Sunday, November 1, 2015

Israel / Turkey Day 5 and 6

Early morning in Nazareth
a teachable moment, this is the mustard plant from the parable
an invasive species, hard to get rid off 
 the real mustard seed, very small seeds
Mark 4: Again he said,
 “What shall we say the kingdom of God is like,
or what parable shall we use to describe it?
It is like a mustard seed, which is the smallest of all seeds on earth.
 Yet when planted, it grows and becomes the largest of all garden plants,
 with such big branches that the birds can perch in its shade.”
In Caesarea  sitting on the edge of a room,
 likely were the apostle Paul was imprisoned
It was known that Herod the Great build enormous projects
but because most had been hidden
people started to debate if it was true
like this enormous Hippodrome with 10.000 seats 
 "That the world May Know" beginning of the first few sets
has the excavation of the Hippodrome on it in 1994
only the top of this pillar was visible at that time
We left Israel and arrived in Turkey
We met an olive Farmer
who took us to the place they were harvesting
the ladies were picking olives up but as soon as we arrived
they started harvesting to show us

We went to Sardis, the city was on the main road
27 shops excavated 10 showed signs of being Christian
7 Jewish and 2 Jewish / Christian
influence presence at the market place
We visited the Gymnasium
Beside the Gymnasium was the synagogue
a Jewish influential presence near the sports
next we went to the Artemis Temple
 between the pillars you can see a church
apparently a Christian presence in the Artemis Temple
we hiked high up the mountain

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