Monday, February 20, 2012

Visits to Three Countries

Today we saw things historic.  There were two Biblical sites first.  We went to Dan, one of the northern towns of Israel in the Old Testament. Abraham chased down five kings up to here to get Lot and his family back.  It is also the place Jeroboam, King of Israel, set up a temple with a golden calf in order to not have His people go back to Jerusalem to worship.  We also visted Banias.  This town was also known as Caesarea Philippi.  It was outside this town that Peter first professed Jesus as being the Christ.
At Dan, we stood almost on the Lebanese border.  We then traveled through snow to eventually reach Mt. Bental, a former army bunker on the Syrian border.  It was in this region where Syria attacked during the Yom Kippur War.  Many people were out because the area was blanketed with snow.  See the picture below.  We then made our way down through the length of the Golan Heights to the Peace Vista overlooking the Sea of Galilee.  What a breathtaking sight.  On our way home we traversed a narrow windy road that took us by the Jordanian boarder.  Three countries in the space of a few hours.

One of the most fascinating things we did today was to stop at the tomb of Honi the Circlemaker. We've been reading Mark Batterson's book and found Honi's tomb along the way today.

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