In just the past two days since our last post, so much has happened I feel I must post a few more pictures just to keep up. It has been so much fun!
We really have enjoyed starting out our time in Israel right where Jesus started the majority of his life–In the Galilee region. This sunset over the Sea of Galilee was just gorgeous.
What we believe is a first century synagogue could very well have been the one that Jesus gave his message about being the bread of life. It was in Capernaum that he called Matthew to be his disciples, told Peter to catch a fish and pay the taxes, and made regular visits to persuade people to follow the truth.
It was also in this place that we believe Jesus healed the man with an unclean spirit cry out, “Let us alone; what have we to do with thee, thou Jesus of Nazareth? art thou come to destroy us? I know thee who thou art, the Holy One of God” (Mark 1:24).
Peter’s house historically is known to be here and one of the earliest Christian Churches established directly under the building pictured.
But the kind tank commander gave us a personal tour of the inside as long as we did not take pictures of the inside.
We sure enjoyed seeing how God has blessed Israel with such excellent technology including the iron dome defense system. (right in front of Priscilla)
The sunsets truly are beautiful here!
Paul did his best to audition to play the part of baby Jesus in the manger.
Priscilla even tried out as “Mary”
Wool was harvested and turned into yarn and then cloth. They also had a replica Synagogue. The roof was made out of a layer of bamboo, then mud mixed with straw, then dry dirt and then finally another layer of mud and straw.
Valley Of Megiddo:
This historic site of many wars is not finished as a war zone. In fact, in spite of a very long history of wars it has really seen nothing compared to what we believe it will see according to Revelation 16:15-16. The Hebrew word Armageddon comes from Har meaning mountain and Megiddo which refers to this region. Wow!
What a fascinating part of the world we have found this all to be! Paul enjoyed sitting in one of Solomon’s horse feeding troughs. The stables designed for up to 500 horses have been uncovered.