The Bible is beginning to be written in color for us as we see the very places that we read about in Joshua, Judges, Samuel, and Kings.
Here we are, singing praises early this morning.
After a breakfast including espresso, salad, bread and cheese, yoghurt and fruit; and a rehearsal session, we boarded the bus for our first hike and teaching.
Our first stop was Tel Gezer. Our amazing driver Menachem had some careful maneuvering to do in order to get us there in our brand new sixty passenger bus.
The Christ tree. Called so for its thorns and for its proximity to Jerusalem.
The city gate of Tel Gezer, dating to the time of Solomon. This strategic city located on the Via Maris was given to Solomon as a dowry when he married the daughter of the Pharaoh. Solomon may have sat in this very gate.
The standing stones at Gezer are a mystery still. They may have been a sight that Abraham saw, or may have been placed later by the Israelites. We were reminded that we are to be as living standing stones, pointing others to the great work of redemption that our Lord has finished. This morning while we were rehearsing several people had questions about who we are and what we are doing. Yes! We are standing stones!
This is the Ayalon Valley where the sun stood still while Joshua and the Israelites chased the Amalekite armies from the valley, all to rescue the deceitful Gibeonites. We could almost hear the clamor of that ancient battle drifting to us on the wind as we looked out over the valley.
A photo of the Valley of Elah, where David fought Goliath. Why did David have to do the giant-slaying? Saul was Israel’s champion, a Benjamite who could sling stones at a hair’s breadth and not miss. Where was he? Where am I when an enemy needs to be knocked down? Do I sling my stone when God asks me to? We can change the world if we will. Our stone, as Covenant Chorale, is music. We have practiced hitting notes at a hair’s breadth, and we WILL sling our stone in the name of Jesus. Continue to pray for us as we endeavor to witness for Jesus in this land where He walked.