Our day began with a treat that was promised to us yesterday, which turned out to be a ride on the Sea of Galilee in a beautiful wooden ship. It was a misty, peaceful morning; not at all like when Our Lord walked on the water. But I could imagine the disciples out on the water in their ship, fishing like our pilot did, with weighted nets. One cast after another, all night long. Could it be that Jesus chose so many fishermen because they have persistence and patience?
This 2,000 year old boat was pulled from the bottom of the Sea of Galilee, or Lake Kinneret. It is made of twelve different kinds of wood.
Anyone who has been here before knows this mountain. One can’t climb this slope and forget it! For those of you who weren’t here, it’s Mt. Arbel, and we had a great time helping each other, praying for those who were having difficulty, and then enjoying the feeling of exhilaration at the top.
the view is stunning! That’s Galilee and the Sea spread out in front of us.
Menachem took us to Capernaum next, where Jesus lived during the years of His ministry. Katherine told to us the history of the separation of Judaism and Christianity. At first, they were one. Where did the rift happen? The Jews had a simple method to pick out the believers in Yeshua at the synagogues. They simply added a curse at the end of the eighteen blessing which were recited at the end of every service. Whoever didn’t say the curse exposed his belief, and was thrown out. What did they then do? They banded with the believing Gentiles. After some 300 years, the church decided that they shouldn’t require the feasts to be kept so as to make it easier to bring the Gentiles into the church. She even went to far as to make it illegal to keep the feasts, and even Shabbat.
Probably the house of Peter in Capernaum. It appears to have been the first house church as well.