There are so many things to see in the region of Galilee, that we’ll be spending two (2) full days there. Our day will begin with a trip to the northern region.
On our way to Dan, we’ll stop to see Chorazin and Hazor. The village of Chorazin is only mentioned in Matthew 11:21 and the parallel account in Luke 10:13. Due to its proximity to Capernaum, Jesus’ second home (Matthew 4:13), Chorazin was one of the villages Jesus preached. In the synagogue at Chorazin is a “seat of Moses” occupied by the presiding rabbi whose pronouncements were almost equivalent with God’s own words. Thus Jesus condemned their hypocritical practices (Matthew 23:2-3).
The ancient city of Dan is in the northernmost area of ancient Israel and stands on the largest of the three sources that feed the Jordan River. In fact, “Jordan” is a contraction of the Hebrew term Yored Dan, which means “descending from Dan.” During his reign in 928-907 B.C., Jeroboam I setup places of worship to the golden calves that “brought the Israelites out of Egypt” in Bethel and here in Dan (1 Kings 12:28-29). You’ll walk through the ancient city gates and see the restored altar of Israel’s idolatrous worship pictured below.
Leaving Dan, you’ll journey to Caesarea Philippi where Jesus withdrew with His disciples after John the Baptist was executed (Mark 6:27-32). This is also the place where Peter made his good confession, that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God (Matthew 16:13-20).
Just as Jesus and His disciples withdrew from the crowds, we’ll withdraw to the hotel and prepare for worship together. What a blessing to have these thoughts in mind as we praise our Lord together and consider Jesus’ sacrifice for us.
Sea of Galilee
We’ll begin our second day in Galilee with a boat ride across the Sea of Galilee, also know as the Sea of Tiberias and Lake Gennesaret. The Sea of Galilee is central to many accounts in Jesus’ life. It was on this sea where he calmed the storm (Mark 4:39) and walked on water (Matthew 14:26-29). It was where Jesus called Peter, Andrew James and John (Matthew 4:18; Luke 5:1-11) and where they experienced their miraculous catches of fish.
We’ll cross over the sea toNof Ginnosar, where you’ll see an ancient fishing boat from the first century A.D. preserved by the mud under the sea. The boat would have been used around the time of Jesus and His Apostles.
Around the Sea
The rest of your day will be spent visiting sites around the Sea of Galilee, as many as we have time to fit in. Among these are Magdala, the church of the Primacy of Peter, the church of the Beatitudes, Capernaum, Tabgha and Bethsaida, as time permits.
After beginning His ministry, Capernaum became Jesus’ hometown just as Isaiah had prophesied (Matthew 4:13; John 2:12; Isaiah 9:1-2). The city is only two to three miles south of Chorazin. The centurion’s servant was in Capernaum when Jesus healed him (Matthew 8:5; Luke 7). It was also in Capernaum when Jesus instructed Peter to catch a fish in whose mouth would be a coin to pay the temple tax (Matthew 17:24). After feeding the 5,000, Jesus crossed into Capernaum and taught his “bread of life” discourse in the synagogue (John 6:17, 24). Jesus would have worshipped each Sabbath in the synagogue in Capernaum. You’ll stand in a synagogue built on the same site dating back to the 4th century A.D.
Bethsaida was home to Philip, Andrew and Peter (John 1:44). It was in Bethsaida that Jesus healed the blind man by mixing dirt with His saliva (Mark 8:22). The 5,000 were fed close the city (Luke 9:10). As you walk through the city, you can still see the foundations from some of buildings and walls.
After our journey through Galilee, we end at the southern tip of the Sea of Galilee. We’ll see Jordan River.