Friday, June 10, 2011

Water, Water, and Water --- In the HEAT

Jesus said, "Go and make disciples of all nations baptizing them in the Name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit..."

We began our day by going to the Jordan River and baptizing some folks.  Always a special time.  These folks reaffirmed their baptismal faith, and then were immersed in the River Jordan.  Cool.  Holy Spirit was strong.   Thank you Lord.

Bev Thomas being immersed in the Jordan

From there we visited the restoration of a six-century synagogue at the foot of Mount Gilboa.  You will remember Gilboa from Joshua, and it is also the place of Saul and Jonathan's death.

Beautiful mosaic floor uncovered

Then we had another swim, this time is series of three pools which come from an underground spring out of Gilboa.  I can't remember how to spell the name, but it was refreshing and a treat.  Also, amazing,  Nothing else around, and then this oasis with beautiful trees and gardens, and clear, see-through, fresh water.

We ate lunch at Bet-Shan which is the site of an archaeological dig which dates to the time of Jesus.  While Jesus probably never entered this city, it gave us a good understanding of the culture in which the first century messianic movement would have found itself.  Hot. Hot. Hot.

We ended our day driving down the "west bank" of the Jordan River to the Dead Sea.  Passed Jericho, the oldest city in the world and a sprawling oasis city in the midst of the desert.  At the Dead Sea we saw why the it is called the Dead Sea. Many in our group floated and floated.  Shalom from the dead sea.

Sheila Sharp and Allison Beach Floating in the Dead Sea

Allison trying out the skin benefits of Dead Sea mud

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