There is no doubt that the presence of Adonai is with Israel and that His love for them is able to be felt. The reality of being grafted in was never more real than here. Assurance is… as Steve Khoury said… (paraphrasing) In America, we don’t know who we are. In Israel, we ask,”How long, O Lord! How long!” It’s undeniable in Israel. Who we are becomes plain as day. Everything that we “saw in the movie” is now being deepened and enriched while reading the book. Walking in the land where the Word itself, became flesh…. and walked among us! All of it is making more and more sense the more i continue to seek and find. Surely, ask, seek and knock with all your heart, mind, soul and strength and the door will be opened to you! He is worth being sought after, He is worth finding!
Call out to me, and I will answer you — I will tell you great things, hidden things of which you are unaware.’” Jeremiah 33:3
There were a ton of profound moments… and as i’ve read, going to Israel is what i’ve heard being compared to like having a 5th gospel (but we all know there’s not a 5th gospel!); or another movie / book comparison… reading the Bible from our Western minds is like watching the movie, and going to Israel is like reading the book… which sounds ironically strange, but… that is the best way i can think of to describe it. When you read about the Israelite’s roaming in the desert for 40 years, and then you see the desert they were roaming around in, the supposed rock that Moses hit that sprung water, or the sea edge where Yeshua had breakfast for the Disciples, where Peter tried to walk on… or so many other places, the experience is completely explainable. i’ve also heard it said that you can’t throw a rock in Israel without hitting something of historical significance!
And Petra… yeah, Petra was amazing. If you ever get to go, try to see if there is any faith based tour group that is going there. Our tour guide knew of spiritual landmarks along the way, and the practical history of Petra, but didn’t have spiritual or eschatological information.
For souvenirs i collected rocks and pieces of the earth from every site that we visited, wrote out the place and scripture that each corresponded to, and bundled it up in a gift satchel starting in a chronological order. i have some left if you’d like one, contact me… but hurry up – it will probably go fast!
So, in that photo above… they were explaining the difference in quality between the handmade mangers and the machine carved mangers, in that the machine made ones had lines that showed the joints, and Asian eyes… then he looked at me and we all started laughing for a good 10 minutes! In all good faith, they gave me one of the “Asian” mangers! What a great memory, what great people – remember our brothers and sisters in Bethlehem.