devotion, 5 – 15 – 14,

Acts 10:34 – 36

Then Peter began to speak to them: “I truly understand that God shows no partiality,

35but in every nation anyone who fears him and does what is right is acceptable to him. 36You know the message he sent to the people of Israel, preaching peace by Jesus Christ—he is Lord of all.

I was unable to get on-line yesterday, so I am beginning with that day. We began yesterday in Caesarea, in the amphitheater there, with a talk by Bishop Ken Carter. He used the above text – it is from Peter’s speech before the Jerusalem council; he spoke of it as Peter’s testimony. If you read the rest of this passage, you will find that it is the story of Peter’s vision in Joppa (now Tel Aviv) where the three sheets were let down with unclean animals. The voice from God told Peter to kill and eat. And Peter went with his Gentile visitors from Joppa to Caesarea, where he met with Cornelius, a Roman centurion, and told the good news of Jesus to them, and they all received the Holy Spirit. Bishop Carter pointed out that he is saying that God does not call any man or woman unclean; all are loved by God. He also spoke of Paul’s defense before King Agrippa and Governor Festus, in Caesarea, perhaps in that very amphitheater; he was being held there in the governor’s palace, pending his being sent to Rome for trial.
We also went to Mount Carmel, where Elijah prayed for fire, and then for rain. (1 Kings 18:16-48), and to the ancient city of Megiddo. Remember Ahab, whose wife, Jezebel, persecuted Elijah? Ahab had stables at Megiddo. We also went to Nazareth, and the Precipice, where they tried to throw Jesus off the cliff. It seems we are going to many high places on this pilgrimage. (3rd photo is view from Mount Carmel).
It is spring here – and flowers are blooming everywhere.
here is a poem about the flowers:

Israel, In May

In Israel, in May

the flowers bloom

wild flowers:

purple thistle,

yellow mustard,

fields of color –

In Israel, in May

the gardens bloom

hollyhocks – tall and red

bougainvillea – a riot of color

spilling over every fence or wall.

What a blessing

to see the May flowers,

in Israel.

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