Then David went up from there and dwelt in strongholds at En Gedi.  I Samuel 23:29

Our first sunny day! We were up and packed early to board the bus to our first stop, Masada, Israel’s number one national historic site. It was on this desert mountain top in 74 AD where 960 Jews, men, women and children, committed suicide rather than surrender to Roman slavery. Because of this, most Jews hold this site in great reverence.

After a short ride we arrived at the oasis of En Gedi where David hid from King Saul and his army. It’s a beautiful natural area with waterfalls and abundant wildlife. We saw rock badgers and ibexes, both mentioned in the Bible. The study here was from 1Samuel 24.

We had lunch at a waterfront cafe, said goodbye to the Dead Sea and headed to the holy city of Jerusalem arriving just before the start of Shabbat. We saw the walls to the old city and joined other worshippers in prayer at the western wall. This place is known to Jews throughout the world as their most holy site.

I can’t remember all the places we are going tomorrow, but we are starting with the Mount of Olives.


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