“In their hands they shall bear you up.” Psalm 91:12 NKJV
This picture was captured from my window seat flying into Washington, DC in early August 2020. My family and I flew in to attend a postponed wedding of March 2020.
I selected this picture for verse 12 because the winding muddy river below. It reminded me of a snake. In the midst of the snake’s plaque upon our Land, the infestation of voices warning us over and over, “Do not go, it’s not safe to travel.” In the midst of the world’s crazy, with His Word tucked in my heart, we stepped out in faith and moved forward.
Psalm 91 and the faith pictures of His hand of protection upon us brought us safely to the wedding and home again. No plague came near our tent, and for His Word we are forever grateful.
May you step into your day filled with God’s promises, and hand of protection upon you and your family.
The Hebrew definition of Beth is a house, especially a family a dwelling place, and yes, according to the definition, a dungeon.Ouch, that one hurt. “El”of Bethel means – strength, might and power.
I wondered as Joshua and the people prepared to move out of camp, did he need to be reminded to encourage and pray for his people? Joshua’s story shares, Joshua would often call them together to encourage and remind them the LORD was with them and fought for them.
“And Joshua called for all Israel…You have seen all that the LORD your God has done…for the LORD your God is He who has fought for you.” Joshua 23:2&3 NKJV
Lord is the “battle of Bethel”, in the remembering to pray for my family, my dwelling place? Reminding them, You are the One who goes with us, lest we forget and become like a “dungeon” of darkness and open to prey. For I am seeing as Joshua’s story unfolds, it’s here in this place called Bethel, we received Your strength, power and victory each day!
“Choose for yourselves this day who you will serve…but as for me and my household, we will serve the LORD.” Joshua 24:15 NKJV
Thank You Father, You are our dwelling place.
The One we hold tight too.
You keep our feet from slipping,
As we keep our eyes on You.
Thank You for fighting our battles,
For we have no good apart from You!
“But you shall hold fast to the LORD your God, as you have done to this day.” Joshua 23:8 NKJV
“For the LORD, your God is He who has fought for you.” Joshua 23:3 NKJV
Thank you fellowjourneyers, I appreciate your time in reading this study. As I’ve searched through travel journals reading bits and pieces of memories, I’m reminded, even when I was tired and the days seemed long, it was the Lord God who guided the way, and in Him we found our joy and strength for the day. God bless.
“Now it was the Feast of Dedication in Jerusalem, and it was winter. And Jesus walked in the temple, in Solomon’s porch.” John 10:22 & 23 NKJV
According to history, the Feast of Dedication, or Hanukkah – is the commemoration of the dedication of the temple by Judas Maccabeus was in December 165 B.C. (The Message, pg 2113)
It was winter…this verse warms my heart in a personal way. Knowing Jesus, Himself the Light of the World, walked the cold stone pavement of Solomon’s porch in Jerusalem. To think, He left His place of glory to walk the earth as we do. Season after season, warm breezes of summer, cold blowing chilled winds, …it was winter.
Lighting the sixth candle and the number six reflecting man’s work, brings my thoughts to Jesus Himself. God in the flesh Who “dwelt among us…”John 1:14 NKJV Jesus felt the cold as we do. His body had to work to keep warm.
It was winter … Clothed in my western mind set and everything warm packed from my suitcase, (never thinking the Middle East could get this cold) I walked the streets of Jerusalem thinking of the One Who “dwelt among us” and continues to work and walk this path with me in Day Six of Hanukkah.
Lighting the candlestick in honor and celebration of Hanukkah through the eyes of a follower of Jesus Christ.
“Now when Abram heard that his brother (his nephew Lot) was taken captive, he armed his three hundred and eighteen trained servants who were born in his own house, and went in pursuit as far as Dan. Genesis 14:14 NKJV
Sorting through pictures along our travel route in the Upper Galilee area this past January,
One of our stops was at Tel Dan where the oldest known Gate in the world is located; over 4000 years old. The “Gate” is where the people met to conduct business. (Kinda like your local restaurant or feed store in a small town. Lol)
Thinking on Abram’s Gate, I was surprised by the changes made to the site. So I thought I would share the progression of the site made from my first trip in 2011 to 2018.
These would have been the same high walls seen by the men Moses sent to “spy out the land” Numbers 13:2 NKJV
These stone wall are TALL! No wonder the 10 spies said,
“…we were like grasshoppers in our own sight…” Numbers 13:33 NKJV
Pictures captured in 2011 by a small pocket size Nikon CoolPix worn on a lanyard around my neck. Nice little camera and it takes great pictures.
Just think, Abraham would have walked and seen this same mountain.
Pictures captured in 2014 by a step up to a Nikon Coolpix P510.
I love this red camera! With all the zooming in and out all day, it ate up at 2 plus batteries keeping it charged daily! (Took over 3000 pictures on this trip)Very easy to use and light for travel.
January 2018 Journey
2018 pictures captured from the bus. Time didn’t allow for us to walk up. As most of our pilgrims had already walked the path over the past years, a stop to view from the bus worked. These were taken through the window on the bus with a 50 to 200 mm.
Pictures captured in 2018 by “Yes, I can’t believe I’m going to carry this camera all the way to Israel and back” Nikon D5300DSLR with several extra lens. Crazy, I know! Love my traveling buddy D5300. Faithful, stood up to changing lens on a hard trip and in cold, wet weather travel. Captured over 3000 plus images.