ISRAEL PILGRIMAGE – SU- 01/02/11
Breakfast then to the shore of the Sea of Galilee for our morning devotional by Dr. Dukes. The setting and the view enhanced our already excellent devotional.
We are going to the center of the Hula Valley to connect with our OFF-ROAD tour across the Hula Valley and up the Golan. We saw the wildlife including birds and various small mammals, the agricultural environment, back trails, cattle herds, horses and discussed a multiplicity of plants and trees. We crossed a small stream and traveled across the Jordan. The men driving the 4-wheel drive vehicles did a great job and were vary knowledgeable about Israel. It was really a very good experience.
We had lunch in the Druze Village of Mesada on the upper Golon with Mt. Hermon in the background. After lunch we went down to Caesarea Philippi.
A student made a presentation at Caesarea Philippi and then Dr. Lan Leavell did an abbreviated presentation on the history of Caesarea Philippi and then tied it in theologically and devotionally. We walked about 1 mile to Herod Agrippa’s summer Palace. Stunning and significant are two words that come to mind immediately. The stonework and site development are magnificent. We then went back to the Pan devotion area up at the mouth of the spring.
Dan was just a short distance away. We got there about 2:45pm. in time to visit the site. Dr. Parker discussed the altar at Dan and other locations. His focus was the types of sacrifices made on the altar and the process they went through for altar worship. There were a significant number of questions. We left Dan about 4:15pm.
We visited Aroma Coffee in Kiryat Shmona and took a short break from the day. Another great Aroma Coffee Shop run by caring employees.
This was an outstanding, exceptionally good day of touring. The Golan is so very important to the life and livelihood of Israel. Pray for peace in Jerusalem and rain for Israel.
Clay Corvin- 1/2/11