1 Those who trust in the LORD are like Mount Zion,
which cannot be moved, but abides for ever.
2 As the mountains are round about Jerusalem,
so the LORD is round about his people,
from this time forth and for evermore.
3 For the scepter of wickedness shall not rest upon the land allotted to the righteous,
lest the righteous put forth their hands to do wrong.
4 Do good, O LORD, to those who are good,
and to those who are upright in their hearts!
5 But those who turn aside upon their crooked ways the LORD will lead away with evildoers!
Peace be in Israel!
Another one of these Psalms that seem to be about physical Jerusalem but on further inspection just cannot be. As this psalm goes on and on about the peaceful protected nature of Jerusalem. It must be spiritual Jerusalem and not physical Jerusalem that is meant, because physical Jerusalem is one of the most sacked city in history and the prophecies of Zechariah are fairly clear that it will be sacked once if not twice more.
21 Tell me, you who desire to be under law, do you not hear the law? 22 For it is written that Abraham had two sons, one by a slave and one by a free woman. 23 But the son of the slave was born according to the flesh, the son of the free woman through promise. 24 Now this is an allegory: these women are two covenants. One is from Mount Sinai, bearing children for slavery; she is Hagar. 25 Now Hagar is Mount Sinai in Arabia; she corresponds to the present Jerusalem, for she is in slavery with her children. 26 But the Jerusalem above is free, and she is our mother. 27 For it is written, “Rejoice, O barren one who does not bear; break forth and shout, you who are not in travail; for the children of the desolate one are many more than the children of her that is married.” 28 Now we, brethren, like Isaac, are children of promise. 29 But as at that time he who was born according to the flesh persecuted him who was born according to the Spirit, so it is now. 30 But what does the scripture say? “Cast out the slave and her son; for the son of the slave shall not inherit with the son of the free woman.” 31 So, brethren, we are not children of the slave but of the free woman. Gal. 4:21-31
Spiritual or free Jerusalem is not located in anyone place, but freely moves to wherever God’s people are. It is part of the promise that He will never leave us.[1Kings 8:57] It is a place where no matter what is going on physically our souls are safe.
The passage is not about the ceremonial sacrificial system it is about sonship. Paul is teaching that believing Gentiles are the children of promise just as Messiah was the Child of promise. (See Also: The Vatar Covenant)
Hagar is the ceremonial sacrificial system, although Sarah is not named it is she that prefigures the New Jerusalem or Heavenly Jerusalem, the Jerusalem where there is no temple.
There are those that teach that this “free Jerusalem” is freedom from the law however that is not possible.
Do we then overthrow the law by this faith? By no means! On the contrary, we uphold the law. Rom. 3:31
The Isaiah passage that Paul quotes is about the Gentiles who were desolate are now needing their tents to be enlarged. For these believing Gentiles will posses the desolate cities, places that had not known God, places that were cursed with the idols and practices of paganism.
1 “Sing, O barren one, who did not bear; break forth into singing and cry aloud, you who have not been in travail! For the children of the desolate one will be more than the children of her that is married, says the LORD. 2 Enlarge the place of your tent, and let the curtains of your habitations be stretched out; hold not back, lengthen your cords and strengthen your stakes. 3 For you will spread abroad to the right and to the left, and your descendants will possess the nations and will people the desolate cities. Is. 54:1-3
All this is possible because the faith is no longer centered in a city in a particular place. For we are now the temple and the city is where we make our stand.
A time is coming when even greater truths will be revealed, but for now we see through a dim mirror, as mirror in the first century were made of shiny metal for there was no glass surface to make them clear.
For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall understand fully, even as I have been fully understood. 1Cor. 13:12
And I saw no temple in the city, for its temple is the Lord God the Almighty and the Lamb. Rev. 21:22