Shalom from Israel!
Imediately as we deboarded the plane we took off running. Our guides name is Abraham and he is a task master. I gues he thinks that guiding 27 pastors in like herding cats. He is very adimint about getting us to see as much as we can. From the airport we went through Tel Aviv or Joppa. Tel Aviv was created when the Jews left Joppa. Tel means a little hil or something old, cialis Aviv means something new. We were along the Mediterranean most of the day. We headed to the port of Caesarea where we took in the ruins of the theater, advice the hippo drome, and the palace. The group of pastors sang from the stage and other groups in the theater applauded.
We then headed to the Mount Carmel moutain range, one of the highest peaks of the range where the Mt. Carmel monestary is located. At each of these places a pastor reads a scripture passage related to that site. Here we readthe story of Elijah, Ahab, and Jezebell. Mount Carmel is 1700 above sea level and Galelee is 700 below sea level.
On the way to Capernam we went past Chorazin, and Bethsaida two cities that were torn down and never rebuilt. As Jesus said, (Matt 11:21-23) “Woe to you, Chorazin! Woe to you, Bethsaida! For if the mighty works done in you had been done in Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented long ago in sackcloth and ashes. 22 But I tell you, it will be more bearable on the day of judgment for Tyre and Sidon than for you. 23 And you, Capernaum, will you be exalted to heaven? You will be brought down to Hades. For if the mighty works done in you had been done in Sodom, it would have remained until this day. ESV
At Capernaum we saw a synagogue from the time of Jesus, ruins of the town, and Peter’s mother-in-law’s house. This is one site that has changed in 30 years when I was last here. Now there is a Catholic Church over the ruins and more ruins exposed. We too saw the site of the feeding of the 5000 and a restored fishing boat from the time of Jesus, which wasn’t exposed 30 years ago. As, our guide Abraham says, “The importance is not necessarily where it happened but that it happened.” It was a good day. Yes,