I can’t believe it; I’m actually booked for a group tour of Israel and Jordan! My flight plans finalized, I now will think about what to pack, weather in November, and keeping to the airline specifics of what can and what cannot be taken on the plane during the flight.
I’ve already started reading the New Testament, the Easy to Read Version. I particularly like this version.
I plan to check out suggested reading from the tour company, make eye, doctor, and dentist appointments, and I just bought two new pair of good walking shoes.
I will venture forth on this pilgrimage alone and yet with a group, if that makes sense; being with a tour group is the only way to travel stress-free; it is more expensive, but worth the extra cost.
To prepare myself for this once in a lifetime pilgrimage, I will be doing much research and writing.
Dear Lord, I know Your still small voice put the seed of thought in my mind to take this trip. I thank You so much for providing the means, encouragement, and avenues that so easily led me quickly down the path that leads home to my original roots, to the lands of the Old and New Testament, to the land You walked, the Holy Lands. Amen
Deuteronomy 11:12 The Message
The land you are entering to take up ownership isn’t like Egypt, the land you left, where you had to plant your own seed and water it yourselves as in a vegetable garden. But the land you are about to cross the river and take for your own is a land of mountains and valleys; it drinks water that rains from the sky. It’s a land that God, your God, personally tends—He’s the gardener—He alone keeps His eye on it all year long.
Genesis 28:16-17 The Message
Jacob woke up from his sleep. He said, “God is in this place—truly. And I didn’t even know it!” He was terrified. He whispered in awe, “Incredible. Wonderful. Holy. This is God’s House. This is the Gate of Heaven.”
Ezekiel 20:6 The Message
“On the day I chose Israel, I revealed myself to them in the country of Egypt, raising my hand in a solemn oath to the people of Jacob, in which I said, “I am God, your personal God.” On the same day that I raised my hand in the solemn oath, I promised them that I would take them out of the country of Egypt and bring them into a country that I had searched out just for them, a country flowing with milk and honey, a jewel of a country.”
Joshua 3 The Voice
Early the next morning, with Joshua leading them, the Israelites broke camp, left Shittim, and traveled to the eastern bank of the Jordan to set up camp again before crossing the river. Three days later, the leaders went through the camp and gave the Israelites their marching orders.
Leaders: Tomorrow, you will know it is time to go when you see the Levite priests carrying the covenant chest of the Eternal One, your God. Follow the chest so that you will know where you’re supposed to go because you have not been this way before. But stay about half a mile away from it. Don’t come any nearer than that as you march.
Joshua (to the people): Do all the ritual purifications and prepare yourselves because tomorrow the Eternal will show you wonders.
Joshua told the priests from the tribe of Levi to pick up the covenant chest and to walk in front of the people, so the priests lifted the chest and carried it to the front of the procession.
Eternal One (to Joshua): Today I will do wonders that will begin to show the Israelites that you have My special favor, that I am with you just as I was with Moses before you. At your command, the priests will carry the covenant chest into the edge of the Jordan water and they are to stand there in the Jordan, waiting.
So Joshua called the Israelites together.
Joshua: Come closer, and hear what your God, the Eternal, has to say: Today you will see a sign that the one, true living God is present among you, the God who will without doubt drive out all this land’s inhabitants: Canaanites, Hittites, Hivites, Perizzites, Girgashites, Amorites, and Jebusites. The covenant chest of the Lord of all the earth will pass in front of you into the Jordan River. Now select twelve men, one from each tribe of Israel. When the priests who bear the covenant chest of the Eternal, who is Lord over all the earth, step into the river, then you will see the waters of the Jordan stop as if behind a wall.
So the people set out from their tents to cross the Jordan, with the priests carrying the covenant chest before them. During harvest time the Jordan is swollen, running over its banks; but when the priests stepped into the river’s edge, the waters stopped, piling upstream at the city of Adam, near Zarethan, while the water flowing downstream toward the sea of the Arabah, the Dead Sea, ran out. Then the Israelites crossed the Jordan opposite the city of Jericho, walking on dry land just as Moses had led their ancestors from Egypt. While the Israelites crossed on the dry riverbed, the priests who carried the covenant chest stood firmly in the middle of the Jordan until the last Israelite had crossed over.
Mark 1:5 Easy-to-Read Version
All the people from Judea, including everyone from Jerusalem, came out to John. They confessed the bad things they had done, and he baptized them in the Jordan River.
Mark 1:9 Easy-to-Read Version
About that time Jesus came from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to the place where John was. John baptized Jesus in the Jordan River.
Dear Heavenly Father, Lord God Almighty, if it be in Your plan for me, I would be honored, blessed, thankful, amazed, and full of awe if I could have the privilege to be baptized in the Jordan … to go down in the river to pray. Amen
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