About 2700 years ago, a boldly outspoken man named Isaiah lived in Jerusalem. He was regarded by his Jewish contemporaries as a prophet who could speak to the people on behalf of Y**H. One of the many truths that he spoke in the name of our Creator God was this:
“. . . My house will be called a house of prayer for all peoples.”
Later. . .
About 46 years ago, Moshe Dayan, known to the local Arabs as ‘Abu Musa’, commanded Israeli troops as they once again occupied Jerusalem for the Jews. But Dayan noticed that his soldiers had performed an inappropriately presumptuous act. According to Simon Sebag Montefiore, as recorded in chapter 53 of his book Jerusalem: a Biography. . .
” As they proceeded across the Temple Mount, Dayan saw an Israeli flag atop the Dome of the Rock and (he said) ‘I ordered it removed immediately.’ “
Furthermore, some other Israeli occupiers on that victorious occasion wanted to
. . .”accelerate the messianic era by dynamiting the mosques on the Temple Mount, but (Israeli) General Narkiss replied ‘Stop it.’ “
Those two mosques still stand today. But there is no temple on the Temple Mount, also calledHaram al-Sharif. There is, however, a very special wall beneath it. On that wall, Moshe Dayan inserted a note:
” ‘May peace descend on the whole house of Israel,’ “
Abu Musa then declared (as reported by author Montefiore):
“To our Arab neighbors, Israel extends the hand of peace, and to all people of all faiths we guarantee full freedom of worship. We’ve not come to conquer the holy places of others, but to live with others in harmony.”
As God, who knows what He’s doing, declared long ago through his prophet:
“My house will be called a house of prayer for all peoples.”
My faith is that God, his house and his Temple, resides in the hearts and lives of his people.