We climbed out of the hole and onto the streets outside of the City of David. There was a hill to climb to get back up to where our bags were stored. We weren't quite through with half our steps for the day but we were all physically exhausted already. Little did we know what lay ahead.
The group split for lunch
We separated after our meal because we had to find certain gifts and trinkets before we left town. There was just enough time to get lost in the markets before meeting up with the rest of the group to head off on another mountain climbing adventure.
To get to the Mount of Olives it is necessary to cross the valley between two mountains. Technically the Kidron Valley runs from just north of the Old City of Jerusalem all the way to the Dead Sea, but in scripture the name refers mostly to the portion that separates the Temple Mount from the Mount of Olives. We departed from the Lions' Gate at the Northeast corner of the Old City and headed down a more modern road, crossed a busy highway, and headed up a very steep incline on the side of the mount. It was a little nerve racking because the narrow road didn't leave too much space for the vans and sedans that were speeding uphill to get to the same places we were going.
The the western side of the Mount of Olives is covered with Jewish tombs and graves, and spotted with Christian churches
I find it intriguing that so many graves fill the sides of the hill
Zechariah prophesied of Christ returning to this mount in the Day of the Lord. “Then the LORD will go forth And fight against those nations, As He fights in the day of battle. And in that day His feet will stand on the Mount of Olives, Which faces Jerusalem on the east. And the Mount of Olives shall be split in two, From east to west, Making a very large valley; Half of the mountain shall move toward the north And half of it toward the south. Then you shall flee through My mountain valley, For the mountain valley shall reach to Azal. Yes, you shall flee As you fled from the earthquake In the days of Uzziah king of Judah. Thus the LORD my God will come, And all the saints with You” (Zechariah 14:3-5).
Adding Steps and Traversing Mountains
Wednesday, April 27, 2016
Jerusalem, Jerusalem District, Israel