After we arrived safely from the U.S. and checked into our Tel Aviv hotel, we walked to the beach to enjoy dinner and recover from the 11-hour flight. Tel Aviv is immediately north of ancient Joppa, a biblical city that is easily visible from the beaches.
Biblical events at Joppa:
- Cedar wood from Lebanon arrived here for Solomon’s temple (2 Chronicles 2:16) and for the temple rebuilt by Zerubbabel following the return from Babylon (Ezra 3:7).
- Jonah boarded a ship to Tarshish here while attempting to flee God’s presence. (Jonah 1:3)
- Peter raised a woman named Dorcas (a.k.a. Tabitha) from the dead, resulting in many conversions to Jesus’ gospel (Acts 9:36ff). Peter also stayed for some time in the house of Simon the tanner, and saw a remarkable vision regarding Gentile converts while praying on the roof. (Acts 10:9ff).
Here is a short video about the site, hurriedly filmed while awaiting the arrival of dinner.
Speaking of dinner, we had a nice “Welcome to Israel” meal on a breezy beach. Here is our group, ready and waiting to eat.