This morning began with a broken-down bus, something to do with the fan belt, but we were only delayed an hour. I think John McKim sabotaged the bus so he could preach to us for an hour, but since I am a preacher, I can understand the urge! God blessed us with a beautiful day, with temperatures in the high teens (Celsius). We walked through the ruins of Ceasarea, some of the most impressive in all Israel. From Ceasarea, we moved on to Mount Carmel, where Elijah did batte with the 450 prophets of Baal. We saw the brook from which the water would have come to soak the altar and sacrifice before God comsumed it with fire from heaven (1 Kings 19). The distance is substantial…we were amazed they carried water all that way!
From Carmel, where we had to cut our devotional time short due to an irate group of fransican monks who control the site, apparently we were infringing upon thier lunch!stopped for a falafel lunch in a Druze village. The Druze are a distinct relgious group in Israel, descnded from Islam but who believe in several non-muslim tenets, like reincarnation. You should see the selection of salads availble at the Druze restaurant. I snacked on baby pickled eggplant!
From lunch we jounrneyed North East, climbed Tel Meggido, one of the most anceint sites in all Israel, and we viewed remains from 3,500 BC.
From there we went to Nazareth, the childhoo home of Jesus. After a delightful tour of nazareth village, we boarded the bus for an hour and a half drive North to Kibbutz Kfar Gilhadi, where we will spend the next two nights. Those of you not familiar with Jewish history might be interested to know that the Kibbutz is an expirement in extreme socialism. Famlies all agree to live together on a commune, sharing possessions and wealth as a means of “repossessing the land.” Once these kibbutzim where plentiful and popular, but the philosphy has fallen on hard times. There are still about 200 kibbutzim in Israel today, although they are not all what they once where. Surprise! People actually like to own thier own things. All in all, we had a great day.
I miss you all – especially my family and I can’t wait to see you soon! Keep looking up!
Herb (the pastor)