Friday, January 22, 2010

Biblical bench

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With the excitement that comes from discovering a place for the first time, I give you this mosaic bench!
It sits in the garden of a Christian college on the edge of Mount Zion, one that I knew nothing of until today.
What a blessing to find special, hidden gardens!
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This is my second bench in one day for RuneE's "Bench on Friday" but I hope Rune is not counting. I can't wait a whole 'nother week to post it. :)
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כִּי הָאָרֶץ, אֲשֶׁר אַתָּה בָא-שָׁמָּה לְרִשְׁתָּהּ--לֹא כְאֶרֶץ מִצְרַיִם הִוא, אֲשֶׁר יְצָאתֶם מִשָּׁם: אֲשֶׁר תִּזְרַע אֶת-זַרְעֲךָ, וְהִשְׁקִיתָ בְרַגְלְךָ כְּגַן הַיָּרָק. יא וְהָאָרֶץ, אֲשֶׁר אַתֶּם עֹבְרִים שָׁמָּה לְרִשְׁתָּהּ--אֶרֶץ הָרִים, וּבְקָעֹת; לִמְטַר הַשָּׁמַיִם, תִּשְׁתֶּה-מָּיִם. יב אֶרֶץ, אֲשֶׁר-יְהוָה אֱלֹהֶיךָ דֹּרֵשׁ אֹתָהּ: תָּמִיד, עֵינֵי יְהוָה אֱלֹהֶיךָ בָּהּ--מֵרֵשִׁית הַשָּׁנָה, וְעַד אַחֲרִית שָׁנָה
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"For the land which you are entering to take possession of it is not like the land of Egypt, from which you have come, where you sowed your seed and watered it with your feet, like a garden of vegetables;
but the land which you are going over to possess is a land of hills and valleys, which drinks water by the rain from heaven,
A LAND WHICH THE LORD YOUR GOD CARES FOR; the eyes of the Lord your God are always upon it, from the beginning of the year to the end of the year."
Deuteronomy 11:10-12
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14 comments:

Robin said...

It's a very cool bench, but I'm not sure I could sit on it with the quote there.

New discoveries are so much fun. I'll look forward to seeing more of this one in the future, now that you know it's there :).

Spiderdama said...

I really like this bench and the vers!:-)
Have a great weekend!

Leif Hagen said...

A beautiful find! I like the verse on it! The first bench looks more comfortable but the second bench has a better view I guess!

Pasadena Adjacent said...

Does out door design in Israel tend towards a subtle palette?

Karoliina Urso said...

It is the solemn history, record and facts that keep reminding me of the special relationship God has with Israel.

Louis la Vache said...

We are glad you didn't wait to post this! ;-)

Cloudia said...

A moving thought to "sit" upon while contemplating the special land...


ShAloha Shabbat, Friend!


Comfort Spiral

Kris said...

It looks like it would be hard on the bum.

Lew said...

That is a great old bench! The preservation of history in Israel is astounding! And you posts on En Gedi very informative.

PERBS said...

I am very late in dropping by BUT I love your unique bench -- of all the bench photos I collect, I have never seen one like it! Great find!!!!

RuneE said...

Ican truly say that I have never seen anything like it, and understand your feeling concerning it very well (even though I'm non-religious myself).

Someone has gone to an in-orderly length to make this one. On might perhaps feel a bit sacrilegious in sitting down? :-)

Trotter said...

Hi Dina! Interesting bench...

Look forward to reading your next comment at my new blog Blogtrotter Two, now at the Art Deco District in South Beach! Hope to read you there often! Have a great weekend ahead!!!

VP said...

I like the bench and the 'message', a very nice find!

FA said...

It seems as though Rune doesn't mind that you posted two benches for Friday. He would probably agree with me that it was worth another post!