We saw this sculpture of a whale at Old Joppa/Jaffa with a plaque quoting the Old Testament versus about Jonah’s flight from God.
When I return home I plan to show this to my grandchildren and re-tell the story of Jonah, sharing with them that I actually stood by that ancient harbor where this occurred. So surreal seeing actual places written in the Bible!
Jaffa port is the world’s oldest still working port and the most dangerous port in the world with a narrow entrance and rocks at the entrance. This port is over 3500 years old. It is also where Jonah left to go to Tarsish instaed of bringing a 8 word sermon to the people of Ninevah.
Our hotel in Tel Aviv sits near ancient Joppa (think Jonah and Peter). In fact, a short walk down the beach will take you there. The Egyptians’ ancient rubble in Joppa reminds me that foreign powers all wanted to control Israel.
The Holy Land was the crossroads for international imperialism, war, and trade.
What a great reminder that we have to guard the critical points of entry into our lives.