Thoughts on Jerusalem

Jerusalem is an intense place. Its people, history and the blending of cultures as different as night and day brings about a palpable energy that leaves you both charged and exhausted. It’s also more than a little overwhelming to realize your feet are walking some of the same roads Jesus did during his time on earth some two thousand years ago. I know, wow!

Whether you’re a believer or not it is hard not to ponder the historical accuracy of the Bible when touring so many archeological sites that back up its teachings. The city of King David, Herod’s Palace, the Last Supper room, Jacob’s Well, the Pool of Bethesda; these and numerous other places all existed and you can actually view the ruins.

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City of King David                                                     Room of the Last Supper

One might even go further and say that the symbolism of the Temple Mount, the area where King Solomon built the Temple of the Lord and one of the holiest sites in the Old city; and the Dome of the Rock, a Muslim shrine built on top of it, explain much of the world’s turbulence since it began.jerusalem-temple-mt

Regardless, most everyone agrees that being inside the walls of this ancient city brings about a level of conflicting emotions that’s difficult to convey.  The Church of the Holy Sepulchre for example, built over an area where Jesus was said to have been crucified and then rose from the dead, is similar to what I would imagine being stuck in a wind tunnel with opposing forces coming at you at lightning speed is.

 

The sacredness and holiness of it all brings an uncontrollable awe and reverence, yet you’re among hundreds of frenzied people, pushing, chanting, praying and certainly oblivious to any sort of love your neighbor sentiment. Emotions run high and tempers short, yet the raw devotion and universal yearning for hope being expressed is a beautiful thing to witness.

Church of the Holy Sepulchre

The Jewish people too are an anomaly.  What comes off at first as a brusque roughness in demeanor, quickly turns to warmth and helpfulness as you get to know them.  As an Israeli friend of mine put it, “We don’t like to waste time with filters, we respect you enough to speak plainly.”  Coming from America, Land of Walking on Eggshells, this can take some getting used to but it was refreshing.

Fiercely patriotic and extremely knowledgeable of their country’s history and Jerusalem’s significance to it, the Jews are keenly aware of their vulnerability as a people who have faced continual persecution.

My visit there has convinced me more than ever that you can’t fully comprehend what’s going on in the the world unless you understand the formation of Israel by God, the designation of its people as chosen and the importance of protecting them from extinction.  How the World treats Israel is a direct reflection of it’s spiritual and moral health, which could use some help right now.

More to follow….

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24 Responses to Thoughts on Jerusalem

  1. kcchief1 says:

    I have always wanted to visit Jerusalem and hope to soon though I am no longer a believer. I love ancient history and learning how people lived thousands of years ago. I may even do a post as a result of your post.
    Thank you for sharing !

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    • Tricia says:

      You’re very welcome and thanks for coming by! I hope you do make a visit as it’s a really a stunning place, especially if you love ancient history. Would love to see your post. 🙂

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  2. ColorStorm says:

    I was going to ask if you had a post in the works re. your trip. Of course you do! And many more.
    Love that ‘filter’ thought. Makes me comfortable.

    But you are dead right. There is no understanding of prophecy apart from the apple of God’s eye.
    And btw, people gripe that the US is irrelevant in the plan of God………..!

    Uh hello? I will bless them that bless thee……………………..Being a friend of Israel is a pretty good idea. Makes sense to be on good terms with the Creator.

    Good for you T. for going, and we’ll be waiting for more stuff.

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  3. Those are really great, professional grade photos!

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  4. Dennis says:

    Great post as always Tricia. Pictures give insight to the post also. Well done!
    You didn’t put in a good word for me while you were so close to the holiest of places did you? I need all the help I can get you know!
    Looking forward to more post of your trip.

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  5. Thank you for sharing the pictures and your personal experiences. It creates great imagery and emotions even for those of us so many thousands of miles away.

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  6. Dennis says:

    Thanks for putting in the good word for me but the picture on the wall sounds a lot like the picture in the post office! : )

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  8. Wally Fry says:

    How cool! I so can’t wait until Februrary.

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  9. How fun! Thanks for sharing your adventure with us. I look forward to hearing more.

    This made me laugh, “Coming from America, Land of Walking on Eggshells…” I know, right? We don’t realize how formal and stuffy we can be, how prim and proper and correct. Of course we aren’t any of those things, but we truly are ruled by political correctness and social approval.

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  10. Great post! I also visited Israel this year and was just blown away by it. I’ve been a Christian since I was a child so seeing all the places Jesus walked and where so many bible stories took place was beyond surreal. I’m not sure if you noticed this but i felt as if the Lords eyes were looking directly at me, in a unique way. As when you cant shake that feeling that someone is starring at you. When I got home from my trip I came across this passage in Deuteronomy 11:11-12 “But the land which you cross over to possess is a land of hills and valleys, which drinks water from the rain of heaven, 12 a land for which the Lord your God cares; ~the eyes of the Lord your God are always on it~, from the beginning of the year to the very end of the year.” I thought this was so cool. Anyways I enjoyed reading your post.

    God Bless,
    Erik

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    • Tricia says:

      That’s so cool you took a trip there too! It’s truly an amazing experience. I didn’t feel God watching me per say (although I do at times and think I know what you mean) but that there was wisdom there He wanted to me to discover which I hope I was able to.

      Cool verse too, thanks for coming by! 🙂

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  11. Citizen Tom says:

    My wife visited the Holy Land in the 70’s, before we were married. Her memories are so vivid, she still talks about as if it were only yesterday.

    I hope you are blessed by your trip as well.

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