“He established a testimony in Jacob and appointed a law in Israel, which he commanded our fathers to teach to their children, that the next generation might know them, the children yet unborn, and arise and tell them to their children, so that they should set their hope in God and not forget the works of God, but keep his commandments;”
Psalms 78:5-7 ESV
After 26 hours of travel, and an insightful experience with Israeli security (more on that later), we finally arrive at Ben Gurion airport. Making our way through the terminal we met up with our team for week, and we set off for Jerusalem.
After a great dinner with new friends, we decided to set out for a walk through the city to keep us awake until it was time for bed.
As we were walking we met a lady who had immigrated to Israel from New York who helped us make our way to the the Western Wall. Being the start of Shabbot (or Sabbath) we were greeted by the occasional person walking by with friendly Shabbat Shalom
When we arrived at the Western Wall is was alive with activity. Not only was it Shabbot, but Israel is currently celebrating it’s 70 year anniversary as a country. With the courtyard packed with Orthodox Jew’s celebrating Shabbot, the sight was spectacular at the Wall.
As I made my way through the crowd I witnessed an Older Jewish man beaming as his Son and his two young grandsons walked back from praying in front of the Western Wall of the Temple Mount. The most holy site for Orthodox Jews.
As I watched this scene unfold I couldn’t help but smile as the familiar words of Psalm 78 flooded through my head.
This was a faithful man being faithful to Torah and a beautiful picture of generational faithfulness. A grandfather beaming with holy pride as he passes his faith and a remembrance of the mighty works of God to the next generation.
Something to ponder…