Viewing Area at Excavation Site in the City of David
Okay, many of us are familiar with the First Temple period (Solomon’s Temple) and the Second Temple period (Herod’s expansion of the Temple). But, what about BEFORE Solomon’s Temple?
We know the Temple was the center of worship for the Jewish people, and that prior to the construction of the first Temple, a portable tabernacle served as the early substitute. But there is more to understand about how the Hebrew people worshipped God in the early days.
Remember a man called Melchizedek? Often, this mysterious figure is unknown or misunderstood, yet Hebrews 5-6 describes a High Priest (Jesus) being designated “according to the order of Melchizedek.” Hmmm…Jesus is like this early king of Salem.
Well, as you know (if you follow this blog), incredible discoveries are made consistently in the ongoing excavations of the City of David. A few years ago a discovery was made that gives us insight into this early king named Melchizedek, and how he worshipped the Lord.
Read the fascinating details at Chasing Melchizedek. (2-3 minute read) Enjoy!
The City of David, situated just south of Temple Mount, has become one of my favorite places to explore in Jerusalem. Very significant excavation has taken place over the past few years and incredible discoveries are still being made.
But, just what is the City of David and its significance?
Well, we know that David was anointed King of Israel, and that he conquered the Jebusites, thus establishing his reign over all of Israel (2 Samuel 5).
Verse 7 of 2 Samuel 5 says, “David captured the stronghold of Zion, that is the city of David.” But just how did he do that? The city was walled and the enemy was fierce. Yet, God granted David the wisdom to know how to conquer the Jebusites. It is a fascinating achievement!
Want to know how he did it? Check this out:
Aren’t you glad to serve and worship a God who is infinite in wisdom and able to guide us to victory! The City of David is a testimony today of God’s faithfulness to David, and His promises reign forever true to the Jewish people. Why not take a moment right now to pray for the excavation project at the City of David!
Tomorrow we’ll look at yet another incredible find in the City of David, so come back for that!
Around 2010 or 2012 I first saw the City of David. I don’t recall if it was freshly opened or if it simply was not well-excavated enough to be a hot tourist spot prior to that. But what I realized the first time there was that this was an incredibly important place of discovery. If King David indeed lived there, this would one day be an absolutely unbelievable site that would confirm Biblical truth.
Throughout the years, archeologist have made astounding progress. I was there again in 2014, 2015 and last September (2017) and can tell you the archeological site is very well-excavated. Yet, there is still much more to go. News of significant findings come out of there regularly, indeed proving the veracity of Scripture and confirming the history of King David and the First Temple period.
I want to share a very interesting video from this excavation. It is a long video, so if you don’t have an hour, take a look at just the first 8 1/2 minutes. Even in that length of time, you will get a sense of how significant the findings are in the City of David!
By the way, if you take a trip to Israel, the City of David is a “must see!”
I have visited the City of David many times, the most recent less than 2 months ago. One of the most exciting things going on in Israel is the excavation of new parts of the City of David…the ancient city of Jerusalem. It is coming alive!
The video below provides insight into what is taking place in the ancient Jerusalem, so I hope you will take a few minutes to enjoy the video and get excited about what the Lord is revealing. I pray you are encouraged by the incredible discoveries that confirm the Word of God! Prophecy is being fulfilled right before our very eyes!
Enjoy the video…and be a faithful watchman, giving the Lord no rest until He makes Jerusalem a praise in the earth! (Isaiah 62:6-7)