Shalom! Or at least of the time that I’m writing this, Shabbat Shalom! We have had an awesome day visiting a few sites and enjoying a little extra sleep from the Sabbath. God is continuing to do big things in the lives of those here and continues to reveal what he wants each of us to know.
Rewind just a little bit: Sabbath started last night, so we enjoyed a Sabbath dinner together as family and had a blast singing together, everything from “Let it Go” to “Hey Jude”. After getting a little extra rest, we started our drive north towards Banias or, as we more often know it from Scriptures, Caesarea Philippi. We walked along the Jordan River through the beautiful forest all the way to one of the three sources of the river at the base of Mount Hermon. After that, we made our way to Dan. Again, we traveled through a beautiful, lush forest, a far cry from the desert we were in a few days ago, to the ancient ruins of the city. There we had a powerful story of the tribe of Dan and their mistakes.
This abundant water supply has made the area very fertile and attractive for religious worship. Numerous temples were built at this city in the Hellenistic and Roman periods.
The Danites made plenty of mistakes, but hopefully we all can learn from them. They did what was right in their own eyes. They moved when they wanted to and worshiped what they wanted to. It didn’t start with flat-out idolatry; it started with a few steps off course that brought them to the completely wrong place. One degree off from your destination can land you in somewhere where you were never meant to be. We are prone to wander, so we often need course correction from our community of faith. Through our community, we can stay in line with the Gospel and keep walking the orthopodeo, the straight walk.
On the northern frontier of the kingdom, Dan was particularly well fortified. This gatehouse was built in the ninth century BCE, probably by Ahab, and is part of a series of gateways discovered.
The Lord has even more in store for us tomorrow. It is crazy to think that we still have even more days in God’s land. Thank you for all your continued prayers! Please continue to pray that our eyes our open to what God wants us to see and that we seek to do life the way He intended it!