Story from Day 3

Israel Tour 2019

We began our day by trekking north from the Sea of Galilee. We visited the ancient city of Dan, where we saw the palace where one of the golden calves were located in Old Testament days (1 Kings 12:25-33). While in Dan, we also visited Abraham’s gate which dates back 3,780 years!

Next we made our way to Caesarea Philippi; or what I like to call—“Sin City” in the first century. This city is located at the foot of Israel’s highest mountain, Mt. Hermon. In Jesus’ time, it was known for being an epicenter for pagan worship and ritualistic sacrifices. It was in this city that Jesus asked his disciples, “Who do people say that the Son of man is?” (Matt. 16:13) But the greater question was the one to follow. As Jesus was surrounded by false gods and man-made objects that were competing for the attention and affection of those in the city that day, He asked, “Who do YOU say that I am?” My prayer is that Peter’s response would be our response as well: “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.”

After grabbing a quick bite to eat at a local Lebanese restaurant, we traveled East to the Golan Heights. We are told in Deut. 4:41-43 and Joshua 20:8 that Golan was the city assigned to the tribe of Manasseh. In more recent years, it’s been a battlefield. At the end of World War 1, this area was given to the Syrians and they kept possession of it until the Six Day was of June 1967. It was pretty crazy to crawl into the war bunkers and to imagine all the turmoil this land has experienced over the years.

We concluded our day at the Jordan River. Despite the frigid temperatures of the water, it was an amazing and unforgettable experience to hear the salvation testimonies of so many people and then have the privilege of baptizing them in the same river Jesus was baptized in.

We’re now back at our hotel in Tiberius and it’s dinner time for our team. Tomorrow we’re packing up and heading south toward the city of Jerusalem. What. A. Day! Can’t wait to see what the Lord has in store for us tomorrow.

We began our day by trekking north from the Sea of Galilee. We visited the ancient city of Dan, where we saw the palace where one of the golden calves were located in Old Testament days (1 Kings 12:25-33). While in Dan, we also visited Abraham’s gate which dates back 3,780 years!

Next we made our way to Caesarea Philippi; or what I like to call—“Sin City” in the first century. This city is located at the foot of Israel’s highest mountain, Mt. Hermon. In Jesus’ time, it was known for being an epicenter for pagan worship and ritualistic sacrifices. It was in this city that Jesus asked his disciples, “Who do people say that the Son of man is?” (Matt. 16:13) But the greater question was the one to follow. As Jesus was surrounded by false gods and man-made objects that were competing for the attention and affection of those in the city that day, He asked, “Who do YOU say that I am?” My prayer is that Peter’s response would be our response as well: “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.”

After grabbing a quick bite to eat at a local Lebanese restaurant, we traveled East to the Golan Heights. We are told in Deut. 4:41-43 and Joshua 20:8 that Golan was the city assigned to the tribe of Manasseh. In more recent years, it’s been a battlefield. At the end of World War 1, this area was given to the Syrians and they kept possession of it until the Six Day was of June 1967. It was pretty crazy to crawl into the war bunkers and to imagine all the turmoil this land has experienced over the years.

We concluded our day at the Jordan River. Despite the frigid temperatures of the water, it was an amazing and unforgettable experience to hear the salvation testimonies of so many people and then have the privilege of baptizing them in the same river Jesus was baptized in.

We’re now back at our hotel in Tiberius and it’s dinner time for our team. Tomorrow we’re packing up and heading south toward the city of Jerusalem. What. A. Day! Can’t wait to see what the Lord has in store for us tomorrow.