Day 6: Bible Lands Exploration 2016

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Our Bible Lands Exploration continued on Day 6. That was on March 4, 2016.

We started off by having a sumptuous breakfast at David Dead Sea Resort & Spa and then, we headed to our most-awaited destinations by our tour bus.

As usual, we had our short group prayer for God’s blessing upon our trip.

Our itinerary included the following:

  • Masada
  • Ein Gedi
  • Qumran

First Stop: Masada

Our stop there began with an introduction of the place by our tour guide at the lobby of the park. Bro. Yony taught us details about it using a model fortress. Honestly,Β I don’t remember all the details shared by Bro. Yony (my fault!) but thank God that Dr. Berrey provided a trip guide. According to it, Masada literally means “fortress”.

The only significant piece of information I remember about the place were that it was built by King Herod the great to be his own palace and that it turned out to be a fortress for the Jews who were in rebellion against the Roman empire in the past.

We took a cable car to see the ruins of this mountain-top fortress.

Here are a few photos of our visit there:

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Our photo on top of Masada which I requested from one of the photographers in our group, Bro. Jacob.

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Photo Credit: Bro. Kenneth Cheong

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I have run out of battery on that day so my pictures on Day 6 were very limited. I left my charger in our previous hotel. Lol!

Second Stop: Ein Gedi

This was a magnificent rocky place that has a refreshing oasis towards the heart of it. Anyone trekking the place will find it revivifying to see and hear the flowing waters from the spring after an arduous walk.

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This place has canyons, which were said to have enabled David to elude King Saul who attempted to kill him out of jealousy. (Photo Credit: Bro. Kenneth Cheong)

Here are a few of the shots I was able to take with my limited camera battery.

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These pictures were just understatement of the beauty of the place. I am so sorry that I am not giving the actual beauty of the place justice with my poor photography skills!

Third Stop: Qumran

If you have heard of the Dead Sea Scrolls, then the place that should spring to your mind is Qumran.

Qumran is a desert with caves where the Dead Sea scrolls were found. These fragmentary scrolls are prominent finds since they shed light to many religious questions and provided copies of the original manuscript of the Bible.

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One of the caves in Qumran. (Photo Credit: Bro. Kenneth Cheong)

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A few of the team members while climbing up one of the Qumran caves.

Reflection:
All the places we saw on Day 6 were breathtaking!

Ein Gedi was the most special for me though. God reminded me through that place that no matter how difficult our journey in this world is, we can always find refreshment for our soul from His precious word.

Indeed, the Bible is an oasis of wisdom and strength and a source of refreshment for a thirsty soul.

Let us continue to draw strength from God’s word as we continue in our life’s journey.

Leaning on Jesus, (1)

 

 

 

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