Hello avid readers, all 1,000 of you, welcome! Today was a fantastic day, filled with easy hikes and beautiful scenery. Our first stroll was up a hill at Gamla. (click here to view pictures from the day) We came to a place overlooking the hill that looks like a camel’s back. Gamla was the home of Zealots, a group people who had incredible zeal for God. Their zeal was manifested in fighting for God and their unwillingness to submit to Rome. We are also called to be zealous for God. The question is how? What are we supposed to do?
Next we went to Katzrin, a great place to collect pictures and see what life in the Galilee would have been like in the third and fourth centuries. We were reminded how, in Jewish culture, the synagogue was in the center of the city and everything would branch off of it.
Our third stop was at a modern military bunker from the war in which Israel gained the Golan Heights from Syria. Everyone hung out and learned about the tension between Syria and Israel, as well as one of Israel’s heroes Eli Cohen. Eli was a spy who lived on the Syrian side and gained a lot of information that helped Israel gain victory over Syria. After our discussion we got to explore the bunker and get coffee which everyone enjoyed.
Next we hiked in Caesarea Philippi through a beautiful nature reserve. Our hike took us first to a really cool waterfall where we got to take a family picture. Then we continued on. Once we arrived to the temples and shrines dedicated to pagan gods like Zeus and Pan, we read Matthew 16:13-28 and discussed how God is building His kingdom “on this rock”, meaning that the kingdom is being built, here and now, despite our messiness and circumstances.
Our last stop for the day was at Tel Dan. The tribe of Dan was originally allotted land near modern day Tel Aviv, but because their forces were so strong, they decided to move themselves elsewhere to a place that was more appealing to them; the problem is that it wasn’t originally their land or where God wanted them. We looked at 1 Corinthians 10: 6-13 and talked about how we are not able to take on challenges without the power of the cross. We will always fail on our own. Dan was a huge city with great defenses, but people still got in and conquered them. We can withstand whatever comes our way as long as we continue seeking God’s will.
That’s it for today. Thank you for your dedication. Come back soon!
Meghan G. & Marissa L.