April 27, 2017
Our first stop today was to Hezekiah’s tunnel in the City of David located in Jerusalem. If you are unfamiliar with the story of the tunnel, check it out in 2 Kings 20 (also mentioned in 2 Chronicles 32:30) and do a quick Google search. Some of our group decided to take the dry route while many decided to brave the water-filled passageway. The tunnel was about 550 meters and contained water up to about mid-calf in most places. Flashlights were essential as it was pitch black and everyone had to crouch down…
April 26, 2017
Who doesn’t want to see Jerusalem? To view the Golden Dome – the place where Solomon built the first Tabernacle for God – now occupied by Muslim influence in Israel owned Jerusalem, is certainly a sight to behold. We passed through Israeli safety check points to be able to visit the Wailing Wall – the area closest to the beloved location of the Holiest location of the Hebrew faith – the place where the Arc of the Covenant was located – the Holy of Holies.
April 25, 2017
Leaving the Sea of Galilee was bittersweet. However we knew that leaving meant we were “ready” to go up to Jerusalem. When we first arrived in Israel, Ronen told us that we were “not ready yet” for Jerusalem and he was right! Now looking back we can see how we needed a history/geography lesson about this land.
April 24, 2017
Beth She’an you connect the east to the west
From Kings to Patriarch, to Ms. Maris
At a crossroads, a prime location that you know best
A secure house you stood, but now you rest
Ronen, our tour guide told us quite the ‘tel’
Schytopolis you pitched us, and we got lured into your sale
Shows, money, women. are you a new kind of baal?
Schytopolis, you had us with your beauty up until you fell.
April 23, 2017
Today was an amazing, learning packed, and joyous day in Israel. We first went to Katzrin. It is a village that has been established to re-enact life, customs, and traditions of a first century village. We baked bread, visited housing, an olive press and a synagogue much like what Jesus and the disciples would have encountered almost 2,000 years ago. Maybe a highlight for most was that we were able to cook and eat our own individual flat bread baked over an open fire.
April 22, 2017
Today was day six on the Faith Chapel, GTI Israel Study Tour. Saturday is the Sabbath in Israel, which made this day’s tour very special.
After breakfast the group loaded up on the bus and headed out for Mount Arbel, on the northwest side of the Sea of Galilee. After an aggressive climb to the top we were captured by Mark 1:35 . . . “And rising very early in the morning, while it was still dark, he departed and went out to a desolate place, and there he prayed.”
April 21, 2017
Wow…Israel has truly been UNreal. The things that we have seen are mind-blowing and life changing. And just to think that we still have a week! The days have been long and hot as we have been traveling and hiking through the desert. It doesn’t hurt to end a long day with a refreshing swim in the Sea of Galilee before our traditional Friday night Shabat dinner!
April 19, 2017
What a first day to a bucket list adventure. We not only saw some beautiful areas, but connecting the actual landmarks to God’s word really made the Bible come to life in a deeper meaning.
Our first stop was a garden memorial highlighting major elements to the Israel people. From the fruits of the land to the terms used in scripture we now have an even clearer understanding of the “pictures” written in God’s word. (If you see someone from the tour ask them what “land flowing with milk and honey” really means!).