We started our day at the beautiful Beth-Shan ruins and learned about a life that ended in ruins—the troubled and tragic life of King Saul. After his death, the bodies of Saul and his sons were hung from the walls of Beth-Shan some 3,000 years ago. It was a disgraceful ending to a life marked by a dangerous pattern of compromise.
As we sat in the ancient Roman amphitheatre, Chuck warned us about allowing patterns of sinful behavior to slowly erode our relationship with God. We learned that erosion is often silent and slow, but the effects of spiritual compromise can be devastating and longlasting.
A sobering thought and a beautiful view made this day in Israel one we won't soon forget.
The most impressive ruins discovered in Beth-shan come from the Roman and Byzantine times.
The colonnade along the original Byzantine street is nothing short of spectacular. Archeologists have discovered, among many finds, an amphitheater where gladiators fought, a public bathhouse—the largest discovered in Israel—and a theater that could seat between 6,500 and 7,000 people.
Walking among the ruins of Beth-shan is simply stunning. It allows any visitor to be, in George Adam Smith’s words, a “happy explorer.”
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