Today was a long but awesome day! It was all on foot and we walked ALL over Jerusalem. We started our day by going to the Temple Mount, this is where the Temple of Solomon and Herod once stood. Today it is under Muslim control and is the home of the Al Asqa Mosque and the Dome of the Rock. From there were went to the ruins of the Pools of Bethesda and heard a great word from Neal Creecy. Our next stop was the underground remains of the Antonia Fortress, where Jesus would have been before Pilate. We also went to the Tomb of the Holy Sepulcher and finished out our day viewing the City of David and walking through Hezekiah’s Tunnel.
As soon as Solomon finished his prayer, fire came down from heaven and consumed the burnt offering and the sacrifices, and the glory of the Lord filled the temple. And the priests could not enter the house of the Lord, because the glory of the Lord filled the Lord’s house. When all the people of Israel saw the fire come down and the glory of the Lord on the temple, they bowed down with their faces to the ground on the pavement and worshiped and gave thanks to the Lord, saying, “For he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever.” ” (2 Chronicles 7:1–3, ESV)
Pools Of Bethesda
Tomb of The Holy Sepulcher
City of David
“This same Hezekiah closed the upper outlet of the waters of Gihon and directed them down to the west side of the city of David. And Hezekiah prospered in all his works. ” (2 Chronicles 32:30, ESV)