Morning to the watchmen and women of the temple of the omnipresent Christ. We started this series on the Last Supper of Christ. This is a figurative expression depending on how it used in the Old Testament. At the end of our busy day we sit down in the quiet of our house and commune with our Lord. Our job as a watchman has come to an end for the day. Time to relax and break bread with out saviour.
For those who follow we started our trek in the city of Babylon in the year of 538 AD. King Cyrus has decreed that the exiled Jews in Babylon can return to Jerusalem.
- King David declared Jerusalem the capital of the Jews, 1000 BC. and the kingdom was divided into two parts, The Kingdom of Israel and The Kingdom of Judea,[ The Kingdom of Israel was also known as Canaan,” the land of milk and honey”], King David started building the first Temple of the Jews.
- King Davids son, king Solomon finished building the Temple around 950 BC.
- King Nebuchadnezzar II laid siege to Jerusalem and destroyed the first Jewish temple around 586 BC.
That set the scene for us to return to Jerusalem our journey would take four months, 900 miles. Crossing through the land of ” milk and honey” to our capital Jerusalem. There was a sense of excitement when the day came that we finally got started on our journey. The caravan was all in a line , at head of the line, the priests carrying the Ark, behind them the elders and the rest of us. We had the animals, camels and donkeys to pull our carts and everyone else walked. King Cyrus gave us gold, silver and precious jewels to help rebuild the temple that was destroyed 48 yrs earlier by king Nebuchadnezzar II. We were leaving the land of taxes and heathen deities, to travel to Canaan, where there was not a sliver of taxes in the” land of milk and honey” and worship in faith an unseen God and not a marble statue.
Reminds me of the time when the disgruntled goodmen and woman arrived on the shores of America in 1607. Just like the Jewish people, to escape the taxation and worshipped of deities and heathen practices of the church. To build a new temple unto the Lord and worship in faith to an unseen God and not a marble statue.
It is always an awesome thing when the Lord pulls you from exile because you did not listen to Him in the past. It is always our responsibility to reengage the Lord in your everyday activities. Another thing that the Lord chose you to build a new temple unto Him.
It was customery to start the journey everyday for the elders to present the prayers and concerns of the people to the priests to convey the concerns to our Lord. Once the days invocations concluded the command was give to move out. The journey was finally underway. It has been estimated that 50,000 Jewish people made the trek to back to the , Kingdom of Isreal and the Kingdom of Judea over the course of time.
We traveled north from Babylon along the river Euphrates to a city called Mari, from there we would travel south to the river Jordan and follow it down to Jerusalem. With people walking and with the animals traveling along side of us, we averaged 3 miles per hour, 10 hours a day. On a good day we might average 30 miles a day.
When the command was given to set up camp for the night everyone pitched in. The children that were old enough took care of the animals. The women prepared the meal of the night; this would consist of dates, various dried fruits, bread and wine. Men would put up the tents, fires were started to ward of the darkness and the watchmen were set to guard the people against hostile bands.
This was the greatest time of the night for me and my family. We would gather around the fires to eat our meal and listen to the elders. They told us stories that had been handed down from generation to generation and of the prophets and the sages. “What was, what is and what was to come”. How the second Temple that would be built, was going to be torn down and in three days it would be rebuilt in the hearts, not of stone or marble, of the predestined. I know this story to be true because I witness it firsthand in my own heart a few years later. All the while the smoke spiraled up into the starlit night to the heavens, reaching the nostrils of the Lord. The sounds within of the camp died down and everyone went to sleep.
Tomorrow we will continue our predestined journey to eternity in Jerusalem.
Look at Christ on the Cross and tell him, I am a sinner, I want to follow you, forgive me for my sins and the sins of those committed against me. I believe at that point you are reborn and Christ will advocate for you in the Throne room.
Remember to dine in the Throne room with your Father, ask questions and say your prayers. If you do not know Christ, ask Him into your life.