A Travellerspoint blog

Day 12

Teaching Steps, Wailing Wall, the Upper Room, King David’s tomb, Home of Caiphus the High Priest, Israel Museum, Holocaust Museum

sunny 31 °C

Today we drove through the Kidron Valley, which separates the city of Jerusalem from the Mount of Olives.

We went to the steps where Jesus came to the temple to teach. Now, this was amazing. Walking on the same steps as Jesus...not legend based, but real steps.

Our guide told us that when Neil Armstrong visited Israel, he commented that these steps were more significant than his steps on the moon.

The car and bus horns in Jerusalem drove me crazy today and reminded me of being in Cusco. As soon as the traffic lights turn green or someone is in the way, the horns go off!

Our next stop was the Wailing Wall. This was a uniquely sacred place for me. I almost felt like I was trespassing here. There are separate areas of the wall for men and for women. As I stood and prayed, the words of a really old Petra song came to my mind:

This thirsting within my soul
Won't cease til I've been made whole
To know you, to walk with you
To please you in all I do
You uphold the righteous and your faithfulness shall endure

Adonai, Master of the earth and sky
You alone are worthy, Adonai
Adonai, let creation testify
Let your majesty be magnified in me
Adonai, you are an endless mystery

Unchanging consuming fire
Lift me up from mud and mire
Set my feet upon your rock, let me dwell in your righteousness

When the storms surround me, speak the word and they will be still
And this thirst and hunger is a longing only you can fill

Our next stop was the building commemorating the Room of the Last Supper.

The scripture from Isaiah came to mind and the beautiful music of Handel:

“Behold the lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world”

We next visited King David’s Tomb.

Following this, the church of St Peter Gallicante, which means the rooster crows. This was the site of the place of Caiphus the High Priest and where Jesus was in the dungeon when the cock crows three times after Peter’s denial.

We read from Psalm 88 whilst in the dungeon and my goodness did that scripture take on a different meaning!

Before leaving the dungeon we sang “There is a redeemer.” It was beautiful!

The afternoon was spent at the Israel Museum, where there are original artefacts on display from Masada and replicas of the Dead Sea Scrolls. The original scrolls are kept in the right environment so that they do not spoil.

The Holocaust Museum was the next stop and this was weird for me. I have visited the Genocide Memorial in Kigali, Rwanda, but this was different.

The Museum is called Yad Vashem and it was built to spread the word as to what can happen again.

The avenue of honour contains plaques of those who saved the lives of Jews. There is one for Oskar Schindler and his wife and Corrie Ten Boom.

6,000,000 people were killed in the holocaust. Of these, 1,500,000 were children.

The pictures of those in the concentration camps were horrific and various other things. One of the things that irritated me the most was the note that England, although knowing of the atrocities, would not allow Jews to settle in Israel.

Our societies have a lot to answer for...

It is 7:45 pm and I am done.

Posted by Cruicksie 09:22 Archived in Israel

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