The Shepherd’s Field
Very near Bethlehem
We began this last day with the troopers walking through a rather desolate weedy area to an ancient structure over a cave which Guy said could be the place of the birth of Jesus. Guy explained his reasons for thinking it could be from the Scriptures, however, I haven’t had time to study the Scriptures he referred to for you.
But having been in Nazareth and this “shepherd’s field,” we really touched the first coming of our Lord. We could not go into Bethlehem because there are no soldiers available to man the entry.
The City of David
Zeev Orenstein, Director of International Affairs for the City of David Foundation, personally spoke to our group as we entered this most wonderful archeological site.
The ancient City of David is actually being uncovered before the very eyes of those who want to know.
We divided into groups. Zeev led the group of about ten, which I was in.
At one point he asked, “What are the odds that Jesus walked on these very stones, on this very path?”
The answer: 100%.
The stone steps (all original) go up from the Pool of Siloam to the Temple Mount.
John 9 records the healing of the blind man whose eyes Jesus anointed with mud and told to, “Go, wash in the Pool of Siloam.”
I thought of what it must have been like for him as a blind man to follow the instructions of the Master. He had to have made a long, steep descent. He took those steps by faith.
Along the path, Zeev pointed out an alcove with a platform. As the masses would have washed in the Pool of Siloam (which is very large) prior to proceeding up the steps to worship at the Temple, someone with something to say could have stood here and delivered his message.
This could have been the place, or another one like it, where Jesus declared with a loud voice to the masses celebrating the Last Great Day of the Feast of Tabernacles. (It is estimated 2.7 million could have come up to Jerusalem for this feast)
John 7:37–38 AMPC
Now on the final and most important day of the Feast, Jesus stood, and He cried in a loud voice, If any man is thirsty, let him come to Me and drink! He who believes in Me [who cleaves to and trusts in and relies on Me] as the Scripture has said, From his innermost being shall flow [continuously] springs and rivers of living water.
Back at Hotel Inbal, we celebrated with most of the “warriors” who walked with us during this most amazing of all tours before they left to board an El Al plane back home for Christmas.
Each person actually “knew” he or she was here by divine appointment. It seemed that they actually “knew” that they were a part of something which would never be duplicated.
They will also have a message for the people who, I am certain, the Lord will gather to hear what they are anointed to share.
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