Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Day 10 Israel - Sea of Galilee

We spent this day touring about Galilee where Jesus spent a lot of his ministry.

 First thing in the morning we got on a boat on the Sea of Galilee.

The boat was wooden to give the feel of boats in the time of Jesus.

 Elder Madsen gave a great talk.  He talked about the events in the bible when Jesus was on the Sea of Galilee, like calling his disciples or calming the sea during a storm.  He also talked about the time Jesus walked on water and Paul walked on water too.

 Here a view of the land where Jesus taught from the boat and also gave the Sermon on the Mount.

 We landed and Elder Madsen talked to us about the events at this spot where the Sermon on the Mount took place.

 In the church here you can see all the beatitudes.  It's in Latin and Beati means blessed.

 This park is where the Sermon on the Mount took place.

 Next we went to Capernaum where Jesus spent a lot of his ministry, and hence it's now called the City of Jesus.  He performed a lot of miracles here.

 Some ruins of an ancient synagogue at Capernaum.  Jesus probably spoke taught here.   This is where there was a small fishermen's village and Jesus met the man who asked him to heal his sick daughter.  Jesus then went to his home and raised the young maiden back to life, saying Talitha cumni, which means arise little damsel or little lamb..

 More ruins.  They believe the mother in law of Peter lived here and Peter lived there with her at times.

 Next we went further north to a rocky place where the water flows out of the mountain, a natural spring.  This is where David was hiding and Saul came there and David could have killed him but he didn't.

 We saw the old fortress city of Dan.  Which was the northern most tribe.  They discovered this when modern Israeli's were digging fortifications to protect Golan Heights from the Syrians.

 This was a great city of Israel at one time and the Ten Tribes built a temple here to compete with the temple Judah had in Jerusalem.

 Some trenches the Israeli's built overlooking the Golan Heights.

 Saw some troops on maneuvers when we hiked up a big hill to overlook the valley.

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