Posts Tagged ‘Sea of Galilee’

Read Matthew Chapter 4

1. What causes Jesus to go to Galilee according to Matthew 4:12?

2. To what town does he travel first in the Galilee according to Matthew 4:13? What is the significance of this town to Jesus?

3. To what town does Jesus travel next? Where is this town located in relationship to the Sea of Galilee?

4. What do you learn from Matthew 4:14 about Jesus going to Capernaum?

5. What was Jesus’ message from this time forward according to Matthew 4:17?

6. What do you learn about Simon and Andrew in Matthew 4:18?

7. What does Jesus ask them to do in Matthew 4:19-20? What is their response?

8. What do you learn of James and John from Matthew 4:21-22?

9. Copy Matthew 4:23-24 here. Meditate on this. Try to picture what this would have looked like for Jesus and the disciples.

10. Find a map of Israel and locate the following: Galilee, Capernaum, Decapolis, Jerusalem, Judea, and the Jordan river.

11. What application can you make from Matthew chapter 4 to your life and relationship with God?

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Lake Kinneret

Some things in Israel never change, but also continue to amaze and instruct. One such place is Lake Kinneret. You may know it as the Sea of Galilee or Lake Tiberias.

The lake is the lowest fresh water lake in the world. It is 13 miles long and 8 and ½ miles wide at the widest point. Though small when compared to many lakes around the world, Lake Kinneret is at no loss for visitors.

Lake Kinneret (Sea of Galilee) was the hub around which Jesus of Nazareth taught during his ministry. Many of the stories found in the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John took place on or near the lake.

While I was originally drawn to the lake for the usual reasons pilgrims are, I am drawn back now by the beauty and mystery of the lake. It is a joy to photograph because the views are rarely the same. The lake changes with the rising and setting of the sun and with the fog and mist that lay across its surface through parts of the day as well.

I offer you, the lake . . .

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