Shepherd with sheep and goats at Socoh

Today we visited sites in the Shephelah (lowlands, foothills, Deuteronomy 1:7). We discussed the importance of the Sorek Valley, Beth Shemesh, Timnah, Eshtaol, Zorah. Think of Samson. We noted the important sites associated with the Valley of Elah: Azekah, Khirbet Queiyafa (the Elah Fortress), and Socoh. Think of David and Goliath.

At Socoh (1 Samuel 17:1) we had one of those nice moments on tour when something unexpected comes along. We saw two shepherds bringing their sheep and goats to water. The photo below is one of several that I made.

Shepherd with sheep and goats at Soccoh. Photo by Ferrell Jenkins.

Shepherd with sheep and goats at Socoh. Photo by Ferrell Jenkins.

I am reminded of the teaching of Jesus about the importance of the shepherd.

When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them because they were bewildered and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Therefore ask the Lord of the harvest to send out workers into his harvest.” (Matthew 9:36-1 NET)

We also made stops at Lachish and Gath before dinner along the Mediterranean Sea at Joppa, and then heading for the airport.

Our group is scheduled to depart for the USA shortly after midnight. Six tour members are staying over for varying length to pursue additional visits throughout the area.

Thank you for following the blog these past two weeks. I have written less than usual due to the demands of the tour, and this will continue for another week as I spend time in additional study here. Stay with me.

One response to “Shepherd with sheep and goats at Socoh

  1. Hi, Brother Jenkins! I’ve been enjoying your blog and the pictures! What a blessing that you’ve been able to travel to all these places and then share that info with those of us who have never been! I’m looking for some information about David for teaching 7th-8th graders and was wondering if you could direct me to where to look on your blog or website. I wanted to be able to show them some ancient historical evidences. Also, may I have permission to use some pictures as visual aid in the classroom? Thank you!!
    Former Student,
    Deanna (Lynn) Vaughan

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