Saturday, May 2, 2015

Day 7 - via Jericho and Nazareth to the Sea of Galilee

Today we visited Jericho and Nazareth before arriving at our hotel on the Nof Ginosar kibbutz right on the western bank of the Sea of Galilee.
My photograph for today captures one of those lifetime "A-ha" moments.
Our tour leader, John Atkinson, stopped the bus above Nazareth and we stood at a lookout point where we could see the valley of Armageddon. John gave us a teaching touching on the similarities of the ministry of Elisha and Jesus.
In 2 Kings 4:8-37 we read of Elisha bringing the son of the Shunamite woman back to life. In Luke 7:11-16 we read of Jesus raising the son of the widow of Nain. Now I know both of those stories well, but the time difference in centuries, the split between the Old and New Testaments and the fact that I have never even considered the links between Elisha and Jesus meant that when John pointed out the two villages in the view, I was stunned. You will have to look closely as the villages are in the middle distance, but the village on the left, next to the pine tree in the fore-ground, is Nain; the village on the right, on the slopes of Mount Tabor (also called the mountain of the Transfiguration), is Shunem.

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