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Summary: Colossae was destroyed by an earth quake in ad 60-61, evidently before Paul wrote this epistle.

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#2~Col.1: 9-18 ~Colossians Study~ 12-1-13

Before we get back to our verse by verse study in Colossians I want to give you some things that I found to be interesting, and hopefully to you as well.

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There are seven people that we read of in the Bible that God gave them their names before birth, and God had plans for all 7.

Ishmael- Gen. 16:11~ Isaac- Gen. 17:19--Abraham was the father of both--

~ Solomon was the third child that God gave a name for before his birth.- 1 Chronicles 22:9 ~ Josiah named about 300 years before born- 1 Kings 13:2~Cyrus "a gentile, Persian" named 173 years before born-Isaiah 45:1--7~~~ then after 400 years, John the Baptist, John means "God is gracious' Luke 1:13~ And last but certainly not least, JESUS our Savior- Luke 1:30-33.

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* Ancient names of Jerusalem:

References to the city of Jerusalem appear throughout the entire Scriptures.

The Scriptural history of Jerusalem (known then as "Salem"), begins when Abraham meets "Melchizedek" (King of Justice) about 2000 BC.

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~ Through the ages it has been called by many names, 9 that we know of and possibly more --- Urusalim, Salem, Mount Moriah, Adonai Urah, Jebus, Jerusalem, Zion, the City of David, Ariel (Lion of God)...

~God has declared that this is the place He will establish His Name and will dwell there forever.

~David conquered Jerusalem by defeating the Jebusites in 1052 BCE

(Chronicles 1 11:4-9),

~ In history, No other city has been beloved and fought over as Jerusalem.

References to the city of Jerusalem appear throughout the entire Scriptures.

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* Jerusalem and Bethlehem are both called "the City of David"

2 Samuel 5:4 &6-7 David was thirty years old when he began to reign, and he reigned forty years. ---

6And the king [David] and his men went to Jerusalem unto the Jebusites, the inhabitants of the land: which spake unto David, saying, "Except thou take away the blind and the lame, thou shalt not come in hither:" thinking, David cannot come in hither. 7Nevertheless David took the strong hold of Zion: the same is the city of David.

* Recorded also in 1 Chronicles 11:4--9.

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Luke 2:4 & 11- tell us that Bethlehem is called "the city of David".

4And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judaea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; (because he was of the house and lineage of David :)

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11For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.

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~ So these two places, (Jerusalem, and Bethlehem) are called "the city of David," but they are called this for two distinct and different reasons.

~ In the Old Testament we find Jerusalem as the city of David, because David conquered it, [in a way of saying, now that's David's city] defeating the heathen Canaanite Jebusites who had inhabited that area (though they were not completely destroyed or expelled,) for David's son Solomon later subjected the remnant of the Jebusites to slave status.


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