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Israel Day 2

June 7, 2009

Holy crap the wake up call came far too early.  I forgot there was a 6:30 AM.  That was insane.  But, we have a ton to see.  Day 2 started off by heading out to Mount Arbel.  The view from here was another amazing site.  It overlooks the Sea Of Galilee, Magdala and Capernum.  There were lots of caves here that many of the Jews used to run from Herod The Great.  Magdala is the town that Mary Magdaline was from and Capernum was where Jesus based His ministry in Galilee.

Next up was Nazareth.  On the way there we drove through a town called Cana which is where Jesus turned the water into wine.  Nazareth is a pretty good sized city that is surrounding the old town of Nazareth which would have only had about 200 families or so.  This was the home of Jesus until he was 30.  There is an area with a couple churches that claim their spot is the location that Gabriel came to Mary to announce her pregnancy.  We got to visit a small synagogue in the middle of the old town where they believe Jesus preached from Isaiah and everyone got all upset about it and took Him out to kill Him.  They led Him out to Mount Precipice.

And therefore Mount Precipice was our next stop.  The mountain here overlooks some pretty awesome stuff.  It overlooks the town of Nazareth, Mount Tabor where they believe the transfiguration occurred and the Valley Of Jezreel or Armageddon.  Also in the distance you can see the mountains where Saul fought the Philistines and Gideon narrowed down his army to 300 men.  When Jesus preached from Isaiah in the synagogue that day and fulfilled prophesy.  The Jews didn’t like what He said and they banished Him from His home town.  Not only that but they took Him out to Mount Precipice with the intention of throwing Him off the top.  The Bible says he got away from them and moved on His way.  Other than the view, one of the crazy things from this place was a plaque that they have on display that says that Jesus jumped from the mountain to get away.  I had never heard that before.  Very interesting.  The Bible says that He went through them and left.  So its not completely clear what it was exactly that He did.  Doesn’t matter.  The point is that it wasn’t time for Him to get caught and killed and so He got away!

The final stop for Day 2 was a place called Megiddo.  It is also known as Har-Magedon which through several translations becomes Armageddon.  This is the valley in the Fertile Crescent that the Bible says will be the location of the battle of Armageddon that Jesus will lead.  The ruins in this place were crazy!  They have excavated enough to see that there were civilizations in Megiddo as far back as 2500 B.C.  It was a fortress there to guard the valley nearby.  Solomon had it rebuilt.  The ruins were incredible.  At one place you can see an altar that the Canaanites used to sacrifice animals and humans to the god Baal.  It was awesome and sobering at the same time!

Day 2 finally came to a close and it was back to the hotel to rest up a bit for Day 3!  Have some pictures.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. Brenda permalink
    June 8, 2009 7:29 AM

    Hey, I didn’t see Flat Stanley in any of the pictures!

  2. June 9, 2009 1:42 PM

    Sweet pictures!!!

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