Shalom! Sea of Galilee

Shalom! Continuing our journey in Israel, if you missed my earlier post, check out  Shalom! Israel

Continuing our journey reliving the life of Jesus at the Sea of Galilee. According to the New Testament, Jesus lived, preached and performed miracles in the Sea of Galilee and the surrounding area.  It was here that Jesus fed five thousand with five loaves and two fishes, walked on the water and calmed the storm. (Matthew 14:13-36)

We took the boat with Singapore flag raised and sailed to the middle of Sea of Galilee where we sang praises and worshipped the Lord.



Hillsong – Oceans

As we are at Sea of Galilee, I would like to share on Hillsong United, the Australia-based worship group, recent travel to the Holy Land to perform many of their songs in the actual places where the inspirational stories happened. The lyrics of the popular song “Oceans” is based on the story of Peter walking on the water, recorded in Matthew 14:22-33:

“Lord, if it’s you,” Peter replied, “tell me to come to you on the water.” “Come,” he said. Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus. But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, save me!”

The Ancient Galilee Boat

In the late afternoon, we went to The Yigal Alon Center, near the hotel we were staying, to view the Ancient Galilee Boat.

In 1986, two brothers from Kibbutz Ginosar discovered the Galilee Boat when a servere drought resulted in the lowering of the waters of the Sea of Galilee.  The vessel has been buried in and thus protected by the seabed’s sediments.

The boat is preserved to length of 8.2 metres, breath of 2.3 metres and height of 1.2 metres.  It is built in the typical ancient Mediterranean shell-based construction, employing pegged mortise-and-tenon joints to edge-join the planking.  Iron nails hold the frames to the hull.  Based on several criteria, the Galilee Boat is firmly dated to the first centuries BC-AD and is the type of boat referred to in the Gospels used among the disciples of Jesus.


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