Masada is located south east of Jerusalem in the Dead Sea region. It is the site of where Jewish zealots made their final courageous stand in their revolt against Rome. Still residing today are the ruins of King Herods lavish palace/fortress. At Masada, 8 legions of Roman soldiers surrounded the fortress of 1,000 Jewish Zealots. For 3 years, the Romans had their Jewish slaves build a ramp up to the fortress in order to attack this last Jewish stronghold. After the Romans successfully broke the entrance to the Masada, the Zealots chose to kill each other rather than be tortured and killed by the Romans.
This was the first time I have ridden the cable car to the top…the other 3 times we have hoofed it up that massive hill!!
Our ride to the top!
Due to the buzzing noise and inability to move, I am pretty sure we were over capacity on it.
The view from the top over looks the Dead Sea, the lowest point in the world.
Me along with 3 of my favorite people!
Pictures of the ruins
Love this picture of the Israel flag proudly blowing at the top.
This year, we did not have a talk at Masada, however as this was my 4th trip here, I have previous notes that I reflected on and want to post:
Do the laws of God supercede the laws of the government? Commandment: Do not bear false witness against your neighbor. Ex. 20:16 Rahab hid the spies and lied to the authorities. Despite being dishonest, she was blessed and put in the hall of fame for her faith. Hebrews 11:31 After watching for 3 years as the Romans build and get closer and closer to the top and to taking you and your families life, what decision would you make? Kill your family to prevent them from the inevitable death that they faced. At least by you killing your family, they would not face any torture or a slow, painful death. Or would you continue to fight facing the unknown results. What Biblical precedence do we have? As the Israelites were running from the Egyptian army, the reached the Red Sea. They appeared to be trapped between the Red Sea and the Egyptian army. However, Moses told them the Lord would fight for them, they only needed to be still. Exodus 14:14. Other examples of deliverance include Esther, and Shadrach, Meshach, and Abendigo. God calls us to do what is right. He has called us to follow Him. He has instructed us to ask Him and wait to hear from Him. In our mind we are susceptible to wrong decisions (Proverbs 21:2). We must examine ourselves. If we fall on the rock we will be broken. But if the rock falls on us, we will be crushed. In the case of Masada, we must wait for the deliverance of the Lord. Either we will be delivered on Earth or delivered in Heaven. Time after time, the Lord provided and delivered the Jews through numerous battles. Was taking matters into their own hands, disobeying the Lord? Do you think that if the Jews had waited on the Lord that He would have provided a victory for them? This question might seem distant to us but Christians around the world are experiencing such situations today.