Journey With Us: Day 9

A day trip to Jericho put us in the oldest continually inhabited city in the world at over 11,000 years old.  You’re familiar with the walls that came tumblin’ down (Joshua 2 and 6), but it’s also the location where blind Bartimaeus was healed (Mark 10:46-52) and where Jesus showed interested in wee Zacchaeus (Luke 19:1-11).

Jericho has a spring (which is a primary reason it has survived all these millennia), but it’s in the wilderness. 

The wilderness in Israel is often a dry place with lots of rocks and barrenness.  It was this kind of environment where Jesus was tempted and the Mount of Temptation is just above Jericho.  Seeing it gives perspective to how difficult Jesus’ forty days of fasting must have been (Matthew 4:1-11).