DAY 9 – TUESDAY, JANUARY 22: “REFLECTION DAY” – BOAT RIDE, LAKESHORE GATHERING, CHORAZIN, MT. OF BEATITUDES
Today was our reflection/rest day. The weather was very nice (although with haze in the sky), with sun and temps in the low 70s. It was a more slow-paced day with great experiences!
Ancient Boat / Boat Ride
We started at 8:30 this morning, an hour later than normal. From the lobby of our hotel we walked to the museum. Here we saw the 1st century wooden boat discovered in 1986. It was discovered in the mud of the lake and was carefully excreted and restored. Walking to the shoreline, we then boarded our own boat for a 50 minute “sail” in the Sea of Galilee. We enjoyed a time of worship and reflection. We read from Mark 4 and Matthew 14, the two storm narratives.
Lakeshore Stone Painting
Returning to the shoreline of Nof Ginnosar, we spent some time alone reflecting upon Jesus’ words from Matthew 4, “Come, follow me!” We then painted stones that each picked up, serving as reminders of this unique experience! Everyone painted incredible things on their stones, with wonderful spiritual lessons.
“My favorite experience today was sitting on the top of the Mt. of Beatitudes and reading Matthew 5-7. As we were invited to find a spot and sit alone, the hour provided time enough for me to read and reflect the very words of Jesus perhaps spoken right here! Incredible experience!” – Tour Member –
After driving to Tiberias and having lunch on the second floor of the shopping mall (the big favorite was the ice cream and frozen yogarts), we drove to the NW corner of the lake. Chorazin is located here. It was one of three cities condemned by Jesus (Mt. 11). Walking to the 3rd century synagogue, we saw the replica of the Moses’ seat (Mt. 23). We also read the words of Jesus from this chapter about humility.
Mt. of Beatitudes
About 2:30, we made our final experience of the day on the top of the Mt. of Beatitudes. Shlomo read the Beatitudes first in Hebrew before Pastor Rudy taught on the Mt. 5:1-16, inviting us to consider these life-transforming kingdom principles. Then for an hour we spread out and took time on our own to read the entire Sermon on the Mount (Mt. 5-7). Most in the group then walked down the gentle slope to the water’s edge.
We returned to the hotel for dinner and an optional gathering out on the peer. These three full days up here in the region of the Galilee were amazing!