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.”
Ancient steps in Jerusalem