Category Archives: Jerusalem

Passing Where the Ark Rested

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.

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map of Israel on phone

—Wayne Stiles
Bible Teacher for Sapphire Bus 6
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Jerusalem’s Mountains Offer a Reminder

While in Jerusalem, I like to ponder the psalms that the pilgrims of old would recite from memory as they came “up” to Jerusalem for the annual feasts.

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These Psalms of Ascents (Psalms 120-134) stirred up critical reminders of basic themes in a believer’s life. Reminders of faith, forgiveness, family, children, peace, hope, brotherhood, sacrifice, and right attitudes toward God and people. Indeed we need to hear these themes often.

Built into the first-century Jewish culture was the necessity of reminders and repetition—the need of rehearsing truth when the Roman world around them countered God’s Word at every step.

—Wayne Stiles
Bible Teacher for Sapphire Bus 6
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Some Things are Better Heard

Some things are better heard and not seen. My eyes have been full of visual experiences, but today, my ears got to share in the experience. As I walked past a Jewish family who were celebrating together, I heard the young boy who could not see his father, call out to him,

“Abba! Abba!”

Immediately, I thought of Mark 14:36.

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Thank you, Abba that all things are possible for you.

Chris Baggett
Eggplant Bus 13

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David’s Fateful Point of View

Flanked on two sides by steep valleys, the ancient City of David enjoyed a tremendous military advantage—making it relatively easy to defend.

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At the summit, a stepped-stone structure represents one of the largest Iron Age constructions ever excavated, dating from the 12th Century BC.

Many archeologists believe it likely supported the palace of King David, the ruins of which are partially visible after descending some stairs.

From the vantage on the platform, it’s plain to see how David could easily have looked down over the homes built on the slope below him and seen Bathsheba bathing that fateful evening.

—Wayne Stiles
Bible Teacher for Sapphire Bus 6
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Prayer at Gethsemane

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Jesus wants us to pray. He taught us to pray.  He told us to pray.  He demonstrated how to pray.  Where better to have a lesson on prayer than the Garden of Gethsemane?  Where better to talk to our Lord?  Where better to recall His prayer in that very spot,  saying “not my will but Thine be done”? Unfortunately we often pray hoping for our own will to be done, and hoping it’s God’s will too.
Lord,  bring us back into a prayer life with you that will enable the relationship with us that You want.

Cindy and Bryan Boyce
Parker,  CO
Coral Bus 8

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