Can you believe that one month ago we were in Israel? It seems like it was yesterday! Our almost-two weeks together in Israel were amazing. I want to personally thank you for joining us and making the trip just that much better. Our travel blog received many hits while we were away, and I am sure you have enjoyed remembering our time together while reading each post. We have uploaded even more photos from the trip, including those that didn’t make the blog, and are sharing them via our IFL Flickr account. (see below)
If you ordered products from Insight for Living Ministries on our trip, be sure to check your mailboxes and front porches soon. It was our pleasure to serve you.
Be sure to tell your friends and family about our 2016 Israel tour that is now in the planning stages. And remember . . . never forget our memories together!
Until next time,
E. V. P. and Chief Communications Officer
On our way to the airport this morning at the end of our tour, we passed through the Aijalon Valley where Joshua commanded the sun to stand still.
We also passed the hill of Abu Ghosh (see map screenshot), near biblical Kiriath-Jearim, where the Ark of the Covenant rested for three months in the house of Obed-edom until King David brought it up to Jerusalem.
When we visited The Garden Tomb, Chuck told us to remember His death. 700 years before Christ, Isaiah’s prophecy stated, “But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed.” (Isaiah 53:5)
While taking communion, I passed several cups down the row. Taking my own cup, I accidentally tipped over the next cup spilling it’s contents. It dawned on me this represents what happened that day 2000 years ago. It was I who spilled Jesus’ blood. It was my transgressions and iniquities that caused Him to be pierced and crushed. But, His punishment brought me peace. By His wounds, I am healed.
Jacob buried his favorite wife, Rachel, on the way to Bethlehem (Genesis 35:19). The town was associated with a corrupt priest who became a mercenary for idolaters (Judges 17:8-9). Then there’s that account of a concubine who, after leaving town, was brutally raped and dismembered (Judges 19:1-30).
Bethlehem had a sordid beginning. But it is immortalized forever as the birthplace of Jesus Christ, the Messiah.
God transformed Bethlehem from insignificant to meaningful because Jesus was born there. The same is true of our lives.
“He isn’t here! He is risen from the dead, just as he said would happen. Come, see where his body was lying. And now, go quickly and tell his disciples that he has risen from the dead, and he is going ahead of you to Galilee. ” (Matthew 28:6-7)