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Jerusalem: Origin of Gospel Preaching


Jerusalem is the God-selected epic centre of the Jews and was part of Canaan that God assigned to Abraham and his faithful descendants. Melchizedek was king and priest of Salem (Jerusalem) when Abraham settled in Canaan (Gen 13:12). This is the Promised Land to which God brought back the Israelites from Egypt. David captured Jerusalem from the Jebusites (2 Sam 5:6-9), and Solomon built the Temple there. God considered Zion (Jerusalem) as his holy mountain. “I myself have installed my king on Zion, my holy mountain” (Ps 2:6). Isaiah had prophesied, “All nations shall stream towards it. Many peoples shall come and say: ‘Come, let us go up to the LORD’s mountain, to the house of the God of Jacob, that he may instruct us in his ways, and we may walk in his paths.’ For from Zion shall go forth instruction, and the word of the LORD from Jerusalem” (Isa 2:2b-3).

Because Jerusalem was the headquarters of Israel, Jesus wanted to spread his gospel from there and sent the Holy Spirit upon the apostles while they were there. While at Antioch in Pisidia, Paul and Barnabas spoke out boldly to the Jews, “It was necessary that the word of God be spoken to you first, but since you reject it and condemn yourselves as unworthy of eternal life, we now turn to the Gentiles” (Acts 13:46). Thus, the gospel spread to the Gentiles of all nations.

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