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Psalm 125 - by Michael Phillips
Songs on the Way to Heaven - Part 6 of 15
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Psalm 125
Aug 14, 2005 am - Do you know why David chose Jerusalem to be his capital? Being a wise and godly man, I suppose he had many reasons for his choice. One must have been religious: Jerusalem used to be called, Salem, and long ago, a king ruled there by the name of Melchizedek. The man was also a priest, but not the kind you'd expect to find among the pagans, for he was a priest of the Most High God. When he heard the news that Abraham had ambushed and destroyed four kings, he went out to meet him with bread and wine. Abraham was so impressed with him that he gave him ten percent of all he had. Melchizedek was such a great man that many after he died-if he died!-he was compared to the Messiah. David remembered this when he chose his capital. Another reason was more political. Before his rise to power, Shiloh was the most important city in Israel, because that's where the Tabernacle was. But Shiloh was way up north in Ephraim, and a long way from David's hometown-and from where his supporters lived. The ten northern tribes were often at odds with Judah, and if Judah's favorite son was going to stay in power, he'd better stay close to home. David knew this when he chose his capital. However much these ... More >>>

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