Lesson for August 29, 2020

JERUSALEM, A BELOVED CITY

Scripture reading: 2 Chronicles 5:1-14.

Memory verse: “And when He come near, He beheld the city and wept over it.” Luke 19:41.

  1. How was the site for the First Temple selected? 1 Chron. 21: 18-28
  2. When was the Temple built on this site? 2 Chron. 3:1, 2.

Note: Moriah, means “Provided by Jehovah,” and this was a place selected by the direction of God through the angel to David.

  1. What kind of a city was Jerusalem to be, and how was it spoken of? Nehemiah 11: 1, 18.
  2. Did the Prophet Isaiah refer to it as a holy city? Isa. 52: 1
  3. After Daniel had been carried away to Babylon, and Jerusalem destroyed because of the wickedness of the people, how did the angel Gabriel speak of Jerusalem? Did he call it a holy city then? Daniel 9:21-24.
  4. Regardless of the sins of the people in Jerusalem in the time of our Saviour, how is it spoken of by Matthew? Matt. 4:5.
  5. What dramatic words did our Saviour use in expressing the resistance of the people? Matt: 23:37.
  6. Although these people crucified Him, how did the Holy Spirit speak of Jerusalem when recording these events? Matt. 27:52, 53.
  7. As a result, what was to be their great punishment? Matt. 24:1-2; Luke 21:20-24.

Note: This terrible destruction of Jerusalem was fulfilled in 70 AD, when Titus, the general, came against it.

  1. During the time when it is trodden down by the Gentiles, is it spoken of a holy city? Re. 11:2.
  2. After the period of the Gentiles is over, what is the promise concerning Judah and Jerusalem? Zechariah 2:12, 13.

Note: As the city of Jerusalem is the place chosen of the Father for all His prophets to dwell, for His Son to die, and where He is going to return from heaven, it is, and has always been, known as the Holy Land and the Holy City. It is much more holy now than when Gabriel and Matthew called it holy.