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Jesus and the Brook Cedron (1 of 5)
Series: Bible Brooks
1. THE PERPLEXITY OF THE HOUR
A) Mental Anguish
B) Physical Agony
C) Spiritual Abandonment
2. THE PURPOSE FOR THE HOUR
A) Ordained By The Father
B) Orchestrated By The Father
3. THE PROVISION IN THE HOUR
A) What He Envisioned
B) What He Experienced
C) What He Enjoyed
You will find that there are many brooks that are identified and mentioned in the Bible. Connected to these brooks are events from which we can draw many spiritual lessons. In John 18:1 we find a reference to the Brook Cedron. In the Old Testament the brook is called Kidron. The name means "turbid, dusky, gloomy." It ran through a ravine just outside the city walls of Jerusalem, past the Temple Mount and on past Gethsemane and Calvary. It is now known as Wady-en-Nar. It is usually dry except following the heavy rains in the mountains. Most of the time during the summer months, it is nothing but a dry creek bed. Its precipitous, rocky banks are filled with ancient tombs, especially the left bank opposite the Temple area.
The brook of Cedron has a significant occurrence in the Bible. It was crossed by David when he fled from Absalom. Solomon fixed the brook as the limits of Shimei's walks. Beside it Asa destroyed and burned his mother's idol. It was at the brook Kidron that Athaliah was executed. It became a receptacle for the impurities and abominations of idol worship that were removed by kings from the Temple.
In John 18 we find that it was the brook that Jesus crossed on His way to the Garden of Gethsemane. We read in verse 1, "When Jesus had spoken these words, He went forth with His disciples over the brook Cedron, where was a garden, into the which He entered, and His disciples."
The words "He went forth" convey the idea of purpose. Jesus was going forth deliberately and with a purpose. Jesus said to Pilate, "To this end was I born, and for this cause came I into the world" ...
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