If I could walk the streets of Jerusalem…

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Seems we have so many traditions that interfere with the “truth” and blinds us when the Scriptures tells us that we should love Him in Spirit & in Truth…more importantly…we were instructed to love our neighbor as ourselves.  Guess we have not learn to love ourselves enough.

Let me continue on my wish list: Want to sit a day on the temple mount, playing out in my mind what it was like when He was there, feeding all those people. Giving His sermon/teaching. How did it impact their lives. His voice reached each Mount_of_Olives_2274one and they had no electronic equipment as we do now. Yet, each one heard Him. They had been fed both physically and spiritually. Another thing that I would like to see if possible the Holy of Holies. Some have actually gotten to the outside of the area. Getting inside is another matter. While on the Mount of Olives, can you see down to the place where the high priest did the offerings to the Father. If memory serves me correctly, you could see from the Mount of Olives all the way in to the that area.

On the night of our Lord’s betrayal He left the city of Jerusalem, probably passing through the Golden Gate, and crossed the Kidron Valley and entered the Garden of Gethsemane (Matt. 26:36; John 18:1). It was here that His sweat became as great drops of blood, and where Judas Iscariot betrayed Him with a kiss.

The Garden of Gethsemane is located on the Mount of Olives. The word Gethsemane means “olive press.” In this quiet garden today you will find twelve enormous olive trees still capable of bearing fruit. The roots of these trees date back to the time of Christ.

For more than 2,000 years Jews have been buried on the Mount of Olives to await the coming of the Messiah and His kingdom. It is sad to think that when the Messiah was here in the first century, “He came to His own, and His own did not receive Him” (John 1:11).

Chuldah’s Gates

The Jewish people went to the temple in Jerusalem 3 times a year entering through the Huldah gates. In the right gate – out the left gate.  Mourners, outcasts, and people getting married purposefully did the opposite. In the left gate – out the right. Going against the flow of traffic was noticeable and people would ask them “How are you doing?” Others would then pray for them, offer condolences, or congratulate them depending on their situation. My, my, my…how strange it is that people won’t even hold the door open for you now.  People give such strange looks when you greet them.  Their faces often ask, “Why are you speaking to me.”  Every once in awhile, you just might get a person to speak back with compassion.  There’s that word…compassion.  I look forward to actually seeing these gates.  When I go to Jerusalem, indeed I look forward to this, I shall blog about the trip and the sites that I see.  So for now this blog post is more of a wish list, per se, of what I want to do and see.  Yet, it is a journey that I look forward to sharing with you.  One thing that I gathered is that we have a tendency to be so busy with our lives, when was the last time we asked others how they are doing? “Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another – and all the more as you see the Day approaching.” Hebrews 10:25

In addition, what I find most interesting about those steps leading up to Chulda’s [Hulda’s] gate is that Y’shua walked those very steps into the temple.

Jerusalem Old City Street

There are just too numerous places to mention here.  I will add that to the blog during the actual trip(s).  Yet, we cannot leave out the people and of course the places to shop.  This is one of the oldest cities that still remains in tact.  Most developers generally take old buildings destroy rather than preserve history. However, now in this age we are finding people that are restoring and preserving history.  My hope to find a home that will give me all the room I want, yet be able to preserve some history. There are many places to eat, shop, restaurants, theater and of course, many sights.  What a wonderful place with so much history. If stones could talk…

Cannot leave out seeing the River Jordan. Not sure if I would get in it just yet, but the thought has crossed my mine to at least stick my feet in the water. Many have gone there and been baptized. My prayer for the vineyard that will be placed soon is that the men of the congregation get to go to Jerusalem per the commandment in scripture.

Israeli poem and picture of the Jordan River

The banks of the Jordan River are almost completely inaccessible, because the river forms the heavily fortified border with Jordan along most of its length below Kinneret. For a couple of miles below its outlet, however, both the river’s banks are in Israel, and groups of Christians seeking baptism in the Jordan come by the busload from around the world.

An estimated 100,000 Christian worshipers make their pilgrimage to the Holy Land each year. One of the most sacred rituals is being immersed in the biblical river where, according to Christian beliefs, Jesus Christ was baptized by John the Baptist.  I believe that I will be one of those people adding to the count that increases each year.  So I guess I will not just stick my toes in.  When planning for a trip, want to add this as part of our tour sights and adding to the “To Do” list.

After going through all the places where He and the apostles have walked and fellow-shipped, I would like to visit where I could study the Hebrew scrolls. Find out more of our Hebraic roots in which to share.  Visit the libraries of the scholars building my covenant relationship with the Father through knowledge using the wisdom He has given me.

My prayer is that you will be able to take that desired journey of a life time, whatever it is,  that gets you to your divine destiny….For His Glory.
I remain,
His Servant,
In His Service,
For His Glory,

Shaliach Janet Brown, PhD