Day 32 (Mt. Carmel, Acre)

Today was incredible. I had the opportunity to see one of the coolest old cities and the opportunity to visit the place where Elijah called down fire from heaven. Everyone know the story of the Priests of Baal being overcome by the power of God working through Elijah.

22 Then Elijah said to them, “I am the only one of the LORD’s prophets left, but Baal has four hundred and fifty prophets. 23 Get two bulls for us. Let Baal’s prophets choose one for themselves, and let them cut it into pieces and put it on the wood but not set fire to it. I will prepare the other bull and put it on the wood but not set fire to it. 24 Then you call on the name of your god, and I will call on the name of the LORD. The god who answers by fire—he is God.”

Then all the people said, “What you say is good.”

25 Elijah said to the prophets of Baal, “Choose one of the bulls and prepare it first, since there are so many of you. Call on the name of your god, but do not light the fire.” 26 So they took the bull given them and prepared it.

Then they called on the name of Baal from morning till noon. “Baal, answer us!” they shouted. But there was no response; no one answered. And they danced around the altar they had made.

27 At noon Elijah began to taunt them. “Shout louder!” he said. “Surely he is a god! Perhaps he is deep in thought, or busy, or traveling. Maybe he is sleeping and must be awakened.” 28So they shouted louder and slashed themselves with swords and spears, as was their custom, until their blood flowed. 29 Midday passed, and they continued their frantic prophesying until the time for the evening sacrifice. But there was no response, no one answered, no one paid attention.

30 Then Elijah said to all the people, “Come here to me.” They came to him, and he repaired the altar of the LORD, which had been torn down. 31 Elijah took twelve stones, one for each of the tribes descended from Jacob, to whom the word of the LORD had come, saying, “Your name shall be Israel.” 32 With the stones he built an altar in the name of the LORD, and he dug a trench around it large enough to hold two seahs[a] of seed. 33 He arranged the wood, cut the bull into pieces and laid it on the wood. Then he said to them, “Fill four large jars with water and pour it on the offering and on the wood.”

34 “Do it again,” he said, and they did it again.

“Do it a third time,” he ordered, and they did it the third time. 35 The water ran down around the altar and even filled the trench.

36 At the time of sacrifice, the prophet Elijah stepped forward and prayed: “LORD, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Israel, let it be known today that you are God in Israel and that I am your servant and have done all these things at your command. 37 Answer me, LORD, answer me, so these people will know that you, LORD, are God, and that you are turning their hearts back again.”

38 Then the fire of the LORD fell and burned up the sacrifice, the wood, the stones and the soil, and also licked up the water in the trench.

39 When all the people saw this, they fell prostrate and cried, “The LORD—he is God! The LORD—he is God!”

The name of this mountain where this event took place (Mt. Carmel) has stayed the same for thousands of years and I had the opportunity to stand in the area where this incredible event took place. It truly was a powerful moment. I looked out into the fields and the view was incredible.

This is a picture of the view from Mt. Carmel. By looking ahead you can see a V shape from what appears to be a road. What it actually is is a jet launching area for Israeli Jets.

This is the same picture except with no zoom. You can see how much higher the mountain is than the plain below. After visiting Mt. Carmel we moved on to Acre.

Acre is a city in Western Galilee. The City of Acre has been around a very long time. From the Greek period to the Roman period all the way through the Crusader period until now the city has held importance. Due to this there is much to see.

This is a picture of the Mediterranean Sea. For some reason the waves were brutal by the city of Acre. We would stand next to the wall and the waves would slam into the wall and splash upward 20 or sometimes even 30 feet.

Here is an example of what I am talking about. Here is another.

We also got to walk through a couple tunnels. One tunnel was small enough to stress out a claustrophobic. Personally I enjoyed this experience. This day was great. I got to see many historical ruins and got to see the beautiful Mediterranean Sea at its wildest.


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