The City of David is filled with treasures from the Bible. The latest find dates back more than 2,000 years ago. It is amazing how clean and pure this earring looks after 2,000 years. Who wore this earring? Was it a queen? Perhaps King David’s wife?
Where did it all begin?
The City of David likes to claim that it is the location “where it all began.” That is of course a bit of a grandiose statement. What do they mean by “it?” If they refer to “it” as our connection to Jerusalem, then they have a solid argument. But, the history of the Bible dates back to Mesopatamia – a land that is far away from the Holy Land.
The Bible begins with Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden – not in the Holy Land. Noah and the story of the flood and the boat take place out of the Land of Israel. Even the story of Abraham and Sara begins out of the Land of Israel. Even when Abraham and Sara walk to the Land of Israel, they don’t settle down in Jerusalem. According to Jewish tradition, the binding of Isaac takes place in what would become Jerusalem, but that is all.
Jerusalem History Begins with King David
Several hundred years later, after the Jewish people go down to Egypt, and after the splitting of the Sea, the Jewish people make their way into the wilderness. God gave the Jewish people the Bible at Mount Sinai – in the Sinai Desert. Still, no connection between the Jewish people and Jerusalem.
After Joshua conquers the Land, Jerusalem is not the capital of the Jewish people. Jerusalem is split up between two tribes – Judah and Benjamin. Only when David becomes the King, does Jerusalem become the central focus of the Jewish people.
Since then, all of the Jewish nation prays towards Jerusalem and it is the eternal heart of the Jewish people.