And then we hiked the hills to discover Abraham, Joseph, and Hannah dressed in their robes and tending their crafts. Abraham stood guarding sheep and goats, and as our guide told us, these two animals have very different personalities. As Jesus said, in Matthew 25, “all the nations will be gathered before him and he will separate the people, one from another, as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. He will put the sheep on his right and the goats on his left.” Abraham confirmed that the goats are definitely his troublemakers.
Joseph honed his tools and shaped the wooden pieces that would become a loom to weave the wool from the sheep. High up on the hill was a recreation of a first-century synagogue, one in which Jesus would have read from the prophet Isaiah and proclaimed that the prophecy of a messiah had been fulfilled in him.
And then we discovered a huge hole within a rock, the very type in which the early Nazareens would have been buried. A round stone stood by the entrance, to be rolled to close the entrance to the tomb. And into the tomb went Pastor Dan, but fortunately for our group, he emerged hale and hearty, ready to continue leading us through our amazing Biblical journey.