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Jerusalem’s long history

“Look and see my servant, whom I uphold, my chosen, in whom my soul delights; I have put my Spirit upon him; he will bring forth justice to the nations. He will not cry aloud or lift up his voice, or make it heard in the street; a bruised reed he will not break, and a faintly burning wick he will not quench; he will faithfully bring forth justice. He will not grow faint or be discouraged till he has established justice in the earth; and the coastlands wait for his law.”      BC 710 - God’s message about His coming servant as recorded by Isaiah (42: 1-4)
 

Jerusalem in Israel is never out of the news. There is an unceasing search for peace and justice in that key world city. See the ancient promise recorded in bold above.

Amongst the many links between Jersey and Jerusalem one may count not only the residence of many Jews in Jersey over many centuries but also the present synagogue at Red Houses, formerly a Methodist Chapel.

Some may also know of the presence in Jersey from 1993 of Bank Leumi (Jersey) Limited. “Leumi” is Hebrew for “National” and, sure enough, at one time the Bank Leumi Group undertook the national central-bank role for the State of Israel.

It is difficult for Jersey folk to understand what it is like to live in the Middle East. But here in Jersey we only have “peace” and “justice” to a degree -because there is no peace in Jersey (or elsewhere) between competing interests: husband and wife; parents and children; employers and employees; taxation authorities and tax-payers; planners and developers; drivers and pedestrians; drivers and drivers; Jersey and Guernsey; and so on.
 
 
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‘Taking the twelve, Jesus said to them, “See, we are going up to Jerusalem, and everything that is written about the Son of Man by the prophets will be accomplished.. After flogging him, they will kill him, and on the third day he will rise.”’ (Jesus Christ, AD32)

Therefore take a closer look at the words in bold above recording the BC 710 promise of the God of Israel, the God whose son Jesus Christ came into this world in AD 0. The promise takes the form of a command of God to his people in Jerusalem to “look and see my servant, whom I uphold, my chosen, in whom my soul delights; I have put my Spirit upon him.”

The most intriguing part relates to “justice”: “he will bring forth justice to the nations”; “he will faithfully bring forth justice”; “he will not grow faint or be discouraged till he has established justice in the earth.”

Justice and peace in Palestine? Virtually everybody is pessimistic. God’s 2700-year-old promise can’t be right. “Look and see my servant – he will establish justice.”

Have I missed something? Maybe I have?

The “servant of God”, “upheld by Him”, “His chosen”, “the one in whom God’s soul delights”, the one who has “the Spirit of the eternal God upon him” is no ordinary ruler or power or negotiator. He is no ordinary ruler because of the way in which he will “bring forth justice to the nations, faithfully bring forth justice, and establish justice on earth”. 

What is the way this promised servant will work? “Look and see.”

God doesn’t say. Instead God says what “my servant” will not do. He will not cry aloud. He will not lift up his voice. He will not make his voice heard in the street. A bruised reed he will not break. A faintly burning wick he will not quench. He will not grow faint. He will not be discouraged - until he has established justice in the earth.

What? No shouting? No media? No guns? No chemical weapons? No Tomahawk missiles? No hurting of the already bruised? No extinguishing of the weak? No giving up?
 
 
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‘When Jesus drew near and saw Jerusalem, he wept over it, saying, “Would that you, even you, had known on this day the things that make for peace!”’  (Jesus Christ, Easter, AD 33)

Can that strategy be a winning one? What will happen when the violent inflict death itself on God’s chosen servant? “He will not grow faint or be discouraged till he has established justice in the earth.”

When Jesus Christ was put to death in AD 33 every single person on earth left him alone. But in the 2000 years which have elapsed since then many have looked and seen God’s servant. They have decided to go his way.

Will these lovers of promised justice be the ones to enjoy that justice when it has finally been “established in the earth”? 
 
 
Richard Syvret

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