It’s late! Everyone in our group is sleeping. I am up and studying for 4 teaching points tomorrow. By the time the day is over tomorrow we will have climbed another mountain, arrived at a synagogue that Jesus visited on at least one occasion, and discovered the darkest, most sinful place in all of Israel. We will contrast the light of Jesus and the darkness of paganism. Our group has no idea what tomorrow holds (unless they are up late and reading this blog). God give me wisdom to share the truth of His Word in a way that Blesses His Name.
Tonight I am at Kibbutz Nof Ginnosaur, a small community with a lodging house on the Sea of Galilee. I am so proud of our group. They have followed well with passion and courage. I have hiked them to places you cannot imagine and they have followed, pushing themselves beyond where they thought they could go. We have walked deserts, forged streams, and climbed mountains in pursuit of the truth of God’s Word. What we are finding is new insight and a renewed passion for the reliability of the Text and the greatness of our LORD.
I find the greatness is in the pinpoint accuracy. Let me give you one example. Today we visited the town of Bethsaida. I gave the group the chance to walk around to pray and contemplate all that we have experienced thus far. I grabbed my friend Marty, a more experienced guide, and we walked quickly to the east side of the Tel. There was something I had heard about that I wanted to see.
About 5000 years ago, in the time of David the King, Bethsaida had a four chamber gated entrance to the city sometimes used to store wheat. The Bible points to a time when Tiglath Pileasar came and burned the supplies of wheat in these gates. Archaeologist have been digging for sometime in this location and they have found something interesting. In the layer of the time period much soot has been found. Today with my own hands, I dug a bit into that layer and pulled out many kernels of… you guessed it… burnt wheat. How magnificent is that?
This is why I love Israel. It is the proof in the pudding. Pray for us tomorrow It is going to be a big, big, day!