Commentary from Israel – photos to follow in later posts

Friday, May 18, 2007

More from the Holy Land

Well, I was baptized in the Jordan on May 18th around 3:30 in the afternoon. What a blessing, what a blessing! Before that baptism I prayed about what I needed God to cleanse me from and also asked Him to make me aware if there was anything else I needed to ask. He gave me Haggai Chapter 2 and it was a listing of all my goals for Israel and then some! Every now and then, I am seeing more from Haggai in what is talked about and the songs we sing.

We drove DOWN into the mountains of Jerusalem last night. It is such an incredible place, the mountains, the streams, the deserts, the oasis parts, the city, and all so beautiful. I think God saved this place for His chosen people.

We took a boat ride on the Sea of Galilee, praising God in song, dancing and learning much about Jesus. Pastor Don pointed out that trust and obedience to God was the real miracle. Many joked about walking on the water, but it is trusting that God will give you the desires of your heart (meaning put them into your heart and also give you what is put there). Also there was an old style sailing boat that was discovered that seems to date back to the time of Jesus – they call it the Jesus boat and I got to get my picture taken with the main archaeologist who found and excavated that boat.

We also went by the shore of the Sea of Galilee where they think Jesus appeared to the disciples after His resurrection.

I got covered in mud and floated in the Dead Sea, which is shrinking in size and worrying all those who are concerned about ecology.

We also went to Masada, and walked around that place so filled with history. Then went to En Gedi, and stood under a waterfall.

For me today, my favorite place was Jericho. First we had to cross two borders – Israel and Jordan’s, and then Pastor Don convinced the gatekeeper to let us in even though it was closing time. What is so interesting is that the song about the walls coming tumbling down isn’t quite accurate. We looked and saw that the walls actually sank into the ground. Pastor Don thinks there was blood and sacrifice that went into making those walls, God wanted to honor those who died for that, so He just buried the walls, sank them into the ground. For me it is the place where Rahab lived. Rahab and the scarlet thread really touches my heart, for God used the scarlet to redeem Rahab. In those days prostitutes painted their windows red – and the scarlet thread that runs through the Bible pointing and leading to Jesus starts in Genesis and is used to save Rahab, who later becomes part of the genealogy of Jesus. Also the scarlet worm Tolaith is what was used to make red dye, and that worm crawls up onto a leaf to reproduce, covers the eggs with it’s body, three days after it dies it dries up and becomes a white ash, (Though your sins be as scarlet, they will become white as snow), and Psalm 22 when it is said that He is a worm it is (tolaith).

We saw the caves were the Dead Sea Scrolls were found, and later will go to a museum to take a look at them.

God is blessing me so much with this trip. there is so much to share but it is late here and I have to get some sleep. We are packing in so many things into one day we move from early morning until about 8 at night. It is truly a pilgrimage.

Not tomorrow, but the next day, we will be at the Wailing Wall. I will pray for you there. What makes this trip all the more special is that Pastor Don teaches us so much. Tomorrow I get to talk about the fields of Boaz and the kinsman redeemer. I have to prepare that talk tonight.

Please have a blessed night, and I can’t get to your sites here, but will certainly pay you a visit when I come back. Pray that God gives me much to share with you. I am still crying when I realize I am walking where Jesus walked, and seeing the sights He saw. When they talk about Jesus’ ministry and the fact that he walked to each place He ministered to I have to tell you He was PHYSICALLY FIT!

Have a blessed night,

Heather

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About Heather Marsten

Welcome to Heather's Blog. I'm looking forward to meeting you and checking out your sites. I just moved about nine years of material over from another blog site, Xanga, who may close down mid-July. At first I was disappointed to make the move because I had a lifetime membership at Xanga and had to spend weeks transferring posts. But now I'm thrilled. Already I've met new bloggers and read many new websites. Blogging is a wonderful way to expand my horizons and garner new ideas. I'm a happily married mom of three young adults. My husband and I are proud to watch our children grow and venture out into the world. My daughter is still in college but my two sons have graduated. One has a job and the other just graduated and is in the process of finding a job in his field, physics. Anyone know of any jobs out there? I'm proud of our children and love watching them grow and mature. They've become fine, compassionate, and loving people. Empty nest? Nah, I'm too busy to let an empty nest bother me. Not enough hours in the day. My husband and I enjoy quiet time together and I have many interests to pursue - one of which is blogging :D I am a born-again believer and love God. As you read this blog, you will discover that Bible studies thrill me. There is so much wisdom contained between the covers of the Bible and I am fortunate to sit under the teachings of a remarkable pastor, Pastor Don Moore. Members of our church (Living Word Chapel in West Hurley, New York) are encouraged to teach and there are visiting pastors who stop by our church, I also study the Bible on my own and love sharing what I learn. One other passion is writing. My current work in process is a memoir. A scene from my memoir was published in a book called: Heavenly Company: Entertaining Angels Unaware - an anthology of angelic encounters compiled by Cecil Murphy. I'm hoping my memoir will encourage other survivors of abuse. I grew up in a home filled with abuse, including incest. For most of my life I was searching for something that would fill the void of not being loved by my parents. I tried many ways to find that love -- therapy, relationships, occult studies, and keeping my life so filled I had no way to think about my past. It was only when I discovered God that I was able to put the pieces of my life back together and walk forward in a joyous life. My nickname - wondering has changed from wondering where the heck God was in my life, to wondering what incredible adventure is going to happen next. I hope you enjoy my site. Please say hi, share some thoughts, and ask questions. I look forward to meeting you and checking out your sites. Have a blessed day. Heather
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