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Mulla Nasruddin once called on Sultan of Al-rifi who once had a great collection of precious stones. As he grew older he ended with one big diamond that he stuck on his turban. When Mulla asked the old king how it fared the king said,” I am in danger of losing my head.” With a sigh he added, “I hate to lose it for a stone.”

Mulla could appreciate his problem. “I too suffer from the same problem.” The king asked for details and he said, “Much as I tried it simply would not. Stone in my kidney each day grows.”

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Here Jerusalem is compared to a vine tree, among many other trees of the forest. People make the city. It can be made a city of renown or be made a den of robbers. But how long can they hold on to it by their own might without adding something of their character? When Jesus went into the temple what he saw there was enough. He made a whip of cords ‘he drove them all out of the temple, with the sheep and oxen. And he poured out the coins of the money-changers and overturned their tables. And he told those who sold the pigeons, “Take these things away; do notmakemy Father’s house a house of trade (John 2:13-16)”. People have their baggage that they bring along and before long it the city is cut up into so many sections and many of which become no-go zones after dark or…

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