Monday, April 6, 2009

The Great Sea; Tel Aviv

One Sunday a few weeks ago, we rode the train to Tel Aviv. Tel Aviv is one location in Israel where I have spent very little time. The wind was coming in off the Mediterranean Sea that day which allowed the waves to come crashing against the rocks. The LORD on high is mightier Than the noise of many waters, Than the mighty waves of the sea. Psalm 93:4.

Then the LORD answered Job out of the whirlwind, and said: ..... When I said, ‘This far you may come, but no farther, And here your proud waves must stop!’ Job 38::1;11.

It was an overcast day but once in awhile the sun came through the clouds to reflect off the Med.

Biblically the Mediterranean is known as the Great Sea. For some of the tribes of Israel, it was used to describe the western border of their Divinely alloted land. The west border was the coastline of the Great Sea. This is the boundary of the children of Judah all around according to their families. Joshua 15:12.

But I am the LORD your God, Who divided the sea whose waves roared—The LORD of hosts is His name. Isaiah 51:15.

The Great Sea.

Do you not fear Me?’ says the LORD. ‘Will you not tremble at My presence, Who have placed the sand as the bound of the sea, By a perpetual decree, that it cannot pass beyond it? And though its waves toss to and fro, Yet they cannot prevail; Though they roar, yet they cannot pass over it. Jeremiah 5:22.

Just south of Tel Aviv in the distance is Jaffa (Joppa) where Jonah thought he could run away from God Almighty. But Jonah arose to flee to Tarshish from the presence of the LORD. He went down to Joppa, and found a ship going to Tarshish; so he paid the fare, and went down into it, to go with them to Tarshish from the presence of the LORD. Jonah 1:3.

Zooming in on Jaffa. The similarities are there with Jonah and Peter. Jonah started his journey in Jaffa before God extended his Grace to the gentiles (Ninivites). Peter also started his journey in Jaffa before the gospel was extended to the gentiles (Roman Centurion) in Caesarea. Now send men to Joppa, and send for Simon whose surname is Peter. He is lodging with Simon, a tanner, whose house is by the sea. He will tell you what you must do.” Acts 10:5.

Tel Aviv is like any other modern city with tall buildings and lots of traffic. We had an hour wait for the train ride back to Jerusalem and stumbled upon an observatory 49 floors up.

Sunday is a the first day of work in Israel. Evening rush hour was approaching.

Tel Aviv just celebrated its 100th year as a city. Aviv is "spring" and spring is the "new" season. Tel refers to ancient or old. Tel Aviv is the "Old New" city. Theodore Herzl, one the main founding fathers of Zionism, wrote a book called "The Old New Land".

This is a different way to display the winning tickets in a lottery. Men actually rapelling down the side of a building to show the correct numbers.

I presume they must do that everyday?

Dizengoff Street is a popular street for shopping and restaurants.

Looking the other way on Dizengoff while I was enjoying a park bench.

Israel has a lot of fresh fruit stands.

Ben Yehudah Street in Tel Aviv not to be confused with Ben Yehudah Street in Jerusalem.

Pathway to the beach.

Sunset from the train on the way home to Jerusalem.

If your child accidentlally forgets his or her backpack in Jerusalem, it can get labelled as a "suspecious" object. This scenario took place in front of my apartment one day. The police are located in the lower right hand corner just below my front window.

The police robot hard at work.

Curiosity killed the cat?

Can you imagine a young boy or girl telling their teacher "But the police robot destroyed my homework!" In Jerusalem, that may be considered an acceptable excuse!

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