Lamentations 3:40 “Let us examine and probe our ways, and let us return to the Lord.”
This Sunday is considered the saddest day on the Hebrew calendar, Tish B’Av (the ninth of Av) is a day of fasting and mourning because of the five events which took place (in different years) on this day.
- The twelve spies that Moses sent to spy out the Promised Land returned ten of whom balked at entering the land because they feared the giants there. This led to forty years of Israel wandering in the wilderness.
- The First Temple, built by Solomon, was destroyed by Babylonian King Nebuchadnezzar in 586 BC. The surviving population was then sent into exile.
- The Second Temple, built by Zerubbabel and expanded by Herod the Great, was destroyed by the Romans in 70 AD.
- At the same time Jerusalem was utterly destroyed.
- The Great Bar Kokhba Revolt by the Jews was crushed in 135 AD, by the Roman General Sextus Julius Severus. The rebellion led to Emperor Hadrian changing Judea’s name to Syria Palestina and Jerusalem to Pelia Capitolina.
The GOOD news is, God never forgets His promises and His people! Even when things are at their darkest. God remembers.
After all those dark centuries when the Israelites were scattered with no homeland, they now have their home, their nation…Israel, and their capital is Jerusalem! Praise the Lord!
God is true to His word, even for America, “If my people which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.” 2 Chronicles 7:14