Highlights from my 2nd day in Israel

I’m about to wrap up my second full day in Israel.  Here’s what’s going on…

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Wednesday afternoon we arrived and stayed our first night in Tel Aviv.

  • We stayed close to Joppa, the city that Jonah caught a boat going the wrong direction and also the city that Peter saw a vision to eat things that he thought were unclean.  Because of Peter’s vision, Joppa might be called the city where outreaches to Gentiles began.
  • I slept thru the night. (Praise God!)

Thursday we visited several sights:

  • First stop was Caesarea, a beautiful city with a port built by Herod the Great not long before Jesus birth. Peter went to visit Cornelius there, preaching to the first Gentile converts. Paul had a hearing before Felix in Caesarea before going to Rome as a guest of the Roman government.
  • Second stop was Mt. Carmel, where Abraham offered Isaac as a sacrifice by faith.
  • Next we visited Megiddo and Tel Yizre’el, where Ahab and Jezebel had a summer palace.  It is also the place where Jezebel was thrown off the walls to her death.
  • First days learning: If Ahab was judged on his accomplishments he would be considered a success.  The Bible says otherwise.  It was never the intention of God for the King to become powerful and famous.  He wanted him to just be obedient and dependent on him.  God’s metrics are different than mine, most of the time.

Today we visited several more sights:

  • First, the ancient synagogue of Arbel, located on the road between Nazareth, Jesus boyhood home, and the Sea of Galilee. The fields were full of wild flowers.  As I spent time reflecting this morning, I could imagine Jesus teaching his followers not too worry and using the wildflowers as examples.
  • Next we went to Zippori, an ancient city where Jesus father Joseph may have helped in construction
  • We spent the afternoon with an Orthodox Jewish community, making bread and learning about life 2000 years ago.  Absolutely one of the most fascinating experiences in my life.
  • In the late afternoon we visited Nazareth and the church that sits where the boyhood home of Jesus probably was.  We received a private tour of excavations not normally seen.  It will change how I approach preaching on Christmas.

I am now back in our hotel on the Sea of Galilee.  Hoping to get another good nights sleep then it’s off for more adventure tomorrow.

If you’d like to see more pictures, you can click HERE.

Shalom.

Greg is the founding pastor of Seacoast Church, one of the early adopters of the multi-site model. Located in Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina, Seacoast has been recognized by various media as an innovative and influential thought leader in future strategies for church growth and development.

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Private Guided Tours In Israel
Private Guided Tours In Israel

When I originally commented I clicked the "Notify me when new comments are added" checkbox and now each time a comment is added I get three e-mails with the same comment. Is there any way you can remove people from that service? Cheers!

Vern
Vern

What an exciting trip for you. Your pictures are great and bring back many memories. We will continue to pray for you and your friends.

Jenna Surratt
Jenna Surratt

I am so glad you are having such a good time. I'm trying not to be jealous. :)

Diana Warren
Diana Warren

How wonderful! I'm reliving the experience of my visit to Israel through your fantastic photos. I'm especially fond of your headdress, most becoming, and keeps the sun's rays off too. Enjoy the path Greg, it's blessed. Boca tov, as they say there, Good Morning.