Places to go today:
Sea of Galilee; Old church; Mt. Beatitudes; Capharnaum.
On our way to the Sea of Galilee we caught a turtle on the side of the road. We passed it around the van a little, and then let it go again.
We went on a boat ride on the Sea of Galilee. Our boat tour guide looked just like I’ve imagined Jesus’ fisherman disciples looking like:
Everything about being on the boat was wonderful. The weather was cool and breezy, a nice escape from the heat; imagining Jesus walking on this water, and calming a storm on this water; imagining this sea as the place where many of Jesus’ disciples first met their Lord and Savoir; a time for worshiping Jesus as our Lord and Savior; and a time for Bible study. Carl’s assistant pastor, Christian, brought us the Bible study this time.
This is Katrina and her mother-in-law Barbara. I enjoyed getting to know these two precious ladies very much.
Uncle Carl and his son Joe
My brother and I (in case you needed to be reminded!)
The whole group minus Carl
We watched a short video clip of how a few modern day fisherman found an ancient fishing boat that dates back to the time when Jesus walked on the earth. The video explained how the archaeologist preserved the boat as they worked on uncovering it, being careful not to let it disintegrate in their fingers as it was exposed to the air for the first time in two thousand years. Of course, no one knows if Jesus actually was ever in this particular boat, but we do know that it is identical to the boats that Jesus and his disciples used.
After the Sea of Galilee we went to a church that had ancient tiled floors that looked like mosaics. Boaz gave us some history talks about this church. It was a holy site, requiring modest clothing: knees and shoulders covered.
For lunch we stopped somewhere for Shawarma… yum!
Then we traveled onto Mt. Beatitudes, the mountain where Jesus preached the sermon on the mount. This church was built a long time ago in memory of Jesus’ sermon here. Pastor Carl gave us a Bible study lesson from Matthew 5, and then we walked around the beautiful grounds taking pictures. Somewhere on this hill side, over looking the Sea of Galilee, was where Jesus preached, “Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted. Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth. Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filed…”
The last stop for the day was Capharnaum, the town of Jesus. Here we saw Peter’s house that is currently being uncovered and worked on by archaeologists.
At this same place we also saw the synagogue that Jesus preached in, though it had been re-built in the 3rd century. History lessons from Boaz:
We also had another time of worship and Bible study. Uncle Carl preached from Matthew 9 where Jesus healed a man with leprosy in His own city, Capharnaum. So many blessings come from the Word of God. I treasured each and everyone of these Bible studies.
Once we arrived back at the Tel Hai Youth Hostel, Zack, Joe, Mary and I cleaned up after our long day of touring and put on our Zechariah’s Hope (Z | H) shirts. We then jogged about a mile away to an awesome park and played with the little Israeli children.
That’s all for now, folks. Days 3-4 consist of bomb shelter work… the best part of the whole trip by far!
Edited later: Go to Israel: Days 3-4