Israel Journey — Day 3
The third day started out with a climb through Hezekiah’s Tunnel, a manmade cave underground that runs over 500 meters. There was water the whole way through, up to thigh-high in parts, and then it opened up into the Pool of Siloam. Although, now they are uncovering an even larger pool area within a few yards of the traditional site, that fits better with the biblical accounts.
We also went to the site of the second Temple. Probably most memorable, we saw the stone from the top, labeled as the place where the trumpeters stood. It is from that point that satan tempted Jesus to jump and save Himself because it would have been at the heart of the city and many would have seen it.
Then the devil took him to the holy city and set him on the pinnacle of the temple and said to him, “If you are the Son of God, throw yourself down, for it is written,
“‘He will command his angels concerning you,”
“‘On their hands they will bear you up, lest you strike your foot against a stone.'”
Jesus said to him, “Again it is written, ‘You shall not put the Lord your God to the test.'” (Matthew 4:5-7)
There was a funeral taking place on the Mount of Olives. We later heard it costs $100,000 to be buried in Jerusalem.