We went to several sites today. A good day. Beautiful weather. Our guide commented on how good it has been for us.
Sunrise over the Sea of Galilee
Some of the headwaters of the Jordan River. Three streams come together to form the Jordan River.
A fig tree. They are planted all over Israel and they ripen in the summer. We saw them at various levels of bloom. These were full leafed. Others were just beginning but they still had tiny figs on them.
Jeraboam’s temple that he build after he became king in Israel when the kingdom split during Rebaboam’s reign. They became more and more pagan as the years went on. Never did the northern Kingdom have a good king. So very sad.
Bunker from war with Lebanon
Lebanon and the Golan Heights
The gate into Dan where Abraham went to rescue Lot. It’s like 3800 years old.
In memory of Mrs. Anegers. An Israeli oak tree. It’s like 600 years old. When they did the excavation of Dan they left the tree and built a wall around it so it would be safe and continue to grow.
The king’s seat at the city gates of Dan. Here is where the king would sit to hear the trials. Each city had a king. More like a mayor but king sounds more important.
At Dan they found a tablet that had been on the wall but was then face done in the street. It was a declaration of victory by a conqueror from somewhere outside of Israel. He told of his defeat of the people and listed a number of those he killed by name. Among them were two men who were of the House of King David. It was the first extra-biblical evidence of the existence of David. Pretty cool, huh? There’s just an empty place in the pavement where the tablet had been so no photo
Beautiful waters at Caesarea Philippi.
Caesarea Philippi was a totally pagan city with temples to several gods. The people would throw their first born sons into a deep pit as an offering to the god. Jesus asked Peter who he thought he was three times here.
The ritual bath at Chorizim or Korizim. Each Jewish city had to have 3 things. A ritual bath, a kosher butcher and a synagogue.
Ruins of Korizim.
Lizard sitting on a stone sunning himself.
Entrance to the synagogue.
Interior of the synagogue
This is so cool. It would be cooler if it wasn’t a replica, but that’s in the Israeli museum. This is the rabbi’s seat in the synagogue. Since Jesus taught in this city a number of times, as evidenced by his words when he cursed the city, he would have sat in this chair when he led the service. Ronny, our guide, told us that until they took the seat to the museum he had all his tour people sit in the chair. Can you imagine sitting in a seat you knew Jesus actually sat in?
Pastor Seth sitting in the rabbi seat
Arches in the first floor of a building that would have had a second story.
Grinding wheel for pressing olive oil.
Typical rocky hillside. Israel is so rocky. The country is simply rock with a bit of soil. The rock in the Korizim area is volcanic rock and thus is black.
Restored wall. Notice the white line. Above is restored. Below is original.
Non-excavated ruins. They don’t dig all the ruins, only enough to see what is there. The rest they leave. I doubt there is enough funding to do everything.
The 2000 year old boat found by two fishermen who searched areas revealed as the lake receded.
We took a boat ride on the lake. The owner is a Messianic Jew. He sang wonderfully. As you can see the lake was totally calm. Later in the evening it became choppy but then calmed again as the wind died.
Looking at the Mount of the Beatitudes. It is just to the right of the gray rectangular area which is a cover over banana plants. Notice, just to the left is a wide funnel shaped where I imagine thousands of people listening to Jesus and being fed fish and bread. It’s a natural theater.
This I took for my husband who owns a Harley Trike. They don’t really have Harley’s in Israel. They are considered too noisy.
In His Steps
My church offered the opportunity to travel for 10 days in Israel. I jumped at the chance. So daily I will be posting images and comments. I hope you are blessed with what I share.
This blog is dedicated to BL who went to meet our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. We’ve been friends for over 40 years, raised our boys together, and our lives should have had many more years along side each other. God had other plans. We will be together for eternity.
I love you and will miss you terribly.