Highlights of the day:Riding camels in the city of Jericho (mainly around the parking lot); climbing Mount of Temptation towards the Monastery; standing by a 2000yr. old sycamore tree as Julia shared her devotion on Zacchaeus; touring the site where the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered in Qumran; floating on the Dead Sea, and dancing the night away with some of the Palestinian Women
As we crossed into the Palestinian Authority of the West Bank, we quickly found ourselves in Jericho, the OLDEST inhabited town in the world. The story of Jericho is found in Joshua 6:1-27 as the Israelites marched around the walls once every day for seven days, and on the seventh day, the walls of the city fell.
Before heading up to the Monastery on the Mount of Temptation, we made a brief stop for a camel ride around the parking lot and to browse through the souvenir shops.
|A ride on this camel decorated in gorgeous cloaks was only 20 shekels--definitely worth the experience!|
|Two of our bravest fellows: Will and Dakota enjoying the camel ride|
The Mount of Temptation is mentioned in the three Gospels: Matthew 4: 1-11, Mark 1:12-13, and Luke 4:1-13 where Jesus, after being baptized by John in the Jordan River, is led by the Holy Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil as he spent 40 days and nights fasting.
Heading up the mountain, Amer explained to us that the monastery was constructed around a chapel that marks the stone where Jesus sat during his fast.
|The Monastery located on the Mt. of Temptation|
|Rahel, Alex, and Jessica overlooking the spectacular view of the Monastery|