By Nathan Jones
We continue on our Lamb & Lion Ministries' 2014 Israel Tour by exploring on and around the beautiful Sea of Galilee, now called Lake Kinneret. It was a foggy morning, but as the day grew the mist melted away and we were able see our way fully around the circle. For me, it's the best part of the trip because the terrain is just breathtaking with its steeply rocky hills, winding flower-lined roads, and peaceful towns that dot around the circumference. I'm in good company, for other than Jerusalem, Jesus spent most of his ministry time in this location.
- Eating St. Peter's Fish means having your meal stare back at you.
- Walk around the Mount of Beatitudes or baptismal site and you'll be taken aback at seeing every nation and tongue represented as they preach and make prayers in their various languages. It's stunning to think Jesus' ministry started here, and now Matthew 24:14 is far along to being realized.
- The Jordan River water when cold is good for something, like keeping the little fish from nibbling at your toes.
- The Jews after the Seven Day War in 1967 won the Golan Heights, a mere 15 miles wide. When it was in Syria's hands, the western Israeli side of the Sea of Galilee was constantly barraged by the Syrian eastern side. And, the world wants this pitiful stretch of mountain range given back to Syria? Got to wonder about their motives.
Tomorrow for Day 6 we leave the lakeside city of Tiberias and head south to Nazareth and Megiddo, and then finally into Jerusalem for the rest of our stay. Thank you for your continued prayers for our traveling mercies and health!