After a very smooth 11 hour fly from JFK and some unexpected adverture on the road to Netanya, this is the view Norma Jean and I woke up to this morning from our hotel overlooking the Mediterranean Sea.
For several years I’ve had on my “bucket list” a trip to Israel. Now for the next 10 days, we get to walk where the apostles, prophets, and Jesus walked.
I cannot help but think of God’s call to Abraham recorded in Genesis 12:1. “Now the Lord said to Abram, “Go from your country and your kindred and your father’s house to the land that I will show you.”
Our “call” was not supernatural, and less dramatic. We’re traveling with Barry Britnell and the Florida College Hutchinson Bell group. We’re looking forward to being with some old friends and making new ones on this exciting journey.
For Christians going to Israel, it is a special opportunity. We believe the Bible is the Word of God. It is a record of divine history. The events revealed really happened. By real people. In real places.
Learning Biblical geography is important. It helps you better understand the narrative. The culture. And the theological truths by inspired writers. I have taken classes in Bible geography. Read about these places in books. Seen pictures. Looked at maps. Now we get to see it in person. I know this is going to be an exciting and profitable venture.
As for our blog, we will try to follow our regular schedule of publishing 5 days a week. But we have a very busy schedule, so I’m not certain that will be possible.
I anticipate whatever we have time to publish will be a cross between a travel log and our regular devotional blog.
Today, we will travel from the Mediterranean Sea to the Sea of Galilee. With stops along the way in Caesarea, Mount Carmel, and Nazareth. And since we’re 7 hours ahead of EST, by the time you read this, we will be well on our way. Tomorrow, we hope to have something to say about the day’s events.
We solicit your prayers for our safety and good health.
–Ken Weliever, The Preacherman