|Sunrise over Madaba|
|View from Mt. Nebo looking East|
We rose bright and early at 4:30 am for a beautiful sunrise Easter service on the summit of Mt. Nebo, overlooking the Jordan Valley below and Israel beyond. The kids, amazingly, awoke with sweet, happy smiles. The view was spectacular, especially since the usual haze of late had mostly lifted. At the foot of Mt. Nebo is the geographical area referred to as the "Plains of Moab," the final Transjordan camping place of the Israelites before they entered the Promised Land to conquer Jericho (which can be seen directly across the valley). The Plains of Moab are mentioned in Numbers 22ff, when the Moabites out of fear of the Israelites "hired" the prophet Balaam to put a curse on them. Interestingly, some texts of Balaam son of Beor were found at the nearby site Deir-Alla. You can read more about that here. It was also on these plains where Moab seduced Israel into worshiping Baal and brought the Lord's punishment; and it was on these plains that God, via Moses, gave the Israelites one last "pep talk" and instructions for what they were to do upon entering the Promised Land (more discussion on the Promised Land in future posts--stay tuned!). So much rich, interesting history to ponder while gazing at this landscape!
|Plains of Moab: the flat, green area in the center of photo|
|People still camp out in the Plains to this day!|
|Jack, painting eggs|
|We had a fun egg hunt|
|The Easter basket I wove for Jack out of palm fronds|