Israel Tour

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Pastor David toured Israel & Jordan during January & February, 2013. These blogs are some of his notes and updates during this trip.

Unreliable Internet

by dhargreave

To anyone following my blogs, I have just realised that the last few days work has “gone missing”. I have typed up my blogs but I have just found all that I have typed went missing somewhere. I know the internet has been unreliable but did not expect to lose everything like this. Oh, well… […]

Glory from first to last.

by dhargreave

Starting the day at the Shine of our Lord’s first miracle (John 2:1-10) it reminded me that this was the beginning of the the Lord Jesus revealing himself as the Messiah. Australia is well known throughout the world as having some very high quality wines, but this region is not known for good wines. In […]

Lord of all

by dhargreave

I hd always pictured Mt. Beatitudes as being a big mountain with Jesus sitting at the top and having to almost yell for everyone to hear. It turns out that my thought of Mt. Beatitudes is very different from reality. There are two places that are believed to be Mt. Beatitudes are both different to […]

Grace for the undeserving…

by dhargreave

Today we started in our journey north with the first stop in Tel Aviv (known as Joppa in the Bible). This was like we just stepped into a time warp or into a different world. The clothing was much less conservative and “trendy”. The contrast from the very conservative and ‘religious’ Jerusalem was so obvious. […]

Blessings and Curses

by dhargreave

Today we went to the West Bank – particularly to where the Bible referred to as Samaria. The first stop being Mount Gerizim where half the tribes of Israel proclaimed the blessings and looked out onto Mount Ebal where the curses were proclaimed. This part of the country is rugged but beautiful at the same […]

Comfort in Life and Death…

by dhargreave

Today’s tour had me focussing on Life and Death or more importantly the source of each. There were so many aspects of today’s tour that either focussed on Life or Death (or both) as a part of their purpose. We started in Hezekiah’s Tunnel where King Hezekiah seeing the risks to their water supply built […]

Places of significance…

by dhargreave

At one point today there were the Jews at the Western (Wailing) Wall while the Muslims were calling to prayer and the Catholic Church bells were ringing – all at once…. Where else in the World could you experience this other than Jerusalem? It made me think of the way we (people generally) worship God. […]

Oppression for a cause…

by dhargreave

Losing track of the day count and the number of places visited now as we also rescheduled some of the planned itinerary. Today we visited Bethlehem, the Shepherds Field and the Holocaust Museum. Today I felt there was a theme of oppression. Bethlehem was the first example of oppression and this was prominent in a […]

Changing perspectives….

by dhargreave

Starting our tour at the Israel Museum, housing a model of Second Temple Jerusalem, to help provide context for many of the places we would visit throughout the day and coming week. The biggest standout while looking at the model was the size of the Second Temple. But it was once we were then visiting […]

Power and Glory

by dhargreave

A busy day with a few sites visited. The day started with a float in the Dead Sea but I will focus my reflection for today on our tour of Masada and Jericho. It occurred to me during the visits to these sites how much people think they can rely on themselves, that we have […]