WEEK 2 FUN FACTS:
Congratulations! You met our goal and you made it to our next destination! You have arrived at Mt. Nemrut! At nearly 6500 feet elevation, it was a TOUGH hike up here! So, everyone take a few minutes to relax and look around this magnificent site!
In 62 BC, King Antiochus I built his tomb-sanctuary on top of this high mountain. Thousands of softball-sized rocks were added to the top of the mount to add to its height.
King Antiochus also placed giant stone statues of animals, various gods (Greek, Armenian and Medes), and a statue of himself. Antiochus was placing himself amongst the gods.
Everyone gather around over here for a minute, take a rest on this stone bench. Rita, you too! (Rita is soooo excited to be here!)
Rita! Get over here!
Ok, now everyone please open your Bibles to Genesis 1:26-27:
26 Then God said, “Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.”
27 So God created mankind in his own image,
in the image of God he created them;
male and female he created them.
The lesson we learn here is that God created us in his image. Yet, too often, we try to create God in our image. We try to make God who we think God should be, instead of allowing God to be God and understanding that we are in his image as his people.
Much of the Old Testament calls for people to leave the world of idolatry behind. This includes carved idols… and it also includes placing our own lives as idols above God. I am reminded of this as I looked at these carved images here on Mt. Nemrut.
As you walk (or exercise) this week, repeat Genesis 1:27 in your head, “..in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.” …In the image of God, I am created.
Remember that God created you in his image. Make that your mediation as you exercise this week. Remember that you are a child of God created in the image of God. Repeat that to yourself and raise it up in thanksgiving to the Lord through prayer.
It’s all down hill from here folks! Back down the mountain as we go to our next site! See you when we get there!