Posted by: cpc09israel | February 28, 2009

Day Two

Sorry for the delay in updating! We’ve been super busy as you can imagine. Here are the highlights of yesterday (Day Two):

We started the day at 8am to beautiful spring-like weather as we Canadians are used to. It was sunny with a light breeze, a winter-like weather I can only wish Canada would have.

Spring weather!

Spring weather!

We boarded our bus and headed to the City of David. It took us a few tries to get to the main entrance due to several road closures. We started by visiting a very high point in the City which overlooked pretty much all of Jerusalem. The view was breathtaking to say the least! We were just south of the temple mount, and we imagined the point where we standing to be the place where King David would stand and look out at the view down into the city. Because Jerusalem is very hilly, houses are literally built upon one another, so it’s very easy to see the rooftops of houses which made it very easy to understand the scripture reference of King David falling into sin when seeing Bethsheba bathing on her rooftop as that’s really how the layout of houses are here!

City of David

Entrance to the City of David

View of Jerusalem east of the Kidron Valley

View of Jerusalem east of the Kidron Valley

We also went into a very narrow tunnel system that was built around Hezekiah’s time and used to channel water from the Spring of Gihon located outside of the city walls back into the southern tip of the city. It was then a very powerful rain storm hit and we made a quick dash back to the tour bus.

Narrow Tunnel

Narrow Tunnel

The next highlight was visiting St. Peter’s church where it was believed that Jesus was held captive in the basement cells there. We went down to the holding cell area and you could actually see holes in the wall where they would put chains through it to chain down prisoners so they couldn’t escape. It was a very significant highlight of the day as we stopped to reflect on how Jesus might have felt after being handed over to the authorities and betrayed by Judas. Also, it was then that he was betrayed by all of His disciples (including 3 times by Peter hence the name of the church), so it was a very lonely time for Jesus as everyone he knew deserted Him at that point.

Holes in the rock to shackle prisoners to the wall.

Holes in the rock to shackle prisoners to the wall.

We also got a chance to visit Mount Zion where we saw King David’s tomb! At Mount Zion, we also went into an area that is believed to be the Upper Room where Jesus and His disciples had the last supper. We’ve read all these events in the bible countless times, but it literally came to life today as we visited all these regions. It’s like you have a vision of the scripture in your mind as you see these places firsthand and it so easily connects and makes the bible ever so real.

Tomb of King David

Tomb of King David

The Upper Room where it was said that the Last Supper took place!

The Upper Room where it was said that the Last Supper took place!

The last place we visited today was the Israel Museum where there was a massive miniature replica of Jerusalem in the second temple period. It really helped put into perspective how the city ran, and where we were earlier in the day if we were to be in Jerusalem over 2000 years ago. In the Israel Museum was also the Shrine of the Book which housed the actual Dead Sea scrolls. The Dead Sea scrolls are actual scriptures written on parchment (including the book of Isaiah), and this to me further legitimized and authenticated the bible, and all the more reinforces my faith.

Miniature Jerusalem in the second temple period.

Miniature Jerusalem in the second temple period

Shrine of the Book where the actual Dead Sea Scrolls are housed and on display!

Shrine of the Book where the actual Dead Sea Scrolls are housed and on display!

It’s hard to believe we did all of this in a day’s journey. Tomorrow, we’ll be going to the garden of Gethsemane and observing communion (weather permitting). We will keep you updated after tomorrow’s events!

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  1. wow! thats all so interesting…. 😉 I like all the pictures, but im just wondering… about King David’s tomb… did you guys go inside a cave? is the one covered with maroon and with the harp King David’s casket?

    are you guys gonna go again next time? lol I want to come 😉


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