Day 6 - 2/20 – Saturday: Masada, Ein-gedi, Qumran, Dead Sea and Wadi Qelt
It was another warm and sunny day today (70s) here in the Dead Sea area. The morning began at Masada, a fortress/palace built by Herod the Great. We rode the cable car for 80 souls up. We saw the Roman ramp, the western palace, the bath house, captain quarters and storerooms, and heard the challenging story of the siege of this place with the 967 faithful Jews holding out to the end. Psalm 18:1-2 comes to mind as we realize that God is our rock and our fortress.
About 15 minutes north is Ein-gedi. Here we read from 1 Samuel 23 and 24. This is where David hid from Saul in the cave and cut off a piece of his cloak to prove that He could have killed him. But David promised that Saul’s life was at the mercy of the will of the Lord and not him. We continued here by walking back to a water fall of this Oasis in the desert and enjoyed the uniqueness of this area and a wonderful devotion by Daryl.