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The Jordan

On this day we left the beautiful Gallalee and headed south along the Jordan River. Our first stop was Tel Megiddo, also known as Armageddon.

Various gates and entryways into the ancient city uncovered and reconstructed by archaeologists

This is where grain would have been stored to feed the residents of the city. There are two narrow ramps spiraling around the edge – one for people going down, the other for people coming up.

Pictured here are alters and other items of pagan worship.

King Solomon’s Stables where the remains of some of his horses were found and put on display. 😜

A tunnel built to a spring so that the city would have access to water during a siege.

 

We drove along the Jordan River to the spot where tradition says Jesus was baptized by John. Many of the places we have visited are referred to as, “tradition says such and such event happened here.” The reality is we don’t know for sure that any of these events happened exactly where they are honored today. We do know that pilgrims have been visiting many of these sites since the first century. But to be honest, the exact location isn’t of high importance to me. We know Jesus wasn’t born on December 25, but we have no problem celebrating his birthday on that date. The important thing is that we believe these things happened. To even get close to the location is amazing. And as one of our team members asked the other day, “What if this is the place?”Our last stop before Jerusalem was Ein Gedi, an oasis in the Judean desert where David hid from King Saul. We hiked up along the springs surrounded by a beautiful barren wilderness and a view of the Dead Sea.

Pictured top left is an Ibex and bottom right is a Tristram’s starling.


At the end of the day, we finally arrived in Jerusalem and stopped at the Hebrew University to take in the view. We also had another global church sighting when we ran into a group from Brazil we had seen on Mount Carmel. We even discovered that one of their ladies had lived in the Bay Area. What an amazing beginning to our visit to the Holy City.

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