The City of David is the place where the Jewish people’s first began their settlement and long-term national connection to Jerusalem. This happened approximately 3,000 years ago, under the leadership of King David. Before King David’s time, Abraham came to this spot and showed his willingness to fulfill God’s command to sacrifice his child Isaac. But it was not one of the main locations where Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob settled. They were south and north of Jerusalem.
So, when did things change? In the time of King David, the 2nd King of Israel, the center of the Kingdom shifted to Jerusalem from Hebron. King David was not satisfied to merely be a popular King of a nation that is living in peace in their homeland. He was keenly aware that the heart of the nation was missing – the Temple in Jerusalem. So, he set his sights on the location that was destined to be the sight of the Holy Temple and he bought it with cash. Jerusalem was not only conquered, it was also bought.
But King David did not build the Temple – it was his son that ultimately would build the Temple, King Solomon. The Temple stood for 410 years before it was destroyed by the Babylonians. Then, 70 years later it was rebuilt and stood for another 420 years. The Roman Empire destroyed the Temple less than 2,000 years ago. and since then , the Jewish people lived in exile – until the end of the 19th century, when the return began. Today, Jerusalem has more than 1 million people living in it, and millions of tourists travel through Jerusalem every year. The City of David has become a staple for so many who want to really understand the origins of the Jewish connection to the city of Jerusalem.