I don't have to do much explaining to share what happened in Jerusalem! What you may not know is that Jerusalem did not become an important city in Israelite history until David moved his capital from Hebron to Jerusalem in 2 Samuel 5:5, "At Hebron he [David] reigned over Judah 7 years and 6 months, and in Jerusalem he reigned 33 years over all Israel and Judah" (2 Sam. 5:5). Before David, Jerusalem was not inhabited by the Israelites, but by several other pagan people groups. It just happened to be when David became king it was ruled by the jebusites. When David moved his capital is when Jerusalem begin to have a significance as a 𝘱𝘭𝘢𝘤𝘦 to the Israelites. It is true that there are references to Jerusalem before David, such as Zion or Salem, but Jerusalem as a city, the city of the King (both David and Messiah 👑) grew in significane politically and developed emotional attachment amongst God's people during the 8th c. BC.
Pictured is the Old City of Jerusalem, the Mount of Olives on the horizon, and the golden dome of the Dome of the Rock. The Dome of the Rock is a beautiful building that is a holy mosque in Islam. It is believed by Muslims that the Prophet Muhammad took his night journey into heaven where his prophetic authority was affirmed. It is because of this that Jerusalem is holy in Islam. Today, the Dome of the Rock sits on top of what is considered to be the Temple Mount built by Herod the great in the 1st c. AD. It was on top of this large Temple Mount structure that the Temple of God stood. Inside the temple was where God's presence dwelt among his people after King Solomon had it built.
Hear O Israel. The LORD our God, the LORD is One & you shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, all your soul & might. 🌿 we are HIS & it is the greatest blessing in all things that we too should be engrafted into His chosen people, Israel -that we would also become His very own🌿
“When I arrived in Holland I felt like a displaced olive tree, searching for a place to take root between the Dutch conifers and oaks. I wish you would know where I come from, I wrote.“
AN ARABIC HORSE ~ by Nabil is a short, but powerful story!
Souvenir de la fin de deux jours de visites intensifs de la vielle ville de Jerusalem.
Et quel meilleur clap de fin que de pouvoir admirer le soleil se coucher sur la ville.
En tant qu’amoureuse des couchers de soleil j’avais chercher le meilleur spot avant de partir et c’était sans aucun doute le Mont des Oliviers.
Trois options pour s’y rendre : à pieds, en bus ou en taxi.
La meilleure option reste à mon sens de monter à pieds car elle offre une belle balade avec plusieurs centres d’intérêts (églises, couvents, jardins, Vallée des rois, Cité de David etc). Mais il faut prévoir assez de temps sur son programme de visite.
C’est justement le temps qui nous a fait défaut. C’est pourquoi nous avons opté pour la version la plus locale en prenant le bus.
Si durant le trajet en bus j’étais déçue de ne pas avoir pu faire la montée à pieds, ce sentiment fut rapidement balayé tant la vue est magique en haut. Le temps paraît comme suspendu ✨
The Mount of Olives in Jerusalem, sometimes also referred to as Mount Olives is an important landmark, located next to the Old City of Jerusalem. The Mount of Olives refers to the ridge located east of the Old City and gets its name from the olive groves that at one time covered the land. A significant and meaningful landmark, the Mount of Olives in Jerusalem dates back to biblical times and is important to both Jews and Christians.
Today, the Mount of Olives is used as a Jewish cemetery and has been for over 3,000 years, it holds some 150,000 graves. In fact, the Mount of Olives has been used as a burial location for Jews since biblical times, including the burial location for some of the most prominent biblical kings.
I said it once and I’ll say it again- I thoroughly enjoyed my time in Israel. I’m not going to lie and say that the media and people’s opinions didn’t start to make me nervous about visiting as I got closer to going on this trip, but I went anyways and I’m so glad I did. 🕌
For me, it just reiterates the fact that it’s so important to me to experience something for myself before forming an opinion. I encourage all y’all to do the same. Want to go somewhere? DO IT! Of course, take the necessary precautions, but if you never go, you’ll never know! ✈️ That being said, I’d be happy to talk to any of you about visiting the Middle East (Jordan & Israel specifically), share our itinerary, or visit again with you. Just holla 🙃