Israel Study Tour with North Coast Church

Jun 18-29, 2019

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Where Jesus walked and lived

Today we walked where Jesus walked and lived – North Western Sea of Galilee. Atop the Mount of Beatitudes we read and reflected on the truths taught by Jesus in the Sermon on the Mount. Then it was off to the shore at the Sea of Galilee where Jesus called the disciples to follow him and become fishers of men. It was pretty amazing to look over the water and think this is where Jesus called his disciples.

Mount of Beatitudes

The so-called “Sermon on the Mount” is recorded in Matthew 5-7 and Luke 6. The alleged discrepancy between Matthew’s version being on a hill and Luke’s being on a level place is easily reconciled with observation of many level places on the Galilean hillsides. Scripture gives no indication of the exact location of this event, but the Byzantines built a church to commemorate it at the bottom of the hill. Some of Napoleon’s men placed it on the nearby Arbel mountain.

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Mount Arbel, where Jesus may have ventured out to get away from the crowd and get time with God (Mark 1:35-39), was our next trek. Once at the top we got a chance to slow down our busy pace and reflect. We finished the day on a boat in the sea of Galilee. The day was packed as we experienced a deeper understanding of Jesus and his truths.

Mount Arbel

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.

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