Galilee is where most of the stories in the gospels take place, and we followed the road a round the Lake to visit many of these locations. The area is beautiful. A lot of it is wooded and green at this time of year.
The River Jordon enters the Lake in the north….
small isn’t it?! Near to here we visited the site of a synagogue at Chorazin.
‘Jesus went all over Galilee, teaching in the synagogues, preaching the Good News about the Kingdom, and healing people who had all kinds of disease and sickness.’ Matt.5 v23.
Barnaby pointed the way to the ritual bath, before leading us to the actual site of the synagogue.
After sitting first at the base of this column, he sat down in the Moses seat where the preacher would have sat to give his talk on the chosen passage.
Lunch time beckoned and our first taste of the St. Peter’s fish or Tilapia. Be warned!!!
It looked a bit like a plastic dinosaur fish! It is caught and gutted, and fried whole! Peeling back the skin exposed the flesh but also huge bones, and this process was repeated on the other side. We shared one, and Barnaby tucked in too!
We journeyed on to the area, or complex as it is now, where Jesus delivered his Sermon on the Mount to his disciples.
‘Jesus saw the crowds and went up a hill, where he sat down. His disciples gathered round him and he began to teach them.’ Matt.5 v1 – 2.
I had always taken this to mean he taught the crowds, but it plainly says he began to teach them – his disciples as they gathered round.
We next spent some time on the edge of the Lake at the spot where it is said Jesus appeared to the disciples following his resurrection. It is one of the most serene and calm places I have ever been to.
The fishing boat reminded me of his call to ‘come follow me.’
A brief stop in Capernaum before climbing onto the boat for our trip across the Lake,
and I will let the pictures tell the story.