We spent our second day traveling throughout the Holy Land today. Before the day began I woke up and spent time reading God’s Word on the Sea of Galilee. How about this shot! How would you like to wake up to a scene like this every day?
After breakfast we took a boat ride on the Sea of Galilee to the Museum of the Ancient Boat. You can see Doug and Kathy Hall standing at the entrance to the museum in the picture I’ve posted. There is a marvelous fishing boat from the first century that has been found and preserved in the museum. It’s probably not one of the boats that Jesus sailed in, although it could be, but at the very least it is similar to those used by Jesus and the disciples. I had been to the museum when I was in Israel two years ago and everything was pretty much the same, except for the fact that the man who discovered the boat submerged in the mud was at the exhibit answering questions and taking pictures with folks. It was really awesome!!
After we left the museum we headed to the far north of Israel, to the area where the tribe of Dan migrated from the coast. The excavations that have taken place in Tel Dan are really remarkable. We were able to see Canaanite gates that archeologists have unearthed from the time of Abraham. You can see Nick and Peggy Duncan standing in front of these ancient city gates in the picture I’ve posted.
I was so blessed to have the opportunity to teach from God’s Word about the life of Jeroboam. It is one of the saddest stories in all of the Bible, but it has great application and relevance for us living today.
Jeroboam was a humble, faithful servant of King Solomon. He was not “in line” to be King, he had no aspirations to be King, he was just doing his job when God sent the prophet to let him know that he would be the first king of the northern kingdom. God would rip the kingdom from Solomon’s son, Rehoboam, because of the waywardness of the hearts of the people. When the “United Kingdom” split in two, Jeroboam was the first king of the northern kingdom. God promised him that He would give him an enduring kingdom like He had given David, if Jeroboam was simply follow God’s statutes and commands. You can read the story in 1 Kings 11-14.
Jeroboam began to think for himself, consult his advisers, and came to the conclusion that if his people traveled all the way to Jerusalem to visit the Temple they may never travel that long 100 mile journey back to the north so he built two alternative worship centers, came up with his own priests who were not Levites, and built two golden calves, one for the worship center in Dan and one for Bethel in the southern part of the northern kingdom. Needless to say, God didn’t order Jeroboam to do these things. As a result of Jeroboam’s disobedience he has been largely forgotten rather than having an enduring Kingdom like King David. I urged our folks not to forget the lesson of King Jeroboam. We must be faithful to God. The trials that we face are real just like the possibility Jeroboam faced of losing his citizens, but we must not compromise–we can trust Him.
In His Steps,