Ah, the mountain air!
Analyze the painting shown here. Check out the details.
The first Europeans to visit Kentucky arrived in the late 17th Century via the Ohio River from the northeast and from the southeast through a natural pass in the Appalachian Mountains. In 1769, frontiersman Daniel Boone, while on the first of several hunting expeditions, discovered the Cumberland Gap through the lower Appalachians. What makes mountains and mountain passes so appealing?
Israelites preferred to live in the mountains. It is where God led them to inhabit the Promised Land. Why? Maybe it is because chariots didn’t do well in the mountains. They were less likely to be attacked by armies of chariots. Read Acts 17:22-28. We usually focus on God no longer “winking” or overlooking ignorance, but look at verse 26f. God is a boundary around us just as the mountains surround Israel.
Hebron - where Abraham is buried.
Bethlehem - David’s hometown; Jesus is born.
Mount of Olives (right of Jerusalem)
Shechem (between Gerizim and Ebal)
Gerizim and Ebal
While we're here, what other information can be collected from the mountain cross section illustration above? How about the water features (the Dead Sea, the Sea of Galilee, and Lake Huleh)? Make note of sea level.
A Watershed Moment
How do these rivers compare to our local rivers (the Missouri River, the Mississippi River, and even Shoal Creek)?
Compare and contrast the Sea of Galilee and the Dead Sea. Consider the inlet and outlet attributes of these large bodies. What message do these two have to teach Christians about themselves? What questions should Christians ask ourselves? How does the early church compare to the 21st Century church?
Find the connection in this part of the lesson and the video, Mr. Indifferent. Here are some questions to think about if you need some help.
- What acts of kindness does the man ignore, then perform in the video?
- What do pockets represent?
- What does the title, Mr. Indifferent, mean?
- How can we become more aware of serving others (our outlets)?
- What does being kind do for a person’s character? A person’s personality? A person’s health?
- Where can you find people to be nice to, tomorrow?
Some More Geography and Cartography
Two other major rivers are in Mesopotamia. At one time there were four rivers here (now believed to be lost in the Arabian Gulf. Mesopotamia means “between the rivers”. We could make a connection to America's Fort, Fort Ticonderoga. Ticonderoga was named from an Indian word meaning "land between two rivers". If you're interested in some interesting history, check out the video, Champlain: the Lake Between.
Label these two rivers on your new map: