Our new friends have arrived at last! We come from all over the world, but we share a common desire to explore the land of Israel—and a hope that what we experience over the next several days will shape our lives.
Today, several of us walked along the streets of the ancient Joppa. We visited the house of Simon the Tanner, saw a beautiful view of the Tel Aviv skyline, and learned about an ancient Egyptian city gate.
The city has been a point of international tension for thousands of years. What does it say about God that He would plant His chosen people at a crossroads of the world?
It's our second evening in Tel Aviv, and I'm taken back by the beauty of this area and the magnificence of the sunset on the Mediterranean Sea.
We visited Joppa today. As I looked out across the sea from near Simon the Tanner's house (where Peter accepted God's direction to take the gospel to the Gentiles), I couldn't help but think of Jonah and what might have gone through his mind as he set sail from here in his effort to flee from the Lord's call. If he only could have imagined that he would soon be in the belly of a whale, God's custom and miraculous intervention delivery vehicle, would he have made the same choice to run?
My prayer for everyone on this exciting tour of Israel is that we would each have ears to hear, eyes to see, and hearts yearning to encounter God in a personal and wonderful way as we see God's land unfold before us.
It’s hard to believe just yesterday we were in America!
Our hotel in Tel Aviv sits right next to ancient Joppa (think Jonah and Peter). In fact, a short walk down the beach took my wife and me there. The Egyptians’ ancient rubble in Joppa reminded me that foreign powers all wanted to control Israel. Israel was the crossroads for international imperialism, war, and trade.
What a great reminder that we have to guard the critical points of entry into our lives.
It’s going to be a great tour! Please remember to pray for us.
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