This trip to Israel and Jordan has impressed me with the historical significance for Israel of the Jordan river crossing near Jericho. So many crucial Biblical events happened there - the Israelites entering the promised land, the departure of Elijah to heaven, the ministry of John the Baptist, the baptism of Jesus. Today I stood on Mt Nebo and looked down on that very spot as Moses did, before his death and the entry of the tribes into Canaan.
In a sense that is where Israelite history began as a nation, and where eternal events that reconstituted the people of God happened. There, in between the sea that gives life (Galilee) and the sea that is dead (The Dead Sea), the power of God was displayed to save and inaugurate his people.
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