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God Wants To Heal You (Lyric Video) by Earnest Pugh

Lyric video for Earnest Pugh single, “God Wants To Heal You”– a song of healing and encouragement for all in need.  live album: “Rain On Us” (2009)

 

 

“God Wants To Heal You” lyrics

[Verse 1:]
God wants to heal you
Everywhere you hurt, Everywhere you hurt
God will see you through
He’ll take the pain away

[Choir 1:]
God wants to heal you
Everywhere you hurt, Everywhere you hurt
God will see you through
He’ll take the pain away

[Verse 2:]
God Shall provide for you
Each and everyday
So lift your hands and say
Lord I need you, I need you right away

[Choir 2:]
God Shall provide for you
Each and everyday
So lift your hands and say
Lord I need you, I need you right away

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[Choir 1]

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[Break]

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[Choir 1]

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Jerome

WHEN GOD CHANGES Your PLANS

 

WHEN GOD CHANGES Your PLANS
by Carter Conlon

Good ideas are not always “God ideas.” We see this in the life of
the apostle Paul: “Now when they had gone through Phrygia and
the region of Galatia, they were forbidden by the Holy Spirit to
preach the word in Asia. After they had come to Mysia, they tried
to go into Bithynia, but the Spirit did not permit them” (Acts 16:6-7).

Just as it happened with Paul, a sincere disciple of Christ, it can
happen with all of us. We may want to go certain places and do
certain things, expecting God to go with us. However, sometimes
the pathways we choose for our lives during a particular season
may not actually be the pathway of God for us.

Paul had a vision of a man appealing to him to come to Macedonia
and help them (16:9). “Now after he had seen the vision, immediately
we sought to go to Macedonia, concluding that the Lord had called
us to preach the gospel to them” (16:10). So, although Paul had
had different plans, he and his company headed off to Macedonia.
On the way, they ministered to a group of women meeting for
prayer. One of them was an influential part of the community
and “she and her household were baptized” (16:15).

Next, they encountered a demon-possessed slave girl and when
she was delivered, her masters seized Paul and Silas and had
them beaten and thrown into prison (16:22). This serves as a
reminder that we have no guarantee that we will get a pass
through trials and trouble. In fact, sometimes obeying the will of
God will actually get us into trouble. But God´s plans are always
far superior to our own.

In prison, Paul and Silas sang praises to the Lord and witnessed
to the jailer, who in turn was transformed and baptized along with
his entire family (16:33). And just think, all this started with a man
appearing to Paul when he was praying at night, saying, “Come and help us.”

The power of God is always found where the Spirit leads you.
Today I implore you to have the courage to say, “Lord, I do not
want to live simply for my will. What would you have me do?
Where do you want me to go? Let your will be done in my life.”
Then watch God do miracles!

-Carter Conlon, Times Square Church.

-Source-           

https://worldchallenge.org/devotion/when-god-changes-your-plans

 

Jerome

They Soon Forgot His Works

Psalms 106 12-13

 

In Ps 106:13 the Psalmist said, “They soon forgot His works.” In the context, he is talking about Israel forgetting all that God did for them when He brought them out of Egypt and through the Red Sea, Ps 106:7-10. They soon forgot that the Lord had destroyed their enemies in the Red Sea. “There was not one of them left,” Ps 106:11. How in the world could they ever forget that? They even sang a song about this great deliverance and victory which is recorded for us in Exodus 15. People have short memories when it comes to things like this. How does the old adage go? The only thing men never learn from history is that they never learn from history.

Now, in the past couple of months, hopefully, the Lord has done great things for you. He certainly has done great things for me. My heart and spirit have truly been revived. God has made some significant changes in my life for the better. However, you and I run the risk of forgetting all that the Lord has done for us recently. We could easily slip right back into the old ways of doing things as we did before all this COVID-19 thing started. We cannot let that happen.

As a safeguard against falling into the same trap Israel fell into, it will help us to see why they soon forgot His works. If we can identify the source of the problem we can address it better and, hopefully, keep from forgetting what the Lord has shown us and done for us. They soon forgot His works:

Because they quit believing His words – Ps 106:12 – “Then believed they His words.” They believed right then, but they didn’t keep believing His words. Everything that has changed in my life and in the lives of others with whom I have visited is directly related to things in the words of God. God has revealed His truth directly out of His words and applied these truths in our lives. We know and understand things now that we didn’t fully understand before. In Ps 106:7, the Psalmist said, “Our fathers understood not thy wonders in Egypt.” But then in Ps 106:12, he said, “Then believed they His words.”

The Jews caught on to what God had been saying to them. He told them He was going to deliver them after he plagued Egypt. But when the plagues started and Israel’s workload increased significantly, the Jews weren’t so sure that God knew what He was doing. After Egypt had been destroyed, they had been freed, and their enemies had been totally destroyed, they got it. They understood and they believed God. At least they believed His words for a little while. They soon forgot.

If you think about some of the things you have just learned, God has been trying to teach you these lessons already. It took what you have just been through to get them. Now that you have learned and you believe what God has shown you, don’t forget. Write down what you have learned and review it from time to time to help you remember.

Because they quit singing his praises – Ps 106:12 – “They sang His praise.” Exodus 15 is an excellent song with many references to the second coming of Jesus Christ. It’s a song that Israel could sing today with as much spirit as they did when they sang it in the wilderness. This song is a constant reminder, not only of God’s great deliverance back then but also his even greater deliverance in the future.

That song is just like many of the songs that we sing. Those songs used to be so sweet to you. And when you hear those songs sung from the heart by people who are praising the Lord for His wonderful works in their lives, there is no greater sound on this earth. The Spirit of God truly honors that singing.

 

But Israel quit singing songs to the Lord. They switched from the song in Ex 15 to the song they started singing in Ex 32. They were singing to a golden calf, see Ex 32:18. How in the world could that have happened? It happened because they wanted music that was louder; it sounded to Joshua like war, Ex 32:17. They wanted music that was sensual, something they could feel. They danced to this music, Ex 32:19. They wanted something that was visual.

They could see the calf. They wanted music where they could show more flesh; many of them were naked, Ex 32:25. They wanted to worship where they could play, Ex 32:6. They had some of the right lyrics in their new song, Ex 32:4-5, but they weren’t worshipping God. If you let your songs change, you are going to soon forget His works, just like Israel did. Instead, you ought to sing songs to God with as much spirit and joy as you have ever sung them. They’re a constant reminder.

Because they quit waiting on His counsel – Ps 106:13 – “they waited not for His counsel.” It was not Israel’s idea to leave Egypt and travel through the wilderness to Canaan. It was God’s idea. It was not Israel’s idea to gain possession of the land by defeating the inhabitants, it was God’s idea. Though it was in David’s heart to build a temple for the Lord, it was God’s design and it was God’s desire that Solomon, rather than David, build it. You see, all of these things were according to God’s counsel, not men’s.

When Israel quit waiting for God’s counsel, they went after the idols of the nations around them and they forgot God. It is unbelievable how many Christians are living their lives today without waiting for the counsel of God. Even Bible believers will receive counsel through the preaching and teaching of God’s words and within a day fall right back into their own ways of doing things.

When you don’t seek and wait for the counsel of God on the matters in your life, you are setting yourself up to forget His works. You’ll turn, instead, to your own lusts. Like Israel in Numbers 21, you will end up tempting God by demanding your own way and turning from His way. You’ll forget.

Conclusion: Ps 106:12-13 shows you why Israel soon forgot His works. You don’t want to look back on these days a few months from now and say, “why did I forget the works of the Lord in my life back then?” You see where this problem could arise. So, keep believing His words and keep learning the lessons that God reveals to you out of His words.

Keep singing His praises. Ask God to put a song in your heart when you fall asleep and another song in your heart when you awake. And keep waiting on His counsel. Don’t make a move until you know, for sure, which way God is leading you.

Thus united to them in the fellowship of life, he will both understand the things revealed to them by God and, thenceforth escaping the peril that threatens sinners in the judgment, will receive that which is laid up for the saints in the kingdom of heaven. – Athanasius of Alexandria

 

Jerome

Photos: Scenes from a fourth night of racial unrest, protests across the US

Demonstrators marched, stopped traffic, and in some cases lashed out violently at police as protests erupted Friday in dozens of U.S. cities following the killing of George Floyd after a white officer pressed a knee into his neck while taking him into custody in Minnesota.

Minneapolis

In this May 29, 2020, photo, a check-cashing business burns during protests in Minneapolis. Protests continued following the death of George Floyd, who died after being restrained by Minneapolis police officers on Memorial Day. (AP Photo/John Minchillo) John Minchillo

Minneapolis

A group of protesters surrounded several National Guard vehicles that were driving on Lake Street towards the blockade under the Hiawatha Light Rail station and forced them to reverse out in Minneapolis, Minn., on Friday, May 29, 2020. A peaceful protest turned increasingly violent in the aftermath of the death of George Floyd during an arrest. Mayor Jacob Frey ordered a citywide curfew at 8 p.m. local time, beginning on Friday. (Renee Jones Schneider/Star Tribune via AP) Renee Jones Schneider

Minneapolis

A protester is doused with milk Friday, May 29, 2020, in Minneapolis. Protests continued following the death of George Floyd, who died after being restrained by Minneapolis police officers on Memorial Day. (AP Photo/John Minchillo) John Minchillo

Minneapolis

Protesters gather outside the Minnesota Vikings football stadium, Friday, May 29, 2020, in Minneapolis. Protests continued following the death of George Floyd, who died after being restrained by Minneapolis police officers on Memorial Day. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

Atlanta

An Atlanta Police Department vehicle burns as people pose for a photo during a demonstration against police violence, Friday, May 29, 2020, in Atlanta. The protest started peacefully earlier in the day before demonstrators clashed with police. The Memorial Day death of George Floyd in police custody in Minneapolis has sparked protests nationwide. (AP Photo/Mike Stewart)

Atlanta

Protesters smash police cars in Atlanta, Friday, May 29, 2020. Protesters marched for George Floyd, who died after being restrained by Minneapolis police officers on Memorial Day. (Ben Gray/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP)

Atlanta

Protestors raise their hands in front of a burning vending cart outside of the visitor bureau office in Centennial Park, late Friday, May 29, 2020, in Atlanta, Georgia. Protests continued following the death of George Floyd, who died after being restrained by Minneapolis police officers on Memorial Day. (Ben Gray/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP)

Washington D.C.

Demonstrators gather across from the White House to protest the death of George Floyd, a black man who died in police custody in Minneapolis, Friday, May 29, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Washington D.C.

A demonstrator argues with a uniformed U.S Secret Service police officer during a protest about the death of George Floyd, a black man who died in police custody in Minneapolis, Friday, May 29, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Washington D.C.

Demonstrators gather to protest the death of George Floyd, a black man who died in police custody in Minneapolis, Friday, May 29, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

New York City

A protester is arrested during a rally at the Barclays Center over the death of George Floyd, a black man who was in police custody in Minneapolis Friday, May 29, 2020, in the Brooklyn borough of New York. Floyd died after being restrained by Minneapolis police officers on Memorial Day. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

New York City

A protestor is arrested near Barclays Center after a rally over the death of George Floyd, a black man who was in police custody in Minneapolis, on Friday, May 29, 2020, in the Brooklyn borough of New York. Floyd died after being restrained by Minneapolis police officers on Memorial Day. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)

Dallas

Artist Theo Ponchaveli works on a mural of George Floyd, in Dallas, Friday, May 29, 2020. Floyd is a black man who died in police custody Monday, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

Denver

A participant holds an American flag upside down as her child plays on the steps during a protest outside the State Capitol Friday, May 29, 2020, in Denver, over the death of George Floyd, a handcuffed black man in police custody in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

Las Vegas

A person wears a mask that says “Black Lives Matter” during a protest of the death of George Floyd, Friday, May 29, 2020, in Las Vegas. Floyd died Memorial Day while in the custody of the Minneapolis police. (AP Photo/John Locher)

Omaha

Omaha police arrest a woman for sitting in the eastbound lane of Dodge Street just west of 72nd Street, Friday, May 29, 2020, in Omaha, Neb. People were protesting the death of George Floyd who died in the custody of the Minneapolis police on Memorial Day. (Chris Machian/Omaha World-Herald via AP)

Omaha

The Omaha police mounted patrol is silhouetted in tear gas as they approach protesters at 72nd and Dodge Streets, Friday, May 29, 2020, in Omaha, Neb. People were protesting the death of George Floyd who died in the custody of the Minneapolis police on Memorial Day. (Chris Machian/Omaha World-Herald via AP)

Kansas City

In this May 29, 2020, photo, a woman holds a placard as she screams “You have no authority to kill minorities,” at Kansas City Police during a protest against police brutality and the death George Floyd at the Country Club Plaza in Kansas City. Protests have been erupting all over the country after George Floyd died earlier this week in police custody in Minneapolis. (Tammy Ljungblad/The Kansas City Star via AP)

Des Moines

In this May 29, 2020, photo, protesters take their knees on 2nd Street during a protest in Des Moines. Protests have been erupting all over the country after George Floyd died earlier this week in police custody in Minneapolis. (Bryon Houlgrave/The Des Moines Register via AP)

Oakland

Vandalized cars sit in a Mercedes-Benz of Oakland showroom in Oakland, Calif., on Saturday, May 30, 2020, during protests against the Monday death of George Floyd, a handcuffed black man in police custody in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)

Portland

People march from the George Floyd vigil at Peninsula Park towards the Justice Center downtown in Portland, Friday, March 29, 2020. After hours of largely peaceful demonstrations, violence escalated late Friday in downtown Portland, as hundreds of people gathered to protest the Minneapolis police killing of a black man George Floyd.(Dave Killen/The Oregonian via AP)

Los Angeles

Police officers move forward to clear the street during a protest over the death of George Floyd Friday, May 29, 2020, in Los Angeles. Floyd died in police custody Monday in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)

Los Angeles

A boy holds a sign during a protest in downtown Los Angeles, Friday, May 29, 2020, over the death of George Floyd, who died in police custody on Memorial Day in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Christian Monterrosa)

Los Angeles

In this May 29, 2020, photo, protesters raise their hands during a protest over the death of George Floyd in Los Angeles. Floyd died in police custody Monday in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)

Los Angeles

A police officer prepares to fire rubber bullets during a protest over the death of George Floyd, Friday, May 29, 2020 in Los Angeles. Floyd died in police custody Monday in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)

Los Angeles

Protesters standoff with police officers during a protest over the death of George Floyd, Friday, May 29, 2020, in Los Angeles. Floyd died in police custody Monday in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)

Los Angeles

Police officers move forward to clear the street during a protest over the death of George Floyd, Friday, May 29, 2020, in Los Angeles. Floyd died in police custody Monday in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)

Los Angeles

A protester runs as police officers moving forward to clear the street during a protest over the death of George Floyd, Friday, May 29, 2020, in Los Angeles. Floyd died in police custody Monday in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)

Los Angeles

A protester stands off with police officers during a protest over the death of George Floyd, Friday, May 29, 2020, in Los Angeles. Floyd died in police custody Monday in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)

Los Angeles

A protester attacks a police car during a protest over the death of George Floyd, Friday, May 29, 2020, in Los Angeles. Floyd died in police custody Monday in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)

Minneapolis

People attempt to extinguish cars on fire, Friday, May 29, 2020, in Minneapolis. Protests continued following the death of George Floyd, who died after being restrained by Minneapolis police officers on Memorial Day. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

Minneapolis

Demonstrators kneel before police Saturday, May 30, 2020, in Minneapolis. Protests continued following the death of George Floyd, who died after being restrained by Minneapolis police officers on Memorial Day. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

Minneapolis

A protester washes tear gas off his face after a skirmish with the National Guard near the 3rd Precinct before heading down Lake St. towards the 5th Precinct in Minneapolis, Minn., Friday, May 29, 2020. Peaceful protests turned increasingly violent in the aftermath of the death of George Floyd during an arrest. Mayor Jacob Frey ordered a citywide curfew at 8 p.m. local time, beginning on Friday. (Richard Tsong-Taatarii/Star Tribune via AP)

Minneapolis

People loot a convenience store Friday, May 29, 2020, in Minneapolis. Protests continued following the death of George Floyd, who died after being restrained by Minneapolis police officers on Memorial Day. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

Minneapolis

Protesters move along a highway, Friday, May 29, 2020, in Minneapolis. Protests continued following the death of George Floyd, who died after being restrained by Minneapolis police officers on Memorial Day. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

Florida

Kolani Parks, 3, underlines a message written on a sidewalk in front of a townhouse owned by Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, Friday, May 29, 2020, in Windermere, Fla. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)

Los Angeles

A vandalized police car is seen as police officers move forward during a protest over the death of George Floyd, Friday, May 29, 2020, in Los Angeles. Floyd died in police custody Monday in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)

Minneapolis

People loot then burn an Office Depot Friday, May 29, 2020, in Minneapolis. Protests continued following the death of George Floyd, who died after being restrained by Minneapolis police officers on Memorial Day. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

Minneapolis

A protester spray paints George Floyd’s name Friday, May 29, 2020, in Minneapolis. Protests continued following the death of Floyd who died after being restrained by Minneapolis police officers on Memorial Day. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

Minneapolis

Police prepare and organize to address protesters, Friday, May 29, 2020, in Minneapolis. Protests continued following the death of George Floyd, who died after being restrained by Minneapolis police officers on Memorial Day. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

Atlanta

After a peaceful march Friday, May 29, 2020, in Atlanta, the Georgia State Capitol that swelled with protestors returned to the area around the Centennial Olympic Park and CNN center where some confronted police, who sprayed some demonstrators with pepper spray. They carried signs and chanted their messages of outrage over the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis. (Ben Gray/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP)

Atlanta

A police car burns after protesters marched to the Georgia State Capitol and returned to the area around the Centennial Olympic Park and CNN center where some confronted police Friday, May 29, 2020, in Atlanta. The protesters carried signs and chanted messages of outrage over the death of George Floyd, a handcuffed back man who died Memorial Day in the custody of the Minneapolis police. (Alyssa Pointer/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP)

Atlanta

An Atlanta Police Department vehicle burns during a demonstration against police violence, Friday, May 29, 2020, in Atlanta. The protest started peacefully earlier in the day before demonstrators clashed with police. (AP Photo/Mike Stewart)

Atlanta

Police officers and protesters clash near CNN Center, Friday, May 29, 2020, in Atlanta, in response to George Floyd’s death in police custody in Minneapolis on Memorial Day. The protest started peacefully earlier in the day before demonstrators clashed with police. (AP Photo/Mike Stewart)

Atlanta

An Atlanta Police Department vehicle burns during a demonstration against police violence, Friday, May 29, 2020, in Atlanta. The protest started peacefully earlier in the day before demonstrators clashed with police. (AP Photo/Mike Stewart)

Atlanta

EDS NOTE: OBSCENITY – Demonstrators paint on the CNN logo during a protest, Friday, May 29, 2020, in Atlanta, in response to the death of George Floyd in police custody on Memorial Day in Minneapolis. The protest started peacefully earlier in the day before demonstrators clashed with police. (AP Photo/Mike Stewart)

Washington D.C.

Demonstrators protest the death of George Floyd, a black man who died in police custody in Minneapolis, Friday, May 29, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Washington D.C.

Uniformed U.S. Secret Service police detain a protester in Lafayette Park across from the White House as demonstrators protest the death of George Floyd, a black man who died in police custody in Minneapolis, Friday, May 29, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Washington D.C.

Demonstrators protest the death of George Floyd, a black man who died in police custody in Minneapolis, Friday, May 29, 2020, in Washington, near the U.S. Capitol. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Washington D.C.

EDS NOTE: OBSCENITY – Demonstrators write graffiti on the side of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit next to Lafayette Square park near the White House as they protest the death of George Floyd, a black man who died in police custody in Minneapolis, Friday, May 29, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

New York City

Protesters demonstrate against the death of George Floyd, a black man who was in police custody in Minneapolis, Friday, May 29, 2020, in New York. Floyd died after being restrained by Minneapolis police officers on Memorial Day. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

New York City

Protesters rally at the Barclays Center over the death of George Floyd, a black man who was in police custody in Minneapolis Friday, May 29, 2020, in the Brooklyn borough of New York. Floyd died after being restrained by Minneapolis police officers on Memorial Day. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

New York City

Police arrest a protester during a rally at Barclays Center over the death of George Floyd, a handcuffed black man who died Memorial Day while in the custody of the Minneapolis police, Friday, May 29, 2020, in the Brooklyn borough of New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

Dallas

Dallas Police Chief Reneé Hall confronts protestors at Young St. and S. Griffin St. in downtown Dallas, Friday, May 29, 2020. People marched in protest of the in-custody death of George Floyd when they confronted Dallas Police tactical officers and tear gas was fired. (Tom Fox/The Dallas Morning News via AP)/The Dallas Morning News via AP)

San Jose

San Jose police subdue a man prior to arresting him during a protest over the Memorial Day death of George Floyd, a handcuffed black man in police custody in Minneapolis, Friday, May 29, 2020, in San Jose, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

San Jose

A protester confronts San Jose police as they advance on Friday, May 29, 2020, in San Jose, Calif., as people demonstrate nationwide in response to George Floyd dying while in police custody on Memorial Day, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

Kansas City

In this May 29, 2020, photo, a protester confronts Kansas City police during a George Floyd protest at the Country Club Plaza in Kansas City. Protests have been erupting all over the country after George Floyd died earlier this week in police custody in Minneapolis. (Tammy Ljungblad/The Kansas City Star via AP)

Lexington, Kentucky

Protesters calling for an end to police violence walk through downtown Lexington, Ky., on Friday, May 29, 2020. Protests have been erupting all over the country after George Floyd died earlier this week in police custody in Minneapolis. (Ryan C. Hermens/Lexington Herald-Leader via AP)

Des Moines

In this May 29, 2020, photo, a protester kicks at a can of gas during a protest in Des Moines. Protests have been erupting all over the country after George Floyd died earlier this week in police custody in Minneapolis. (Bryon Houlgrave/The Des Moines Register via AP)

Des Moines

In this May 29, 2020, photo, a police officer fires pepper spray during a protest in Des Moines. Protests have been erupting all over the country after George Floyd died earlier this week in police custody in Minneapolis. (Bryon Houlgrave/The Des Moines Register via AP)

Des Moines

Protestors jump off of a police car after breaking its windshield after a peaceful protest in support of George Floyd broke out into violence downtown on Friday, May 29, 2020, in Des Moines. Floyd died earlier this week in police custody in Minneapolis. (Brian Powers/The Des Moines Register via AP)

Oakland

Demonstrators burn garbage in Oakland, Calif., on Friday, May 29, 2020, while protesting the Monday death of George Floyd, a handcuffed black man in police custody in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)

Oakland

A woman flees chemical irritants detonated by police in Oakland, Calif., on Friday, May 29, 2020, while protesting the Monday death of George Floyd, a handcuffed black man in police custody in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)

Oakland

Demonstrators climb atop a truck while blocking all lanes of traffic on Interstate 880 in Oakland, Calif., on Friday, May 29, 2020, while protesting the Monday death of George Floyd, a handcuffed black man in police custody in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)

Oakland

In this May 29, 2020, photo, protester runs past a Walgreens store while it is being looted during a march in response to the Minneapolis death of George Floyd in downtown Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ethan Swope)

Portland

A protestor covers his face as teargas envelops him in Portland, Friday, March 29, 2020. After hours of largely peaceful demonstrations, violence escalated late Friday in downtown Portland, as hundreds of people gathered to protest the Minneapolis police killing of a black man George Floyd.(Dave Killen/The Oregonian via AP)

Portland

A police officer is silhouetted with a burning car is seen rear, as violence escalated after peaceful demonstrations, late Friday, May 29, 2020, in downtown Portland, OR. Hundreds of people gathered to protest the Minneapolis police killing go George Floyd. Floyd died earlier this week in police custody in Minneapolis.(Mark Graves/The Oregonian via AP)

Memphis

Devante Hill kneels in honor of George Floyd at the intersection Beale Street and B.B. King Boulevard as hundreds gather to protest over the death of George Floyd Friday, May 29, 2020, in Memphis. Floyd died in police custody Monday in Minneapolis. (Patrick Lantrip/Daily Memphian via AP)

Los Angeles

A protester yells at police while protesting the Monday death of George Floyd, a handcuffed black man in police custody in Minneapolis, in downtown Los Angeles, Friday, May 29, 2020. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)

Los Angeles

In this May 29, 2020, photo, protesters confront police officers during a protest over the death of George Floyd in Los Angeles. Floyd died in police custody Monday in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)

Los Angeles

In this May 29, 2020, photo, police officers fire rubber bullets during a protest over the death of George Floyd in Los Angeles. Floyd died in police custody Monday in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)

Los Angeles

A man throws a hand truck into the window of vandalized CVS store during a protest over the death of George Floyd Saturday, May 30, 2020, in Los Angeles. Floyd died in police custody Monday in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

Los Angeles

Protesters confront police officers while blocking the 110 Freeway during a protest over the death of George Floyd Friday, May 29, 2020, in Los Angeles. Floyd died in police custody Monday in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

Los Angeles

A demonstrator attacks a police car during a protest over the death of George Floyd in downtown Los Angeles, Friday, May 29, 2020. Floyd died in the custody of the Minneapolis police on Memorial Day. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)

Los Angeles

Protesters sit in the street in Los Angeles, Friday, May 29, 2020, in protest over the death of George Floyd, who died in police custody on Memorial Day in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Christian Monterrosa)

Los Angeles

A protester climbs into a vandalized restaurant during a protest over the death of George Floyd Friday, May 29, 2020, in Los Angeles. Floyd died in police custody Monday in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)

Los Angeles

Protesters standoff with police officers during a protest over the death of George Floyd, Friday, May 29, 2020, in Los Angeles. Floyd died in police custody Monday in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)

Los Angeles

Protesters standoff with police officers during a protest over the death of George Floyd, Friday, May 29, 2020, in Los Angeles. Floyd died in police custody Monday in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)

Los Angeles

A protester holding a sign standing next to a burning trash can during a protest over the death of George Floyd, Friday, May 29, 2020, in Los Angeles. Floyd died in police custody Monday in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)

Jerome

Police shoot dead East J’lem man with special needs thought he was holding a gun

Iyad Halak reportedly didn’t understand police order to stop, was shot at least 7 times; 2 officers questioned; police says ‘rare incident’ referred for an internal investigation

Iyad Halak (Courtesy)

Iyad Halak (Courtesy)

Police in Jerusalem’s Old City on Saturday morning shot dead a man who they said was thought to be “holding a suspicious object that appeared to be a gun.” The man reportedly had special needs and did not understand the officers’ calls to stop.

Hebrew media reported that East Jerusalem resident Iyad Halak, 32, was not armed.

Police said the man was asked to stop by officers stationed near the Lion’s Gate, a site of multiple attacks in the past, which led to a brief chase on foot. Police fired at the suspect to “neutralize” him during the chase; Hebrew media reported there were at least seven shots fired toward Halak, some as he hid in a garbage room.

Halak had been on his way to a special needs educational institute in the Old City where he studied. His father told the Kan public broadcaster he believed his son was holding his cellphone when he was first spotted by the police.

“We tell him every morning to keep his phone in his hand so we can be in contact with him and make sure he has safely arrived at the educational institution,” he said.

His father, Kheiri Hayak, told Channel 13 news that police searched the family home after the shooting, despite there being no evidence Halak was armed. “They found nothing,” he said.

Hayak said his son walked to the educational institute on the same route every morning and that police forces have likely seen him before. He told Channel 13 the incident occurred close to the entrance to the institute, about 100 meters away.

His mother claimed to Channel 12 that he was “killed in cold blood.”

Police have opened an investigation and two Border Police officers were questioned over the shooting.

MK Ofer Cassif of the predominantly-Arab Joint List party responded to the incident, saying that the man’s death was “murder by police” as a result of government incitement.

“The case today in Jerusalem can only be defined as murder by police,” Cassif tweeted. “The incitement from the corridors of the government has done its best and now every Palestinian is a terrorist until proven otherwise.”

Opposition leader Yair Lapid, whose daughter is autistic, said Halak’s death was “heartbreaking.”

“The death of a young person with special needs is heartbreaking and all of Israel bows their heads. This is not our way,” he tweeted.

In a statement on Saturday afternoon, police rebuffed the criticism made by politicians, calling them “harsh and irresponsible.”

“The roles and missions of the police forces in Jerusalem, and especially in the Old City, are particularly complex and often involve [making] complex decisions, sacrifices and life endangerment,” the police said in post on social media (Hebrew).

The police said the area has seen multiple attacks in recent years, including against officers and Border Patrol forces.

Calling the death a “rare incident,” the police said the case was immediately referred for an internal affairs investigation. “It is appropriate to wait for the results of the investigation before reaching any definitive conclusions, and to avoid the ugly slander… of those who, on a daily basis, protect the security of Israeli citizens,” the statement read.

Hebrew media reported there were concerns of protests over the young man’s death on Sunday, when the Al-Aqsa Mosque on the Temple Mount compound is set to reopen. It was shuttered by the Islamic Waqf along with the Dome of the Rock on March 15 in order to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus.

The shooting came after Israeli troops on Friday thwarted an attempted car-ramming attack in the northern West Bank, shooting the assailant, the military said. There were no injuries to the soldiers. Hebrew media reports said the driver, a Palestinian, was killed.

There have been a number of attacks and attempted assaults on Israelis and Israel Defense Forces troops in recent weeks, with a top defense official reportedly warning of a potential wave of violence if Israel unilaterally annexes parts of the West Bank.