Pictures to Illuminate
In October 2015, Pastor Niki was able to go on a 2 week journey of Israel and Jordan. Our group visited some of the most awesome sites in Scripture. For those chapters that have places Pastor Niki's group visited, visit this page to see a slideshow of corresponding pictures from that trip. Some people love visuals, so if you're one of them, this is for you!
In Chapter 4, the Hebrews begin their journey to the Promised Land. After escaping Pharaoh and crossing the Red Sea, they trek through the wilderness toward the land of Canaan, promised to Abraham and his descendants hundreds of years before. Here are some images of the Desert of Sin (as mentioned as one of the places the Hebrews journeyed through on their way to the Promised Land.)
In Chapter 5, we learn about the new commands and new covenant that God makes with Moses and the Hebrew people. Some of these new instructions had to do with the building of the tabernacle, essentially a worship space that was able to be put up and taken down whenever the group traveled. In the Timna National Park in Israel, you will find an exact replica of the tabernacle that is available to tour. Here are some images of that tabernacle.
In chapter 6, the Israelites wander the wilderness, as they are denied entry into the Promised Land. The chapter ends with the final words of encouragement and guidance from Moses, their beloved and sometimes derided leader. His time has ended...a new generation led by Joshua will enter the Promised Land. These pictures are of the wilderness and Mt. Nebo, where Moses gave that final sermon and died.
In Chapter 7, we begin to learn of the places that Joshua and the Israelites must overtake in the Promised Land. Jericho is one of the most well-known places. Here are some of the ruins of the city of Jericho.
The people of Israel, as we learn in chapter 8, are stuck in a consistent cycle of sin, oppression, repentance, and deliverance. They are led by a series of Judges in this period of their history, before the Lord relents and bestows upon their people a king (Saul.) Major places mentioned in this book are Mt. Carmel (pictured), Megiddo (pictured), Tob, Kamon, Hazor, Philistine (pictured.)