Daily Archives: April 15, 2008

Visting the land of Moab

Today we visited Heshbon, Tell Al, Dibon, and Macherus. Tell Al is thought to be the biblical site of Elealeh, a site always mentioned (Numbers 32:3). Macherus is the site of a fortress built by Herod the Great overlooking the Dead Sea on the east side. It is sort of a companion site to Masada on the western side of the sea. According to Josephus this is where John the Baptist was put to death by the order of Herod Antipas.

He sent and had John beheaded in the prison. (Matthew 14:10).

As a photo for today I want to share a picture I made at Heshbon in the ancient land of Moab. When we arrived the shepherd was beginning to lead his sheep out to pasture. Note the large number of lambs among the flock. Another interesting observation is that the shepherd is behind the flock. This is a something we see often in this part of the world.

The shepherd leads his flock out to green pastures. Photo by Ferrell Jenkins.

The LORD used this illustration many times to show His ooncern for His people. His appointed leaders were likened to shephers who would lead the flock. The text below speaks of the appointment of Joshua to take the place of Moses.

“May the LORD, the God of the spirits of all flesh, appoint a man over the congregation, who will go out and come in before them, and who will lead them out and bring them in, so that the congregation of the LORD will not be like sheep which have no shepherd.” (Numbers 27:16-17)

This will likely be the last post of the current trip until I am back in the comfort of my study. Prayers of the faithful are always appreciated.