GAINING UNDERSTANDING THROUGH EXPERIENCES
I enjoy studying Biblical Geography. I read books. I study atlases. I rarely get my Bible out without getting a map out as well. Even though I knew where the mountains, rivers and cities were located, I did not understand the land.
For me, I needed to walk on the land itself and see it with my own eyes. That is when I had true understanding.
I enjoy watching people traveling in Israel and having an “a-ha” moment. You can see it in their eyes and hear it in their voice. It is the exact moment in which true understanding takes hold and grabs them.
In June 2014, I was leading a tour group and we visited the ruins of the ancient city of Samaria. It is a historically significant site with ruins from the first century AD all the way back to the time of King Omri when this city was the capital of the northern kingdom of Israel. The dirt path around the site is about a quarter of a mile in length as it climbs up the hill and offers stunning views of the hills and valleys that surround the site.
As we completed the visit, I watched one of the ladies as she look down toward the ground. The sandals that she was wearing did little to block the dust as it coated her feet from toe to heel. Without even thinking, she said, “I can’t wait to get to the hotel so that I can….”
And she paused.
She then looked at me. She smiled. And then completed her sentence.
“…so that I can wash my feet.”
In that one single moment, hours of previous Bible study instantly made sense. She had true understanding.
One of the goals of the Appian Media team is to help people better understand the lands of the Bible. No, you will not get your feet dusty watching our videos. But, by seeing the land on which Jesus walked, hopefully you will gain a better understanding of the how He taught and how He lived on earth.
Barry Britnell for Appian Media