Steps of stone top one another

Inside the wall of the old town

O’er the ages groaning with

The weight of beings bearing down.

 

David, king, wished a home

For the Ark to be at rest

As a warrior, he could not make it;

So bid his son to do his best.

 

“It endures forever – God’s love!”

In the temple lined with gilt

Rightly, prayerfully, dedicated,

For “The Great I Am” was built.

 

Solomon’s wisdom in the past,

Jerusalem in Judah’s realm

Northern Kingdom, Israel

Numbered ten tribes at the helm.

 

By Nebuchadnezzar and his army

Battered steps would soon be found

God’s chosen exiled, to Babylon

The stones scattered over the ground.

 

Persians conquered, a nation freed

It went back home to build anew

The second temple rose from rubble

A testament for every Jew.

 

Then the Greeks of Alexander

Brought their culture in a trample

Maccabees came to the rescue,

Purged and purified the temple.

 

Herod stretched the Temple Mount

The steps now Roman; the stones now theirs

And –- came God’s Son!  For the city cried

And then died, to make us heirs.

 

Persian, Muslim empires ruled

God’s people went into decline

More armies, large, determined

Took the walls in Palestine.

 

Foreign rulers held the stones

Until Crusaders filed in

Sacrificing limb and life

For God, a holy war to win.

 

Then — four hundred years of sultans,

Ottoman Turks of Istanbul

Steamships bringing travelers

Prosperity, suffering in this rule.

 

To the British went the spoils

Of a horror: worldwide war

Expansion of the island kingdom

One more sovereign, gaining more.

 

Finally!  Home!  The people came

Conflict first, among the camps.

Agreements, but then more fighting

Always facing terror rants.

 

Whose will be the final footsteps

Above the staircase hewn from stone?

God has promised, and we know that

It is Jesus, Christ, alone!

 

“His love endures forever!”

 

Poem Copyright 2017 margaretportergriffin

 

II Chronicles 5: 18: “But will God really dwell on earth with men? The heavens, even the highest heavens, cannot contain you. How much less this temple I have built!

 

Psalm 125: 2: “As the mountains surround Jerusalem, so the Lord surrounds his people, both now and forevermore.”

 

Ezekiel 48:35: “…And the name of the city will be, ‘The Lord is There.’”

 

Zechariah 8: 3: “Jerusalem shall be called the faithful city…”

 

Matthew 24: 2 “I tell you the truth, not one stone here will be left on another; every one will be thrown down.”

 

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