Wednesday, June 23, 2010

06/14/10 - Day 6 Sea of Galilee area

Today was a very full and exciting day. It started with this beautiful sunrise.

The first thing we did today was board a fishing boat called Faith to go out on the Sea of Galilee.
He showed us how to cast a net......

and he even caught a fish!

We read scripture and enjoyed the peaceful, cool morning. Our captain sings current worship music both in English and Hebrew. It was one of my favorite tours.

The next thing we did was go to a museum to see the Sea of Galilee boat. This 1st century fishing boat, found in 1986, was the same type boat used by Jesus and his disciples.

These girls were working at the door of the museum.

Then on to see the place where Jesus preached the Sermon on the Mount.
"Now when he saw the crowds, he went up on a mountainside and sat down. His disciples came to him, and he began to teach them saying: "Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted. Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth. Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled. Blessed are the merciful,for they will be shown mercy. Blessed are the pure in heart,for they will see God. Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called sons of God. Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. "Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me.Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you." Matthew 5: 1-5

Then to the church of the Loaves and Fishes, where the miracle of the feeding of the 5000 happened.
"Late in the afternoon the Twelve came to him and said, "Send the crowd away so they can go to the surrounding villages and countryside and find food and lodging, because we are in a remote place here." He replied, "You give them something to eat." They answered, "We have only five loaves of bread and two fish—unless we go and buy food for all this crowd." (About five thousand men were there.)
But he said to his disciples, "Have them sit down in groups of about fifty each." The disciples did so, and everybody sat down. Taking the five loaves and the two fish and looking up to heaven, he gave thanks and broke them. Then he gave them to the disciples to set before the people. They all ate and were satisfied, and the disciples picked up twelve basketfuls of broken pieces that were left over." Luke 9: 12-17

Next stop is the place where Jesus appeared to his disciples the third time after his resurrection.
"Afterward Jesus appeared again to his disciples, by the Sea of Tiberias. It happened this way:Simon Peter, Thomas (called Didymus), Nathanael from Cana in Galilee, the sons of Zebedee, and two other disciples were together."I'm going out to fish," Simon Peter told them, and they said, "We'll go with you." So they went out and got into the boat, but that night they caught nothing. Early in the morning, Jesus stood on the shore, but the disciples did not realize that it was Jesus. He called out to them, "Friends, haven't you any fish?" "No," they answered.
He said, "Throw your net on the right side of the boat and you will find some." When they did, they were unable to haul the net in because of the large number of fish.
Then the disciple whom Jesus loved said to Peter, "It is the Lord!" As soon as Simon Peter heard him say, "It is the Lord," he wrapped his outer garment around him (for he had taken it off) and jumped into the water.The other disciples followed in the boat, towing the net full of fish, for they were not far from shore, about a hundred yards.When they landed, they saw a fire of burning coals there with fish on it, and some bread. Jesus said to them, "Bring some of the fish you have just caught." Simon Peter climbed aboard and dragged the net ashore. It was full of large fish, 153, but even with so many the net was not torn. Jesus said to them, "Come and have breakfast." None of the disciples dared ask him, "Who are you?" They knew it was the Lord. Jesus came, took the bread and gave it to them, and did the same with the fish. This was now the third time Jesus appeared to his disciples after he was raised from the dead." John 21:1-14

Next is lunch at a local restaurant. The common food served is these "salads". Radish salad, beets, cole slaw, turkish salad, and always humus.

The main dish was "St. Peter's" fish or talipia. It was delicious.

Then on to Capernaum to visit the remains of the synagogue where Jesus taught.
"Then he went down to Capernaum, a town in Galilee, and on the Sabbath began to teach the people. They were amazed at his teaching, because his message had authority. " Luke 4:31-32

Then to the place I had been waiting for - the baptism site on the Jordan River. I was so excited to be baptized in the same river as Jesus.

Our pastor, Scott Crenshaw.
Mike also got to help baptize some of our group. Almost everyone decided to do it.
First Mike......

and then me.......

And a beautiful sunset to end a great day!!

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