Conformed or Transformed
We started the day off by reading the beatitudes from Matthew 5 on the Mount of Beatitudes!
We then headed to Beit She’an / Decapolis area where we learned and walked through ancient ruins of Greek-Roman culture, and were reminded to not be conformed to the patterns of this world but to be transformed by the renewing of our minds.
Located 17 miles (27 km) south of the Sea of Galilee, Beth Shean is situated at the strategic junction of the Harod and Jordan Valleys. The fertility of the land and the abundance of water led the Jewish sages to say, “If the Garden of Eden is in the land of Israel, then its gate is Beth Shean.” It is no surprise then that the site has been almost continuously settled from the Chalcolithic period to the present.
The lunch hours were spent at the restful Gad HaShlosha where we enjoyed the view of Mt. Gilead and the Spring of Harod which Gideon used to select his army men. The area includes 3 springs, a waterfall, and a cave. Today it’s a beautiful national park.
Before eating authentic Galilean fish called St. Peter Fish for dinner, we crossed the Sea of Galilee on a boat! We got to experience a tiny glimpse of a storm as the boat rocked back and forth from the high waves and brought water into the boat. Yet no one on the boat was scared or asked about safety. Instead, we sang praises to Jesus who calmed these same waters of Galilee two thousand years before. The experience was described as “incredible” and “amazing” and “powerful.”
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