So it’s been another packed day in Israel! Amanda and Keoni here, reporting from Galilee. First off our group made its way up to the Golan Heights. This place is beautiful and packed with history. Our first stop in the Golan Heights was a lookout over the ancient city of Gamla. Gamla means “camel” and the zealots lived here. We also got to see where Israel’s eagles nest. As we looked at them flying Rich read Isaiah 40:28-31. It’s almost impossible to describe how alive God’s word became in that moment. It was epic .
Next stop for day 6 was an Israeli bunker overlooking Assyria; it was pitch black and we got to see a lot of old stuff from the 6 Day War. As we were driving we saw Mt. Hebron in the distance and it had snow on it!! Who knew Israel even had snow…
Probably the most beautiful stop for today was Caesarea Philippi. It was the Las Vegas of Jesus’ time and was where people worshiped Pan, a half man-half goat god. Their worship of Pan was grotesque and very evil. We sat in the ruins and read Matthew 16:13-20 where Jesus told his disciples that [v.18] Caesarea Philippi and its evil would not overcome Christ’s church. Now here we are as Christ’s church looking over what is now a destroyed city. It was a great moment to realize that no matter how big the circumstances in this life they will not last and that Christ will reign forever!
We then headed to Dan. Dan totally reminded me of Hawaii, it was that beautiful! The Danites settled here and because of compromising on little things those little things turned into big things like idol worship and forgetting the true living God. This totally applies to us in Joshua in the sense that we can’t compromise on those little things. And that we need accountability to keep us on track.
We finished our day with a “friendly” game of soccer- Bus 1 vs. Bus 2. It was a lot of fun and we are feeling pretty ready for a soak in the Sea of Galilee. Nice checking in with you all, Aloha and Adios! Click here to check out photos from our day, or click here to see past blogs. -Amanda and Keoni
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