Yesterday we traveled from Eilat to Jerusalem with stops at Mitzpe Ramon, Avedat, and Ein Avedat.
The ancient Israelites wandered in the wilderness of Zin (Numbers 33:36), an area that included Kadesh Barnea and was the southern boundary for the tribe of Judah.
The land allotted to the tribe of Judah by its clans reached to the border of Edom, to the Wilderness of Zin in the Negev far to the south. (Joshua 15:1 NET)
We enjoyed a burger at the McDonald’s at Avedat, an important town along the Nabatean spice route between Petra and Gaza. Having been at Petra a few days earlier made this stop especially interesting.
We walked to the cold water pool at Ein Avedat. As we drove to that area we stopped to make some photos of the wadi. Most wadis have less greenery, but this one receives some water from the spring. During the rainy season water would be rushing through it in abundance.
This photo shows a wadi in the wilderness of Zin at Ein Avedat. Photo by Ferrell Jenkins.
Scenes such as this must have been especially refreshing to the ancient Israelites.
Those who have followed this blog for any length of time have probably seen several of my sunrise photos on the Sea of Galilee. We often stay at the Ron Beach Hotel which is situated on the west shore of the Sea on the north side of Tiberias. Sometimes I have been able to capture some great shots from my room. Yesterday, however, was one of those days when the was hidden from us by low, heavy clouds.
This morning there were low clouds on the eastern horizon. The sun only occasionally peeked through, but this did not affect the reflection of the sun on the clouds above.
When I realized what was happening I moved my camera to place the sun on the left side of my image in order to show the beautiful sky and clouds. I thought you might enjoy seeing this different sort of image.
Sunrise on the Sea of Galilee, March 25, 2018. Photo by Ferrell Jenkins. Click on the image for a larger image.
Tonight Leon Mauldin and I are on the Dead Sea at Ein Bokek.
The Sea of Galilee played a prominent role in the ministry of Jesus. Take this example, for example:
From that time Jesus began to preach, saying, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.”
While walking by the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon (who is called Peter) and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea, for they were fishermen. And he said to them, “Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.” Immediately they left their nets and followed him. And going on from there he saw two other brothers, James the son of Zebedee and John his brother, in the boat with Zebedee their father, mending their nets, and he called them. Immediately they left the boat and their father and followed him. (Matthew 4:17-22 ESV)
For the past week I have been traveling in Jordan with long-time traveling friend Leon Mauldin on a personal study trip. We enjoy these trips going to places that we miss during regular tours. That is because some of the places are difficult to reach and would have little interest to the first-time traveler to the Bible Lands. It sometimes takes us half a day to locate a place and visit it.
The tourist folks in Jordan like to call their country “the other Holy Land.” Not only did Jesus visit this area but it was often the area of travel for the patriarchs, prophets, and kings of ancient Israel.
Today we visited the Jabbok River a few miles east of the Valley Road (Roman Perea) and Deir Allah. This is thought by some to be the place where Jacob met his brother Esau on the return from Padan Aram. See Genesis 32 for the full story). This photo will give you some idea of the terrain and the small river, now called the Zarka.
The Jabbok River east of the River Jordan. Near here Jacob had a life-changing encounter with the LORD. Photo by Ferrell Jenkins.
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