Day Ten and Eleven: City of David, Hezekiah’s Tunnel, Pool of Siloam, Garden of Gethsemane, Mt. of Olives, Yad Vashem, Jerusalem Prayer Center, Southern Steps

p1020787-2012-03-16-19-22.jpgTemple Mount From Mt. of Olives

Our prayer emphasis over the last two days was for persecuted Christians who are suffering in Israel and the Middle East. Pray for their protection and perseverance. Pray also for those we had contact with over the last 10 days, especially our bus driver and our guide. Pray that our testimony over the last few day’s will be salt and light in their life.

Our last two day’s were packed! We had unusually cold and wet weather for Jerusalem, but we still were able to take in a lot of teaching and biblical sites.

City of David

We spent the majority of day nine in the Old City of David. Here we walked underground through Hezekiah’s Tunnel, viewed the pool of Siloam, and taught on David and Bathseba. The weather was cold and rainy, but everyone had great attitudes, we even braved the cold water of the tunnel!

p1020742-2012-03-16-19-22.jpg Entrance to City of David National Park

David and Bathsheba- II Samuel 11
In the spring of the year, the time when kings go out to battle, David sent Joab, and his servants with him, and all Israel. And they ravaged the Ammonites and besieged Rabbah. But David remained at Jerusalem.
2 It happened, late one afternoon, when David arose from his couch and was walking on the roof of the king’s house, that he saw from the roof a woman bathing; and the woman was very beautiful. 3 And David sent and inquired about the woman. And one said, “Is not this Bathsheba, the daughter of Eliam, the wife of Uriah the Hittite?” 4 So David sent messengers and took her, and she came to him, and he lay with her. (Now she had been purifying herself from her uncleanness.) Then she returned to her house. 5 And the woman conceived, and she sent and told David, “I am pregnant.”
6 So David sent word to Joab, “Send me Uriah the Hittite.” And Joab sent Uriah to David. 7 When Uriah came to him, David asked how Joab was doing and how the people were doing and how the war was going. 8 Then David said to Uriah, “Go down to your house and wash your feet.” And Uriah went out of the king’s house, and there followed him a present from the king. 9 But Uriah slept at the door of the king’s house with all the servants of his lord, and did not go down to his house. 10 When they told David, “Uriah did not go down to his house,” David said to Uriah, “Have you not come from a journey? Why did you not go down to your house?” 11 Uriah said to David, “The ark and Israel and Judah dwell in booths, and my lord Joab and the servants of my lord are camping in the open field. Shall I then go to my house, to eat and to drink and to lie with my wife? As you live, and as your soul lives, I will not do this thing.” 12 Then David said to Uriah, “Remain here today also, and tomorrow I will send you back.” So Uriah remained in Jerusalem that day and the next. 13 And David invited him, and he ate in his presence and drank, so that he made him drunk. And in the evening he went out to lie on his couch with the servants of his lord, but he did not go down to his house….
26 When the wife of Uriah heard that Uriah her husband was dead, she lamented over her husband. 27 And when the mourning was over, David sent and brought her to his house, and she became his wife and bore him a son. But the thing that David had done displeased the LORD.

2 Samuel 12:1–13 (ESV)

Nathan Rebukes David
12 And the LORD sent Nathan to David. He came to him and said to him, “There were two men in a certain city, the one rich and the other poor. 2 The rich man had very many flocks and herds, 3 but the poor man had nothing but one little ewe lamb, which he had bought. And he brought it up, and it grew up with him and with his children. It used to eat of his morsel and drink from his cup and lie in his arms, and it was like a daughter to him. 4 Now there came a traveler to the rich man, and he was unwilling to take one of his own flock or herd to prepare for the guest who had come to him, but he took the poor man’s lamb and prepared it for the man who had come to him.” 5 Then David’s anger was greatly kindled against the man, and he said to Nathan, “As the LORD lives, the man who has done this deserves to die, 6 and he shall restore the lamb fourfold, because he did this thing, and because he had no pity.”
7 Nathan said to David, “You are the man! Thus says the LORD, the God of Israel, ‘I anointed you king over Israel, and I delivered you out of the hand of Saul. 8 And I gave you your master’s house and your master’s wives into your arms and gave you the house of Israel and of Judah. And if this were too little, I would add to you as much more. 9 Why have you despised the word of the LORD, to do what is evil in his sight? You have struck down Uriah the Hittite with the sword and have taken his wife to be your wife and have killed him with the sword of the Ammonites. 10 Now therefore the sword shall never depart from your house, because you have despised me and have taken the wife of Uriah the Hittite to be your wife.’ 11 Thus says the LORD, ‘Behold, I will raise up evil against you out of your own house. And I will take your wives before your eyes and give them to your neighbor, and he shall lie with your wives in the sight of this sun. 12 For you did it secretly, but I will do this thing before all Israel and before the sun.’ ” 13 David said to Nathan, “I have sinned against the LORD.” And Nathan said to David, “The LORD also has put away your sin; you shall not die.

Lesson From David’s Sin:
1. Being King is Dangerous (no accountability, we must cultivate accountability)
a. he was not where he belonged.
b. he coddled temptation
2. Self-justification is what we do. (he was blinded)
3. Sin is always costly.
4. Repentance and Brokenness is what God desires. (Psalm 51)

p1020743-2012-03-16-19-22.jpg Teaching In The City of David

p1020745-2012-03-16-19-22.jpg Beginning Hezekiah’s Tunnel

p1020755-2012-03-16-19-22.jpg Finishing Hezekiah’s Tunnel

p1020774-2012-03-16-19-22.jpg Teaching In The City of David

p1020776-2012-03-16-19-22.jpg Text of II Samuel 11

Garden of Gethsemane

p1020790-2012-03-16-19-22.jpg Garden of Gethsemane (Olive Trees)

Luke 22:39–46 (ESV)

Jesus Prays on the Mount of Olives
39 And he came out and went, as was his custom, to the Mount of Olives, and the disciples followed him. 40 And when he came to the place, he said to them, “Pray that you may not enter into temptation.” 41 And he withdrew from them about a stone’s throw, and knelt down and prayed, 42 saying, “Father, if you are willing, remove this cup from me. Nevertheless, not my will, but yours, be done.” 43 And there appeared to him an angel from heaven, strengthening him. 44 And being in an agony he prayed more earnestly; and his sweat became like great drops of blood falling down to the ground. 45 And when he rose from prayer, he came to the disciples and found them sleeping for sorrow, 46 and he said to them, “Why are you sleeping? Rise and pray that you may not enter into temptation.”

1. Submission Demonstrates The Gospel.
Romans 10:1–4 (ESV)
Brothers, my heart’s desire and prayer to God for them is that they may be saved. 2 For I bear them witness that they have a zeal for God, but not according to knowledge. 3 For, being ignorant of the righteousness of God, and seeking to establish their own, they did not submit to God’s righteousness. 4 For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes.

In this passage, Paul is expressing his deep longing for the salvation of his Jewish brothers. He recognizes that they have a zeal for God, a desire to stand righteous before him. But in their zeal to serve and please God they are gravely mistaken. They are ignorant of the way of salvation—of the righteousness that comes from God. Is this ignorance just a lack of education or is there a moral component to it? It’s not simply that they are innocent, misguided seekers. No, in fact, their ignorance is willful. They are culpable because they have a desire for something other than the righteousness that comes from the God whom they say they’re seeking to please. They desire to glory in their own righteousness, so they aren’t willing to submit to his.

Isn’t that the difficulty with true Christianity? It forces us all, women and men, to subordinate ourselves—to bow low beneath the truth that if we want to be righteous we must give up all our efforts at righteousness and submit to his.

2. Suffering Demonstrates the Gospel.
1 Peter 2:19 (ESV)
19 For this is a gracious thing, when, mindful of God, one endures sorrows while suffering unjustly.
1 Peter 4:15–19 (ESV)
15 But let none of you suffer as a murderer or a thief or an evildoer or as a meddler. 16 Yet if anyone suffers as a Christian, let him not be ashamed, but let him glorify God in that name. 17 For it is time for judgment to begin at the household of God; and if it begins with us, what will be the outcome for those who do not obey the gospel of God? 18 And

“If the righteous is scarcely saved,
what will become of the ungodly and the sinner?”

19 Therefore let those who suffer according to God’s will entrust their souls to a faithful Creator while doing good.

p1020815-2012-03-16-19-22.jpg Teaching on The Mount of Olives, Near the Garden of Gethsemane

Day Ten began at the Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial. This is always a sobering place to visit considering over 6 million Jews were systematically killed during World War II.

p1020826-2012-03-16-19-22.jpg Yad Vashem (Place and Name) Isaiah 56:5

p1020827-2012-03-16-19-22.jpg Jerusalem Prayer Center

p1020829-2012-03-16-19-22.jpg Jerusalem Prayer Center

p1020846-2012-03-16-19-22.jpg Entrance To Lower Temple Mount

p1020853-2012-03-16-19-22.jpg Teaching on The Cornerstone and Acts 2

We closed our trip by looking at the massive cornerstone’s on the Temple Mount walls and teaching on Jesus becoming the Cornerstone. From there we went to Act 2 and looked at how the Church age was ushered in on the day of Pentecost and the moving of the Spirit as 3000 people were saved repenting of sin and believing in the resurrected Christ. We finished by reading Acts 1:8 and committing to the continuation of advancing the Gospel to the ends of earth as it was started some 2000 years ago near our very location.

The Cornerstone
Psalm 118:22 (ESV)
22 The stone that the builders rejected
has become the cornerstone.

Matthew 21:42 (ESV)
42 Jesus said to them, “Have you never read in the Scriptures:

“ ‘The stone that the builders rejected
has become the cornerstone;
this was the Lord’s doing,
and it is marvelous in our eyes’?

Mark 12:10 (ESV)
10 Have you not read this Scripture:

“ ‘The stone that the builders rejected
has become the cornerstone;

Acts 4:11 (ESV)
11 This Jesus is the stone that was rejected by you, the builders, which has become the cornerstone.

Pentecost Acts 2

36 Let all the house of Israel therefore know for certain that God has made him both Lord and Christ, this Jesus whom you crucified.”
37 Now when they heard this they were cut to the heart, and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, “Brothers, what shall we do?” 38 And Peter said to them, “Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. 39 For the promise is for you and for your children and for all who are far off, everyone whom the Lord our God calls to himself.” 40 And with many other words he bore witness and continued to exhort them, saying, “Save yourselves from this crooked generation.” 41 So those who received his word were baptized, and there were added that day about three thousand souls.

Acts 1:8 (ESV)
8 But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”


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