God's work is always perfect
It was a dark and stormy night... was it missiles from Gaza strip or was it God's voice thundering from the Heavens? It was about 4am when we heard the thunder and rain on our rooftop, as Yahuda had said previously about this part of his tours, it always seems to rain. (EDIT: at the time I wrote that first line, we had not yet heard about the missile attack on Tel Aviv this morning, hitting a house and injuring six people.)
We had our morning devotions on the bus, due to the continuing rain. Pastor Mike continue to emphasize that the works of man are not perfect but God's work is always perfect. Luke 12:27 Consider the lilies, how they grow; they toil not, they spin not; and yet i say unto you, that Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.
We drove through Nazareth where the Angel Gabriel told Mary she was to become the Mother of Jesus. Jesus also grew up here. From there we drove on to Mount Precipice, the location where the Jews from the Synogoue chased Jesus after he read Isaiah 61:1, to push him off the cliff.
Situated inside a bowl atop the Nazareth ridge north of the Jezreel valley, Nazareth was a relatively isolated village in the time of Jesus with a population less than two hundred. Today Nazareth is home to more than 60,000 Israeli Arabs; Upper Nazareth is home to thousands more Jewish residents.
Megiddo was interesting ... some of us were not able to actual walk these steps but heard great info before returning to the bus while the others walked. Megiddo has an amazing history and wild future. This spot has 25 layers of civilizations, 19 temples, has been destroyed 25 times and rebuilt 25 times. According to revelation there is a great battle yet to come.
From the earliest times (EB) to the earliest historical records of the area (Thutmose III) to the future (Revelation 16), Megiddo assumes a prominent role. This is largely owing to its strategic location astride the Megiddo Pass (Wadi Ara) and inside the busy Jezreel Valley.
Mount Carmel has great history too. King Ahab was more evil than anyone before him. He married Jezebel who brought idolotry to the kingdom. Elisha was the lone prophet of God left in Israel. Baal vs God showdown... Baal tried...God won! Who would have guessed.
Biblically, Mt. Carmel is referenced most often as a symbol of beauty and fertility. To be given the “splendor of Carmel” was to be blessed indeed (Isa 35:2). Solomon praised his beloved: “your head crowns you like Mount Carmel” (Song 7:5). But for Carmel to wither was a sign of devastating judgment (Nahum 1:4).
Caesarea by the sea... oh my, how beautiful to see the waves crashing the shores as we arrived. It was amazing to see the ruins, the hippodrome, the amphitheater and the aquaduct. But hearing Acts 10, Cornelius calling for Peter to come, Peter's vision and trip to Caesarea where he spoke in the ampetheater and the holy spirit came on all the gentiles Wow.
This has been the trip of a lifetime and JUST imagine what is to come.
Lulu Plumb, Meg Glover
The city and harbor were built under Herod the Great during c. 22–10 BC near the site of a former Phoenician naval station known as Stratonos pyrgos (Στράτωνος πύργος). It later became the provincial capital of Roman Judea, Roman Syria Palaestina and Byzantine Palaestina Prima provinces. The city was populated throughout the 1st to 6th centuries CE and became an important early center of Christianity during the Byzantine period, but was mostly abandoned following the Muslim conquest of 640. It was re-fortified by the Crusaders, and finally slighted by the Mamluks in 1265.
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