“And all the country wept with a loud voice, and all the people crossed over. The king himself also crossed over the Brook Kidron, and all the people crossed over toward the way of the wilderness” (2Sam 15:23)
“When Jesus had spoken these words, He went out with His disciples over the Brook Kidron, where there was a garden, which He and His disciples entered” (Jn 18:1)
The Kidron valley is on the eastern side of The Old City of Jerusalem, separating the Temple Mount from the Mount of Olives. It continues east through the Judean Desert, towards the Dead Sea, descending 4000 feet along its 20 mile course. In Hebrew, the word ‘kidron’ means darkness. This valley was a rubbish dump that collected the sewage of Jerusalem. All the animal carcasses left after the sacrifices at the temple were also dumped there. During the reign of godly kings, al the idols were destroyed and thrown in the Kidron valley too to be burnt to ashes. That is why the valley was permanently covered with smoke, a symbol of hell. The first time the Kidron valley appears in the Bible is when David was betrayed by his son Absalom. To protect Jerusalem, David decides to abandon his beloved city and weeping, he crosses the Kidron Valley going up on the Mount of Olives. He is a symbol of Christ who on the night of his betrayal, He also crossed the same valley to go to the Garden of Gethsemane, on the Mount of Olives. He was arrested by soldiers lead by Judas, one of His disciples.
Both these men were kings betrayed by their people. Both crossed the Kidron valley humiliated and rejected by their own people. Each had just some few men following them. Their friends, Ahithophel and Judas betrayed them. But they both came back victorious. After the death of Absalom, David came back to his throne, and all the nation repented of their sins. Jesus shall come back again and his feet will stand on the Mount of Olives, as a victorious King forever (Zech 14:4).
The Kidron valley represents a form of hell, of death. It is the lowest man can go while still alive on earth. David said: ‘Though I walk thru the valley of the shadow of death, I fear no evil, for You are with me…’ (Ps 23). A mature Christian is not afraid to cross the valley of the shadow of death, for even in hell, God is with him. This valley separates the true and the false believer. The religious person may walk thru fields of flowers and streets of marble, but he can never cross over the valley of the shadow of death. It is at the edge of this valley that your fake friends will draw back, for no amount of money, kisses or promises will be able to buy their confidence to mix with the dry bones. But the true believer will cross over anything, for God is with him.
The lowest points in your life, as unpleasant as they may be these are your protection from evil. The valley is not the end of the story. The mountain of transfiguration is still ahead, where heaven touches earth and all things become new. Your sickness, your needs, your challenges…these are not the end of your story. Your sin foes not define you anymore. Your fears are not your master anymore. Something has happen! You are now a child of God! Old things pass away and everything becomes new! Jesus destroyed death thru death. We shall do the same. As the flesh dies under the power revealed at the Cross, my spirit rises to prove that Jesus is Lord!
“I am forever grateful for saving me, my Lord…”