Monday, March 9, 2009

HERODIAN Field Trip

Hello again everyone! Life has been extremely busy here like always with a trip to Tel Aviv Friday and a half-day “Herodian” exploration. Yesterday was an inspiring field trip that was informative and quite a humbling experience. We visited the David Archaeological Park which was the main public access to Herod’s Temple Mount and was most likely the setting for Jesus’ various visits to the Temple. It was amazing to see the remains of Jerusalem’s main streets along the Western Wall and touch the actual stones hurled off the walls of the Temple complex by the Roman soldiers in 70 AD after the destruction of the Second Temple in Jerusalem. We also walked up the steps to the “Double Gate” and “Triple Gate” where the Jews were to enter and exit the temple. Among Jerusalem’s many archaeological sites, I can now say I have walked on the exact streets the feet of my Savior touched and stood on the threshold where he and his disciples would have entered and exited into the holy grounds of the temple. It was an incredible experience and one that I will cherish for the rest of my life because I was able to stroll along the roads of Jerusalem where the pulse of life echoed through the streets once upon a time. What an amazing opportunity I have been given to see the stories of the Bible come to life and how grateful I am to be here in this Holy Land walking exactly where the footsteps of my Redeemer trod.

2 comments:

Mom said...

It's funny how many pictures of grey/brown tumbling/fallen down rocks you've taken on this study abroad. You always look so tiny standing next to them too! You are really going to think we live in the Garden of Eden once you get back home & see the variety of colors in buildings & the beautiful flowers, trees, & grass around here! It might be a little shocking at first!

Brooke and Aaron said...

Wow. How incredible to walk in the places where the Savior once stood! Glad you're enjoying life there!