Between My Ears

Eastern Gate

32 And they went to a place called Gethsemane. And he said to his disciples, “Sit here while I pray.” Mark 14:32

The many of us, there’s a joy that stirs within us when we see our “family home.” Our father’s home is deeply rooted within us. Every time I read Mark 14:32 I picture in my mind’s eye Jesus, while in Gethsemane with His disciples, turning and looking across the Kidron Valley, through the Eastern Gate, and to the Temple, His Father’s House. That had to be an encouragement.

The Eastern Gate, facing the Mount of Olives across the Kidron Valley, is unique in that it is completely sealed shut. Some commentators see the Eastern Gate’s obstruction as a fulfillment of biblical prophecy. In Hebrew, it is Sha’ar Harahamim, the “Gate of Mercy.” The Eastern Gate was sealed shut in AD 1540–41 by the Ottoman Empire. – Got Quetions

For us, the “Gate of Mercy” is Jesus Christ (John 10:9). Still, how wonderful it was for The Mercy Gate (Jesus) to have looked from Gethsemane through the “Mercy Gate” and to His Father’s House.

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