Spiritually Speaking

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By Pearl Harper

More about Israel


Two weeks ago I wrote about our trip to Israel (1986-87) and our guide Gideon Shor. Last week I wrote about some of the places we visited in Jerusalem, experiences we will never forget.

It is impossible to write about all the places we visited. But one very notable place was Jericho. Jericho is one of the oldest cities in the world. It has a spring, called Elisha’s Spring, it never goes dry, their agriculture flourishes.

A fascinating story is found in Joshua 6:1-20, when the Lord gave Joshua his battle plan to capture the people of Jericho. Read it all- Jericho was shut up, no one went in and no one went out. They were to march around the city one time a day for six days. On the seventh day they marched around the city seven times. Verse 20 “So the people shouted when the priests blew with the trumpets: and it came to pass, when the people heard the sound of the trumpet, and the people shouted with a great shout, that the wall fell down flat, so that the people went up into the city, every man straight before him, and they took the city.”

The armed men were silent until the seventh day, when the trumpets blew on that day, and the army shouted, the walls fell flat. They didn’t crumble in a heap, “they fell flat.”

The parable of the good Samaritan told by Jesus, supposedly happened on the road to Jericho (Luke 10:29-37). In Jericho we read where blind Bartimus was healed (Mark 10:46-52).

When we visited Bethlehem the people prepared a banquet for us, it was very special. This is the city where Christ was born (Luke 2:1-7).

We visited Megiddo, the symbolic use for the last great battle (Revelations 16:16).

We visited Nazareth, in Galilee it was the home town of Mary and Joseph. This is where the angel brought Mary God’s message. Gabriel appeared to Mary in Luke 1:26-28.

Nazareth is where Jesus stood up in the synagogue and read, “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the broken hearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised. (Luke 4:18).

Jesus said, “This day is this Scripture fulfilled in your ears” (verse 19).           This Scripture is also found in Israel 61:1-2.

We visited Cana, the place Jesus performed his first miracle, turning the water into wine (John 2:1-11).

The Sea of Galilee is beautiful Jesus spent a lot of His three years of ministry in this area.

In 1986, when I decided to go to Israel, I had never been on an airplane. At first I thought someday I will go, but not now. Then it seemed I had an overwhelming desire to go. That night after I had made plans for us (Bob, Cristie and myself) to go I way laying in bed and said out loud, “I am going to the Holy Land!” The next thing I knew I was standing by my bed. It still touches me deeply to think about it.

God Bless.