Israel Day 10: Holocaust Memorial, Elah Valley, Southern Gate

Today we will concluded our trip with a tour of the Yad ve Shem (Holocaust Memorial). We then traveled to the Elah Valley and reflected on the battle of David and Goliath.   We  concluded our day at the Southern Wall Excavations (or Ophel Gardens), where some key New Testament passages were reconstructed. We closed out our trip by reading the account of Acts 2 and the launch of the Gospel through the Church and were challenged to continue what the Holy Spirit began in Acts 2. Themes for the day were suffering, God’s sovereignty, evil, and the advancement of the Gospel.   Tomorrow we head home!  Please pray that we have safe travel and ontime flights! 

Yad Vashem (Holocaust Memorial)





Elah Valley



The conflict between David and Goliath occurred here—1 Samuel 17:1–58; 21:9

Lesson: Gospel-Driven People Are Courageous-The Example of David

1 Samuel 17 (ESV)

I. Gospel-Driven People Realize The Need For Courage.

II. Gospel-Driven People Recognize The Organ For Courage.

III. Gospel-Driven People Use What They Have With Courage.

IV. Gospel-Driven People Understand The Source For Courage. 

Cornerstone of the South Western Wall




The Southern Gate



Footsteps to Entrance of Southern Gate




Southern Steps

Lesson: Gospel-Driven People Care Out The Commission of Jesus

Acts 1:1-11

Summary: The Book of Acts gives the account of Jesus’ ministry being passed on to His disciples and the formation of His Church. Their mission was to proclaim the resurrected Christ and fulfill the Great Commission given to them by Jesus (Matthew 28:19, 20). The disciples acted as witnesses to the salvation brought about by Christ (4:12; 10:43).

New Testament Overview:

Gospels are Who to know.

Letters are How to live.

Revelation is What’s Gonna happen.

Acts is What to Do——Until Jesus comes back! 

Acts 1:8 (ESV)

8 But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”

I. Gospel-Driven People Embrace The Mission.

II. Gospel-Driven People Recognize The Power for The Mission.

III. Gospel-Driven People Realize The Price for The Mission.

IV. Gospel-Driven People Engage The Parameters for The Mission.

  “I have now to ask whether you can consent to part with your daughter early next spring, to see her no more in this world? Whether you can consent to her departure to a heathen land, and her subjection to the hardships and sufferings of a missionary life? Whether you can consent to her exposure to the dangers of the ocean; to the fatal influence of the southern climate of India; to every kind of want and distress; to degradation, insult, persecution, and perhaps a violent death? Can you consent to all this, for the sake of Him who left His heavenly home and died for her and for you; for the sake of perishing, immortal souls; for the sake of Zion and the glory of God? Can you consent to all this, in hope of soon meeting your daughter in the world of glory, with a crown of righteousness brightened by the acclamations of praise which shall resound to her Saviour from heathens saved, through her means, from eternal woe and despair?” – Letter to Mr. Hasseltine From Adoniram Judson Asking for His Daughter’s Hand in Marriage

We leave Israel Commissioned For A Mission…..We are living in Acts Chapter 29….Will You Obey And Live Gospel Driven?






About George Ross

I am a pastor, church planter, husband, and father of four.
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