Tuesday, June 16, 2009

"Things are not always what they seem."

That's what our guide, Nader, said when we first met him. Now I know what he was talking about!

Yesterday we went to Nazareth to a recreation of the 1st Century village. It was cool to be in Nazareth, but I have got to tell you - Personally, I wasn't impressed. We were looking at piles of stone, weeds, and dusty trails. I didn't get it. I couldn't see... until our guide began to tell us what we were looking at and our eyes began to focus on a 1st Century world.

As we focused... the piles of stones became terraced gardens and a grape stomping and storing area hewn out of the rocks. The weeds became shrubs of grapes, rosemary, and olive trees. The dusty trails became paths to the olive press (the gethsemane) and the synagogue - much like the one in which Jesus would have read the passage from Isaiah the declaring that he was the Messiah.

Things are not always what you see. In the Holy Land, the more you look the more you see, the more you learn the more you understand.

With eyes wide open,
Pastor Jeff

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