November 10, 2015
Now that we’ve returned from our study tour you’ll hopefully be able to talk to one of us in person about what we saw, heard, learned, and experienced!
Below is a wrap up video that serves as a nice summary of the trip and a reminder of all that we did.
November 3, 2015
We started the day in the northeast part of the city of Jerusalem atop Mount Scopus. It was a panoramic view of the Old City. Where we observed the East Gate (also called Golden or Beautiful) and the 2nd coming of Christ through it.
We toured the Holocaust Museum which, when translated, means, “Hand of Shame.” It was a sobering reminder of the depths of depravity and the violence man can commit against man, and how it must not be allowed to happen again.
November 2, 2015
Today was another WOW day! Woke up in Jerusalem, beautiful, cool breeze met us as we walked out the front doors of a 5 star hotel and around the corner where our super great tour guide and bus driver were ready to go!
Our first stop of the day was at the Temple Mount! It could have been really intimidating, but for all of the wrong reasons! Question of the day: Why build a city here? First of all, the main things you need for a city aren’t here: security, water (only one small spring). The Sacrificing of Isaac on the top of this hill is part of the significance. First, known as Ur Salem and then later known as Jerusalem. When David came here, he renamed it as “the City of David”. It became a neutral territory for all 12 tribes. Solomon, David’s son, built the very first Temple here.
November 1, 2015
Our final day at the Sea of Galilee began with another sparkling sunrise reflecting off the water. Two women in our group entered that water along with Ross to be baptized. Ross spoke of Jesus’ identification with us at His baptism and how our baptisms in turn proclaim our identification with Him. There were loud cheers and applause celebrating that special moment.
October 31, 2015
Qatzrin was a Jewish city that was inhabited from around AD200-800. There were many original ruins from this time, but the site had been built up to recreate what would have been a normal city for the time. We were then able to see what a complete house from that timeframe looked like. We were able to walk through the streets and houses, which really brought the towns of Jesus time to life.
October 29, 2015
We started our day in the town of Nazareth. We went up to the top of Mount Precipice where it is believed the people of Nazareth tried to throw Jesus from the top after he had claimed to be the fulfillment (Luke 4) of Isaiah’s prophecy. Jesus essentially says, “I am Jubilee.” It was a backwater town of about 250 people, and the least likely place in which the Messiah would grow up. But He never shed that past, and it was always a part of God’s plan.
October 28, 2015
Morning devotional by the Dead/Salt Sea and the message was that at a distance, the Sea was desirable and refreshing, but when you actually get there, it was not quite what you expected. The beautiful looking sea is a metaphor for the world today: it is enticing, but can never satisfy us.
October 27, 2015
In Ein Avdat, the desert: We were led into the barren land that God took the nation of Israel, to show them how He could provide. Even when doubting, God assures us that He is trustworthy. The promises of God are not for the purpose of us possessing them (the land), it is to show us that we are His prized possession; not what we can do, but rather what God has done and will do.
October 26, 2015
We spent today getting familiar with the geography and topography of Israel as well as learning the importance of the land of Israel and how God used the land to bless the Israelites. In Deuteronomy 8:6 we saw that if they observe the commands of the Lord, walking in His way and revering Him, He would bring them into a good land. This good land was a land with wheat and barley, vines and fig trees, pomegranates, olive oil and honey. We were surprised to find out that the honey is not the honey we usually think of (from bees). This honey is from a date palm tree.