I have previously reflected on the importance of Joppa (Jaffa) as a gateway in Holy Scripture. In Summit Park, the highest point of Joppa, Israel, are the excavated remains of a brick wall from an Egyptian fortress built by Ramses II, about 1250 years before Christ. Ramses II is the “Pharaoh of the Exodus,” and I thought I would use the ten plagues of Egypt as a model of prayer for Joppa.
The first plague turned the Nile River into blood. Hapi was the god of the annual flooding of the Nile in ancient Egyptian religion. Two titles of Hapi were Lord of the Fishes and Birds of the Marshes and Lord of the River Bringing Vegetation.
Khnum (also spelled Khnemu) was originally the god of the source of the Nile River. Since the annual flooding of the Nile brought with it silt and clay, and its water brought life to its surroundings, he was thought to be the creator of the bodies of human children, which he made at a potter’s wheel, from clay, and placed in their mothers’ wombs.
Psalm 29 excerpts (ESV)
Ascribe to the Lord, O heavenly beings, ascribe to the Lord glory and strength.
You are the Source of Life, O Lord. You are the Lord of Life.
Ascribe to the Lord the glory due his name; worship the Lord in the splendor of holiness.
You gathered the Jewish people from the nations of the earth, and changed the speech of the peoples to a pure speech, to Hebrew, that all of them may call upon the name of the Lord and serve him with one accord.
The voice of the Lord is over the waters; the God of glory thunders,the Lord, over many waters.
The voice of the Lord is over the Mediterranean Sea, the Jaffa bay, the Yarqon River, and the Ayalon stream.
The voice of the Lord is powerful;
the voice of the Lord is full of majesty.
You turned the Nile River into blood, and displayed your sovereignty over Hapi and Khnum. You, not they, are the Creator and Sustainer of Life.
The voice of the Lord makes the deer give birth
At Joppa, You called forth Tabitha (gazelle) to resurrection life.
and in his temple all cry, “Glory!”
We cry, “Glory!” for the establishment of Your kingdom in Israel as it is in heaven. We cry, “Glory!” at the Gate of Faith in Summit Park.
The Lord sits enthroned over the flood;
the Lord sits enthroned as king forever.
The river of the water of life, bright as crystal, flows from the throne of God and of the Lamb through the middle of the street of the city. We declare that the river of the water of life shall flow through Joppa.
May the Lord give strength to his people!
You have chosen the children of Israel. Sing, Joppa! Sing, O ancient port.
O Mighty One to save, rejoice over Joppa with loud singing.
May the Lord bless his people with peace!
Sing to the Lord a new song, O Joppa, you who go down to the sea, and all that fills it, the coastlands and their inhabitants. Sing a new song, for He has done marvelous things! His right hand and His holy arm have worked salvation for Him.
References: Exodus 7:16-21, Zephaniah 3:9,17, Revelation 22:1-2, Psalm 98:1, Isaiah 42:10, Time to Defeat the Devil by Chuck D. Pierce, p. 70-72, Wikipedia.