I woke at the Dan Panorama Tel Aviv and was soon on the balcony enjoying the view. There was a pronounced rainbow over the Mediterranean. Good signs and good things.
The day was mostly rainy. Yet we were excited instead of being disappointed. This land needs rain so badly, a few bedraggled tourists like us don’t mind. Not only has there been a four year drought, but even rain season had started off poorly.
We went to Caesarea, where many things happened biblically. Philip lived here (Acts 8:40). More importantly, Cornelius lived here and it was from Caesarea that Peter came after his vision. A sheet came down from the heavens will all kinds of animals, even the crawling things and birds. The vision showed clean and unclean animals together, representing Jews and Gentiles. It had nothing to do with the dietary law of Leviticus 11. So it is because of events that took place in Caesarea that Gentiles know about Messiah today.
This was also the place that Herod Agrippa died shortly after putting Peter in prison (Acts 12:3-23). And Paul was on trial here before Agrippa II and sent off to Rome (Acts 25-26).
The rest of our day included Mt. Carmel, where Elijah and the prophets of Baál had a contest (1 Kings 18). we read the story in the rain, which is ironic since Elijah’s story occurred during a drought.
We then had a soggy tour of Megiddo, which is not only significant as a city alternately conquered and resettled during Joshua’s conquests and later built up by Solomon and Ahab, but also as a place from which to see the Valley of Armageddon.
Finally we went to Nazareth, where we always tour a reconstruction of a Biblical Village. It is a great chance to see agricultural life in Biblical times.
I am still suffering jet lag. My eyes will hardly stay open. Hopefully tomorrow I will have more to say and with more energy. Until then —– sorry you are not here!