SMBI Study Tour Day 8

Sunday was our last day to explore the beautiful city of Jerusalem. We stepped down into David’s Palace and clamored onto the roof above. Imagine David and his friends dancing at the Ark of the Covenant was returned to Jerusalem. This was the location of that story.

The next event was watching an imax about Hezekiah’s tunnel. Any guesses where our next stop was? That’s right! Hezekiah’s tunnel. We stepped deeper and deeper into the earth, attempting to pierce the darkness with headlamps and flashlights. We sloshed through the water of the narrow tunnel, singing as we journeyed. Then for a moment all lights dimmed and voices hushed as we savored a moment of complete silence in the utter darkness.

Before reaching the rest of the group for lunch, an older man quickly strode up to us and began intently asking questions. This disillusioned former Catholic admently challenged anyone who disagreed with him. Please pray that this angry, hurting man would find the forgiveness and healing that only Jesus offers!

After that we drove to the Herodium. Once again we marched up many, many steps to reach the outlook at the top. The view was incredible! Overlooking the Herodium lay the little town of Bethlehem, the birthplace of an even greater King. What a contrast between these two kings! Do we manipulate by power and fear or conquer by humility and love?

Probably the most memorable part of the day was touring the Holocaust museum- Yad Vashem, meaning memorial of a name. It’s hard to comprehend the horrific suffering some of these people endured. Such inhumane torture and heartache. Yet, in the midst of the suffering, testimonies of God’s presence and faithfulness emerged.

We have settled into our last night in Jerusalem. Please pray with us that we can continue to soak in what God wants to teach us in the few remaining days of the trip.

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