The Brook Cedron (Kidron)

John 18: 1-2.

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.

And Judas also, which betrayed Him, knew the place: for Jesus ofttimes resorted thither with His disciples.

John does not specify that the garden was Gethsemane, but two other gospel writers did (Matt. 26:36 and Mark 14:32). The important thing here is that this was, apparently, a place where Jesus and the disciples often gathered; it is likely they frequently slept there when they were near Jerusalem. Jesus was making no effort to conceal Himself, but chose a place where He could easily be found. Judas knew the place well.

The brook Cedron (Kidron) ran down from the Temple, and at this point it would be colored red from the blood of all the passover lambs that had been sacrificed. There was a channel from the altar in the Temple that had been created for the express purpose of disposing of the blood and other refuse from the sacrifices. Crossing that brook must have been a vivid reminder to Jesus of His own sacrifice which was soon to come.

6 thoughts on “The Brook Cedron (Kidron)

  1. Thanks Linda. I’m really enjoying your study. I’ve done a lot of research in this area over the last several years. The Kidron Valley/River originates just northeast of the Old City and then increases in depth as it approaches the city and divides the Temple Mount from the Mount of Olives. It continues south past the old city of David and the Gihon Spring, the only ancient water source of Jerusalem. Primarily because they would not want to pollute the spring, the blood, etc of the ongoing sacrifices that occurred once the tabernacle was moved to Jerusalem and then later, when Solomon’s temple was built there (began construction in 966 BC) would have to have been diverted beyond it. It is thus not actually the case that the “Brook Kidron” was filled with blood as it flowed by Gethsemane. The Kidron eventually flowed into the Dead Sea, which was the final depository of the sacrificial blood and remains. This is a very long study so I will leave it here for now. Blessings.

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    1. RJ, I do my best to keep my posts to a length that will keep my readers engaged. You have clearly gone into much more depth than I in the matter or Kidron, but I did tap several sources and came up with the limited edition that I posted :). As always, your input is valued and deeply appreciated.

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