Unfortunately we had to said good bye to our friends Jan and Adria today. Jan’s brother passed away unexpectedly so they needed to fly to the Netherlands for the funeral. We are sad to see them leave early. Please pray for this family as they morn their loss.
This morning we hiked through the fields of Nazareth! It helped us understand the stories and parables that Jesus shared with the disciples. We stood on an ancient threshing floor and also read from John 2:1-11 where Jesus turned the water into wine as we stood around an ancient wine press. Rabbi John shared from Mark 4 as we stood in a Nazareth field and pointed out the different kinds of soil which were referred to in the Parable of the Sower.
This afternoon included another hike; this time up to Mt. Carmel. 1 Kings tells the story of how Elijah challenged the prophets of Baal here. And God showed up big time when He responded with fire and consumed the altar Elijah had built!
Below is a beautiful mosaic from the town of Zippori near Nazareth. Mosaics are found throughout the city. Zippori is the town that Mary the mother of Jesus came from. We learned that Jesus would have visited his grand parents growing up and that Jesus’ father Joseph likely helped out in building the palace of Herod Antipas which is located here.
King Herod had lived in Caesarea so we visited there to get a taste of how he lived. Acts 12 tells the story of this wicked man, his persecution of Christians and his death. We were amazed at the beauty of this seaside place, and also the destruction of his palace here. The rubble outlines the original building.
We arrived in Jerusalem this evening and anticipate many more powerful experiences over the last few days we are together.