As I mentioned in my last post, I will be publishing some photos of the places we visited in the Bible Lands as time permits. Forgive me for taking a long time to do so. Life can be busy as you can also relate. 🙂
Anyway, to honor my promise, I am sharing this post with you. 🙂
Can you guess how many pictures I have taken from the recent trip we had in Israel and Jordan? It’s about a thousand, not to mention that there were days when my camera ran out of battery during the day!
Oh no! I am not gonna share all the photos I have captured or else you might fall asleep while browsing this virtual gallery. (lol!) I will only include a few chosen ones from our exploration.
Please enjoy! I hope and pray that God will grant your desire to see this land as well in the future!
DAY 1: Our itinerary included:
Then we met our beautiful Jordanian tour guide.
She passionately introduced us to Jordan. She mentioned that her home country is remarkably more peaceful than other Muslim countries surrounding them. I agreed with her after meeting a few friendly Jordanian strangers.
When we finally found St. George’s Church, we were reminded that no tourist guide can explain anything out loud inside the church so Jihan gave us a thorough explanation regarding why this place is significant in a separate meeting room. She said that Madaba Mosaic Map is on the floor of this church. If you would check Wikipedia, it says that,
Please take a look:
Here’s a restored copy of the Madaba Mosaic Map from Wikipedia:
Here are some parts of St. George Church:
After our stop at St. George’s Church, we had a quick snack at a local food shop.
We got on our tour bus and Jihan brought us to a restaurant for lunch.
We went to see Mount Nebo next.
We viewed the plains of Moab while we were on our way to Mount Nebo. We saw a few olive trees over here. From this point, Jordan River can be viewed as well.
After our not-so-arduous hike, we finally reached the “spot” where Moses is believed to have stood while God was showing him Canaan. We had our group photo over there. Right across that “spot” was the Brazen Serpent’s Model.
After our hike, we all sat down and listened to Dr. Berrey’s admonition. What the Holy Spirit impressed upon my heart the most was the act of Moses that disqualified him from actually leading the Israelites into the promised land experiencing life there all because of anger.
The admonition Dr. Berrey gave us made me realize that anger can make us miss God’s blessings. It seems to be a simple sin, but I agree that anger can make us miss opportunities to win the lost around us. We have to be very careful. We always need to ask God to fill us with His Holy Spirit to help us control our sinful nature.
We ended our first day of exploration at a hotel beside the Dead Sea. It was a wonderful experience to float on this sea which is also known as Salt Sea or Siddim in the Bible.
We praise God for keeping us all safe and healthy while exploring our itinerary on that first day. I enjoyed not only seeing the places in Jordan, but also God’s provision of food and fellowship with new friends from Singapore.