Walking in His dust
Day 4 started our journey through the Galilee. Following the footsteps of the disciples and thinking about how they followed their rabbi caused us to really meditate on what it means for us to follow Jesus.
We began the day at Mount Arbel. Mount Arbel is one of the higher points surrounding the Galilee and commonly recognized as the location to which Jesus would retreat and pray. The journey up and down the mountain was certainly an adventure and an accomplishment worthy of celebration. Some of those celebratory pictures are below. What is interesting is that the cities from which Jesus traveled to get alone with God were at least a full days journey away. He went to incredible lengths to get alone with God and hear from Him. We could not help but be challenged to think about how hard we are willing to work to get alone with God and hear from Him.
Mount Arbel (Hebrew: הר ארבל, Har Arbel) is a mountain in The Lower Galilee near Tiberias in Israel, with high cliffs, views of Mount Hermon in the Golan Heights, trails to a cave-fortress, and ruins of an ancient synagogue. Mt. Arbel sits across from Mount Nitai; their cliffs were created as a result of the Jordan Rift Valley and the geological faults that produced the valleys.
After our hike up and down Mount Arbel and a tasty falafel lunch we journeyed to Tabgha. Tabgha is known as the place of the 7 springs, therefore it is a popular fishing hole in the Galilee. Tabgha is also recognized as the place that Jesus calls his first disciples to come and be fishers of men. This would the thread that we followed throughout our day.
We then journeyed to the “triangle cities” (the region in which Jesus did a lot of his ministry) of Capernaum, Chorazin, and Bethsaida. All along the way whether learning about rabbinical school at Capernaum, “insula” at Choraizin, or faithfulness at Bethsaida, the thread of following the rabbi remained. Jesus is the rabbi who calls ordinary people, from ordinary (or even backwoods) places to do extraordinary things as we walk in His dust as disciples.
Jesus made Capernaum his home during the years of his ministry: “Leaving Nazareth he went and lived in Capernaum” (Matt 4:13).
Peter, Andrew, James and John were fishermen living in the village. Matthew the tax collector also dwelt here.
Capernaum is one of the three cities cursed by Jesus for its lack of faith.
We concluded our day with a trip to the Jordan River where we experienced the unique gift of seeing a husband and wife baptized. You can see some pictures below. It served as a perfect ending to day spent talking about what it means to be a disciple of Jesus.
Please join me in prayer as we continue in the Galilee learning more about what it means to walk in the dust of our rabbi.
The synagogue at Chorazin is a typical “Galilean” style synagogue. These synagogues are characterized by 1) a basilical shape with three hallways separated by two rows of pillars; 2) three doorways and the central one is the largest; 3) benches around the interior walls; 4) a stylobate to support the weight of the arches.
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