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The Right Type Of Wall Around Jerusalem

May 21, 2014

First, a disclaimer: Naftali Bennet is a politician, making his motives and actions automatically suspect, although he has yet to actually do anything that can be construed as evil.

In the news today, he discusses his ideas concerning peace through mutual economic opportunity and his dislike of the security wall created by Sharon to seperate mostly Jewish areas from Arab ones. Since its proposal, the wall has met many practical and ideological opponents. I myself don’t like the facts that it  restricts the natural growth of Jewish towns, especially Jerusalem, and that inexplicably, major Jewish population centers, like my own town and Ariel, are on the “other” side of the wall.

Bennet is on to something. Getting rid of walls is an important step toward achieveing the Messianic dream.

Zechariah 2:5-9:

And I lifted up my eyes, and saw, and behold a man with a measuring line in his hand. Then said I: ‘Where are you going?’ And he said unto me: ‘To measure Jerusalem, to see what is the breadth thereof, and what is the length thereof.’ And, behold, the angel that spoke with me went forth, and another angel went out to meet him, and said unto him: ‘Run, speak to this young man, saying: ‘Jerusalem shall be inhabited without walls for the multitude of men and cattle therein.  For I, saith the LORD, will be unto her a wall of fire round about, and I will be the glory in the midst of her.’

Although old Jerusalem needed a wall for protection, new Jerusalem should specifically not have a wall because it needs room for much greater expansion. As for security? We don’t need walls if God’s fire surrounds her.

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