Today we started in The City of David. We saw the ancient ruins of David’s house.
We walked through part of Hezekiah’s tunnel to get to the Western Wall.
Here we walked on a 1st century road!
Then, we made our way to the steps leading up to the gates that would take pilgrims closer to the Temple. I was so glad that I got to see and walk upon these steps. These aren’t THE 15 steps that led up to the actual Temple…we didn’t go to the Temple Mount…Muslims have a shrine there today…not a site worth seeing in my opinion. But the steps reminded me of all my ladies from summer Bible Study. We took a journey and paralleled our lives with those pilgrims that would make the trek up to Jerusalem. It’s a truth etched in my heart and mind forever….Set Your Heart on Pilgrimage!!
NOW, Bless the Lord, all you servants of The Lord, who serve by night in the house of The Lord!
Lift up your hands in sanctuary and bless the Lord.
May The Lord bless you from Zion, He who made heaven and earth.
Then on to the Wailing Wall.
We went to the pool of Bethesda (house of mercy). It has been partly excavated and is about 60 feet below the present ground level.
We walked through town and ended at the House of Caiaphas, the high priest. This day was full of much reflection…(Mt. 26:57-63)
We went back to our rooms that night, knowing tomorrow we had a full morning and then would be saying goodbye to Israel. Though I was ready to see the kids by then, I would definitely be leaving a part of my heart in this special place!