Israel, Day 8

We went bright and early to The Garden Tomb. We saw Skull Hill. We listened to the guide explain the location of Calvary and the empty tomb.

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We had a special time of reflecting on the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus! And many shared a word of testimony and praise to God.

We went to Bethlehem. It was here that Ruth came at the beginning of barley harvest, married Boaz and became the grandmother of King David. Bethlehem was the home of Jesse and his son, David who would be King of Israel. This is where Joseph came with Mary and where Jesus was born. This was where the shepherds heard the Angels proclaim the birth of the Messiah. And here is where Herod ordered that all male children 2 years and under were to be killed. We went to the Church of the Nativity in Manger Square.

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Bethlehem is surrounded by tall walls because it is a Palestinian area.

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Then it was time to pack up and fly home! So sad!! Shalom, Jerusalem!

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I feel I’ve done a terrible job explaining our trip! There’s just soooo much. But at least for now I have pictures posted. If you ever get a chance to go to Israel, GO!!!

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