After a leisurely Breakfast at Hotel Armon Yam in Tel Aviv right on the Mediterranean coast we made our way to Joppa which is just down the road so to speak from where we stayed at Bat Yam.
Joppa is an ancient city dating back many centuries and also the biblical port where Jonah left on his journey that ended in the belly of a fish. Also the place where Peter had his vision of the clean and unclean animals coming down in a sheet. This vision in the book of Acts opened the way for the Gentiles to receive the promise of Messiah. Joppa today is the oldest part of greater Tel Aviv a city that has sprawled and grown over the past 100 years as Jews have returned home to the land. The seaside walks and the ancient streets make this a wonderful collection of pictures and sounds.
We left Joppa and headed North on the “Way of the Sea” a highway people and traders have been moving along for 1000’s of years, Traders, Conquerors and Kings.
Our next stop was Ceasarea a city built by Herod the great in 22BC the Roman ruins in this area are amazing, The Theater is in a well preserved state and you can imagine the ships of the Roman empire coming and going from this important port. The Port at which the Roman Soldier Cornelius was part of the Roman garrison. This Cornelius according to the book of Acts received the gospel message as a result of Peters vison in Joppa, a two day walk away. Paul was taken here and appealed to the ruler Felix to be taken to Rome and tried there.
We had lunch along the way at a busy little highway coffee shop before heading over the Carmel saddle to our accommodation at a Moshave hotel called Hotel Hofit in Shevet Tsi’son which means returning unto Zion. A good place to lay our head for the night.