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1001 Tower of David

Jerusalem - Davidís Citadel (Tower of David) was not built in King Davidís day, but it was named in honor of King David when the Turkish sultan Suleiman was reconstructing the walls of Jerusalem in the 16th century. Parts of the citadelís foundation, however, date back 2,000 years to the days of Herod the Great.

The name of the LORD is a strong tower; The righteous man runs into it and is safe. Proverbs 18:10

 

1002 Dome of the Spirit (indicate A or B when ordering)

Jerusalem - This little dome, about 10 feet in diameter, has been called the "Dome of the Spirit" and the "Dome of the Tablets" for many centuries. Some archeologists believe it was the actual site of the Holy of Holies, for three reasons: (1) it is in perfect alignment with the ancient East Gate; (2) it is the only place on the Temple Mount where the floor is solid bedrock, just like the threshing floor that King David purchased as the site for the altar, II Sam. 24:24; and (3) the dome stands 330 feet north of the Dome of the Rock, allowing enough room to rebuild the Jewish temple on this site if one would "leave out the court which is outside the Temple" as God instructed John, Rev. 11:2.

Two Scripture choices for this photo:

(A) For out of Zion shall go forth the law, and the word of the LORD from Jerusalem. Isaiah 2:3

(B) Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, and into His courts with praise; Be thankful unto Him, and bless His name. Psalm 100:4

1003 Shema

Israel - When the Israelites entered into Canaan 3,400 years ago, Godís divine plan for keeping His people pure and separate from the surrounding pagans was, above all, to love the Lord their God, who is the One and only God, and that they should diligently teach their children the Word of God. Thus, His commands were to be engrained into everyday life: when you sit, walk, lie down, and rise up; write them on the doorposts, bind them as a sign on your hand and as frontals on your forehead. To this day, Orthodox Jews put on "tefilin" (phylacteries) and recite the "shema" (Deut. 6:4-9) every day. Jesus, too, affirmed that loving God is the most important commandment, "The foremost is, ĎHear O Israel! The Lord our God is one Lord; and you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, [and with all your mind], and with all your strength.í" Mark 12:29-30; Deut. 6:4-5

1004 Loaves and Fishes

Israel - On the shores of the Sea of Galilee, Jesus miraculously fed a multitude of 5,000 men plus women and children, using only five loaves and two fish that were given to him by a boy in the crowd (John 6:9). When He crossed the sea the next day, many people chased after Him, hoping to get more free food!  Jesus replied: "Do not work for the food which perishes, but for the food which endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man shall give to you, for on Him the Father, even God, has set His seal" John 6:27. About 200 years after the miracle, a church was built in this area called Tabgah, and the loaves-and-fishes design is part of an elaborate mosaic floor which is still there today. Let it be a reminder that there is more to life than working for a paycheck Ė there is eternal glory to be pursued, and anything is possible when we put our gifts in Godís hands!

1005 Prayer in Cracks of W.Wall (indicate A, B, C or D when ordering)

Jerusalem - Two thousand years of weather, wars and worshippers have left the huge Herodian stones of "HaKotel" (the Western Wall) marred and cracked. These cracks have now become the sacred and secure "cleft in the rock" where thousands of handwritten prayers are tucked in, remaining there as a remembrance before God and as a sign of faith for His answer.

Four Scripture choices for this photo:

(A) The effectual, fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much. James 3:17

(B) A broken and contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise. Psalm 51:17

(C) For the eyes of the Lord are over the righteous, and his ears are open unto their prayers. 1 Peter 3:12

(D) Now, my God, may your eyes be open and your ears attentive to the prayers offered in this place.
2 Chronicles 6:40

1006 Moonrise, Sea of Galilee

Israel - Moonrise over the Sea of Galilee, and the Golan Heights reflect the pinkish afterglow of the sunset. One can imagine just such a scene as Jesus walked along these shores, teaching His disciples and crowds of followers about the Kingdom of God.

Teach me Thy way, O LORD. Psalm 86:11 

And He began to teach again by the sea.  Mark 4:1

1007 Sunrise, Dead Sea

Israel - Sunrise. It is a new day, full of new hope and new opportunities. After a crushing, dark time, a renewed spirit is as sure as the sunrise, when God is in control of oneís life. It seemed all the more appropriate, then, that this particular sunrise is flinging its rays over the Dead Sea and one of the most bleak landscapes on the face of the earth. Yes, there is a new dawn, even after the worst of times we endure, because God is the source of hope.

Weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning. Psalm 30:5

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1008 Sunset, Sea of Galilee

Israel - Sitting on the shore of the Sea of Galilee, watching a beautiful sunset, one canít help but think of all the tremendous ways that this body of water played a part in the ministry of Jesus. He called His disciples to leave their fishing nets and follow Him, and He would make them "fishers of men." He stood in a boat and preached to the multitudes. He walked on water. He demonstrated His power over nature: And He arose, and rebuked the wind, and said unto the sea, "Peace, be still." And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm. Mark 4:39.
He met His disciples on the shore after His resurrection and had breakfast with them.

Photo by Rebecca Estes

1009 Western Wall Plaza

Jerusalem - God was pleased with Solomon when he built the first Temple in Jerusalem in 960 B.C. and promised to respond to prayers offered there (II Chron. 7:15). Today, the Western Wall of the Temple Mount is the holiest site in Judaism. Every day, thousands of Jewish people seek God’s presence by praying at those massive stones that were set in place almost 3,000 years ago. Though Jesus Himself had often walked along side these impressive stones on His way up to the Temple, He explained God’s boundless grace to the Samaritan woman at the well on Mount Gerizim: “...believe Me, an hour is coming when neither in this mountain, nor in Jerusalem shall you worship...true worshipers shall worship the Father in spirit and truth; for such people the Father seeks to be His worshipers” (John 4:19-26). Wherever you are, you are in God’s presence. It is not a particular place that’s important for prayer, but a right attitude of humility, repentence, worship, and faith.
Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, And He shall lift you up. James 4:10.

 

1010 The Cardo

Jerusalem - The Cardo was the main street of ancient Jerusalem. Shops of every sort stood on either side of the stone-paved thoroughfare. It was lined with solid stone pillars, each made of one piece, which supported a roof that shaded the busy street from the heat of the sun. Many of the 2,000-year-old, arched, stone frames have been artfully kept intact and still serve as the display windows of todayís bustling shops and fine boutiques in the heart of the Jewish Quarter. Yet when everything is closed for the night, and it is quiet and tranquil like this, just imagine how often the gracious and gentle Son of God must have passed by here, but the people were too busy to notice!  Donít make the same mistake! Slow down, get quiet, and enjoy His presence!  Be still and know that I am God. Psalm 46:10

   

 

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