Day Eleven: Tuesday, June 7, 2011
Really? The bus breaks down by 8:45. Yes. In front of the Mountain of God Mall (no joke) We shared the Aroma of Christ at the Aroma (Israeli Starbucks) and we were on our way…without the Lost Sheep... Suzanne, Madeline, and Sharon (as was their custom).
The Canterbury contingent heads down into the valley (Elah) into Real Life. We were in the Wild, Wild West. Yikes.
Beth Shemesh: The Philistines returned the Ark of the Covenant to Joshua. God struck down the people who looked at the Ark. We wonder… why bad things happen to good people (scary dreams and terminal cancer). Is it ok to wrestle? God says yes! And Jacob was the first God wrestler.
Tel Azekah: The site of David and Goliath. The Philistines assembled on the far hill and Pretty Boy David was on our hill. When people went ripping on God it was a bad thing (1 Samuel 17:26). TAKE HOME: Come off the hill and fight in the valley and only know that God is with you. For his glory and not your own! Amen and amen.
Intermission: The Stones went to collect 3 small stones for David’s slingshot from the riverbed. They came back to the bus with a basket of stones and everyone in the back of the bus got stoned : )
Lunch with Jeff Stoned: Sammy Schwarma speaks (puppet show) Roger the Nectarine claims it is good to be grafted Warren goes to Shekel Valley (Nissan Brothers) to spend his last shekels We have a Baklava revolt (for dessert : )
Yasser Harry Fat shows up on the bus. Ha.
The Herodian Palace: He had massive digs. Herod the Great’s summer home, kind of an Israeli equivalent to a house on Lake Martin except with an auditorium, 1st century synagogue, and a predefined burial place. He had a lot of Kay sized tunnels and he used a lot of poor Jews to construct his compound.
The Church of the Nativity:
The grotto reading from Luke 2 (OMG) along with the group singing of Oh, Little Town of Bethlehem, the cave reading of Matthew 2 with the Magi. Jerome’s study where he and his benefactors (Brian and the Glasscocks) translate the Bible from Hebrew to Latin.
The Apostolic Church of Bethlehem: SECRET CHURCH
Khader Khouri fled from the Golan Heights to Bethlehem (like Joseph and Mary fleeing to Egypt) to start a church. He was anointed by God, but he was chased by Saul (just like King David). God asked him just to PRAISE HIM. Don’t look at the war and poverty, God says look at me! Khader says ALL PEOPLE WANT TO LIVE IN PEACE.
My Lord, my God, we pray for peace.