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Aug 12, 2013

In Christ alone

is another wonderful version of this song on this page:

Aug 10, 2013

The Jewish Temple in Jerusalem

The first Temple in Jerusalem was built by King Solomon who reigned 970-930 BC.

"And it came to pass in the four hundred and eightieth year after the children of Israel were come out of the land of Egypt, in the fourth year of Solomon's reign over Israel, in the month Zif, which is the second month, that he began to build the house of the LORD. And the house which king Solomon built for the LORD, the length thereof was threescore cubits, and the breadth thereof twenty cubits, and the height thereof thirty cubits. And the porch before the temple of the house, twenty cubits was the length thereof, according to the breadth of the house; and ten cubits was the breadth thereof before the house. And for the house he made windows of narrow lights. And against the wall of the house he built chambers round about, against the walls of the house round about, both of the temple and of the oracle: and he made chambers round about: The nethermost chamber was five cubits broad, and the middle was six cubits broad, and the third was seven cubits broad: for without in the wall of the house he made narrowed rests round about, that the beams should not be fastened in the walls of the house. And the house, when it was in building, was built of stone made ready before it was brought thither: so that there was neither hammer nor axe nor any tool of iron heard in the house, while it was in building. The door for the middle chamber was in the right side of the house: and they went up with winding stairs into the middle chamber, and out of the middle into the third. So he built the house, and finished it; and covered the house with beams and boards of cedar. And then he built chambers against all the house, five cubits high: and they rested on the house with timber of cedar. And the word of the LORD came to Solomon, saying, Concerning this house which thou art in building, if thou wilt walk in my statutes, and execute my judgments, and keep all my commandments to walk in them; then will I perform my word with thee, which I spake unto David thy father: And I will dwell among the children of Israel, and will not forsake my people Israel. So Solomon built the house, and finished it." (1 Kings 6:1-14 KJV)

This Temple was destroyed by the Babylonians in 586 BC, however. The Israelites began the construction of a new temple in 537 BC, which lasted until 520 BC. I can recommend reading the book of Nehemia. It is interesting. It starts like this: "And it came to pass, when I heard these words, that I sat down and wept, and mourned certain days, and fasted, and prayed before the God of heaven, And said, I beseech thee, O LORD God of heaven, the great and terrible God, that keepeth covenant and mercy for them that love him and observe his commandments: Let thine ear now be attentive, and thine eyes open, that thou mayest hear the prayer of thy servant, which I pray before thee now, day and night, for the children of Israel thy servants, and confess the sins of the children of Israel, which we have sinned against thee: both I and my father's house have sinned. We have dealt very corruptly against thee, and have not kept the commandments, nor the statutes, nor the judgments, which thou commandedst thy servant Moses. Remember, I beseech thee, the word that thou commandedst thy servant Moses, saying, If ye transgress, I will scatter you abroad among the nations: But if ye turn unto me, and keep my commandments, and do them; though there were of you cast out unto the uttermost part of the heaven, yet will I gather them from thence, and will bring them unto the place that I have chosen to set my name there. Now these are thy servants and thy people, whom thou hast redeemed by thy great power, and by thy strong hand. O Lord, I beseech thee, let now thine ear be attentive to the prayer of thy servant, and to the prayer of thy servants, who desire to fear thy name: and prosper, I pray thee, thy servant this day, and grant him mercy in the sight of this man. For I was the king's cupbearer." (Nehemiah 1:4-11 KJV)

The LORD had mercy. Later Nehemia said:

"Then said I unto them, Ye see the distress that we are in, how Jerusalem lieth waste, and the gates thereof are burned with fire: come, and let us build up the wall of Jerusalem, that we be no more a reproach. Then I told them of the hand of my God which was good upon me; as also the king's words that he had spoken unto me. And they said, Let us rise up and build. So they strengthened their hands for this good work. But when Sanballat the Horonite, and Tobiah the servant, the Ammonite, and Geshem the Arabian, heard it, they laughed us to scorn, and despised us, and said, What is this thing that ye do? will ye rebel against the king? Then answered I them, and said unto them, The God of heaven, he will prosper us; therefore we his servants will arise and build: but ye have no portion, nor right, nor memorial, in Jerusalem." (Nehemiah 2:17-20 KJV)

What a great man, this Nehemia, started all this after everything was lost... when all the people were depressive. His faith must have carried him through that, and His love for God and his people. About 20 BC the Temple was renovated by Herod the Great. This second Temple was destroyed by the Romans in 70 AD.

Regarding the Temple, only the Western Wall remained, and parts of the Temple under the earth. The Western Wall is where the Jews stand and praying nowadays, also for the Third Temple to be built, since they expect the Messiah. The location is occupied, however, by the Al-Aqsa Mosque and the Dome of the Rock. Whenever you see a golden dome on the Temple Mount, it is the Al-Aqsa Mosque built right on the ruins of the old Jewish Temple. When Minister President Sharon went onto the Temple Mount, the second intifada was announced a day afterwards, while he had just tried out if the Palestinians would keep their promise. They had offered to allow the Jews a free path to their holy places if they could get Jerusalem as the capital of their future state, and the Temple in Jerusalem is surely the most holy place for the Jews which they cannot give up. 

The Temple Mount in Jerusalem - Picture from the public domain

Aug 2, 2013


Reincarnation? Wiccans, Buddhists und Hindus believe in that. As a Christian, I do not believe in it. I believe that God formed me in my mother's womb and that he knows my name. I am unique in this world and have never been here before. There are two kinds of death that a human can die… One of them is the one we know from our perspective on earth and the other one is the second death, the spiritual death after judgment in case we cannot refer to Jesus Christ then. He does not know everyone.

Oh, wait a minute… Now I remember another world… in which I was formerly… A weasel was running along the path into the forest and I was running after it because I wanted to take a picture. But I noticed that the photo camera which I took out of my hand bag was not mine. I had a look at the display and saw – myself. Only myself. I was angry because there were the funniest animals living at and in the water there. Toads and similar creatures and funny larger insects as if I was in a cartoon! It was such big pleasure watching them. And there was no camera to use around. Well, and then I woke up. Umm… The brain can sometimes create the funniest stories. I could tell you worlds and remember so many lives – if I called it like that. I would rather call it dreams or memories. In hypnosis you can even be a squirrel. Or a rolling pin. Or a shovel excavator. Rattle, rattle…

The Beauty of the Psalms

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