A Recap of Israel!

My heart is overflowing with joy. My mind is joyfully overflowing!

When asked “What was the highlight of your trip to Israel?” I am at a loss for words. It’s like asking which color frosting tastes the best: it’s all frosting! Every moment, every location, every lecture was just more frosting on the cake of getting to walk in Israel.

As a student, I learned so much and there were times I couldn’t write fast enough. But, I wasn’t just an observer – God pulled me in as a participant.

Here are a few of the highlights of the trip…

In Caesarea, (on the banks of the Mediterranean Sea) I got to stand on the floor of the palace where Herod died and where Paul appeared before Festus.

Floor of Palace
Paul may have stood on this very mosaic when King Agrippa said to him:

“Do you think that in such a short time you can persuade me to be a Christian?”

Paul replied, “Short time or long – I pray to God that not only you but all who are listening to me today may become what I am, except for these chains.” — (Acts 26:27-29) NIV

Then on to Mt. Carmel, where Elijah defeated the gods of Baal and asked the people:

“How long will you waver between two opinions? If the Lord is God, follow him; but if Baal is God, follow him.” – 1 Kings 18:21

This is the view from Mt. Carmel, looking down on the Jezreel Valley/Megiddo.

Later, we visited the church of the Annunciation in Nazareth, and then on to Galilee. As we boated on the Sea of Galilee, I was invited to read from the Gospel of Mark as part of our worship service.

“A furious squall came up, and the waves broke over the boat, so that it was nearly swamped. Jesus was in the stern, sleeping on a cushion. He got up, rebuked the wind and the said to the waves, ‘Quiet! Be still!’ then the wind died down and it was completely calm.” – Mark 4:35-41 NIV

We saw the Synagogue in Capernaum where Jesus would have worshiped when He was there.

We travelled to the Jordan River, and I couldn’t resist putting my hands in the water (and part of one foot)!

Next we visited Bet-She’an and Jericho before heading to Qumran where the Dead Sea Scrolls were recovered. This is a photo of “Cave #4” where 40,000 snippets of scripture were found.

original Scrolls
Some of the original scrolls uncovered here date to 325 BC. The entire book of Isaiah was found and dates to 250 BC. This amazing discovery reminds us of Jesus’ own words:

For truly I tell you, until heaven and earth disappear, not the smallest letter, not the last stroke of a pen, will by any means disappear from the Law until everything is accomplished.” Matthew 5:18 – NIV

Finally, we came to Jerusalem!

Our visit in Jerusalem included stops at the Mount of Olives, the Garden of Gethsemane, the Garden Tomb (where we celebrated a Communion service), and the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, the Via Dolorosa, King David’s Ancient City, the Wailing Wall, Hezekiah’s Tunnel, the Pool of Siloam, and an hour with the acclaimed archaeologist, Gabi Barkay.

In Jerusalem, I had the opportunity to stand on the steps where Jesus stood. What a moment for a “Bible teacher” to get to stand where Jesus stood when He taught in Jerusalem – and quite possibly the place recorded in Luke 2:

After three days they found him in the temple courts, sitting among the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions. Everyone who heard him was amazed at his understanding and his answers.” – Luke 2:46-47 – NIV

Next stop: floating on the Dead Sea, then wading in the Red Sea, and on to the city of Petra (the 2nd of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World) in Jordan.

We wrapped up our trip to Israel with a visit to Timna, the location of King Solomon’s copper mines. At Timna, we toured a model of the Tabernacle. In this photo you can see the Altar, the Basin and the covering of the Tabernacle. We got to walk right into the Most Holy Place!

Now the main point of what we are saying is this: We do have such a high priest, who sat down at the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in heaven, and who serves in the sanctuary, the true tabernacle set up by the Lord, not by a mere human being” – Hebrews 8:1-2 NIV

What an amazing trip! I wish you all could have been there. Thank you for praying for our safety, health, and open hearts and minds to absorb all that God had for us. There are areas where my perspective changed, my heart swelled, and my mind was transformed. I hope that you will get to reap the benefits of all that God did for, and within, me.

To God be the glory!

20 thoughts on “A Recap of Israel!

  1. Bev Brewer

    You were missed Marcia. When I saw your message this morning, it was like opening a gift on Christmas. Our gift is Marcia is back.

    God’s blessing

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  2. Lisa

    Anxiously awaited this first post. I missed your blogs throughout the week. You have a true gift my friend. This will be a trip we take. A friend of mine went to the Holy Land and said it was a spiritual awakening!!


  3. Sandy Carlson

    Wow! It was wonderful to see you there in the Holy Land, what a gift from God for you and Brian! God’s Word and the photos that were taken in those special places brought tears to my eyes and excitement to my soul! Thanks for sharing your experience in such a beautiful way!

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  4. Ashley

    Scripture will become even more alive now for you as you recall all that you saw and experience on your trip….the Holy Land is such a wonderful place I long to go back to one day with my husband! Welcome home!



    Oh thanks so much, Marcia!!! Loved the pictures and scriptures that went with them…..gave me goosebumps just knowing this is where Jesus walked!!!! What a great experience you have had and thanks again for sharing it with us!!!


  6. Marcia you and Brian where a blessing on the trip. Your words help me put reference to the 900 pictures I took. Please write more about the trip in blogs or better yet I am waiting on the book. I’m placing my order now 🙂 Feel free to browse my Facebook page and use any you like. They are broken down in days.Once again thanks for blessing us with this blog.
    Dayna & George


    1. Thanks, George! I will definitely borrow some of your photos, I’ve been keeping track on FB 🙂 I will make sure to ask first, and will definitely credit you with whatever photos I do use. I will be writing more Israel blogs in the coming weeks. Blessings, Marcia


  7. Vonnie

    Marcia, you brought the Holy Land home to so many of us who may never get that privilege, and how wonderfully you brought the true meaning of being there to all of us! I can’t wait to see what else God showed you and Brian, as you continue to share!!


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