We started the day with a short drive from our hotel to Jaffe (Joppa) didnt get swallowed by a fish like one of its more well known historical connections (Jonah) We viewed Modern Tel Aviv from the old town of Joppa. Joppa being one of the oldest cities in the world Tel Aviv being only about 100 years old.
We walked down through the old streets to Simon the Tanners house where Peter recieved his vision of clean & unclean foods coming down in a sheet three times from heaven. As a result of this vision the gentiles recieved the gospel. So from that point of view alone we were standing in a world changing spot. We saw the ancient doors that are called in Greek the eye of the needle. Low small doors that were impossible for camels to pass through.
Then we headed up the coast to Ceasarea, The city built by Herod the great also the place where Peter went to the house of Cornilious. This was also the Port that Paul appealed to Ceasar through Felix the governer before he was shipped off to Rome. The ruins here are well preserved and its a pretty spot on the Med sea coat.
We had lunch at Ceasarea and headed north east up into the lower Galiee and Afula on the Plains of Meggido. Here we stayed last night.
The contrast was interesting, we stayed on the Kibbutz Merchavia and had a nice Shabbat meal with a fantastic group of Israeli messianic folk. Avi the leader here has so much wisdom I could listen to him all night. A good Rabbi indeed. He prayed for one of the team who has sore knees and alot of blessing and wisdom flowed as he prayed.
The Pdigree moon is not a surprise to them here in Israel the Rabbis say the number of years since the last one is significant (18 YEARS) 18 in hebrew and rabbinical understanding is the number for NEW LIFE so all the predictions for bad around the place dont line up with Hebrew thinking. we are entering a season of new life in their eyes.
well must away as we are heading to Mt Carmel this morning for a service. I forgot to tell you it Purim here in Israel a celebration of Eshter and the victory for the Jews over the evil Hamman. Alot of folk dress up in colourful clothes and costumes to celebrate the ancient victory.
Shalom from the land of Israel…. I’ll upload some photos soon of the first few parts of the jopurney on feacebook.