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Day 12 - City of David, Hezekiah's Tunnel, Southern Steps, Western Wall, Sifting Project
Monday Jul 11 2022
12:00 am UTC
City of David – Hezekiah’s Tunnel
Our last day in Israel began with exploring Hezekiah’s tunnel. In 701 BC, King Hezekiah realized that getting water outside the city gates made the Israelites more susceptible to siege. So, he built a tunnel to bring water into the city. They built...
Day 11 - Jerusalem: Mount of Olives, Gethsemane, St. Anne's Church, Pool of Bethesda, Church of the Holy Sepulchre, Herodium
Saturday Jul 09 2022
5:00 pm UTC
We started our day overlooking Jerusalem and reading Luke 19:29-44 which describes Jesus riding into the city on a donkey as the crowd cheers with palm branches. Then Jesus weeps over the city because they still don’t understand. He isn’t entering as a conquering King but as a sacrificial...
Day 10 - Galilee - Jerusalem: Mt. Carmel, Caesarea Maritima
Friday Jul 08 2022
7:00 pm UTC
We climbed ruggedly beautiful Mount Carmel this morning. There were moments we scrambled up large boulders on our hands and feet and others where the uphill slopes took the wind right out of us.
Our effort was rewarded with a great view and the retelling of a powerful Bible story....
Day 09 - Galilee: Jordan River, Beth Shean, Susita
Thursday Jul 07 2022
8:00 pm UTC
This morning we gathered on the bank of the Jordan River and discussed how water was a place of chaos for the ancient Israelites. Once again, we encountered Jesus’ willingness to go to the most chaotic places and meet people there.
Scott shared his vision of Jesus wading into...
Day 08 - Golan Heights: Gamla, Caesarea Philippi, Omrit
Wednesday Jul 06 2022
8:00 pm UTC
Our morning began in Gamla, which was the main city of the Zealots. This Jewish sect adhered closely to the Torah and was known for acts of violence against any opposition. Simon and Judas were both Zealots.
Gamla is situated on top of a mountain overlooking a valley with two waterfalls....
Our day began with a steep hike up a stone mountain. We stopped to catch our breath by a series of caves and then Scott invited us all to walk in one. It had fresh evidence of sheep and cows recently staying there.
Despite what we’ve always seen. Mary likely gave birth in a cave...
“Follow me and I’ll make you fishers of men.” – Matthew 4:19
Today we walked where Jesus did 80% of his ministry: the triangle between Capernaum, Bethsaida, and Chorazin.
On the way to Capernaum, we stopped in the “desolate place” or “solitary...
Day 05 - Negev - Galilee: Qumran, Mount of Beatitudes, Galilee Boat Ride
Sunday Jul 03 2022
5:00 pm UTC
“Hear my voice when I call, Lord; be merciful to me and answer me. My heart says of you, “Seek his face!” Your face, Lord, I will seek.” Psalm 27:7
Today we sought God’s face in a remote part of the desert....
“I love you, Lord, my strength. The Lord is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer.” Psalm 18:1-2
After repeating these verses for our morning devotional, we went to a literal rock fortress. Masada is the Hebrew word for fortress. It is also the name of Herod’s...
“This is what the Lord says, ‘I remember the devotion of your youth, how as a bride you loved me and followed me through the desert, through a land not sown.’” – Jeremiah 2:2
Today we followed God through the desert, pressing into the theme of obedience. Instead of seeing...
Today, we wandered in the Negev desert. The rocky soil, beating sun, and lack of water were the backdrop of our day.
After we had hiked quite a ways and were sweating, baking, and exhausted from the sun, we stumbled upon an acacia tree. Everyone crowded under it to enjoy...
This is what the Lord says: “Stand at the crossroads and look; ask for the ancient paths, ask where the good way is, and walk in it, and you will find rest for your souls.” – Jeremiah 6:16
This verse was highlighted in our morning devotional and guided our steps today....
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