In this day of turmoil and violence in the Middle East, a call to "pray for the peace of
Jerusalem," is a poignant one indeed. Originally said by pilgrims coming from across
Israel to Jerusalem, this psalm today holds a broader and deeper significance.
As body counts rise and anger increases, it is a prayer worth repeating. May "peace be
within your walls, and security within your towers." Certainly the Middle East is
convulsing with violence, even as these words are written. But the peace of Jerusalem is
2 Samuel 11:1-15 Our scripture this week reminds us that the world situation we are currently facing is not unique, either historically or morally. King David is about to get himself into a despicable situation because of the general choices he makes as described in the first verse.
It sometimes seems to me that our world is based upon power. Those in top jobs earn enormous salaries while those at the bottom of the pile earn very little. Those in top jobs can decide how many people to employ, who to employ and how much those employees will be paid. They can decide when redundancies are necessary, and who should be made redundant. If their company fails, they may find themselves out of a job, but many of them seem to find that they have a generous golden handshake.
After this Jesus went to the other side of the Sea of Galilee, also called the Sea of Tiberias. A large crowd kept following him, because they saw the signs that he was doing for the sick. Jesus went up the mountain and sat down there with his disciples. Now the Passover, the festival of the Jews, was near. When he looked up and saw a large crowd coming towards him, Jesus said to Philip, "Where are we to buy bread for these people to eat?" He said this to test him, for he himself knew what he was going to do.