Thursday, June 13, 2013

Petra -- Memories from the Past

On our second day in Jordan we traveled through the desert up to Petra, the remnants of the ancient home of the Nabataeans.  The incredible carvings in the rocks for the tombs of their kings and prominent citizens were amazing, but what was even more amazing was God's handiwork in the natural rock canyons, caves, and colors.  Once a powerful and wealthy civilization, there is nothing left but the rocks and hints of the beautiful home these people once enjoyed. The Scripture emphasizing tentativeness of human existence on this planet from Isaiah 40:6f came to mind as we were hiking along the ancient trials and roads of Petra...

All flesh is grass, and all the goodliness thereof is as the flower of the field:

 The grass withereth, the flower fadeth: because the spirit of the LORD bloweth upon it: surely the people is grass.

 The grass withereth, the flower fadeth: but the word of our God shall stand for ever.

Peter quotes Isaiah in this way... “All flesh is like grass and all its glory like the flower of grass. The grass withers, and the flower falls, but the word of the Lord remains forever.” (1 Peter 1:24,25 ESV)

This is actually carved from the stone rock face

This detail is carved from the rock face -- over 2000 years old

The sun sets over Petra

Hello Evening

1 comment:

  1. so beautiful...thank you too for these photos and narrative you dont need to publish this comment..I just had to thank you