By Gary D. Myers
The group had two very long days touring over the weekend. Friday the team tour Caesarea, Megiddo, Capernaum and several other sites near the Galilee. Saturday it was Masada, Swimming in the Dead Sea and Qumran where the Dead Sea Scrolls were found. Both trips were very enjoyable. We ended the evening Saturday with a short worship service back at Neve Shalom.
Sunday, we were back at the Gezer Water System for the first part of a very long day. We worked in the morning at the water system. We worked hard, moved a lot of dirt, but other than that, not much to report.
After lunch and a quick shower, we were off to Jerusalem to the City of David to tour the ancient water system under the oldest part of Jerusalem. It was a very special tour for our guide was none other than Eli Shukron, the archaeologists who excavated the City of David. During the 14 years he excavated there, Shukron found the passage David’s general Joab used to enter the Jebusite city of Jerusalem, the Pool of Siloam and countless other important finds. And the excavations continue. On top of being a the leader of such an important dig, Shukron knows the Bible and believes the stories of the Old Testament. It was a rare treat to spend time with this man.
Near the end of our tour, standing in a cistern below the Western Wall of the Temple Mount, Shukron asked us to sing a song to enjoy the acoustics. We chose “How Great is Our God.” We truly worshiped. The sound of heart-felt worship filled the cistern. And though it was unplanned, it was one of the real highlights of this year’s dig.