Jerusalem which now is, is in bondage with her children – but the Jerusalem above is free, which is the mother of us all (Galatians 4:25, 26).
David’s first act as king over Israel was to establish a new capital city. David chose the centralized city of Jerusalem, a stronghold of a people known as Jebusites (Second Samuel 5:6-9).
Earlier called Salem, meaning peace (Genesis 14:18), Jerusalem sat on a narrow finger-shaped hill with steep cliffs on 3 sides. The highest point of the city was Mount Zion. The Jebusites thought their city was impregnable so that even the blind and lame could protect it; but David knew God had given Israel all the land. He conquered the city and became great, and the Lord God of hosts was with him (Second Samuel 5:10).
Since the time of David, Jerusalem has been the capital of God’s earthly people Israel. It’s had a turbulent history and is today a politically and religiously divided city.
As Christians, we support the people of Israel and their right to their God-given homeland, but the Bible reminds us that we desire a better, that is, a heavenly country. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for He has prepared a city for them (Hebrews 11:16). A New Jerusalem is the capital of God’s heavenly people, the Church. It is from this heavenly capital that the Prince of Peace rules and reigns and we will one day live (Revelation 21:2 – 22:5).
While the earthly Jerusalem is a symbol of man’s bondage to the sin of this world; the heavenly New Jerusalem is symbolic of God’s grace and freedom from sin (Galatians 4:25-26).