Day three started out with an “unscheduled” stop at the Naot Shoe factory in Northern Galilee (thanks to my wife). It was a fun way to meet some Jewish people who live and work on a Kibbutz. From there we made our way further North to the ancient city of Dan. There were some very nice Kings era walls and lots of cool archaeological finds. The best of all was a Canaanite gate that was sure to be the place where Abram would have first entered the land three thousand years ago!
The next stop was at Caesarea Philippi, which was the pagan spring/cave that was operating in the day of Jesus. It was the backdrop for Peter’s confession of Christ as Messiah. We had a great time to think and reflect about the Lord “building His church” with the truth of the Gospel using each one of us.
The afternoon was spent touring the Golan Heights. At one point, we were literally a stone’s throw away from Syria. Our tour guide, Susan, gave an in-depth commentary on the political and military history of modern Israel. And, of course, we managed to find a good ice cream spot along the way.