And there arose against the king and against the temple in Jerusalem John the Baptizer,
an Essene of great renown from the city of Khirbet Qumran, and he spoke hotly against
the sins of Herod, and against the rulers of the temple did he lay forth strong accusations.
Summary: The city of Jerusalem was the setting for many significant events recorded
in the book of Yeshua. The Jerusalem temple was central to Judaism and its festivals.
Yeshua would go to Jerusalem for the various festivals and holidays, often teaching
and healing while he was there. On two occasions Yeshua walked through the courts
of the temple, driving out the money changers and merchants (Y:4:42-45; Y:44:1-44).
Other events that occurred in Jerusalem include the liberation of the adulteress
(Y:30:44-53), the healing of Bartimaeus (Y:36), the chief priests’ murder of Lazarus
(Y:41:29-30), the gathering known as the ‘last supper’ (Y:45:15-71), and Yeshua’s
arrest, trial, crucifixion and resurrection (Y:46-48). After the resurrection, Yeshua
established his church in Jerusalem, appointing his brother James as Bishop (Y:52:39).
Yeshua’s last post-resurrectional address took place secretly in the Garden of Gethsemane,
in Jerusalem (Y:52:47-70).
25. “O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, you which killed the prophets, and which would stone
unto death the one which God has sent unto you;
26. How often would I have gathered your children together, even as a hen would gather
her chicks beneath her wings, but you would not!
27. Behold, how you are left desolate and all your house scattered abroad: I tell
you truly, you shall not see me again until you receive me with gladness, singing:
‘Blessed is he that comes in the name of the Lord.’
28. For if you had known in this your day, the things which belong unto your peace,
then would you have repented in sackcloth and ashes; but now are they hid from you.
29. For the days shall come upon you when your enemies shall cast a trench round
about you, and encompass you and hem you in on every side.
30. And they shall lay siege against you and shall lay you even with the earth, and
all your children shall they carry away to scatter among the nations; and they shall
weep and lament because of you.
31. And they which gather about you shall purge your walls with fire, and famine
shall become as a scourge unto you;
32. For the man shall fall upon the woman to devour her, and the mother shall kill
the child to consume it unto herself.
33. For the eagles shall gather from afar to feed upon you, and they shall not leave
so much as one stone to rest upon another till they find even all of you, to pluck
you out of the land of your inheritance;
34. And this because you knew not the time of your own visitation, being stiffnecked
and overproud, having ears made dull of hearing.”