Today, our journey in Israel leads us to the City of David, named after the Jewish King and once shepherd boy named King David.
Is Jerusalem Called The City Of David?
The City of David or עיר דוד in Hebrew is another name for Jerusalem in the Bible. The location is near the Kidron Valley to the east where the Gihon Spring is located. In the 10th Century BC a large structure was built on top of earlier construction for King David which was the fortress of Zion.
The City Of David During King Hezekia’s Reign
During the Israeli King Hezekia’s reign in 8 BC, the walls to the city were expanded to protect the city from its enemies. He had the spring hidden within the walls of the city so if they would fall under attack that the people would still have access to freshwater from the Gihon Spring. This was the city’s main weakness because before this the people had to leave the city to get water.
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Was The Temple Located In The City Of David?
Yes, God’s temple was located in Jerusalem in the City of David
Where Is The City Of David Now?
It is located in the southeast of the old city near the western wall of the temple.
The City Of David Archaeology
Many people from all over the world come to the City of David to participate in archaeological digs in this ancient city uncovering amazing bits of history. In 2008 clay impressions were found that had the names of two men listed in the Bible record in Jeremiah 38:1. These two men served in the court of King Zedekiah who was the last king before Israel was conquered and the first temple (the one built by King David’s son Solomon) was destroyed. The first seal that was found was found in an area with massive foundations that is believed to be the palace of King David himself. The other was found outside this foundation but both proving the veracity of the bible.
The City Of David Beneath The Surface
A trip deep under the earth unveils the ancient streets of Jerusalem that will boggle your mind.
Truth shall spring out of the earth; and righteousness shall look down from heaven. Psalms 85:11 KJV
Prior to the last 150 years, archeologists thought that the digs in Jerusalem should be confined within the old city walls of Jerusalem as that is where they believed “history” would be revealed. In 1867 Queen Victoria of England wanted to find the treasures of the bible, The ark of the covenant and so she sent Captain Charles Warren to Israel. He came to Jerusalem in the Temple Mount to dig. The Turks refused to allow him to dig there and a dig has not been done since then. He went to another area and found water tunnels under the earth that was from over two thousand seven hundred years old during the reign of King Hezekiah. This was all outside the walls of the old city. This area is the most studied site in all of Israel.
We left slightly later than normal since our destinations were very close to the hotel.
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|Model of the Ancient City one of these buildings we are standing on.|
The roof of King David’s palace is on a hill facing south. To the left is the Mount of Olives and the Kidron Valley (more about this on another day).
|Mount of Olives|
The Hills and Valleys of the City of David
|Mount of Scandal|
Straight ahead of us still another called the “Hill of Evil Council”. This is where the high priest Caiaphas lived and where the apostle Judas went to arrange the betrayal of Jesus. The hill currently is the place of the United Nations.
Behind us is Mount Moriah where the Temple was located and now where the Dome of the Rock and Old Walled City of Jerusalem lie and somewhere to the North that we could not see is Mt Scopus where the Roman General Titus commanded the siege 2000 years ago that destroyed Israel.
Below the Mountains obviously were valleys.
The City of David – Interesting facts:
At the top of the Western Hill to the right, you can see another Catholic Church the Church of the Dormition. It is built on the site where Mary the mother of Jesus is supposed to have “fallen asleep”.
Also on this hill (not seen in the photo) is the “Upper Room” where Jesus and His disciples had the “Last Supper”.
Sadly, the Hill of the Evil Council is where the Pharisees and religious leaders plotted Jesus’ death. Today when you look to the top of this very hill, you can see flags and a building. I don’t believe this is a coincidence that this is now the headquarters of the United Nations.
|Mount Moriah toward the Temple|
The City Of David – King David’s Roof
It’s easy to see from the vantage point of that roof how King David could look down and see the rooftops of the house below.
Back then there were no sophisticated bathrooms with running water. People would catch the rainwater on the roof and actually bathe on the roof. It was easy to imagine King David standing on his roof and being able to see the beautiful Bathsheba bathing.
“He is a man after my heart, …
” David loved God and was an honorable king. Many of the Psalms were written by David praising God…. And yet like all of us, he sinned.
David’s Cover Up
If this wasn’t bad enough, it got worse when he tried to cover up the sin.
Bathsheba was a married woman and her husband was fighting with David’s men and that’s where David should have been too. He sent for Uriah, her husband so that he would spend time with the family and sleep with his wife to cover the sin. Uriah may have visited with the family, but he refused to sleep at home. Instead, he slept at the door of the king’s house with all the servants of the Lord. He was honorable and wouldn’t sleep at home when his fellow soldiers were sleeping in the field.
Now David continued down the slippery slope of sin, getting deeper and deeper. He sent Uriah back to the battle, but instructed Joab, the leader of the forces to step back when Uriah was at the front and allow him to be killed.
The bible says:
The Wages Of Sin
Psalm 51 shows David’s heart as he cried out to the Lord for forgiveness.
There were and are consequences to his and our sin… David and Bathsheba’s baby died and I think his commander probably lost respect for him.
Hope Found In David’s Story And Ours
We are all sinners,
Ask Jesus into your heart and ask for His forgiveness, He will give you a clean heart and the Holy Spirit will come upon and into your heart! What a priceless gift! I know!
Before You Go, Check Out My Other Articles:
Visiting The Holy Land – To see the rest of this journey here
- Visiting The Holy Land
- Holy Land Tour: Jerusalem
- Holy Land Tour | Qumran
- Holy Land Tour | En- Gedi
- Holy Land Tour | Masada
- Holy Land Tour | Israel The City of David (You are here)
- Holy Land Tour | Israel & The Mount of Olives
- Holy Land Tour | Herodian Street, New Discovery, Old Sewers, and Temple Stones
- Holy Land Tour | The Valley Of Jehoshaphat & The Kidron Valley
- Holy Land Tour | David and Goliath
- Holy Land Tour | YAD- Hashmona -Memorial To The Eight
- Holy Land Tour | The Sea of Galilee
- Holy Land Tour | Capharnaum – Jesus’s Headquarters
- Holy Land Tour | Tabgha The Place Jesus Fed The 5000
Debbie lives in Southern California with her husband Doug and her children and grandchildren.
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