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Scripture Pictures 21-30 Jerusalem Pinnacle Temple Dead Sea Tel Aviv Shekels East Gate Ein Gedi Galilee Ibex Jordan River

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1021 Pinnacle of the Temple

Jerusalem - The southeast corner of the Temple Mount wall is known as "the pinnacle" of the Temple, towering 216 feet over the rocky ground below. In Jesus’ day when Solomon’s Portico stood atop this place, this corner may have been as much as 50 feet higher than it is today. It was  here that the second temptation of Christ took place: And he [satan] led Him to Jerusalem and had Him stand on the pinnacle of the temple, and said to Him, "If You are the Son of God, throw Yourself down from here; for it is written, He will give His angels charge concerning You, to guard You, and on their hands they will bear You up, lest You strike Your foot against a stone." And Jesus answered and said to him, "It is said, You shall not put the Lord your God to the test." (Luke 4:9-12; Deut. 6:16). Jesus relied on the Scriptures to defeat Satan’s temptations, and the Word is the "way of escape" that God has provided for us also. God is faithful who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able. But with the temptaion will provide the way of escape also.   I Corinthians 10:13

1022 Reeds, Dead Sea

Israel - Reeds waving in the hot summer breeze and silhouetted against the Dead Sea are a reminder of the words of the prophet Isaiah. The Servant, the Messiah, will fulfill covenant promises and bring light to the nations. Isaiah describes the Lord’s patience in accomplishing His ministry and His gentle nature toward people who are struggling and hurting in this world: A bruised reed He will not break,  And a dimly burning wick He will not extinguish; He will faithfully bring forth justice. Isaiah 42:3

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1023 Sunset, Tel Aviv

Israel - From the rising of the sun, unto the going down of the same, the Lord’s name is to be praised. Psalm 113:3.
Psalm 113 through 118 are sung in connection with the Passover seder – the first two before the meal, and the last four after the meal. Although the tunes for the Psalms are long lost to our generation, it does pique the imagination to wonder how Jesus and His disciples must have sounded as they sang these words in Hebrew! (Mark 4:26).  What an awesome testimony the Jewish people have continued for thousands of years, praising God from slavery to freedom.  Even more, then, the redeemed of the Lord should praise Him for our freedom from the slavery of sin and death to everlasting life!


1024 Counting Shekels

Jerusalem - In the Orthodox Jewish neighborhood of Meah Sharim (100 Gates), this elderly gentleman counts out a few shekels for two little children who eagerly await a treat from the nearby store.

Ask, and it shall be given to you; seek, and you shall find; knock, and it shall be opened to you. ... How much more shall your Father who is in heaven give what is good to those who ask Him! Matthew 7:7, 11

1025 East Gate

Jerusalem - The East Gate of Jerusalem’s city wall borders along the Temple Mount. Moslem authorities have sealed it with stone in order to restrict public admittance to the mosque. A cemetery covers the hillside in front of it. The East Gate has tremendous spiritual significance. In Ezekiel’s visions, it was through the East Gate that the glory of God departed from Israel (Ezek. 10:18-19). And it is the East Gate through which God’s glory will return to Israel when the Messiah comes (Ezek. 43:1-3). When the Lord reigns in Jerusalem, He’ll command that the graves be removed from His holy hill (Ezek. 43:7-9). Because the Lord God of Israel passes through the East Gate, it shall be shut to all people (Ezek. 44:2). Lift up your heads, O gates! And be lifted up, O ancient doors! That the King of glory may come in!  Psalm 24:7

1026 Top of Ein Gedi Waterfall

Israel - Ein Gedi waterfall is one of the very few places in the wilderness near the Dead Sea where fresh water is abundant. But it won’t always be the only oasis. Everything will be made beautiful when the Messiah rules the earth. Chapter 35 of Isaiah is one of the Bible’s best descriptions of the glorious millennial kingdom. The blind, deaf, lame, and dumb will be healed. The ransomed of the Lord will return to Zion with joyful shouting, and everlasting joy will be upon their heads. Even the desert will flourish and blossom profusely. Water shall gush forth in the wilderness, and streams in the desert.  The burning sand will become a pool, the thirsty ground bubbling springs. Isaiah 35:6-7

Photographer: Rebecca Estes

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1027 Woman in field, Galilee

Israel - A woman alone in a field ~ she’s a reminder of the story of Ruth, who, because of love and devotion, toiled in the barley fields to provide a meager living for herself and her mother-in-law Naomi. Thousands of years later, and in a totally different culture, many women today find themselves alone and working very hard to take care of their family. May the words of Boaz’s prayer for Ruth also be a comfort and a blessing to all those who labor for the sake of their loved ones: May the Lord reward your work, and your wages be full from the Lord, the God of Israel, under whose wings you have come to take refuge. Ruth 2:12

1028 Yom Zicharon

Jerusalem - At the Western Wall, soldiers stand at attention next to an “eternal flame” in honor and remembrance of all the men and women who died while defending the nation. Israel’s Yom Zicharon (Day of Remembrance, or “memorial day”) is a solemn day of prayer. In midday a siren sounds, and everyone, everywhere across the country, STOPS whatever they are doing and stands still for three minutes of reverent silence. Cars stop in the street and drivers get out to stand, people stop walking and stop talking, shopkeepers stop selling, and for a brief moment, there is peace. Through all the wars and turmoil of the Middle East, Israel will survive, and all God’s prophecy will be fulfilled. Behold, He that keepeth Israel neither slumbers nor sleeps. Psalm 12:14

1029 Ibex at Ein Gedi Oasis

Israel - A young ibex watches from a safe distance as hikers pass by on their way to the oasis at Ein Gedi. In the very hot, dry Judean wilderness, the waterfall at Ein Gedi is the only source of life. Every creature must quench their thirst at the stream to survive. Oh, that our desire for God should be such a life-and-death quest of our very being! Can we survive even one day without Him? The Lord Jesus promises us streams of Living Water when we come to Him. He is THE source of Life. As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for You, O God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. Psalm 42:1

1030 Jordan River

Israel - This beautiful, little section of the Jordan River (Yardanit) where it lazily flows out of the Sea of Galilee, is a popular place for Christian baptismal ceremonies. It was farther south, however, where John the Baptist had his ministry in the “wilderness,” according to Mark 1:4-5. The act of baptism was a common ritual in Jewish society, and John’s baptism was specifically a “baptism of repentence.” Although Jesus was without sin, He Himself came to John to be baptized in the Jordan, saying “it is fitting for us to fulfill all righteousness” (Mat. 3:13-17). Water baptism itself does not provide salvation, but it expresses the extraordinary truth of salvation accomplished through the work of God’s Spirit. It was after the death and resurrection of Jesus, that the full symbolism of believer’s baptism could be explained by the Apostle Paul: We have been buried with Him through baptism into death, in order that as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, so we too might walk in newness of life. Romans 6:4



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