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The Project Goes to Israel (Part 1)

17 May Spiritual Formation | Comments Off on The Project Goes to Israel (Part 1)
The Project Goes to Israel (Part 1)
 

Editor’s Note: “Shalom!” from Israel. Rick and Aaron, two members of the Project’s leadership are currently in Israel along with about 50 students from LBC on a two and a half week trip through the land of the Bible. While we’re overseas, we thought it’d be a great opportunity to invite everyone to reflect on the setting of the Scriptures. Its easy to forget at times the very real people, places, and culture in which the life and ministry of Jesus took place. We invite you to use your imagination with us over the next two weeks and let the Scriptures take on a new light. Each post will feature a site that we’re visiting that day.

Today we’re visiting: Mt. Arbel

This morning we are experiencing the sunrise from the top of Mt. Arbel.  For our group, this will be the first time they see the Sea of Galilee.  Mt. Arbel stands 1140’ above the Sea of Galilee and provides an amazing view of the little fishing village of Magdala as well as Capernaum.  We are going to take personal time for reflection and journaling at this site.

Biblical Perspective:

“But you have planted wickedness,
you have reaped evil,
you have eaten the fruit of deception.
Because you have depended on your own strength
and on your many warriors,
the roar of battle will rise against your people,
So that all your fortresses will be devastated —
as Shalman devastated Beth Arbel on the day of battle,
when mothers were dashed to the ground with their children.”

– Hosea 10:13-14

Arbel symbolized the brutality of Shalman’s invasion.

Historical Perspective:

When Herod the Great conquered Palestine in 38 B.C., he needed to purge resistors from the elaborate cave systems which exist on the cliff side.  These rebels were captured and thrown to their death.

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