Every morning we start the day with a devotion, a prayer, and the Shema. The Shema is a Jewish prayer consisting of the greatest commandment, “Hear O’ Israel, the Lord is our God – the LORD is One…” For the both of us God used the tail end, The LORD is One, and revealed it in our day.
Our first hike for the day took us up to the North Eastern region of Galilee called Gamla. The ruins were once a city built by Zealots, Jews who stood for God through the sword not the Scriptures. Holding their Creator as “numero uno” was “muy importante”. Their passion for God was strong and is a powerful example of obedience.
After our hike into Gamla we drove North to Caesarea Phillippi. The area was covered with lush plant life and beautiful water falls. In Matthew 16:13-16, Jesus has taken his disciples up to a group of Helenistic people who worshiped Pan, half man and half goat, the Greek god. To say the least it was a corrupt place and now here he asks his disciples the question, “Who do you say I am?”
Next we traveled to Tel Dan a tribe whose ruins showed their inability to hold God as their Lord. This site drove home our point of having the Lord as our One. Their disobedience took them further from where God originally put them and further from the other tribes. They ended up worshiping a golden calf and completely losing sight of God.
Our last site was a current archaeological dig of a Herodian temple, Omrit. This six story building was found in 2000 after a fire exposed a piece of the temple that was hidden by brush. The reality of all this history is still being found and there is still more to be discovered about the past of Israel and their stories in the Bible.
Daniel LaPoint and Kellie Mendenhall (check out our thoughts about the day on audio)