Today we started with a swim in the dead sea and it was nice and refreshing. A great experiance for all.
Our departure from the desert took us first to Bethsheba today a larger city in the desert but in 1917 it was only a small town but an important one since ancient times because there is plentiful water there. It was in Bethsheba that Abraham dug a well and it given to the tribe of Judah (Jos 15:28) Throughout its history it was recognised as a southern gateway into Israel. Bethsheba means Well of Oath because it was here Abraham & Abimelech made an oath Abraham lived at Bethsheba (Gen 22:19) Isaac built an altar and dug more wells here (Gen 26:23-25) it was here that God told Jacob to go to Israel (Gen 46:1-5) it was here Elijah took refuge from Jezebel (1 Kings 19:1-3) But for us it was the place the ANZAC mounted brigades took off the Otoman empire in the battle of Bethsheba on 31st October 1917. Yes Australian & New Zealand Mounted expeditionary forces took Bethsheba and it was this victory that five weeks later led to the taking of Jerusalem.
We prayed and worshiped at Tel El Sheba the ancient site of the city and the Tel that NZ & Aust won. While we prayed we had amazing breakthroughs in the spirit. The power of God came down heavy and we knew we had gotten a victory again but this time in the spirit. Some saw lightning fall and crack open something new and fresh over Israel.
After the Tel at El Shaba we went to find the commonwealth war graves where many young ANZACs are buried. we took Aust & NZ flags and had a bit of a ceremony there at the war memorial and grave site. We left poppies and prayed for the families who,lost loved ones. Its worth thinking through these things sometimes because imagine if these young men had of returned home and had children.. but alas they didnt all return and they lie in the land of Israel to this day as a witness to that fact that our nations (Aust & NZ) blessed Israel and in blessing them will receive a blessing from God (Gen 12:12)
After Bethsheba we headed back to Jerusalem where our accommodation in the Jewish quarter of the old city was waiting for us.