A tale of two cities

Allow me to set the table for context before the main event. In a comment of 6 mere words, you will see the ugly fruit of  bias, ignorance, arrogance, willful blindness, pride, and I may add, one of the most insane observations ever sent my way on THIS blog.

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Hide and seek the game is called. Oh artifacts from history come out come out wherever you are.  Yes, I call it a game, this so-called seeking for stuff and nonsense to ‘disprove’ the scripture narrative. Please. For God’s sake, if He wanted the burial-place of Moses kept reserved and far from eyes who would worship the lawgiver, God certainly could keep hidden Abraham’s shoelaces, the staff of David, as well as the nine waterpots of Cana.

I hardly need proof that Abraham had legs, David tended sheep, and that there was a wedding in Galilee. I do not care one whit that the basket used to lower Paul from a building was used for firewood and that the ashes cannot be found. I do not care that the fishing nets of Peter and John have rotted into oblivion.

But children must play; unfortunately the scriptures have become the great playground of unbelief. Yep, that’s a fact, where the pseudo scholars go round and round getting no closer to the truth of a thing, while the so-called archaeo-diggers turn their shovels as they mine for Something, anything that could possibly contradict God’s word, and yet avoiding the center of that truth which never moves: the word of God.

‘We can’t find anything, there is no proof, there is no evidence Jacob lived, there is no proof Joseph had a coat of many colors; there is no proof Daniel interpreted the kings dreams; there is no proof  Zecharias was married to Elizabeth and birthed a son named John.  Yak yak yak, and round and round the boring merry-goes-round.

Meanwhile…. the magnum opus and singular place of historical and archaeological importance stands tall, and is heard by everyone, but JERUSALEM is laughed at, ridiculed as it were, as a place with no more relevance than Detroit, Quito, or Mexico City. To this I say: Really?

In response to an observation I made regarding the never-ending awe of the city of David, the following snide and rather revealing  remark was immediately spit out to equate the relevance of another city, (let me clear my throat) with Jerusalem, Israel. Ouch.

“Chicago, Chicago, that toddlin’ town.  So?—“

Right on schedule we see the disdain for common sense and reason while hiding the head in the sand. We see the myopic eyesight that is blind to history which is confirmed through scripture. We see the stupid arrogance of denying the city of gold its innate worth. What then is the true archaeological testament to time and history? Why, it is the city of Jerusalem itself, a city which is the metropolis of the earth, both then, now, and tomorrow.

Noooooo, no difference between the mettle of let’s say, Benjamin Netanyahu and Rahm Immanuel of Chicago. No difference between Netanyahu and the cartoon Yasser Arafat. No difference between Jerusalem physicians who tend to life, and the PLO who want to send Jerusalem Jews to the bottom of the sea.

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So what means Jerusalem?

Nothing. Everything.  Kings despise it. Kings love it. It is hated by most. It is loved by many.

To a person who thinks Jerusalem is no more relevant than Chicago USA, then it means nothing.

But aah, to a person who knows that the city of David is the city of the great King, Jerusalem means everything.

And it is precisely THIS reasoning that by the way, does not allow daylight to enter a closed  mind, as it is blind to this thing called context. A city thousands of years old, which title-deed is contested, is no more relevant than a city a few hundred years old, and which will disappear into obscurity such as Chicago? Please.

 So there it stands. A city attacked. A city desired. The city of David and Solomon that sings the grand tune of God’s preservation and lasting promises to keep and protect the apple of His eye. Ah but some hate apples! Yep, Ben Gurion declared Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, and how things change overnight. Those darn apples.

The Lord Christ Himself showed His affection for Jerusalem:  And when he was come near, he beheld the city, and wept over it. And on another occasion He said this:

O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou that killest the prophets, and stonest them which are sent unto thee, how often would I have gathered thy children together, even as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, and ye would not!  Behold, your house is left unto you desolate.

Did Chicago kill the prophets sent unto it? Did the King ride a donkey into Chicago? Is Chicago the city on the hill? Did Solomon erect his magnificent house in the windy city? And where pray tell is the greatest place where LOVE was demonstrated if not on Golgotha’s hill, in Jerusalem? That’s correct, not Chicago, nor any other city on earth.

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The holy city. The city of the great King. Jerusalem. Over 800 times in the scriptures. Paris, New York, Madrid? Zero. So yeah, one could honestly suggest that Jerusalem has a bit more relevance than Chicago.

And WHERE did the gospel begin? In the place where the greatest act of sin abounded, where also our Lord was crucified; in Jerusalem, but ah, where sin abounds, grace did much more abound, so the commission was given: take the word, BEGINNING at Jerusalem. Such is God’s favor.

But time would fail to document the inspiration, the hatred, the killing, the politics, the false spirituality, the romance, the ignorance, and the outright dismissal of the apple of God’s eye.

There was a discussion I must include which is chart topping, as Moses and Elijah appeared with the Lord and spake…….of His decease…….which He should accomplish…………at……….Jerusalem. Oh yes, representatives of the law and the prophets.

Indeed but there is more. The word for ‘decease’ there literally means ‘exodus.’ Yep, that’s right, God in His wonderful way, saw fit to explain that the death of Christ would be a ‘going out,’ and of course this was precisely what occurred at that place called Skull, with a view to leading others on that road called grace.

So yeah, sure, Jerusalem is no more relevant than Chicago. If you honestly think this, I humbly submit, there just may be a few apples missing from the bushel, or perhaps the two Jokers have usurped the deck, or even simpler, there are a few donuts missing from the dozen.

Jerusalem today: The best of times. The worst of times. Then there is always the New Jerusalem………..but that’s for another day. Other than that, Chicago is no different from Jerusalem. Uh huh sure, and birds build their nests under water, and apples come from the poison ivy tree. Next thing you know, people will saying God does not exist. Sheesh.

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25 Responses to A tale of two cities

  1. Wally Fry says:

    Oh friend….Jerusalem…is..the…key to it all. Nuff said. I thought this might interest you. I am honored to serve with many people who would agree with you. Enjoy

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    • ColorStorm says:

      Ok here’s a guess. Baptist choir with many of your friends. lol

      Hard to make out the lyrics on the computer, but am familiar with the song. But yep, depending on ones p.o.v, Jerusalem means nothing, or everything. Even if it means nothing, it still cannot be ignored.

      God’s truth is like that, like an itch that will not go away until dealt with!

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      • Wally Fry says:

        Yep good guess LOL. Yeah, it’s hard to hear sometimes. We actually use a guy’s game camera to do the recording, but we need one of those fancy things that wires in to the sound system and has a good zoom lens. We love singing that song, it is one of our favorites. I have seen The Hoppers, who sort of have that as their signature song perform twice…they are awesome.


  2. sage_brush says:

    So wonderful! At a recent trip to Aldis, I purchased some plastic stacking bins of excellent quality to hold my yarn. The news had been replete with anti-Israel attacks for weeks, which I found very wearing to my spirit. Upon examining my purchase at at home, my heart was gladdened to see that they had been made in Israel – not China! The Lord has a way of blessing me in such ways that I am overcome. Praise Him!

    Liked by 1 person

    • ColorStorm says:

      Now there is an unexpected blessing sage; you will appreciate a simple bin even more.

      Tkx for the heads up too via reblog.


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  4. so beautifully put— “…this was precisely what occurred at that place called Skull, with a view to leading others on that road called grace.”
    And even if you consider it from a purely historical perspective—
    Jerusalem over Chicago any ol day 🙂
    Good stuff CS

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    • ColorStorm says:

      Glad u got it jewels, from a purely historical perspective…………..then there is always the biblical understanding.

      But yep, that little word ‘grace’ too. 😉


      • well, of course I got the significance of the Biblical—I’m just still trying to wrap my thoughts around the whole Chicago train of thought…shades of the laughable—hence why even a historian, believer or not, sees the significance of this one city and on its lasting impact on mankind—kind of silly to miss it really–but then the Biblical is truly awe inspiring 🙂

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        • ColorStorm says:

          Yeah, it is weary to highlight the obvious and to point out the absurd.

          ‘Pray for the peace of Jerusalem, they shall prosper that love thee.’

          Shades of the laughable? Nice. Tkx.


        • Hey CS– I had to come back to an older post to holler for help— I post a comment this morning on your Saul post and now I think it must be in your absentia spam pile– but it’s a great post


        • archaeopteryx1 says:

          For some reason, that seems to be where most of my great posts wind up too – maybe it’s the greatness that bothers him.

          (CS sez: and this has What to do with the two cities………………? Yeah, I get it, the truth is evident so you may as well take a detour over a cliff)

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        • maybe it’s a great minds thing Arch 🙂


  5. Tim Shey says:

    Great post. Very well-written.

    Here is a beautiful song in Hebrew that you might like to listen to:

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    • ColorStorm says:

      A few things struck me Tim with that song. First, the common bond with Wally’s, as in the heart of the matter; whether it be Christians or Jews, the song regards the same source: the true and living God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.

      Secondly, the girl singing in front of the Yad Vashem, for those who may not know, is the Holocaust memorial.

      Third, there was no clapping at the end. I like that in view of where they were. I also noticed the vegetation springing from the rocks; like a root out of dry ground.

      Tkx for sending it this way.

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    • Wally Fry says:

      That was really, really cool Tim

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  7. Tim Shey says:

    I reblogged this on my High Plains Drifter blog.


  8. That was well said, Colorstorm. Something I love to do is give people a world map and ask them to find Israel, It is a tiny dot, a speck on the world map really, about the size of one US state, totally engulfed by its neighbors. This one little speck on the map allegedly oppressing the whole world, hogging all the resources. The fact that the anti-Israel propaganda is so prevalent in the world and so powerful, should give people a clue that something interesting is going on here.

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    • ColorStorm says:

      Yeah, no wonder the Lord wept over the city eh. When I think of the dazzling minds of so many Jews, ie, Dr. Cyril Wecht, who speaks without notes and has a mind so equipped and is an interviewers gem in the field of forensics and pathology, then there is the musical genius of Isaac Stern, the many many medical contributions, Netanyahu as mentioned, etc.

      And, as if they don’t have enough enemies, they hassle each other with scripture, claiming this or that, denying this or that. Moses lived. He did not. Christ is the Messiah. He is not.

      But your word there propaganda, all too true. My sister came back from a trip there, and observed that the guides noted what the world does NOT know about how safe it is there. The lush countryside, the fruit, the people, all the good stuff, but nope, silent.

      Truly, God has an active interest there, it’s kinda obvious to so many people ms bytes. Heck, it’s even obvious to they who will not admit it. But Chicago? C’mon…….

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  9. Tricia says:

    I never knew that about the literal meaning of Exodus being decease before ColorStorm but it makes perfect sense. To “go out”, is exactly what Christ did for us all and what we should be so smart an lucky to do each and every day with the intent of leading others down that road of grace.

    Chicago akin o Jerusalem? Please. I’ll give the Windy City credit for great pizza but to compare it’s importance to Jerusalem is madness. Too much yak yak yak there I think. 😉


    • ColorStorm says:

      Great pizza contrasted against the city of gold. yak yak 😉 😉 Great stuff trish.

      (I know you are busy, see ya when you catch your breath)

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