Philadelphia, PA–Changing of the guard

In preparation for the national election, I am looking at our nation’s origins in Philadelphia, PA.–JW

The Swedes named their settlement New Sweden. They traded for furs with the Indians, planted wheat, rye, and tobacco, and built forts for defense.
However, the Dutch had previously established New Amsterdam on Manhattan Island. Though they had not settled the country, they did not like the prospering Swedish Colony. So they collected a little fleet with an army of about six hundred men and in 1655 set sail for the Delaware River. This was not a very large army, but the Swedes, not being strong enough to fight, gave up to the Dutch without firing a shot or striking a blow. They were left on their farms under the rule of Holland and the colony of New Sweden came to an end.
The English also claimed this region. In 1664 an English fleet appeared before New Amsterdam, took it without firing a gun, and named it New York. Then they sent two ships to the Delaware and took the settlement there also, but not until some Dutch soldiers had been killed and wounded. This was the first bloodshed in all the quarrels of the Europeans in that region.

<em>Numbers 35:33 (ESV)</em>
<strong>You shall not pollute the land in which you live, for blood pollutes the land, and no atonement can be made for the land for the blood that is shed in it, except by the blood of the one who shed it.</strong>

<em>Deuteronomy 21:1, 6-8 (ESV)</em>
<strong>“If in the land that the Lord your God is giving you to possess someone is found slain, lying in the open country, and it is not known who killed him . . .
And all the elders of that city nearest to the slain man shall wash their hands over the heifer whose neck was broken in the valley, and they shall testify, ‘Our hands did not shed this blood, nor did our eyes see it shed. Accept atonement, O Lord, for your people Israel, whom you have redeemed, and do not set the guilt of innocent blood in the midst of your people Israel, so that their blood guilt be atoned for.’</strong>

Our Father in heaven,

How much blood has been shed along the Delaware River? As a descendant of European immigrants in America, I cry out for mercy. We have polluted the land of this great nation by spilling blood.

Lord, have mercy. Do not set the guilt of innocent blood in our midst. Help us, we pray.

The Lamb of God, Your Son Jesus Christ, died to atone for our sins in Philadelphia, PA. We cover the blood shed in sin that pollutes this land with His Blood shed in love. We cover the blood shed by European settlers against one another.

Accept atonement, O Lord, for our nation, especially Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, whom you have redeemed. Do not set the guilt of innocent blood in the midst of Philadelphia.

As intercessors of the church, we declare “Love!” over Philadelphia. Amen.
<em>Ephesians 5:25-27</em>
The Swedes named their settlement New Sweden. They traded for furs with the Indians, planted wheat, rye, and tobacco, and built forts for defense.
However, the Dutch had previously established New Amsterdam on Manhattan Island. Though they had not settled the country, they did not like the prospering Swedish Colony. So they collected a little fleet with an army of about six hundred men and in 1655 set sail for the Delaware River. This was not a very large army, but the Swedes, not being strong enough to fight, gave up to the Dutch without firing a shot or striking a blow. They were left on their farms under the rule of Holland and the colony of New Sweden came to an end.
The English also claimed this region. In 1664 an English fleet appeared before New Amsterdam, took it without firing a gun, and named it New York. Then they sent two ships to the Delaware and took the settlement there also, but not until some Dutch soldiers had been killed and wounded. This was the first bloodshed in all the quarrels of the Europeans in that region.

Numbers 35:33 (ESV)
You shall not pollute the land in which you live, for blood pollutes the land, and no atonement can be made for the land for the blood that is shed in it, except by the blood of the one who shed it.

Deuteronomy 21:1, 6-8 (ESV)
“If in the land that the Lord your God is giving you to possess someone is found slain, lying in the open country, and it is not known who killed him . . .
And all the elders of that city nearest to the slain man shall wash their hands over the heifer whose neck was broken in the valley, and they shall testify, ‘Our hands did not shed this blood, nor did our eyes see it shed. Accept atonement, O Lord, for your people Israel, whom you have redeemed, and do not set the guilt of innocent blood in the midst of your people Israel, so that their blood guilt be atoned for.’

Our Father in heaven,

How much blood has been shed along the Delaware River? As a descendant of European immigrants in America, I cry out for mercy. We have polluted the land of this great nation by spilling blood.

Lord, have mercy. Do not set the guilt of innocent blood in our midst. Help us, we pray.

The Lamb of God, Your Son Jesus Christ, died to atone for our sins in Philadelphia, PA. We cover the blood shed in sin that pollutes this land with His Blood shed in love. We cover the blood shed by European settlers against one another.

Accept atonement, O Lord, for Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, whom you have redeemed. Do not set the guilt of innocent blood in the midst of Philadelphia.

As intercessors of the church, we declare “Love!” over Philadelphia. Amen.
Ephesians 5:25-27

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