im esh-ka-KHAYKH y’-ru-sha-LA-im tish-KAKH y’-mee-NEE
Psalm 137 was written by the rivers of Babylon, where the exiled Jews wailed and lamented the destruction of the Beit Hamikdash. They wondered how they would continue to endure on foreign soil. How could they continue to sing the songs of Hashem, which were supposed to be sung in the Temple, in the exile? Their answer was an oath to never forget Yerushalayim.
This psalm makes an oblique reference to Sefer Devarim 8:19, “If you do forget Hashem your God and follow other gods to serve them or bow down to them, I warn you this day that you shall certainly perish.” Israel’s exile came when they forgot God in their land.
In Babylon, they promised themselves never to repeat that mistake, and never to forget Yerushalayim. Yom Yerushalayim is approaching, the day we commemorate the Jewish Nations return to Jerusalem after 2,000 years. Not for one moment was she forgotten, and today she is under the full sovereignty of Israel!
Today, we pray to return to the Temple Mount for the final stage of redemption, rebuilding the temple.
Walk With Me, Steve Martin – Jerusalem’s Ben Yehuda Street – as the people walk by… Ben Yehuda, a very popular shopping area in Jerusalem, was a good place to watch people from local and foreign homes.
Video filmed on Nov. 10, 2013 by Steve Martin – to give appreciation to and love for those we support, through Love For His People, Inc.
I had never considered it as that - an Israel travel guide. I just wanted to let people know of what the Lord is doing in the Land of Israel and the joy it was having four guys trek across the nation, meeting the friends Love For His People has been supporting for these past 10 years, while at the same time having an adventure with the men.
Thank you, Lord Jesus (Yeshua)! You will be lifted up and draw all men unto You.
With its 270 pages, 31 chapters and over 170 photos that I took in Israel (imagine that!), I think you will like it too as much as I did writing it since we got back Oct. 4, 2019.
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Merry Christmas! Happy Hanukkah! Gifts for all!
Ahava and shalom,
Love For His People ministry
Charlotte, North Carolina
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P.S.S. Read about our Jerusalem taxi-driver adventure chapter also below.
If you know us already you can skip this part. Otherwise, here we are!
Love For His People ministry – moving forward into our 10th year with you. For them.
Coming up to 10 years ago in June 2020, Steve Martin left the third ministry he had worked for in the past 24 years in order to providentially start a new ministry, co-founded by my good wife Laurie. The primary purpose is to bless our friends the Jews of Israel, and specifically the believers within the nation – those who have come to acknowledge that Yeshua is the Messiah, HaMashiach.
As non-Jews, Gentiles, goyim, Christian Zionists (whatever label we have!), we began the organization to stand strong for the Jewish state of Israel, Yisrael – the Land of Israel. In this world, with nations continually becoming more anti-Semitic daily, including our own USA, we have been called, as the prophetic word in 2004 was spoken over us, as a “scepter for Israel.”
"...When we got back to the corner of the street to get the other two guys and begin the day with them (by 10 am my day is typically well into the 6th or 7th hour), a taxi drove up and stopped in front of us.
“Nice shirt”, he said after rolling down his window.
Always one to strike up a conversation with another when in Israel, I replied, “Yes, I fully support our President, and know Israel does too. So, I like wearing t-shirts with Trump’s name on it.” This one read, “Trump 2020” emblazoned across my proud chest.
Then Nouri, whom I found to be a real delight the next four hours, first had David and me on a really nice trip to the Mount of Olives, overlooking the multitudes of Jewish graves on the mountain across from the Eastern Gate, before we came back and got Greg and Lathan."
Sometime during the latter part of those 10 days in October 2018, walking by myself down the ancient streets of Jerusalem’s Old City to visit friends and familiar sites; traversing the bustling sidewalks and side streets of the new portions since 1948 when Israel’s declared its independence as a nation once again; or riding the light rail train from Jaffa Street to the end-of-the-line drop off point, near the Yad Vashem’s (Holocaust Museum) entrance, the Holy Spirit spoke to me.
It was a clear word, though not audibly. But being His friend too, I knew it was Him.
“This is not your last trip to Jerusalem. In fact, from now on you will be coming twice a year.”
“I will?” I responded skeptically, internally. “And if so, then You are going to have to help me pay for it. I cannot.”
“You do as I say out of obedience. I will take care of the provision.”
He made sure I understood what He had just said, with a firm, “make sure you get this” response, but with plenty of hope, faith, and love covering His words."