City of David – David’s Palace

The City of David in Jerusalem is that part of town where David’s Jerusalem stood.  In recent years, some impressive ruins have been found.

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Along the way there, we saw this golden Menorah which was been made by a group preparing for a future temple to be rebuilt.  They have all the holy items prepared for use.  Of course, at the present time, the Muslim’s control the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock sits where the Temple once was.  Still, they believe that because God promised a new temple, they need to be ready.

Of course, as New Covenant believers, we know that the ultimate fulfillment of that promise is found in Jesus the Messiah (“For all the promises of God find their Yes in him.” 2Cor. 1:20) and that he already spoke about when that new temple would be established (“Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.” John 2:19) and continues to build it to this very day (“…you yourselves like living stones are being built up as a spiritual house…” 1 Peter 2:5).  Whether the Lord will grant the circumstances to allow a new sanctuary to be built on the temple mount in this age or not, it isn’t a necessity.  The temple belonged to the old covenant, not unlike dietary restrictions and festival days, and, as the Scriptures say, “These are a shadow of the things to come, but the substance belongs to Christ.” (Col. 2:17, see also Heb. Chap 8-9).  A new earthly temple isn’t needed because the sacrifices no longer need to be offered since Messiah Jesus has been offered “Once for all” (Heb. 9:28).

Now, with that theological tangent complete, back to the City of David.

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While disputed by a few archaeologists, ruins have been found that are quite likely the remains of King David’s approx. 3000 year old palace.  Remember, David had plans to build a temple for the Lord, but the Lord said no and gave that task to David’s son Solomon.  David, did, however, build a palace and fortified the Canaanite city which he captured.

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A variety of evidences shown above.

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The thick outer walls would fit the large fortified structure that David’s palace would have been.

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So, too, the massive retaining wall to support such a structure at its top.

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An exiting find of great historical and biblical significance that is still being uncovered!

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