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Day 7

Mount Precipice, Nazareth, Megiddo, Caesarea

sunny 31 °C

This morning we drove through Cana on our way to Mount Precipice. There are numerous churches commemorating the turning of water into wine by Jesus.

Mount Precipice was where people wanted to throw Jesus over the cliff. Magnificent views of Armageddon Valley, Mount Carmel and Mount Tabor.

From here we went to the Nazareth Centre where they have recreated the village of Nazareth.

Two really interesting things from this morning. Hana, our guide noted that Jesus was most likely a builder, rather than a carpenter, as in this part of the world, they did little with the wood, mostly stone.

The other interesting thing was that Nazareth means ‘new shoot’. Jesus was the new shoot of Nazareth.

We saw an olive press with a millstone. The scripture where Jesus talks about it being better to have a millstone put around your neck and being thrown into the ocean, rather than causing a child harm/to stumble is much more vivid, seeing the size of the millstone!

Our next stop was Megiddo. This cIty was built and destroyed 25 times. The Kings of Solomon and Ahab were here. Not only are we looking at this land from a New Testament view, but also the Old Testament. The city gate is from King Solomon’s time - 3,000 years ago. Amazing!

We again looked out across Armageddon Valley and walked down into the original water cistern. A welcome break from the heat.

Our last stop for the day was Caesarea.

A fascinating area. Here Paul came to meet with the governor.

There is also a fascinating history from the Byzantine era, through to the crusades.

An aqueduct down the road and a dip in the Mediterranean. Not being much of a swimmer, I opted to get my feet wet.

A little bit of sun today - hopefully, I will have a little colour when I return.

Tomorrow we head to Caesarea Phillipi, where Peter makes his confession of Jesus. I have a sneaking feeling that will be a significant part of the pilgrimage. We are also going rafting on the Jordan river.

Until then...

Posted by Cruicksie 10:43 Archived in Israel

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