This is the town of Joppa – 4,000 years old. Where Jonah loaded a ship to Tarshish, and where Peter had his vision to “kill and eat”.
This is overlooking the modern town of Nazareth. “Can anything good come out of Nazareth” – yes, He has come, our Savior and Messiah !
This is on top of Mount Carmel where Elijah had his confrontation with the prophets of Baal. Behind it is part of the Valley of Migido” – Armegedan! This view was incredible!
Here is the ampitheatre where many believe Paul gave his defense to Agrippa in Ceasarea by the sea.
This is the Mediterranean Sea at sunset – this is in Tel Aviv.
So here are just a couple of pictures from yesterday (the day we landed), and today, our first touring day. I think it’s safe to say that my mind is already blown. Their really is something special about walking this land – the promise land. It’s hard to describe in words, but when you come, the feeling is unmistakable. I think the two biggest things that struck me today were being on Mt. Carmel and thinking of the showdown that Elijah had with the 450 prophets of baal. It must have been a remarkable sight to see “all of Israel” gather on that mountain top and to see the Lord ignite those sacrifices. What a testimony of His power. The other thing that blessed me today was to look out over the town of Nazareth. The very place where our Lord grew up and spent most of his time here on earth. My mind began to wander as I though about His humanity as a child growing up, but also to think about His deity, and the fact that He was God in the flesh – even as a child – awesome stuff! We have 2 times in the Word as a group and times to worship the Lord together – He has been faithful to bless us so much, and t’s only th end of the first full day. I will try to post some more pictures tomorrow so please stay tuned for more! Pray that the Lord would meet al 100 of us tomorrow in a powerful way. We will be worshipping on the sea of galilee, and also sitting on the hill where Jesus taught the Sermon on the Mount, as well as having a time of baptism in the Jordan river! Pray that our hearts would be open to not just see these amazing sights, but more importantly, to hear from Jesus – to be changed by Him. We all want to leave Israel and go home like what the name Israel means – Governed by God, please pray that the Lord would grab hold of our hearts this next week. I’ll update as soon as I can. Good night all.