READ : 1 Chronicles 11:4-9
Seven years after he became king, David captured Jerusalem. In the time of Joshua the invading Israelites had taken the city, but had failed to hold it. God used their failure then to provide them now with an ideal capital city under David. There it stood, in the middle of their country but not actually belonging to any of their tribes, tailor-made for a federal capital rather like Washington D.C.
So it was recaptured and rebuilt, and became “the City of David.” There the life of Israel was centered because there the king ruled. God’s people can be a quarrelsome lot, but when they are obedient to his rule they are united among themselves. So his city Jerusalem becomes the Bible picture of the one true church. There in Old Testament times “the tribes go up” (Psalm 122:4). In New Testament times all believers gather round him in the “heavenly Jerusalem” (Hebrews 12:22).
The city would become the center of Israelite religion too, but that’s another story. This story is about the Israelite monarchy, and points towards the royal rule of Jesus. Where he is, there is the center of his kingdom, and all parts of his dominion must look to him in loyalty and obedience.
Lord Jesus, take the central place in our lives today. Amen.