(Overlooking Jerusalem from the top of the Mount of Olives.) Read more
Matthew’s Gospel paints a picture of two kings. One is the richest man in the land. He builds astounding palaces. Conquers armies. And, a force to be reckoned.
The other is born into poverty, is laid in an animal manger, and is a helpless child.
King Herod and King Jesus.
This is the opening scenes of the Gospel…
The past two days, we have been exploring these two kings. What they built and what they accomplished. It has been a powerful experiential study and provided intense moments of reflection.
(King Herod’s Herodium :: A man-made mountain, turned into a palace in the desert) Read more
There’s a saying that was used in Galilee during the biblical times, “May you be covered in the dust of the rabbi.” The central idea was this – as a disciple, you are following a rabbi (your teacher). But, he was more than a teacher, he was someone you want to be like – in every way. The world was his classroom, and from sun up to sun down, you didn’t want to miss a lesson. Where the rabbi went, you closely followed behind his every step. The saying emerged, because as you followed along your rabbi on the dusty roads of the Galilee – the dust that got kicked up from his feet would be on your clothes. May you be covered in the dust of the rabbi.
(May you be covered in the dust of the rabbi.) Read more
“What another spectacular day!
The places we went, as well as the information we have gained today
will definitely stay in my memory for a long time.
Our morning started off with a wake up call…
The bus driver dropped us off on the side of the road and told us…
See you at the top! Just kidding. Our plan for the morning was to climb the mountain like Jesus did to be alone at the top to get closer to God. So we set off on our climb to the top of Mt. Arbel…” -Holly Smith
(A little walk’about up the cliffs of Mt. Arbel :: this team is fierce) Read more
David trekked all through the Judean Desert as King Saul sought to take his life. One of the places he fled to was En Gedi. We stopped by here while on our journey from the Dead Sea up to the Galilee. It was in these caves that David hid from Saul.
(Caves at En Gedi) Read more