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This is another recognized day. Today, the Jewish people observe Tisha Be'Av. Numbers 13 describes Moses sending spies into the land which the Lord had promised. Numbers 14 describes the rebellion of the people, fearing the inhabitants of this new land. The Lord punished them by having them wander one year in the wilderness for each of the 40 days the spies had investigated the land he had sent them to, long enough for those rebellious ones to die and not see the promised land. The day on which the people rebelled was the 9th of Av. Today.
In 586 BC the first temple in Jerusalem was destroyed. In 780 AD the destruction of the second temple in Jerusalem which began on the 17th of Tamuz was completed. Both were destroyed on the 9th of Av. Today.
In 132 AD the Jewish revolt led by Bar Kokhba was crushed by the Romans, killing over 100,000 Jews. This was on the 9th of Av. Today.
In 133 AD, the Roman commander Turnus Rufus plowed the site of the Temple and the surrounding area. This was on the 9th of Av. Today.
The Jewish people are in their greatest time of sorrow right now. It began on 17th Tamuz and comes to a peak today. This is a fast day; they begin fasting at sundown yesterday, and continue until dark tonight – about 25 hours. In addition to the prohibitions against eating or drinking, they observe prohibitions against washing or bathing, applying creams or oils, wearing leather shoes, or having marital relations. Unlike their Muslim neighbors, this means abstaining from sex altogether. In addition, mourning customs similar to those applicable to the shiva period immediately following the death of a close relative are traditionally followed for at least part of the day, including sitting on low stools, refraining from work, and not greeting others.
In Israel, all restaurants and places of entertainment closed yesterday at sunset, and remain closed today.
Let us pray for our Jewish brothers and sisters today, asking God to relieve their sorrow and bless them in a mighty way as their persecution continues by all of their neighbors.
May God bless each of you -
Christ told me to arm myself. If you want me disarmed - - Molon Labe.