Friday, April 13, 2012

Base of the Temple Mount

Much of the Temple Mount that stood during the time of Jesus stands today. Granted, the actual platform is controlled by Muslims, the Al-Aqsa Mosque and Dome of the Rock standing where the Temple once was. However, the stairs that long ago lead up to the Temple can still be visited today, though the former entrances have been sealed shut.

Stairs leading up to the Temple Mount

All of the stairs are different heights and widths, forcing the pilgrim to think about each step as she or he ascends to enter the Temple--the presence of God. I loved that symbolism, as we often symbolically strive to focus our thought on God as we enter our Temples.

Pinnacle of the Temple, where Jesus
was tempted of satan (see Matthew 4:5)
Sealed Hulda Gate, through which
Jesus likely entered the Temple

Quite the political statement...can't imagine all of the Israeli flags around the Temple Mount encourage peace



1 comment:

  1. So neat to see you sitting on those temple steps! Love the symbolism, and connection with our temples today...