June 8, 2016
Now that our study tour is complete hopefully you’ll be able to talk to one of us in person about what we saw, heard, learned, and experienced!
This post has a wrap up video that serves as a nice summary of the trip and a reminder of all that we did.
June 7, 2016
It is almost unbelievable that today marked our final day walking the ancient paths. We walked, ran, sweat, laughed, cried, learned, and Lord willing, became more like our Rabbi, Jesus. The final day put us right in the footsteps of Jesus’ finals days.
We began our day on the Mount of Olives. Here we walked through Jesus’ triumphal entry and last meal with the disciples. Our vantage point afforded us a way to picture Jesus’s journey into the temple. What was even more incredible, sovereign rather, was the fact that Jesus enters the temple on lamb selection day during Passover.
June 6, 2016
Day 8 provided our first full day in Jerusalem. It was certainly different hiking in an urban setting where the hills are paved and the paths are full of people going from one place to another. Nevertheless, the truths and pictures that we gained through the Scriptures were invaluable.
We began our day on the Temple Mount. Though the Temple Mount is now controlled by Muslims it still contains an enormous amount of historical significance for the Christian faith today.
June 5, 2016
We have ended our time in the Galilee region and have begun to journey toward Jerusalem. Today we made some key stops along the way that continues to paint a vivid picture of what the Scriptures say.
We began our day on Tel Meggido. This is also known as Har-Meggido, where we get the word Armegeddon. It was a surreal feeling to look upon nearly 7,000 year old Canaanite ruins, including one of the biggest, in tact Baal alters. This region, which used to be full of people devoted to the one true God, had been become the epicenter of all kinds of unthinkable evil. This is the result of slippage. We were challenged to reclaim, in the name of Christ, the things culture has taken.
June 4, 2016
After a welcomed Sabbath rest we ventured into another day in the area around the Galilee. Our time spent here has definitely challenged our thoughts of what it means to follow Jesus.
We began our day on Mount Gilboa. It was a beautiful morning spent reflecting on the life of Saul and the life of David. It is interesting to think on the differences in the lives of the two kings. One stepped into sin and tried to hide, from man and from God while the other sinned and repented and found restoration with God. We too can repent and find the same restoration.
June 3, 2016
Our second day in the Galilee continued to challenge us both physically and spiritually, but it was again a day spent thinking on what it means to follow in the footsteps of our rabbi.
We began our day at Gamla. Gamla is not necessarily a popularized biblical sight, however what, or maybe better who, comes from Gamla matters for us as followers of Jesus. Gamla is home to a sect of the Jewish people known as the zealots. As may be assumed, these people are known for their zeal for God taken to unbelievable extremes.
June 2, 2016
Day 4 started our journey through the Galilee. Following the footsteps of the disciples and thinking about how they followed their rabbi caused us to really meditate on what it means for us to follow Jesus.
We began the day at Mount Arbel. Mount Arbel is one of the higher points surrounding the Galilee and commonly recognized as the location to which Jesus would retreat and pray. The journey up and down the mountain was certainly an adventure and an accomplishment worthy of celebration. Some of those celebratory pictures are below. What is interesting is that the cities from which Jesus traveled to get alone with God were at least a full days journey away. He went to incredible lengths to get alone with God and hear from Him. We could not help but be challenged to think about how hard we are willing to work to get alone with God and hear from Him.
June 1, 2016
It is interesting to note that when the Bible refers to “the wilderness” it is not referring to the kind of wilderness that most westerners would picture. You have seen from yesterday’s pictures as well as from todays that the wilderness is the desert. As I stated yesterday, the desert is both beautiful and terrifying. It provides so many pictures that really bring the text to life.
May 31, 2016
Welcome to the desert! On day 2 we journeyed from the Shephelah, which was busy and full of all kinds of life, to the deserts of Maktesh Ramon. The sight of the desert can only be described as breathtaking. It is both beautiful and terrifying all at the same time. We marveled at the deserts cavernous beauty while also being reminded of the grandeur of God.
May 30, 2016
The travel day is over and we have arrived in Israel! We united three groups, from three different states as we embarked on our first day walking the ancient paths. The energy level was high, but our expectation for what was to come was even higher. What would God teach us as we did our best to “sh’ma”?
We began our day in the Shephelah by reciting the sh’ma, commonly known as Dueteronomy 6:4-5. “Sh’ma” simply means to hear or listen. Therefore, we will begin everyday reciting the sh’ma together as a group in hopes that we will hear all that God has to say.
March 16, 2016
Our trip to Israel will be here before you know it!
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We’ll be sharing our travel experiences online with you, our friends and family, to not only bring you along on the journey with us, but to also solicit your ongoing prayer and support. Most of us on this trip have been preparing mentally and spiritually for what will be a life-changing experience in the land. We’re also preparing physically as we train our bodies to handle all the time we’ll spend on our feet walking. So please pray that we would be diligent in our preparations and we would all be ready to learn what God has to teach us!