Israel Trip: Photoblog of the Sea of Galilee/Lake Kinneret


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This lake, of heavy historic significance, is known by many names. Israelis I spoke with in Tel Aviv referred to it as Yam Kinneret. In the Bible, it is also called the Lake of Gennesaret, the Sea of Galilee, or the Sea of Tiberias. There are many names for it, but just one body of water.

Looking over the ruins of ancient Capernaum to the Sea of Galilee

Israel Photo Tour: Sea of Galilee/ Lake Kinneret/ Sea of Tiberias

The Basics

The Sea of Galilee is 13 miles long and 8 miles wide. (I know. It’s probably smaller than you thought!)

This is where Jesus walked on the water!!!

This region around the Sea of Galilee is referenced constantly throughout the gospels because this was the primary stomping grounds of Jesus and his disciples. The area around this lake was called Galilee, and ALL of the disciples were from this region, except one.

Want to guess which one?

Judas Iscariot. Yep. As in Judas the ultimate betrayer.

 

It is a beautiful, well-tended shore, the perfect spot for tourists like us to take photos.

The lake is breathtakingly beautiful and had a nice breeze coming off of it. Alan and I stood by it in awe. We watched two jet skis zipping by, and I felt happy to see that this body of water is still a relevant place where people can come and enjoy and remember.

 

Want to see a couple of places where this place is mentioned in the Bible?

One day as Jesus was standing by the Lake of Gennesaret,a the people were crowding around him and listening to the word of God. 2He saw at the water’s edge two boats, left there by the fishermen, who were washing their nets. 3He got into one of the boats, the one belonging to Simon, and asked him to put out a little from shore. Then he sat down and taught the people from the boat.     Luke 5:1-3

I stood there on the shore, trying to picture where those boats might have sat while Jesus taught.

I’ve always loved how the Bible says that people were crowding around him to hear what he had to say. People flocked to Jesus because of his compassion, mercy, knowledge, and authority, as well as his miracles. They were drawn to him because he was w-o-n-d-e-r-f-u-l.

 

I pictured this being a spot where they would park their boats and go through their catch of the day when they were fishing.

“When he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, “Put out into deep water, and let down the nets for a catch.”

5Simon answered, “Master, we’ve worked hard all night and haven’t caught anything. But because you say so, I will let down the nets.”

6When they had done so, they caught such a large number of fish that their nets began to break.7So they signaled their partners in the other boat to come and help them, and they came and filled both boats so full that they began to sink.

8When Simon Peter saw this, he fell at Jesus’ knees and said, “Go away from me, Lord; I am a sinful man!” 9For he and all his companions were astonished at the catch of fish they had taken,10and so were James and John, the sons of Zebedee, Simon’s partners.

Then Jesus said to Simon, “Don’t be afraid; from now on you will fish for people.” 11So they pulled their boats up on shore, left everything and followed him.”

Luke 5: 4-11

 

The Bible was written while these people were still alive and could agree and disagree with each other’s accounts. I just love that. This is history.

Fishers of Men

Why were they fishing for men, you can’t help think…fishing for men. Salesmen fish for men. Ugh. They fish so hard. Door to door they fish. Go away, salesmen, I don’t want your vacuum cleaner, your cable service, or wait….yes, I do want your lawn fertilization service. Lawns are very important here….Ha!!

But Jesus wasn’t selling anything. He wasn’t gaining off the backs of anyone. If he needed to make money, he could work his stone carving (carpentry) business.

This wasn’t about money.

They were fishing for people to help, and not just spiritually. They went from town to town healing the sick, giving sight to the blind, and then they would give them hope of salvation. Who can listen to hope for your soul when your physical needs aren’t met?

We need to be more like Jesus, fishing for people to help.

That’s so hard for me. I know it sounds terrible, but I just don’t want to deal with people most of the time. I want to take care of my own family and my house and let the world handle its own problems. Who has time to get involved in the lives of others??? There’s always so much to do! I don’t even want to answer my phone.

But that’s not the life we’re called to.

Your family comes before the rest, yes. If we don’t take care of our own, that’s neglect. We need to be fishers of men too, though, fishing for people to help.

Everywhere we go, we should be fulfilling our calling to love and help others, fishing for men, in whichever way God has given you to do that.

 

Israel Photo Tour: Sea of Galilee/ Lake Kinneret/ Sea of Tiberias

Alan and me in front of the Sea of Galilee in Capernaum, close to St. Peter’s house

I hope you’ve enjoyed our Israel trip series. Jordan River is next!

Want to see what you may have missed? Here are a few other Israel articles with tons of photos:

Tel Aviv: Shopping

Jerusalem: The Via Dolorosa

Joppa–Home of Simon the Tanner and the port used by Jonah

 

Why Capernaum was Our Favorite City to Visit in Israel

Alan and me in Capernaum

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After we left Nazareth, we hopped back on our bus and rode through the ever-so-bumpy streets of Cana. You’ve heard of Cana, where Jesus turned the water into wine?

We didn’t actually stop in Cana. Another destination was on our minds: Capernaum and the Sea of Galilee!!!! Eeeeeee!!!! So excited!!!

That bus ride was so bumpy that my Fitbit credited me with climbing about 200 flights of stairs. Yeah. I earned so many badges. Hahaha! I tried to make it stop. The Fitbit would not listen.

 

Have you ever gone somewhere so incredible that you don’t even know how to begin to tell people about it?

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22 Inspiring Photos of Ancient Tabgha, Where Jesus Performed Miracles

Look closely to see the olives!

After Nazareth, and before Capernaum, we headed over to Tabgha, to see where Jesus called his first disciples and later performed the miracle of feeding the multitudes with the one basket of bread and fish.

22 Inspiring Photos of Ancient Tabgha, Israel Where Jesus Performed Miracles

If only these bushes would fit in my suitcase…

22 Inspiring Photos of Tabgha: Where Jesus divided the loaves, healed the leper, and preached the sermon on the Mount

Tabgha

This sign below provides a nice overview of what happened here:

I love the historical value here! They had these sites marked from as far back as the days of Jesus, and the mosaics I will show you today were created around 480 AD!!! Y’all! Wow! That’s so long ago!

History and the Bible

People often want to compare Christianity with science, which is baffling because Christianity is not science. Those are two different fields. I mean, yes, I believe God created the world because I look at creation, and I don’t think amazing things like life on earth just happen on their own. I guess in that way it’s related to science.

However, the actual study of the Bible and what happened in it isn’t a scientific topic. That’s history, it’s a historical account, and there is so much evidence to back up the existence of Jesus that whether or not he lived is not even debatable.

In fact, when you consider the humongous cloud of witnesses around the time that the Old and the New Testaments were written, it is nothing but strengthening to your faith.

Now whether or not Jesus was the son of God, that’s a matter of faith, so we could debate that,  but whether or not he walked among us, that’s well documented history.

For more on that topic, see this post.

I regret not stopping longer to soak in just how much happened in this place! That’s the thing about touring. It’s always a hustle to stay with the group, and having lost my group one time already (back in Jerusalem), I wasn’t in a hurry to lose them again.

an olive tree

The list of things that happened here is astounding. Holy ground.

This was our last day in Israel. I didn’t want to leave!!!

Below the altar is the rock where Jesus divided the loaves.

site of the miracle of the loaves and fish–Look at the mosaics in front of the rock. You see the fish? These were created in 480 AD!!

 

I don’t recall if that front right part of the tile that is colored differently was damaged or if that was a mosaic map. I think it’s a map.

As you can see, only portions of this amazing floor survived the test of time.

Some of it has been repaired and restored over the years, but you would not believe how much of this is ORIGINAL!

My mouth hung wide open when he was telling us about this!

From the letters and the types of birds, archaeologists determined that Egyptians created them.

Do you know what this is!!??? Squeeeeaaaaal!!!

That is the Sea of Galilee, where Jesus walked on the water, where Jesus taught from a boat, where the disciples fished!

On my next Israel post, next week, I’ll show you more of the Sea of Galilee and we’ll go into Capernaum. It was our favorite part of the whole trip. I can’t wait to share it with you.

Here are a few more photos, and a few quotes from the famous Sermon on the Mount, preached near Tabgha.

Seeing the crowds, he went up on the mountain, and when he sat down, his disciples came to him.

The Beatitudes

And he opened his mouth and taught them, saying:

“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

“Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.

“Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.

“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.

“Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy.

 

“Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.

“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons[a] of God.

 

10 “Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

11 “Blessed are you when others revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. 12 Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you.         Matthew 5:1-11

 

It really was the trip of a lifetime! For more Israel photos/stories, see below! To read the rest of the Sermon on the Mount, go here.

Jerusalem: Mount of Olives

Jaffa

Tel Aviv

Nazareth

 

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