Monday, September 10, 2007

Heading for Cairo

by Steve Ray on September 10, 2007

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Using my handheld to update you. We are on our two Egyptian buses traveling from Mt. Sinai to the Suez Canal and then to Cairo. Things are going well and I hope to update tonight.

UPDATE 8 PM: Arrived at the excellent Oasis Hotel 5 minutes from the Pyramids in Cairo. Delicious buffet by the pool. Perfect temperature. Everyone is glad to be here and out of the wilderness. Very busy day tomorrow. More soon. Rats! No internet connection in our rooms!

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Today we Climb Mount Sinai!

by Steve Ray on September 10, 2007

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This is always a high point for any pilgrimage to Egypt — riding camels for three hours to get 2/3rds of the way up Mount Sinai. They we scramble the rest of the way on foot. But the view from the top is stunning, especially as we watch the sun rise over the mountain range and the wilderness below.

To read the Bible from up here is amazing. How can one not be moved to recall that 3,500 years ago God descended on this mountain in fire accompanied by trumpets, winds and thunder. You might want to read Exodus 19.

What do you see on the way up the mountain in the dark, arriving before sunrise. This picture gives you a good idea. But not only do you see your camel's head and the tail of the camel in front, but you see the stars like you've never seen them before. It is DARK and the Milky Way is bright across the sky.

SinaiSunrise.jpgBy the way — speaking of Mount Sinai — who was the first man to break all Ten Commandments? To find the answer go to Exodus 32:19 (we have a Bible Search Engine on my home page and you can use that!).

I do not know if I will have reliable internet service in Sinai, so I am posting this blog in advance, just in case we don't.

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