Waking up on the east side of the Sea of Galilee is a perfect spot for our morning devotional on Susita. Rich shared the story of the man who was Demon possessed (Mark 5), and how that Jesus healed him after arriving here from the other side of the Lake. Then, how this man went into the Decapolis and began sharing what Jesus did for him. Perhaps he is the first missionary.
We visited the area of Chorizin, Bethsaida, and Capernaum. Capernaum being the headquarters for Jesus ministry in the Galilee. What great things we learned about his life and work here walking in the place he called his disciples from and where he lived among his people. We learned about the humanity of Jesus. The God-man who voluntarily laid down some of his attributes as God to be human among us.
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 enjoyed a visit to the Mt of Beatitudes, Taghba, and a wonderful falafel lunch at a favorite local place before heading up to Mt Arbel where we took in perhaps our most beautiful vista yet overlooking the Sea of Galilee. We drove back down to the north shore of the lake and visited Naf Genosar where there is on display a first century fishing boat, much like the disciples would have used when they were fisherman. Such an amazing piece of history!
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.
We then enjoyed our own wooden boat ride in the lake. We listened to worship music, shared our testimonies with one another, danced to Hebrew music and laughed and prayed. So amazing to be here. Our senses are on overload in the most wonderful of spiritual and physical ways. Tomorrow, it’s off toward Jerusalem!
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