From Israel to Jordan
14.07.2019 39 °C
We left Jerusalem at 8:00 am. I was awake just after 5:00 am and so got up to finalise packing.
The drive to the Jordanian border was only about 45 minutes.
Getting through did not seem overly complicated. Local guides are a God send in any country, but particularly in the Middle East.
Once inside Jordan we headed to Jerash. A Decapolis City. There are 10 Decapolis Cities, 9 of them are in Jordan.
There were 45,000 people who lived in Jaresh.
There was a earthquake in 749 AD and the place was abandoned. It was rediscovered in 1890.
It is believed that only 30% of the ancient city has been uncovered and 70% remains underground.
In 128-129 AD an arch was built to celebrate the visit of Hadrian.
In the shopping area there is a wobbling column built on purpose, as a warning system.
There are 1.5 million refugees from Syria in Jordan.
In our way to Jaresh, we crossed the Jabbouk River (Genesis 32:22). This is where Jacob camped and wrestled with an angel, and he was told by the angel, you will no longer be known as Jacob, you will now be known as Israel.
I have loved considering Old Testament history as well as New Testament history on this trip.
Over the last few days I have seen multiple mosaics of the loaves and fish and I have been reminded of the fact that God is Jehovah Jireh. My provider. The still small voice continues to speak in resounding ways!
I was not feeling 100% well earlier, but after some ginger for an upset stomach and potato chips (they are safe) for lunch, I am feeling much better.
We have arrived at the Crowne Plaza for 2 nights. It is lovely and after a shower, I am feeling very refreshed!
Petra tomorrow - super exciting!