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More than Flipping a Coin

“True compassion is more than flinging a coin to a beggar; it comes to see that an edifice which produces beggars needs restructuring.” - Martin Luther King Jr.

In his message about “true compassion”, King references Jesus’ parable of the Good Samaritan, found in Luke 10:29-37.

A story of compassion extended across a religious and ethnic division in a time where Jews and Samaritans often went miles out of their way in order to avoid contact with each other.

In this story, both a priest and a Levite, two Jesish leaders, left a dying man on road. The Samaritan, seen as unGodly and an enemy of the dying, Jewish man, came to his rescue. The Samaritan cared for him, paid for his recovery costs and made sure that someone continued to look after him.

MLK Jr. Didn’t want everyone to have to keep picking the dying and broken up off the floor. He wanted more and expected more out of humans. He wanted us to come to a point where we understand our enemy and learn from them in order to grow out of the basic weaknesses of our condition.

Listen, Learn, Love, Grow, and always put humility before pride.

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Three Religions, One Place

I want to take a moment to talk about the weather because I thought Maryland weather was bi-polar, but I think Israel and Palestine might be worse.  In the last few days, the weather has gone from bright and sunny to hazy to raining to snowing.  I kid you not.  Even just today, it was nice and warm in the sun until the wind came in, then we moved up the mountains and it started raining, back into Jerusalem an now it’s snowing.  Needless to say, my body doesn’t really know what to do with this weather anymore.

(A Beautiful sunrise over Bethlehem)

While we had the sunshine in our favor this morning, we left Bethlehem and headed over to Jerusalem.  We left during rush hour, so what is normally a short drive, took rather long. There were cars stopped as far as the eye could see.  That meant we had lots of time to learn about the city.  Jerusalem is the biggest city in the country because of the three monotheistic religions that “share” the holiness of the place.  It was a Canaanite city until David conquered it and united the country.  David moved the capital from Hebron to Jerusalem.  Today, most of Jerusalem is in Israel, East-Jerusalem is in the West Bank, and the Temple Mount is technically under control of Jordan.

We spent the day around The Temple Mount visiting The Western Wall, also called The Wailing Wall, The Rabbinic Tunnel, seeing the top of the Temple Mount and looking at the ruins of the Second Temple with the Southern Steps.  A bit of history about the area where we were:  The Temple Mount is the place where all three monotheistic religions (Christianity, Judaism, Islam) believe Abraham went when God was testing him during the sacrifice of Isaac on Mount Moriah (Genesis 22: 1-19).  Each religion has its own beliefs on what else may have happened in that spot, but for the sake of simplicity, we will leave it at that.

(The Temple Mount with ruins from the Second Temple)

David was the first to build an altar on Mount Moriah (1 Chronicles 21:26) and Solomon built the First Temple (2 Chronicles 3:1), which was destroyed in 587 BCE.  It wasn’t until Herod the Great (remember him?) came around and built the Second Temple in 516 BCE, which was destroyed in 70 CE.  The Second Temple is where Jesus went to make sacrifices with his family and where he preached and taught the people in Jerusalem. When the Second Temple was destroyed, just the buildings and walls on top of the plaza were destroyed, the retaining walls and courtyard remained, making it possible to rebuild.  In 637 CE, Muslims conquered Jerusalem and built the Dome of the Rock on top of The Temple Mount.  (Insert a thousand years of history and conflict) After the Israeli State took back the land in 1967, control over the Temple Mount was given to Waqf under Jordanian authority to care for and maintain the site while Israel provides security.

Today, this is still the site of Arab-Israeli conflict as evident in some of the interactions we experienced today.  Jews are not allowed to go to the top of The Temple Mount and only Muslims are allowed to pray on The Temple Mount. Jews can pray at The Western wall, making this an important place, and the holiest place for them to pilgrimage to.

We spent some time at The Western Wall visiting and taking time for prayer.  I took a pen and a small piece of paper to write a prayer on and per custom, I shoved it into a crack in the wall.  People bring prayers from all over the world to place at the wall.  The custom started when people were unable to make the journey, they would send their prayers with those who visited, asking them to place it in the wall so they could pray by proxy.  The prayers are gathered twice a year and buried on the Mount of Olives.

After visiting the wall, we ventured up to The Temple Mount to visit the space.  As we are not Muslim we could not go inside the Mosque, nor bring any religious books that could be used for prayer, nor could we pray.  We were purely allowed to walk around and look at the space.  The mosque was beautiful but it was cool to imagine what the Second Temple would have looked like and imagine the experience Jesus might have had there.

(Dome of the Rock)

We left the Temple Mount and ventured through the Muslim quarter of the city where we passed some shops and homes on our way to see the ancient ruins of the Second Temple.  We got to see the original steps (Southern Steps) where it is likely Jesus sat and gathered people to teach.  We also could see the remains of shops where money changers might have been.  We know Jesus flipped tables in the Temple Mount (Matthew 21:12-13 or Mark 11:15-18) but we don’t know if it could have been these shops at the base of the Temple or further up.  Regardless, it was cool to walk on the stones where Jesus walked.


(Sitting on the Southern Steps leading into the Temple Mount)

After some time in devotion on the steps, we went to the Rabbinic Tunnels which were excavated underneath the Muslim quarter along the Western Wall of the city.  It was cool to see the foundation of the Temple and marvel is the beauty of Herod the Great’s work.  Of the two groups who went through the tunnel, one of the tour guides was a Zionist which provided a very interesting perspective, on the whole area of the Temple Mount. I was not in that group, but it was a subject of conversation around some of the comments the guide made in relation to the tension/relationship between Islam and Judaism in this place.

When we finished in the tunnels, we moved on to visit Herodium, the site where Herod the Great was buried.  Let me tell you, this guy was a real jerk, but he sure did some amazing things during his time on earth.  I mean, the Temple Mount is exquisite (what still remains today at least), and some of the cities we’ve been to Sepphoris, Meggido, Cesarea Maritime they’re all just outstanding.  Herodium was home to another first-century synagogue, a water system, and Herod the Greats tomb which was discovered recently in 2007.

It was cool to see, but the wind was getting insanely out of control while we were on top of the mountain and it started to rain a dirty muddy rain.  The wind was so strong I felt like I was getting blown away and I had a terrible time trying to keep myself warm.  It was definitely a crazy experience; especially because everyone said this weather comes for one day a year, so we lucked out on that one.

These days are so amazing and full of new learning opportunities, but I’m getting more tired with each day.  Now we are entering into the present day conflict enmeshed in the time of Jesus and it’s getting harder to put together my feelings on everything.  To think The Temple Mount - something so holy to three of the world’s major religions is a huge site of conflict, isn’t surprising, but it does kind of hurt my soul.  We went through 5 checkpoints today just to get around the area of the Temple Mount, Western Wall, and the Plaza at the Western Wall. I wish there was a way for the world to live at peace, to recognize our differences but not let them define everything.

We are in Jerusalem for the next few days and I’m excited to continue exploring the footsteps of Jesus and learning more about this place that is so holy to so many people.

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