Friday, August 17, 2012

First day in Amman, Jordan - Mount Nebo

Here we are!  It has been 5 days and we have cable tv, internet and bank accounts.  It is the fastest settling in period we've ever had.  It is amazing.  I can not begin to tell you how happy we both are to be here and how much we have fallen in love with this country and its people.  

First day, we climbed up to Mount Nebo, a site where Moses is 'believed' (not proven) to be buried and also where he arrived and God promised him the 'promised land'.  

Then Moses climbed Mount Nebo from the plains of Moab to the top of Pisgah, across from Jericho. There the Lord showed him the whole land.... Then the Lord said to him, "This is the land I promised on oath to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob when I said, 'I will give it to your descendents.' I have let you see it with your eyes, but you will not cross over into it." 

And Moses the servant of the Lord died there in Moab, as the Lord had said. He buried him in Moab, in the valley opposite Beth Peor, but to this day on one knows where his grave is. --Deuteronomy 34:1-6

There are many Byzantine mosaics here.  There is also a memorial church, but it is currently closed for refurbishment. 

On the platform at the summit is a modern sculpture by an Italian artist representing Moses' staff and Jesus' words in John 3: "As Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of Man be lifted up."

Here we are, jet lagged, but so happy to be here.

Some flora and fauna.

Way more to come :-)

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