“But I have said unto you, Ye shall inherit their land, and I will give it unto you to possess it, a land that floweth with milk and honey: I am the LORD your God, which have separated you from other people.” Lev. 20:24
Well, we made it back from our trip to Israel, no worse for the wear. The trip started when we flew from Dallas to London and from London to Israel. We landed in Tel Aviv/Jaffa then drove up the coast and stayed the night on the beautiful coast of the Mediterranean Sea. We were in the cradle of civilization, the place where three continents collide, (Europe, Asia, and Africa). Israel itself is divided by the tectonic plates of Asia and Africa. It is the natural land bridge between the three continents. From the Mediterranean we went to Caesarea, to the House of Herod. A port city where the Herod dynasty lived. And from there to Mt Carmel, Where the greatest prophetic show down took place between Elijah and the prophets of Baal. (When in Israel and your dealing with the landscape and cities you can deal with a degree of certainty what took place there). It is with the man made structures that brings a certain ambiguity, such as the House of Peter at Capernaum, the Church of the sepulcher, and the Garden tomb in Jerusalem. But bodies of water are still the same and mountains and valleys and cities still bear their biblical names. You will be surprised by how small Israel is and how you can begin in northern Galilee in the morning and take in several sites and still be at the Dead Sea for a late lunch. The Jordan is still the Jordan and the only true river in all of Israel. The Temple Mount is still the Temple Mount., the Mt of Olives is still the Mount of Olives. The locations that generate less certainty were the ones more greatly commercialized. (The buyers and sellers and the money changers are still there). We traveled across the valley of Megiddo (Armageddon) on our way to the Sea of Galilee. Galilee without a doubt became my favorite place. I can see why Jesus gravitated to this place and why so many miracles took place here. You can still recharge your spiritual batteries in this place to this day. In Jesus day, Jerusalem would have been the home of the corrupt political/religious machine, (to this day, smoozers, name droppers and social climbers thrive in religious/political atmospheres) but Galilee was where you could commune with the Father. To the south of Jerusalem was the Judaean desert. To the north of Jerusalem was the life giving waters of Lake Kinneret, (The Sea of Galilee). When most of the country is a desert, then where the water becomes life. The country itself is a living parable.🤔 Amen for now. Talk to you some more soon.
Pastor Rusty, Shepherd of the Hills.
The Sea of Galilee