December 18, 2017

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- The Reverend Joseph Shepley

 

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Fr. Joe's 2011 Israel Trip

   
 

On the Go with Fr. Joe!

Friday, March 25 - Fr. Joe, his wife Tara, Fr. Crocker and approximately 20 other local area clergy and their spouses, headed to JFK for their overnight flight to Israel and their journey to the Holy Land to where they would soon be walking where Jesus walked.

(Note: The time difference between Israel & Brookfield is six hours.)

 
   
 

   
 

 

On the Go with Fr. Joe!

Saturday, March 26 - Today our intrepid travelers arrived at Ben Gurion Airport where they met their Israeli guide who will accompany them during their entire stay in Israel.  They traveled northward to their hotel for one night in the coastal area near Tel Aviv.  The remainder of the day was free to walk along the Mediterranean, relax from their flight and have dinner.  The time was right for a personal devotional with the sunset of the "Great Sea."  It was a time of prayer of thanks for safety and the special blessings ahead, a prayer for the people of this land and a good night's rest.

 
 "Arrived in the afternoon.  Netanya is a beautiful town on the Mediterranean Sea.  Just checked into hotel rooms at 7pm.  Note: Don't arrive to hotels during sabbath!  Sabbath ends at 5:30 pm.  So hotels don't change over rooms until after sabbath!  We enjoyed the beach and cafe while waiting for room and dinner.  Love you all!  Baruch hashem Adonai!  Anointing of holy spirit is strong -- peace is like the calm of swimming in pure clear water."  Tara
 

 

   
 

On the Go with Fr. Joe!



Sunday, March 27 - Caesarea, Megiddo & Nazareth

(on left, Tara at the Jordan River; below Fr. Crocker & Fr. Shepley atop Mt. Carmel where Elijah had his showdown with the prophets of Baal.)  After breakfast, our travelers went out by private bus along the coast of the Mediterranean Sea to Caesarea, where Gentiles
first heard the Good News from Peter and were baptized.  They saw a Roman Amphitheater and aqueduct, and then journeyed on to Mt. Carmel, where Elijah challenged King Ahab and the prophets of Baal.  Next it was on through the Jezreel Valley to Megiddo, the Armageddon Battlefield, where archaeologists have unearthed 20 levels of civilization.  They went through the area of Cana and Nazareth, the boyhood home of Jesus, where they visited the Nazareth village - a recreation of Biblical times with costumed guides.  The day ended by winding down with dinner and overnight lodging for the next two nights in the Tiberias area on the Sea of Galilee.

 
   
 
   
 

Monday, March 28 - Capernaum, Dan, Caesarea Philippi & Mount of Beatitudes

(top right photo:  Joe and Peter Scalzo, Jr. at the site where Jesus provides breakfast for disciples after his resurrection on the shores of Galilee; below right, two of our favorite "fishers of men,"  Fr. Joe & Fr. George cruising on Galilee.)

  Following breakfast, their morning travels took them to two valuable northern sites emphasizing the loss of God's blessing on Israel.  Dan is where the children of Israel fell to the depths of pagan worship and Caesarea Philippi which is also the site of Peter's Confession.  Box lunches were the order of the day to save time as they visited Capernaum to see the ruins of an ancient synagogue and Peter's home.  Then it was off to the site of the multiplication of loaves and fishes and the Mount of Beatitudes overlooking the Sea.  After viewing the ancient Fisherman Boat at an operating Kibbutz, it was time for a relaxing cruise on  the Sea of Galilee.  A brief scripture on board brought to life the experiences of Jesus and the fisherman disciples concluding a wonderful day.

 
  "Hi St. Paul's.  We check the website every night.  All the members of our group think it's a great idea posting the daily updates."  Tara, official Sword Points foreign correspondent.
 
  
   
 

On the Go with Fr. Joe!

Tuesday, March 29 - Jordan River Baptism Site, Beth Shean & Dead Sea

(Fr. Joe in front of the Dead Sea at Qumran where dead sea scrolls were found.) 
Today began with a visit to the Jordan River Baptismal site.  Then the group traveled southward to Beit-Shean/

Scythopolis, the most magnificent archeological site in Israel, located at the strategic juncture of the Jezreel and Jordan valleys.  Like Jericho, it has been almost continuously occupied throughout history.  After defeating Saul and his sons on Mt. Bilboa, the Philistines hanged their bodies on the walls of Beit-shean.  During the intertestamental period, the city was renamed the "Scythoplois."  Archaeologists have uncovered a huge number of ruins of the Roman/Byzantine Scythopolis.  During the time of Jesus, Scythopolis was one of the chief cities of the Decapolis - a league of ten cities sharing Greek culture and government.  Following the fertile Jordan Valley southward, the guide
pointed out the agricultural restoration of the "Land of Milk and Honey," the Kibbutz system and Israel's intricate irrigation development.  Our traveling troop passed ancient Jericho, viewed from a distance this city famed as the oldest in the world, before coming to their lodging for the evening at the Dead Sea - the lowest place on earth.  They spent time in the special spa and enjoyed a dip in the Dead sea for a relaxing float before dinner.

 
 

 


   
 

 

On the Go with Fr. Joe!

Wednesday, March 30 - Ein Gedi, Dead Sea Scrolls, Abraham's Tent

(left Joe & Tara tame a camel; below Fr. Abraham, rather Fr. Joe overlooking Abraham's promised land in the Jordan Valley)  The day began with a cable car ride to the mountain top fortress of Masada with the guide providing a history of the famous zealot stand.  Afterwards it was on to Ein Gedi, "Spring of the Goat," an oasis on the western shore of the Dead Sea.  Because of its warm climate and abundant supply of water, the site developed a reputation for its fragrant plants and date palm groves.  This is where Kind David hid from Saul, and where God defeated the enemies of the Israelites by praise and worship led by King Jehoshaphat. 

Next, they visited Qumran Caves where the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered.  In the afternoon they took part in the Genesis Land/Dinner in Abraham's Tent, where they enjoyed a trip back in time; a reliving of life in the time of the Patriarchs, complete with costume, dramatic presentation, and authentic food.  Their lodging for the next four nights will be in Jerusalem.


 
   

 

   
 

On the Go with Fr. Joe!

Thursday, March 31 - Around Jerusalem, Bible Times, Holocaust Museum

(shown here Joe & Tara in front of the Dome of the Rock on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem)  Passing by the Protestant Cemetery, they visited the "Upper

Room" just outside the Zion Gate where the disciple whom Jesus loved laid his head on His breast and where later Thomas cried, "my Lord & my God."  An interesting and educational time awaited at the Israeli Museum.  They walked through collections of centuries old Israeli artifacts including the Dead Sea Scrolls, and then a guided walk through an accurately detailed model of Biblical Jerusalem which helped prepare them for the experiences in the remaining days.  They concluded with a visit to Yad Vashem, the Holocaust Museum, for a needed reminder of what the Jews have suffered as a people.

 

 
  

 

 

  

 

 

 

 

On the Go with Fr. Joe!

Friday, April 1 - Jesus's Steps, the Last Days - Messianic Lecture

(shown here Fr. Joe, center, praying for the St. Paul's family at the Wailing
Wall in Jerusalem)
  Today they walked where Jesus walked;  beginning the day with a panoramic view of the city, Mount Moriah and the Dome of the Rock from atop the Mount of Olives and the the Garden of Gethsemane.  How many wished to be whisked back in time to get a glimpse of our Lord or hear His voice if only for a moment?  To walk between the ancient olive trees, read the scriptures of Jesus' prayer and take time for personal reflection was important here.  Next they visited the House of Caiaphas where Jesus was beaten and spit upon.  They saw a pit where he may have been held for the evening and the ancient hillside steps he walked as he was taken to be condemned.  On the way into the city they stopped at the Wailing Wall and then the fascinating Rabbinical Tunnels leading them through the Second Temple era.  The tunnel and exhibit give a clear understanding of the amazing construction of the Temple Mount, giant stones, water supply and Roman street where our Lord was led to judgment.  Before exiting the tunnel they saw the immense cornerstone rejected by the builders.  They moved on to the Judgment Hall of Pilate, heard of those who conspired against Him and were reminded of His brutal beating and humiliation.  From there they were able to see the Pool of Bethesda, Stephen's Gate and St. Ann's Church.  At night they enjoyed a special lecture by a local believer prior to dinner, giving them a perspective of Messianic life in Israel.
 
  

 

 

  
 

On the Go with Fr. Joe!

Saturday, April 1 - Way of Suffering, Garden Tomb, Pentecost, Bethlehem - Depart for Home

(Fr. Crocker, Fr. Shepley & Tara are pictured in front of Golgotha, place of the scull where Jesus was crucified.  See pictured below to get a better understanding of its name) 

While walking along the Via Dolorosa, they were reminded of His way of suffering along with a visit to the Church of the Holy Sepulcher.  The guide explained the differing opinions on the route that Christ was led.  The actual place of crucifixion and burial is a very interesting study.  The climax of the day was the area of Golgotha (place of the skull) and the Garden tomb, where they celebrated the resurrection with communion and a time of praise.  In the afternoon they visited the Southern Wall Excavations.  This southern side of The Temple was

the main entrance for the common folk, whereas the Priests and Levites had their our entrance from the higher eastern side.  Parts of the giant stairs, which led to the Temple Mount from the courtyard have been unearthed along with the purification pools.  From here Jesus entered the Temple Mount and drove out the vendors and money exchangers who were exploiting the people.  It is also likely that this is the place that Peter stood and preached and where thousands were saved and baptized on the Day of Pentecost.  They enjoyed a challenge from God's Word and a song before an optional time in the afternoon.  Some may wished to stay in the city marketplace for shopping, while others  choose to spend the remainder of the day surrounding the birth of Christ, with a visit to Bethlehem.  Then it was a return to the hotel for dinner and a period to freshen up before traveling to the airport for their overnight flight home, arriving early Sunday morning at JFK!