by Wayne Blank
In one of the most notable events of Bible History, David took Jerusalem for Israel, according to God's Will:
"And the king and his men went to Jerusalem against the Jebusites, the inhabitants of the land, who said to David, "You will not come in here, but the blind and the lame will ward you off" - thinking, "David cannot come in here."
"And this is the account of the forced labor which King Solomon levied to build the house of The Lord [see also "My Father's House"] and his own house and the Millo and the wall of Jerusalem" (1 Kings 9:15 RSV)
"Now the rest of the acts of Joash, and all that he did, are they not written in the Book of the Chronicles of the Kings of Judah? His servants arose and made a conspiracy, and slew Joash in the house of Millo, on the way that goes down to Silla." (2 Kings 12:19-20 RSV)
In the time Assyrian king Sennacherib invaded Judah (the Assyrians had long before destroyed the northern kingdom of Israel, before turning on Judah, see The Galilee Captivity), King Hezekiah of Judah fortified the Millo as part of his defense of Jerusalem. It turned out to be unnecessary; Sennacherib blasphemed God while about to attack the city, so God annihilated the Assyrian invasion force of 185,000 troops (see The Day Sennacherib Challenged God):
"After these things and these acts of faithfulness Sennacherib king of Assyria came and invaded Judah [see Judea] and encamped against the fortified cities, thinking to win them for himself. And when Hezekiah saw that Sennacherib had come and intended to fight against Jerusalem, he planned with his officers and his mighty men to stop the water of the springs that were outside the city [see Hezekiah's Tunnel]; and they helped him. A great many people were gathered, and they stopped all the springs and the brook that flowed through the land, saying, "Why should the kings of Assyria come and find much water?" He set to work resolutely and built up all the wall that was broken down, and raised towers upon it, and outside it he built another wall; and he strengthened the Millo in the city of David." (2 Chronicles 32:1-5 RSV)
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