Blog

Israel: A View from Above, a Village on a Hill

Our motor coach followed the Mediterranean coastline north to the Stella Maris Church near Mount Carmel, where I shared from 1 Kings 18:1-39, the story of Elijah calling upon God to reveal his power.

Elijah

Then we headed up to Mount Carmel to learn about Jezebel from 1 Kings 21:1-16 and 2 Kings 9:30-37, while looking down on the Jezreel Valley from the roof of a Carmelite Monastery. Definitely a HIGH point, in more ways than one. Wow, what a view!

Jezreel Valley

Lunch was at a Druze village home, where we heard about a most unusual religious sect, and ate another wonderful Mediterranean meal. And more yummus.

Traditional Foods

Then we continued to Cana, and then on to Nazareth Village, which was a terrific reconstruction of ancient Nazareth, complete with a carpenter…

Nazareth Carpenter

…and a shepherd dressed in appropriate garb and accompanied by appropriate sheep.

Nazareth Shepherd

At Nazareth Village I taught on Mary’s visit from the angel, found in Luke 1:26-38, and they presented each of us with a small clay oil lamp, commonly used in Israel of old. As night fell, we visited the beautiful Church of the Annunciation.

Nazareth Church of Anunciation

Then off we went to enjoy a Saint Peter’s fish dinner by the Sea of Galilee, before lodging that night at a kibbutz in Tiberias. It looked like any other hotel, until I noticed the thin metal box on my doorpost: a mezuzah, with verses from the Hebrew Bible tucked inside, in obedience to this command: “Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates.” Deuteronomy 6:9

Needless to say, we all slept like logs, never imagining what wonders the next day would hold…

Share Your Thoughts

Israel: Our Journey Begins

Amazing. Thrilling. Life-changing. Mind-boggling. Our Women of the Bible Tour of the Holy Land was everything I prayed it might be and more. In my heart, you traveled there with us. Now let me take you there through words and photos. I had zero fears or worries while in Israel. …

Read More