DAY 4: GOLAN HEIGHTS

It  is like the dew of Hermon, descending upon the mountains of Zion; For there the Lord commanded the blessing— Life forevermore. Psalms 133:3

We drove about an hour from our hotel in Tiberias through the Hula Valley to the Golan Heights, the mountainous north-east corner of Israel that borders Lebanon and Syria. Our first stop was the beautiful Tel Dan Nature Reserve. We walked through a lush forest and crossed rushing mountain streams until we came to the ruins of the fortress at the top of the mountain. When the northern 10 tribes broke off from the rest of the nation, King Jeroboam made a gold calf for the Israelites to worship and set it up in this “high place”.

From Dan we ventured to Caesarea Philippi, a pagan city sacred to the God Pan. This is where Peter made his confession of faith when he stated that Jesus was the Christ (Matthew 16:13-20).

Our final stop was not a biblical site, but the site of a former Israeli military base at the cold windswept top of Mt Bental. With a sweeping 360 degree view, we could not only see majestic snow covered Mt Hermon to the north but also the Sea of Galilee to the south west.

We then enjoyed hot  coffee and tea at Kafi Annan, or “Cafe in the Clouds”, before the bus ride back to Tiberias. Thank the Lord for another great day .

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