Isaiah 62:4 (several as a description, once as a name)
Desolate Sanctuary - Daniel 9:17 (once)
Despised - Lamentations 1:11 (twice)
Distressed - Lamentations 1:20 (once)
the Everlasting Pride - Isaiah 60:15 (once)
Faithful City - Isaiah 1:21 (twice)
Footstool of our God - 1 Chronicles 28:2 (once)
Fortress of Zion - 2 Samuel 5:7 (twice)
Gate of My People - Micah 1:9 (once)
Gate to the Nations - Ezekiel 26:2 (once)
Gomorrah - Isaiah 1:9 (once)
Great Among the Nations - Lamentations 1:1 (once)
Great City - Revelation 11:8 (twice)
Harlot - Isaiah 1:21 (once)
Haunt of Jackals - Jeremiah 9:11 (once)
Heap of Ruins - Isaiah 3:6 (twice)
Heart's Desire - Ezekiel 24:25 (once)
Heavenly Jerusalem - Hebrews 12:22 (once)
Hephzibah (My Delight is in Her) - Isaiah 62:4 (once)
High Mountain of Israel - Ezekiel 20:40 (once)
Hill of Jerusalem - Isaiah 10:32 (once)
Hill of the Lord - Psalm 24:3 (once)
Holy City - Nehemiah 11:1 (9)
Holy Hill - Psalm 2:6 (9)
Holy Mountain - Psalm 43:3 (13)
Holy Mountain in Jerusalem - Isaiah
27:13 (twice)
Holy Place - Psalm 24:3 (7)
Holy Place Where the Most High Dwells - Psalm 46:4 - (once)
Holy Temple - Psalm 5:7 (9)
Holy to the Lord - Jeremiah 31:40 (once)House of the God of Jacob - Isaiah 2:3 (twice)
House of the Lord - Psalm 27:4 (many times)
House of the Lord our God - 1 Chronicles 22:11 (3)
Hut in a Field of Melons - Isaiah 1:8 (once)
Infamous City, Full of Turmoil - Ezekiel 22:5 (once)
Immovable Rock - Zechariah 12:3 (once)
Jebus - Judges 19:10 (3)
Jebusite City - Joshua 15:8 (3)
Jerusalem - Joshua 10:1 (765 times)
Joy and Glory - Ezekiel 24:25 (once)
Joy of All Generations - Isaiah 60:15 (once)
Joy of the Whole Earth - Psalm 48:2 (twice)
Laughingstock to all the Countries - Ezekiel 22:4 (once)
Like a Widow - Lamentations 1:1 (once)
Lord's Temple - 1 Kings 7:48 (28)
Moriah - Genesis 22:2 (once)
Most Beautiful of Jewels - Ezekiel 16:7 (once)
Most Rebellious - Lamentations 1:20 (once)
Mount Moriah - 2 Chronicles 3:1 (once)
Mount Zion - 2 Kings 19:31 (22)
Mount of Assembly - Isaiah 14:13 (once)
Mount of the Daughter of Zion - Isaiah 10:32 (twice)
Mountain of the Lord - Genesis 22:14 (4)
Mountain of the Lord Almighty - Zechariah 8:3 (once)
Mountain of the Lord's Temple - Isaiah 2:2 (twice)
Mountain of Your Inheritance - Exodus 15:17 (once)
Mountain Where the Lord God Chooses to Reign - Psalm 68:16 (once)
My City (God's) - Isaiah 45:13 (once)
New Jerusalem - Revelation 3:12 (twice)

Noisy City - Isaiah 32:14 (once)
Object of Scorn to the Nations - Ezekiel 22:4 (once)
Object of your affection - Ezekiel 24:21 (once)
Oholibah (the prostitute) - Ezekiel 23:4 (5)
Our Mother - Galatians 4:26 (once)
Peaceful Abode - Isaiah 33:20 (once)
Perfect in Beauty - Psalm 50:2 (once)
the Perfection of Beauty - Lamentations 2:15 (once)
Place of Meeting - Lamentations 2:5 (once)
Place of the Name of the LORD Almighty - Isaiah 18:7 (once)
Plant of the Field - Ezekiel 16:7 (once)
Possession of the Sovereign Lord - Ezekiel 16:8 (once)
Pot - Ezekiel 11:7 (3)
Pot Now Encrusted - Ezekiel 24:3 (once)
Praise of the Earth - Isaiah 62:7 (once)
Profane and Wicked Prince of Israel - Ezekiel 21:25 (once)
Prostitute - Ezekiel 16:15 (7)
Queen - Ezekiel 16:13 (once)
Queen Among the Provinces - Lamentations 1:1 (once)
Resting Place - 2 Chronicles 6:41 (3)
Rebellious and Defiled - Zephaniah 3:1 (once)
Rebellious House - Ezekiel 24:3 (once)
Righteous Dwelling - Jeremiah 31:23 (once)
Royal Diadem - Isaiah 62:3 (once)
Sacred Mountain - Isaiah 14:13 (twice)
Salem - Genesis 14:18 (Several)
Sanctuary - Ezekiel 24:20 (many)
Shelter in a Vineyard - Isaiah 1:8 (once)
Sister of Samaria and Sodom - Ezekiel 16:46 (once)
Slave - Lamentations 1:1 (once)
Sodom - Isaiah 1:9 (twice)
Sodom and Egypt (figuratively) - Revelation 11:8 (once)
Sought After - Isaiah 62:12 (once)
Strong City - Isaiah 26:1 (once)              
Stronghold - Ezekiel 24:20 (many)

Stronghold of the Daughter of Zion - Micah 4:8 (once)
Splendor of Israel - Lamentations 2:1
(once)
Temple Fortress - Daniel 11:31 (once)Temple Hill - 2 Chronicles 33:15 (3)
Tent That Will Not Be Moved - Isaiah
33:20 (once)
Threshing Floor of Araunah the Jebusite - 2 Samuel 24:16 (6)
Throne of God and the Lamb - Revelation 22:3 (once)
Throne of the Lord - Jeremiah 3:17 (once)
Town Full of Commotion - Isaiah 22:2 (once)
Unclean - Lamentations 1:8 (once)
Unclean Thing - Lamentations 1:17 (once)
Valley of Vision - Isaiah 22:1 (twice)
Very Beautiful - Ezekiel 16:13 (once)
Virgin Daughter of Judah - Lamentations 1:15 (once)
Virgin Daughter of Zion - 2 Kings 19:21 (3)
Watchtower of the Flock - Micah 4:8 (once)
YHWH Shammah (The Lord is There) - Ezekiel 48:35 (once)
Zion - (Over 170 times)
Zion of the Holy One of Israel - Isaiah 60:14 (once)

As you can see from this list, Jerusalem is at the heart of God's attention.  From the earliest chapters of the Holy Bible until the last page, the focus is on Israel and Jerusalem.  Remember the admonition of Psalm 122:6:

Pray for the peace of Jerusalem:
May those who love you be secure.

Psalm 122:6

We stand in awe of you, Lord Jesus.  May you hear our prayer each day for your expeditious return!

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