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Weeping Over Jerusalem

written by Asher Intrater
July 19, 2013

I write this article on the 9th of Av, the day of mourning the destruction of Jerusalem (Jeremiah 39:2 – In the 9th day of the 4th month, the city was broken into.) Two people are recorded in the Bible as weeping over Jerusalem:

Jeremiah in Lamentations 2:11, 18; 3:48; and
Yeshua in Luke 19:41 – When He approached and saw the city, He wept over it, saying, “If you only knew today what would make for your peace.”

While there is not much detail about Yeshua’s feelings, Lamentations has five full chapters about Jeremiah’s. Lamentations may be seen as an extended prophetic description of Yeshua’s feelings as well. Luke 19:41 capsulizes in one verse the weeping and mourning of the book of Lamentations.

Yeshua and Jeremiah had much in common, and were perceived so by the crowds (Matthew 16:14). One reason is that they both prophesied the destruction of Jerusalem and the Temple; – Jeremiah before the Babylonian Exile (586 BC) and Yeshua before the Great Exile (70 AD).

Jerusalem is the capital of Yeshua’s kingdom and the seat of His earthly government. When Yeshua prophesied of its destruction, He did so with tears of grief and pain. For Yeshua, the destruction of Jerusalem was the destruction of His own capital. He prophesied this event repeatedly:

Matthew 22:7 – … burned their city with fire
Matthew 23:39; Luke 13:35 – Behold your house is left to you desolate…
Matthew 24:2; Mark 13:2, Luke 19:44 – Not one stone will be left upon a stone…
Luke 19:43 – Your enemies will build an embankment against you… on every side and level you to the ground.
Luke 20:16 – He will destroy the vine keepers and give the vineyard to others.
Luke 21:20 – When you see Jerusalem surrounded by armies, know that its desolation is near.
Luke 21:24 – They will fall by the edge of the sword, and be led away captive into all nations. Jerusalem will be trampled by Gentiles…

This was a central event of biblical history, similar to the exodus from Egypt and the flood of Noah. There is a profound parallel between the destruction of the Temple and the crucifixion of Yeshua. May God grant us grace to understand the significance both of Jerusalem’s destruction and its restoration!

Asher serves as president of Tikkun Global family of ministries and congregations, dedicated to the dual restoration of Israel and the Church. He is founder of the Revive Israel five-fold ministry team, and oversees both Ahavat Yeshua and Tiferet Yeshua congregations in Israel.

He and his wife Betty share a passion for personal prayer and devotion, local evangelism and discipleship in Hebrew, and unity of the Body of believers worldwide.

Asher was raised in a conservative Jewish home and holds degrees from Harvard University, Baltimore Hebrew College and Messiah Biblical Institute. He has authored numerous books, tracts and articles.

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