August 8: Tisha b’Av

Call to reflection

God designed His calendar to give Israel at least one day every week to rest and reflect on their lives in relationship to God.  Today like then we are so busy we rarely take the time God has given us.  As a result, we like Israel find ourselves moving farther and farther way from Him.

 Lamentations 3:27-33

It is good for a man to bear

The yoke in his youth.

Let him sit alone and keep silent,

Because God has laid it on him;

Let him put his mouth in the dust—

There may yet be hope.

Let him give his cheek to the one who strikes him,

And be full of reproach.

For the Lord will not cast off forever.

Though He causes grief,

Yet He will show compassion

According to the multitude of His mercies.

For He does not afflict willingly,

Nor grieve the children of men.

 

The Funerary Tomb of John Hyrcanus, who was the Hasmonean king and high priest who reigned during the latter part of the 2nd century BC. The tomb monument with its pointed roof looked similar to that of Absaloms also found in the Kidron Valley. The Roman Legions who laid siege to Jerusalem made many attacks near this tomb according to Josephus. It was located near the citadel, the high point of ancient Jerusalem.
The Funerary Tomb of John Hyrcanus, who was the Hasmonean king and high priest who reigned during the latter part of the 2nd century BC. The tomb monument with its pointed roof looked similar to that of Absaloms also found in the Kidron Valley. The Roman Legions who laid siege to Jerusalem made many attacks near this tomb according to Josephus. It was located near the citadel, the high point of ancient Jerusalem.

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