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Gan Le’ummi Maqorot HaYarqon

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    • Day2

      Eben-Ezer - pierre de secours

      December 19, 2022 in Israel ⋅ ☀️ 21 °C

      Après ce chemin à la fois simple et complexe me voilà à Eben-Ezer littéralement pierre de secours. Lieu de campement des Israëlites à 5km de Afek ville des philistins. Ici eu lieu une bataille qui fit perdre 30 000 hommes aux Israëlites et se virent voler l’arche de l’alliance. Il l’avait déplacer du tabernacle depuis Shilo espérant qu’elle leur ferait gagner la bataille (1 Samuel 4). Oui mais voilà plutôt qu’un témoignage d’une relation sincère et vraie avec Hashem, ils l’utilisèrent comme un objet de superstition, on pourrait dire comme une idole. Nous pouvons faire du Dieu Vivant et vrai, de Jésus Christ une idole, un porte bonheur sans chercher ce qui est vrai et juste mais l’utilisant comme un objet nous permettant d’accéder à nos convoitises sans chercher ce qui est vrai et juste selon Dieu. Pour le véritable croyant Dieu n’est pas un porte bonheur Il est sa vie.

      L’ambiance est paisible à Ebenezer je me promène autour de quelques ruines datant d’une lointaine époque. Les panneaux écrient uniquement en hébreu ne me permettent pas d’en savoir plus.

      Je prie, je me sens bien et en paix et l’Esprit m’invite à continuer ma route vers Aphek à 5km de là.

      Comme marque de mon passage je prends en photo d’une pierre en forme de coeur sur le sol. Si Eben-Ezer signifie pierre de secours, le coeur de Dieu est le mien. Je prends la route à pied vers Aphek.
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    • Day2

      Vers Aphek

      December 19, 2022 in Israel ⋅ ☀️ 23 °C

      Le chemin vers Aphek traverse la ville de Rosh Haayina, ville nouvelle et agréable encore en construction où s’alternent constructions et champs agricoles.
      Sur la route je m’arrête dans une boulangerie pour prendre un café et un beignet. Car c’est ça aussi Hannoucah: manger des beignets 😋

      Pour la suite du chemin je décide de prendre un bus. En me dirigeant vers l’arrêt j’entends « combat » dans mon esprit. Que m’attend il à Aphek?
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    • Day2

      Aphek

      December 19, 2022 in Israel ⋅ ☀️ 25 °C

      A l’entrée du parc national des frissons me traversent. Je prie avec une certaine intensité avant de me diriger vers le guichet d’entrée. Passer ce guichet une envie pressante d’aller aux toilettes me prend. Ouf c’était moins une 😅

      Le parc d’Aphek à quelquechose de paradisiaque. Les importantes sources d’eau, dans un pays connu pour sa sécheresse, assure une biodiversité d’animaux et de plantes unique.

      Outre ses importantes sources qui ont alimenté Jérusalem à 60 km pendant le mandat britanique, Aphek est le point de passage entre l’Egypte et le nord.

      Je me dirige vers le fort antipatris construit par Hérode en l’honneur de son père au dernier siècle avant Jésus-Christ.

      On sent encore le faste du lieu, les remparts sont bien présents et forment une cour intérieure immense. On a retrouvé ici des lettres en canaanite, hittite, egyptien, akkadien, hébreu qui montre l’importance du d’échanges commerciales.

      C’est à Aphek que les philistins emporteront l’arche de l’alliance dérobé aux israëlites à Eben-Ezer.

      Je fais le tour du lieu je ressens l’envie de prier avec les bannières. De nombreux enfants arrivent. Je reviendrai plus tard je m’en vais voir ce qu’il y a en contre bas du fort.

      Ici se trouve un odéon datant de la période hellénistique. L’odéon est un lieu où s’exprime le chant et la poésie, la beauté pourrait on dire.

      Nous faisons ce chemin pendant le temps d’Hannoucah fête qui célèbre la victoire de la lumière sur les ténèbres. Moment où la culture grecque a voulu engloutir l’esprit juif où la séduction, le culte de l’homme et de la beauté a voulu remplacé la louange à Dieu là où se trouve la liberté, libéré des passions humaines.

      Ne nous y trompez pas la culture grecque n’est pas mauvaise en soi mais si elle n’est pas ajusté à l’Esprit du Vivant elle devient source de dépravations de déreglements psychoques et morales de toutes sortes entrainant dans son sillon malheur, blessures, frustrations. Dieu a bien confié la beauté a Japhet mais sous la conduite de Sem. La beauté vient bien de Dieu mais elle peut venir un culte de l’apparence comme nous le constatons aujourd’hui.

      Dans ce lieu je lève la bannière de l’Esprit du Seigneur et je prie pour que le monde ne soit pas séduit par les apparences mais garde son esprit éveillé pour affronter dans la paix ce qui vient, en gardant vivant en soi l’espérance que Christ amène.
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    • Day26

      Day 14: Morning

      June 1, 2015 in Israel ⋅ ⛅ 19 °C

      This morning begins our last week here in Israel. Of course it will be a bittersweet week. All good things, they say, must come to an end. (I would probably say, “Many good things…”) No one here wants to see it end, but we are all ready to get back to family and loved ones. Do I ever miss my girls, Carol and Samantha.

      But the trip isn’t over yet and we’ve been told the best is yet to come. After what we’ve experienced, that’s hard for most of us to believe. We leave for our final field trip for four days up to the region of Galilee. Mt. Carmel, Sea of Galilee, Capernaum, etc. The area that Jesus lived his life. He came to the end of his Earth-stay here in Jerusalem, but he stayed on Earth in the region we’ll be in for the next week. I’ll try to post, but cannot promise anything due to wi-fi supply. 

      Yesterday, we went to two wonderful places. We started the day with an early train trip across town to Yad Vashem, the Jewish Holocaust Museum. I am not sure how to convey the power and emotion of being in a place like that. I taught Holocaust literature for almost 8 years to Jr. High and High School students, but walking through that place put clothes on all of the abstractness of what I taught. I’m not sure if that metaphor makes sense, but I can’t think of a good way to say it. As I watched survivor testimonies on T.V. screens throughout the museum, I was forced several times to choke back tears and take deep breaths so as to not be overwhelmed with emotion. A few times I huffed audibly so as to betray the deep affect that it was having on me. Tourists in all shapes and sizes and colors were overcome as I was though, so I had no reason for hiding. We wandered out the back of the museum in silence, no one sure what to say.

      The end of the day had a very different feel to it. I may have mentioned my climber friend who is here in Israel on the trip. Well, he wasn’t a friend before the trip, but climbing is always a quick and easy bond. With a group of people, we made our way across town on public transportation to a climbing gym across the street from the Jerusalem Mall. We all laughed at how unconcerned about safety they were at the gym. “Do you know how to belay?” “Yes” “OK, don’t get hurt.” No waivers, nothing. And we had a great time climbing all over the place, only occasionally coming near to messing something up irreversibly. I was glad that we only had a few hours in the place because my strength faded quickly and we got home at a reasonable hour.

      Oswald Chambers wrote in today’s devotional that sometimes “we mistake panic for inspiration.” In other words, sometimes the people we look at who are busy for the Lord are often in more of a state of panic than inspiration. Panicked that they are not doing enough. Panicked they their life has not been full enough, or good enough. That is why, he goes on, most of us work more FOR God than WITH God.

      Several times on this trip I have been struck by the sense that much of my life is busy for God. But walking where Jesus walked on the streets of Jerusalem, seeing what He saw from the Mount of Olives, reminds me that this life is so much better when done next to Him.

      This may be weird, but more than a few times now I have pictured Jesus walking right in the middle of our little group of student-tourists, laughing at something stupid someone said.
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      Donna Miller

      Not really so weird, Paul, because He was there with you.

      6/5/15Reply
       
    • Day13

      In the Kidron

      May 19, 2015 in Israel ⋅ 🌙 24 °C

      After morning class today, we spent six hours walking an overview of the Old City of Jerusalem. We’ll do this two more times before we leave Jerusalem. We entered the Zion Gate, about ¼ mile from where we’re staying. Walked down to and out of the Dung Gate, wandered past the City of David, down into the Kidron Valley, up through the Lion gate, out the Damascus gate, then back through the Christian, Muslim and Jewish Quarters, finding ourselves exhausted and happily back at the Zion Gate. Most of you won’t care about that, but for those that do, you now know.

      My favorite spot of the day was to sit in the small valley of Kidron while our professor read Psalm 130. We all squinted in the scalding sun as we took in the history of this place. 1 Kings 15:13 tells the story of Asa around 913 B.C. in the Kidron valley, burning "an abominable image for an Asherab" which his mother, Maacah, had created. He lit the fire in the Kidron Valley, not far from where we stood. As Hezekiah again sought reform for the nation about 200 years later, "all the uncleanness that they found in the temple of Yahweh" was carried to the brook Kidron (2 Chronicles 29:16); "All the altars for incense took they away, and cast them into the brook Kidron" (2 Chronicles 30:14). Josiah’s reforms of Israel in the 7th century B.C included bringing “the Asherah from the house of Yahweh, without Jerusalem, unto the brook Kidron, and burned it at the brook Kidron, and beat it to dust." (2 Kings 23:6).

      “The Kidron Valley is a place of cleansing. It is the place where God puts things right,” he said. Which then makes it no surprise that Jesus’ return will be right above this spot, on the Mt. of Olives. “On that day his feet shall stand on the Mount of Olives that lies before Jerusalem on the east.” (Zechariah 14:4)

      As we sat in the Kidron Valley and listened to Psalm 130, it was a blatant reminder that we too need to come to the valley every once in a while and purge our lives of the burdens and sins that weigh us down. Our idols, our high-handed sin… bring them on down and beat ‘em to dust. Then make slow, steady climb back up out of the valley to the Holy City.
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    • Day140

      Israel

      August 7, 2014 in Israel ⋅ ☀️ 29 °C

      Hanik Josephson
      "Hello My name is Hanik. I live in Israel. My son just got back from the battle in Gaza. I hope no more young men will have to go through a war, no moms will have to cry on their death husbands or children from any side. Love Hanik"Read more

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