Day 1: Entering the Promised Land

Well after spending more than 12 hours on planes flying from West Palm Beach to Philadelphia and from Philadelphia to Tel Aviv, we finally made it into Israel. We then drove for about an hour or two to our hotel off the Sea of Galilee. I am pretty shocked at how small the Sea is because I expected to be around the same size as Lake Okeechobee. It is funny how you grow up learning about something and imagining what it looks like but then you find out it isn’t like the way you thought at all.


This picture is the only one I had time to get today of the Sea of Galilee on our way to the hotel which is in the area seen in the picture. Tomorrow, I will get some better ones.

“Passing alongside the Sea of Galilee, [Jesus] saw Simon and Andrew the brother of Simon casting a net into the seas, for they were fishermen.” Mark 1:16

“Again he began to teach beside the sea. And a very large crowd gathered about him, so that he got into a boat and sat in it on the sea, and the whole crowd was beside the sea on the land.” Mark 4:1

“On that day, when evening had come, he said to them, ‘Let us go across to the other side.’ And leaving the crowd, they took him with them in the boat, just as he was. And other boats were with him….And he awoke and rebuked the wind and said to the sea, ‘Peace! Be still!’ And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm.” Mark 4:35-36, 39

It is also very interesting to see the language here after starting Hebrew this semester. I understand very little but some does make sense. You would be very proud, Dr. Lane. lol Tomorrow the real fun begins at the Jordan River, Tel Dan, and worship on the Sea of Galilee.


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