Jerusalem, the Holiness of G-d, and the Destruction Of the Gentile Nations ירושלים-קדשת השם-והשמדת הגוים
The Holiness of G-d is not something that can be taken lightly. Jerusalem is the center of Judea and Samaria. These three are holy, belonging to HASHEM. This is especially signally true for Jerusalem ירושלים.
This is the city of the Great King קרית מלך רב . The Tanach התנך declares this specifically:
For the LORD has chosen Zion; He has desired it for His habitation:
This is My resting-place forever; here will I dwell; for I have desired it.
כִּי-בָחַר יְהוָה בְּצִיּוֹן; אִוָּהּ, לְמוֹשָׁב לוֹ
זֹאת-מְנוּחָתִי עֲדֵי-עַד: פֹּה-אֵשֵׁב, כִּי אִוִּתִיהָ
Psalms 132:13-14 תהילים יג-יד
Many people do not respect the Holiness of HASHEM. Whatever HASHEM touches becomes holy. When HASHEM reveals and declares in the Torah and the Prophets of Israel that some places or things belong to the LORD of HOSTS הי צבאות, this truth of their holiness becomes greatly magnified. Sometimes people don’t perceive these places or things to be holy at all, and they trample all over them. This becomes a SNARE to them, and they can be destroyed by their ignorance or presumption.
It is a snare to a man to devour that which is holy, and after vows to make inquiry
מוֹקֵשׁ אָדָם יָלַע קֹדֶשׁ; וְאַחַר נְדָרִים לְבַקֵּר
Proverbs 20:25 משלי כ:כה
This was true of Aaron’s two oldest sons, and also of Uzzah who grabbed hold of the Ark of the Covenant.
Aaron’s two sons, Nadab and Abihu נדב ואביהוא, had been sanctified and anointed for the service of the priesthood כהנה. They had been dressed by Moses in the holy garments. But they became presumptuous, uplifted in their hearts, and they thought that they could treat the holy things of HASHEM with disrespect.
The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom, and the knowledge of the holy is understanding
תְּחִלַּת חָכְמָה, יִרְאַת יְהוָה; וְדַעַת קְדֹשִׁים בִּינָה
Proverbs 9:10 משלי ט:י
They lost their FEAR of HASHEM. They offered strange fire, not commanded by HASHEM. They were smitten by HASHEM so that they died.
And Nadab and Abihu, the sons of Aaron, took each of them his censer, and put fire therein, and laid incense thereon, and offered strange fire before the LORD, which He had not commanded them.
And there came forth fire from before the LORD, and devoured them, and they died before the LORD.
וַיִּקְחוּ בְנֵי-אַהֲרֹן נָדָב וַאֲבִיהוּא אִישׁ מַחְתָּתוֹ, וַיִּתְּנוּ בָהֵן אֵשׁ, וַיָּשִׂימוּ עָלֶיהָ, קְטֹרֶת; וַיַּקְרִיבוּ לִפְנֵי יְהוָה, אֵשׁ זָרָה–אֲשֶׁר לֹא צִוָּה, אֹתָם
וַתֵּצֵא אֵשׁ מִלִּפְנֵי יְהוָה, וַתֹּאכַל אוֹתָם; וַיָּמֻתוּ, לִפְנֵי יְהוָה
Leviticus 10:1-2 ויקרא י:א-ב
Uzzah עזא also, during the time of King David דוד המלך , made a tragic mistake. The Ark of G-d had been in his father’s house for some time. He and his brother Ahio אחיו had been watching it for many days. Uzzah became too familiar with the Ark. He lost his fear of HASHEM. When David came to move the Ark from his father’s house to bring it to Jerusalem, the Ark was put on an ox cart which was pulled by oxen. Uzzah walked beside the ox cart and his brother walked in front of the cart. When the cart shook because of uneven ground, Uzzah grabbed hold of the Ark. This was his destruction. The wrath of HASHEM was kindled against Uzzah, and HASEHM smote Uzzah so that he died suddenly beside the Ark. David became afraid of HASHEM and put the Ark in the house of Obed-edom for a while.
And David again gathered together all the chosen men of Israel, thirty thousand.
And David arose, and went with all the people that were with him, from Baale-judah, to bring up from thence the Ark of God, whereupon is called the Name, even the name of the LORD of hosts who sits upon the cherubim.
And they set the Ark of God upon a new cart, and brought it out of the house of Abinadab that was in the hill; and Uzzah and Ahio, the sons of Abinadab, drove the new cart.
And they brought it out of the house of Abinadab, which was in the hill, with the Ark of God, and Ahio went before the Ark.
And David and all the house of Israel played before the LORD with all manner of instruments made of cypress-wood, and with harps, and with psalteries, and with timbrels, and with sistra, and with cymbals.
And when they came to the threshing-floor of Nacon, Uzzah put forth his hand to the Ark of God, and took hold of it; for the oxen stumbled.
And the anger of the LORD was kindled against Uzzah; and God smote him there for his error; and there he died by the Ark of God.
And David was displeased, because the LORD had broken forth upon Uzzah; and that place was called Perez-uzzah, unto this day.
And David was afraid of the LORD that day; and he said: ‘How shall the Ark of the LORD come unto me?’
So David would not remove the Ark of the LORD unto him into the city of David; but David carried it aside into the house of Obed-edom the Gittite.
וַיֹּסֶף עוֹד דָּוִד אֶת־כָּל־בָּחוּר בְּיִשְׂרָאֵל שְׁלֹשִׁים אָלֶף
וַיָּקָם וַיֵּלֶךְ דָּוִד וְכָל־הָעָם אֲשֶׁר אִתּוֹ מִבַּעֲלֵי יְהוּדָה לְהַעֲלוֹת מִשָּׁם אֵת אֲרוֹן הָאֱלֹהִים אֲשֶׁר־נִקְרָא שֵׁם שֵׁם יְהוָה צְבָאוֹת יֹשֵׁב הַכְּרֻבִים עָלָיו
וַיַּרְכִּבוּ אֶת־אֲרוֹן הָאֱלֹהִים אֶל־עֲגָלָה חֲדָשָׁה וַיִּשָּׂאֻהוּ מִבֵּית אֲבִינָדָב אֲשֶׁר בַּגִּבְעָה וְעֻזָּא וְאַחְיוֹ בְּנֵי אֲבִינָדָב נֹהֲגִים אֶת־הָעֲגָלָה חֲדָשָׁה
וַיִּשָּׂאֻהוּ מִבֵּית אֲבִינָדָב אֲשֶׁר בַּגִּבְעָה עִם אֲרוֹן הָאֱלֹהִים וְאַחְיוֹ הֹלֵךְ לִפְנֵי הָאָרוֹן
וְדָוִד וְכָל־בֵּית יִשְׂרָאֵל מְשַׂחֲקִים לִפְנֵי יְהוָה בְּכֹל עֲצֵי בְרוֹשִׁים וּבְכִנֹּרוֹת וּבִנְבָלִים וּבְתֻפִּים וּבִמְנַעַנְעִים וּבְצֶלְצֶלִים
וַיָּבֹאוּ עַד־גֹּרֶן נָכוֹן וַיִּשְׁלַח עֻזָּא אֶל־אֲרוֹן הָאֱלֹהִים וַיֹּאחֶז בּוֹ כִּי שָׁמְטוּ הַבָּקָר
וַיִּחַר־אַף יְהוָה בְּעֻזָּה וַיַּכֵּהוּ שָׁם הָאֱלֹהִים עַל־הַשַּׁל וַיָּמָת שָׁם עִם אֲרוֹן הָאֱלֹהִים
יִּחַר לְדָוִד עַל אֲשֶׁר פָּרַץ יְהוָה פֶּרֶץ בְּעֻזָּה וַיִּקְרָא לַמָּקוֹם הַהוּא פֶּרֶץ עֻזָּה עַד הַיּוֹם הַזֶּה
יִּרָא דָוִד אֶת־יְהוָה בַּיּוֹם הַהוּא וַיֹּאמֶר אֵיךְ יָבוֹא אֵלַי אֲרוֹן יְהוָה
וְלֹא־אָבָה דָוִד לְהָסִיר אֵלָיו אֶת־אֲרוֹן יְהוָה עַל־עִיר דָּוִד וַיַּטֵּהוּ דָוִד בֵּית עֹבֵד־אֱדוֹם הַגִּתִּי
II Samuel 6:1-10 שמואל ב ו:א-י
These two accounts, one in the Torah about the two oldest sons of Aaron, and the other in the Prophets, about Uzzah the son of Abinadab, are relevant for the course of history in the world today. These two accounts exhort us to fear HASHEM, and to have great respect for the holy things that belong to Him.
The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom;
A good understanding have all they that do them
His praise endures forever.
רֵאשִׁית חָכְמָה, יִרְאַת יְהוָה
שֵׂכֶל טוֹב, לְכָל-עֹשֵׂיהֶם
תְּהִלָּתוֹ, עֹמֶדֶת לָעַד
Psalms 111:10 תהילים קיא:י
The nations of the earth do not perceive the holiness of HASHEM that is on His possessions.
Surely I am brutish, unlike a man, and have not the understanding of a man;
And I have not learned wisdom, that I should have the knowledge of the Holy Things.
כִּי בַעַר אָנֹכִי מֵאִישׁ; וְלֹא-בִינַת אָדָם לִי
וְלֹא-לָמַדְתִּי חָכְמָה; וְדַעַת קְדֹשִׁים אֵדָע
Proverbs 30:2-3 משלי ל:ב-ג
There is no fear of HASHEM before the eyes of these nations.
The wicked through the pride of his countenance will not seek after God: God is not in all his thoughts.
‘רָשָׁע–כְּגֹבַהּ אַפּוֹ בַּל-יִדְרֹשׁ
אֵין אֱלֹהִים כָּל-מְזִמּוֹתָיו
Psalms 10:4 תהילים י:ד
Transgression of the wicked says within my heart
-there is no fear of God before his eyes.
נְאֻם-פֶּשַׁע לָרָשָׁע, בְּקֶרֶב לִבִּי
אֵין-פַּחַד אֱלֹהִים לְנֶגֶד עֵינָיו
Psalms 36:1 תהילים לו:א
Therefore these gentile nations גוים are presumptuous and proud. They are not afraid to stretch forth their hands and touch the holy things of HASHEM. Even if they at some point realize that HASHEM says that Jerusalem is His holy city. and that it is His personal possession, they don’t think that HASHEM exists, and that He has the power to protect His own property.
Therefore HASHEM will grate them and shred them like one grates and shreds a block of cheese. Then He will cut them to pieces. As it is written in the Prophet:
And it shall come to pass in that day, that I will make Jerusalem
a stone of burden for all the peoples;
all that burden themselves with it
shall be shredded and cut to pieces;
and all the nations of the earth shall be gathered together against it.
וְהָיָה בַיּוֹם-הַהוּא אָשִׂים אֶת-יְרוּשָׁלִַם
וְנֶאֶסְפוּ עָלֶיהָ, כֹּל גּוֹיֵי הָאָרֶץ
Zechariah 12:3 זכריה יב:ג
It does not matter if the country is Russia, China, Iran, the European Union, or any other gentile nation, or group of gentile nations, HASHEM will shred them and cut them to pieces.
It does not matter how much military power, or what kind of weapons they boast that they possess, HASHEM WILL SHRED THEM AND CUT THEM TO PIECES.
Then the Messiah Yeshua המשיח ישוע will appear in His glory.