Daily Archives: October 30, 2022

Sitting, walking and praying where the Savior did…

Taking a cab up to the second highest spot in Jerusalem, we got coffee and sat for a spell on the Mount of Olives. This is a pano of Jerusalem from up there.

During Passion Week / Holy Week (you choose) Jesus spent a lot of time up here. And it was from here that tradition tell us he ascended. With that in mind we went to the spot that is revered for that event. But Luke names Bethany as the spot, so we hunted for a view eastward.

Looking east from the Mount of Olives. Bethany would’ve been back there somewhere. Those distant mountains may be across the Jordan river.
We walked down the mountain, stopped for a few moments of prayer in the Garden of Gethsemane, then across the brook Kidron to the eastern wall of Old Jerusalem.
The Kidron valley.
Once across the Kidron valley we look back to see the Mount of Olives with the Garden bottom right. If the Temple were still standing, this would be the western vista.
These walls are not the original. They were reconstructed by the Ottomans.
But the enormity gives us helpful perspective looking up from above the Kidron valley to the southern corner of where the Temple once stood.
This southern wall once had a southern entrance to the Temple. Below it were various pools. We were heading for the Western Wall.
Signage facing those exiting the Dung gate on the southeastern wall.
Once through the almost airport type security lines, you’re welcomed by this.
Actual remnant of the western wall of the Temple that Jesus knew. The devout pray fervently, I joined them and prayed some Psalms. Here’s some of one of them…
From Psalm 135

Give praise indeed.

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