Aerial view of Megiddo

It is the Sabbath here in Israel and rather quiet. Israeli families fill the hotels on Friday night and do not leave until the afternoon of the Shabat. Some do not leave until sunset. Of course, there are many who are out hiking and engaging in other non-religious activities.

For this quiet day I wanted to share another of the aerial photos I made earlier in the week. In the photo below Megiddo looks like the model displayed in the tiny visitor’s center at the site. In the distance to the southwest we see Mount Carmel. A small portion of the Jezreel Valley (or Esdraelon) is also in view.

Aerial view of Megiddo and Mount Carmel. Photo by Ferrell Jenkins.

Aerial view of Megiddo and Mount Carmel. Photo by Ferrell Jenkins.

Notice just two of the significant biblical references to Megiddo.

And this is the account of the forced labor that King Solomon drafted to build the house of the LORD and his own house and the Millo and the wall of Jerusalem and Hazor and Megiddo and Gezer.  (1 Kings 9:15 ESV)

In his days Pharaoh Neco king of Egypt went up to the king of Assyria to the river Euphrates. King Josiah went to meet him, and Pharaoh Neco killed him at Megiddo, as soon as he saw him. (2 Kings 23:29 ESV)

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