My father and I arrived in Tel Aviv this afternoon (Israel time) around 3:15. This would be 8:15 a.m. in Tampa, Florida. Thankfully, the flight was uneventful and smooth. We had no problems getting our rental car (a red Mazda) and driving to Tiberias, by the Sea of Galilee.
I was reminded again of how unique this land is. Just driving from the airport to out hotel in Tiberias, we
1) drove right by the tell of Megiddo (sight of many battles; King Ahaziah of Judah died here during Jehu’s purge, King Josiah was killed in battle here; also the site of a lopsided WWI battle between British and Turkish forces),
2) drove across the Valley of Jezreel (Elijah outran Ahab’s chariot, site of numerous battles),
3) viewed Mount Gilboa (Gideon had his men drink from a spring below the mountain; King Saul “fell on his sword” here),
4) saw the hills of Nazareth, including the Hill of Precipitation (where the crowds tried to cast Jesus to His death),
5) drove over the lower slopes of the Hill of Moreh (the Philistines camped here before Saul’s last battle),
6) drove around Mount Tabor (where the judge Deborah sat during her time over Israel),
7) drove by the village of Nain (where Jesus healed the widow’s son),
8 ) saw the Sea of Galilee
9) almost saw Mount Arbel (site of war during times of the Maccabees, Herod the Great and the Jewish War against Rome), but the site was closed when we arrived.
There is more to tell about the places we saw, but this makes the point. Israel is a small country packed full of history. One really cannot find a place here that has not known significant Bible and other historical events. There was a lot of haze this afternoon, so we didn’t take many photos. Lord willing, we’ll visit many of these sites and more in the 2-1/2 days before we drive down (biblically, “up”) to Jerusalem.
Here is a photo to prove I am actually here in Israel.