Friday, March 16, 2012

Sea of Galilee~Mount of Beatitudes~Day 6

It's so easy to fall in love with Galilee! From "the mount," you can see the entire Sea and every town that Jesus would have traveled through around it.

This place is where Jesus delivered His "Sermon on the Mount." From this famed sermon:

"Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you... Matt 5: 44"
"Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life? Matt 6: 27"
"For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you. Matt 7: 2"
"For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened. Matt 7: 8"
"But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, only a few find it. Matt 7:14"
"Not everyone who says to me, 'Lord, Lord,' will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. Matt 7: 21"

He taught us how to pray HERE!

"Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come,
your will be done
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our debts,
as we also have forgiven our debtors.
And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from the evil one."
Matthew 6: 9-13

Behind Dallas is a convent on the Mount of Beatitudes.
It was closed for worship when we were up there.

We know from Matthew and Luke that Jesus got up when He had finished delivering His message to the thousands on the mountain and walked to Capernaum. Capernaum is probably a half to three quarter mile stroll down this path from the Mount. People walk it regularly, and while I'm not convinced that this is the EXACT path that Jesus took, it could very well be!

"When Jesus had finished saying these things, the crowds were amazed at his teaching, because he taught as one who had authority, and not as their teachers of the law. Matt 7: 28, 29"

While we were already up on the mountain, we stopped at Korazin, which is just up from where Jesus preached the Sermon on the Mount. It's just another two minute drive, and if you don't make a wrong into a gated community and get stuck there until someone else enters or exits, you can be there in no time...not that WE did that, but surely SOMEONE has done that before!
Okay, so we did that.

Korazin is now a national park, and since we didn't have 14 shekels since we'd used most of our change to pay to use the restrooms all day, we were running low on funds. My point? I totally took this picture from the parking lot with my 55x250 lens.

Driving away from the ruins, we realized that they are a lot cooler than you can see from the parking lot and you would probably have some AMAZING views of Galilee from inside, so I'd say it would be worth your 7 shekels a piece if you don't drink too much on your day in Galilee...just keepin' it real, folks!

Korazin's relevance? Jesus reprimands this town fiercely. This is what He has to say to Korazin when they did not repent upon seeing and experiencing His miracles firsthand:

"Woe to you, Korazin! ...if the miracles that were performed in you had been performed in Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented long ago in sackcloth and ashes. But I tell you, it will be more bearable for Tyre an Sidon on the day of judgment than for you. Matt 11: 20-22"


Next stop, a quick 7 minute drive back down the mountain to:

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