2 Kings 15:32-35 (AMP)
32 In the second year of Pekah son of Remaliah king of Israel, Jotham son of Uzziah king of Judah became king.
33 When he was twenty-five years old, he began his reign of sixteen years in Jerusalem. His mother was Jerusha daughter of Zadok.
34 He did right in the Lord’s sight, according to all his father Uzziah had done.
35 Yet the high places were not removed; the people sacrificed and burned incense still on the high places. He built the Upper Gate of the house of the Lord.
Jotham-Jehovah is upright
Uzziah-Yahweh is my strength
Jerusha-possession, or possessed; i.e., “by a husband”
Oh, Father, for Your righteousness and Your strength for ______. Oh, that she would be possessed by Christ, and Him alone.
The temple was built on Mount Moriah. Moriah means ordained/considered by God. In the Bible, the word Moriah is used only twice:
Genesis 22:2: “And He said: ‘Take now thy son, thine only son, whom thou lovest, even Isaac, and get thee into the land of Moriah; and offer him there for a burnt-offering upon one of the mountains which I will tell thee of.'”
Dear Lord, Abraham called the name of that place The Lord Will Provide. And it is said to this day, On the mount of the Lord it will be provided. I thank You for Your provision in _____’s life.
2 Chronicles 3:1: “Then Solomon began to build the house of the LORD at Jerusalem in mount Moriah, where [the LORD] appeared unto David his father; for which provision had been made in the Place of David, in the threshing floor of Ornan the Jebusite.”
Father, I fall upon my knees. I do not know if _______’s illness is due to the sins of her ancestors. What has she done? Spare her, I pray.
According to Josephus, the upper gate was built on “the Ophel,” a ridge lying between the Kidron and Tyropean valleys. (Diagram.)
Tyropoeon Valley is the name given by Josephus the historian (Wars 5.140) to the valley or rugged ravine, in the Old City of Jerusalem, which in ancient times separated Mount Moriah from Mount Zion and emptied into the valley of Hinnom. The Tyropoeon was spanned by bridges, the most noted of which was Zion Bridge, which was probably the ordinary means of communication between the royal palace on Mount Zion and the temple. The western wall of the Temple Mount rose up from the bottom of this valley to the height of 84 feet, where it was on a level with the area, and above this, and as a continuance of it, the wall of Solomon’s cloister rose to the height of about 50 feet, “so that this section of the wall would originally present to view a stupendous mass of masonry scarcely to be surpassed by any mural masonry in the world.” (Wikipedia)
Kings Asa, Josiah, and Hezekiah would pulverize the idols and idolatrous altars of Israel and throw the dust into the brook Kidron. It became the receptacle for all manner of impurities and the valley was the common cemetery of the city.
Assuming the accuracy of Josephus, the upper gate built by Jotham may have connected to the king’s palace on one side and overlooked a valley known for death and impurities on the other.
King Jesus, let our prayers for _____ be a bridge for Your entry into her mind, body, and spirit.
Oh, Carpenter of Nazareth, build a wall of unsurpassing masonry, a mural of salvation, around her mind.
Christ Jesus, we claim Your precious spilled blood over the upper gate into her mind. Amen.