Caesarea Maritima, Mt. Carmel, Megiddo and Nazareth
Today was a very full day. It began with an early wakeup of 6:00. Normally that wouldn’t be too bad but most of us didn’t get to bed until between 1:00-2:00 am. Everyone was excited and so off we went for a wonderful day of discovery and learning. Malcolm, our guide, is sharing a wealth of information at each site. I kind of wish that I had one of two things- a memory that could take a boat load of information in at one time and remember all of it or a recorder. There is just so much to learn from Biblical history and events before and after the writing of the Bible all across this incredible land.
Our first stop of the day was Caesarea Maritima. Herod the Great built this city and the man-made port in honor of Caesar. It was the largest port in the Mediterranean. The first picture shows us siting in the theater learning about Caesarea and the second is a picture looking back at the theater. It is currently used for concerts and other types of events. Paul was held at Caesarea following his arrest in Jerusalem and before appealing to Rome.
Our next stop was a brief look at the aqueduct that Herod built to bring water from Mt. Carmel to Caesarea, a very long distance. From here we went to Mt. Carmel, the site of the spiritual battle of Elijah with the prophets of Baal. The picture shows Pastor Brandon Terrill giving a great devotional reflecting on that story.
We then traveled to Megiddo, a location showing many levels of civilization built on top of the ruins of a previous one. This was once a chariot city for King Solomon and also looks out over the valley referred to as Armageddon in Revelation. The pictures show steps leading up into the city that were built during the time of King Solomon, our team standing around a massive in-ground grain storage area from that same period and then descending 183 steps down into the water supply for city. This was a fascinating stop in our days journey.
The last stop of the day was at Nazareth. We know from the Bible that this was the town where Mary was told by the angel Gabriel that she would give birth to Jesus. It was also in this city that Jesus announced his ministry from Isaiah 61 which was followed by the people attempting to throw him off the cliff of the city. We went to that cliff, also called the brow of Nazareth, and the picture shows Lacy Redmond reading the Biblical account.
We are so thankful for this experience and praise the Lord for what we are seeing and learning which will so deeply impact each of us.
Tom and Roberta Hurt