A picture walk through Israel today

So, the blog today is a run through our photos from today. Some serious touring. This is a collage of pictures and thoughts from Thursday, May 26th, 2011 from The Dead Sea, Ein Gedi, and Jerusalem, Israel.

One of my highlights today was seeing the region where David fled Saul into the caves. We were not allowed to walk this hill because it was on civil land, but, standing just yards away, brought his life into reality. 

As we were driving by Jericho, I was thinking of the tremendous shout that must have taken place in that valley. In Joshua chapter 6 the people of God shouted so loudly that the walls of the city of Jericho were demolished. Something happens when God's people take the lid off and are free to obey completely.

I am going to spend the next three days blogging on Jerusalem. So, I will not spend much time on this. However, this was the entry into Jerusalem at a security checkpoint. The rest of the lessons from The City of God will come from our visits to iconic sites over the next two days.

I am praying for the peace of this city and for nations represented while we are here. When Paul said in Ephesians 2 that 'Christ is our peace', It occurred to me that is exactly what we should be praying for in our world. Join me in praying for the peace of Jerusalem and for the nations of the world. We could all use some rest from chaos and strife. David's cry for justice and peace in our world is as real today as it was for him.

"Pray for the peace of Jerusalem. May the prosper who love you, may peace be within your walls, and prosperity within your palaces." -David, Psalm 122:6-7