Today was a blast! We did so many fun things and went to so many cool places! We started our day in En Gedi where David hid from Saul (1 Samuel 24), and then went to Masada, a fortress palace built by Herod. The history of this place is really cool. Today we talked about family & marriage and how they exist to put the Gospel on display. This was really sweet for me because I’ve been learning so much about that recently, and I’ve seen evidence of redemption in my heart & life is those areas (not marriage because obviously I’m not married.. haha. but just the thought of one day being married & my attitude, perspective, & expectations towards it..) So being here, in Israel, talking about how Jesus wants to use our families to reach the nations was really awesome. I can’t wait for that day when I get to have the opportunity to do that with my own family.
Here in the once fortress of Masada, we also talked about how the Lord is our fortress, rock, and cornerstone.
Next, we got to do some more hiking! My favorite! We hiked up to this beautiful waterfall! Here, we studied Numbers 15:37-41, Ruth 3:9, Psalm 17:8, & Luke 8:41. We talked about how kingdom people trust a sovereign God, endure suffering, can stand alone, and model submission. Where Jesus is the example of submission to authority, Satan is the example of subversion to authority (what got him thrown out of heaven). When we are submitting to authority, we are modeling submission to God. (Ouch.)
FINALLY, we went to the DEAD SEA! SO. MUCH. FUN! Because it is 30% salt, you are able to float in it! I didn’t exactly know how this would work, but let me just tell you, it was awesome! The water & mud have a ton of minerals that are really good for your skin.. better than any lotion you can buy in America! My skin has never felt so good! (Obviously we had to take a million pictures.. sorry I’m annoying)
Look how gorgeous it is!!
And because I’m actually a 7 year old, I had to bring my paper out there for a typical Dead Sea picture.. enjoying a nice read while floating.. Hehe 🙂 I was really excited to say the least
Before the mud..
After the mud.. (RIP my new bathing suit 😥 )
After such a fun day, we headed to Jerusalem, & on the way, I got to ride another camel!! This was the best day ever.
Once we got to Jerusalem, we went to see a gorgeous view of the Golden Dome (Dome of the Rock)/ where the Temple Mount is. This is where Abraham brought his son Isaac to be sacrificed until God told him that he didn’t have to (Genesis 22:1-19). Here we discussed how kingdom people and our worldview. We learned that kingdom people have a worldview rooted in faith, defined my action, built on the eternal, and anchored in the promises of God.
(excuse my Dead Sea hair)
The Lord is using this place to give me a better understanding and deeper love for the Old Testament, and I’m loving every minute of it.
Today we prayed specifically for Israel; please join us!