Monday, March 30, 2009

Sunrise on the Sea of Galilee; Waterfalls

One spring weekend, several of the CFI volunteers went "up north" of Jerusalem for the weekend. We stayed on the north shore of the Sea of Galilee. Saturday morning was overcast but still yielded some picturesque photos. On Sunday morning, I was on the shoreline by 5:45am in order to get some sunrise photos. Here are some of the photos in chronological order:

A quiet, serene morning on the shore of the Sea of Galilee. You could almost see the Lord Jesus cooking breakfast. Then, as soon as they had come to land, they saw a fire of coals there, and fish laid on it, and bread. Jesus said to them, “Bring some of the fish which you have just caught.” John 21:9-10.

For some reason, the sun's reflection on the water seemed to be pointing directly at me.

As the sun rose behind a cloud, modern day fisherman were on the water. And Jesus, walking by the Sea of Galilee, saw two brothers, Simon called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea; for they were fishermen. Then He said to them, “Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men.” They immediately left their nets and followed Him. Matthew 4:18-20.

The sun rising on the city of Tiberias which lies on the west side of the Sea with the same name. After these things Jesus went over the Sea of Galilee, which is the Sea of Tiberias. John 6:1.

Spring wildflowers in the Galilee taller than me. The flowers appear on the earth; The time of singing has come, And the voice of the turtledove Is heard in our land. Song of Songs 2:12.

Blue poppies at Kere Deshe where we stayed. I overheard someone say they are "more rarer than the red poppies".

The majesty of Mt Arbel by the Sea of Galilee.

Waterfall on the Banias Stream. One of the three tributaries of the Jordan River.

We walked from the origin of the Banias Stream, near the ruins of Caesarea Philippi, to the waterfall. When Jesus came into the region of Caesarea Philippi, He asked His disciples, saying, “Who do men say that I, the Son of Man, am?” Matthew 16:13.

Walking along the Banias toward the waterfall.

Wildflowers on the Golan Heights with a snow-capped Mt Hermon in the distance. It is like the dew of Hermon, Descending upon the mountains of Zion; For there the LORD commanded the blessing— Life forevermore. Psalm 133:3

This is the waterfall at Gamla on the Golan Heights. It is Israel's highest waterfall.

During the Roman-Jewish Wars of 66-70 AD, the citizens of Gamla chose to jump to their death rather than submit to Roman rule. Gamla's nickname is the "Masada of the north".

Below is the Iyyon Falls just outside the city of Metulla on the Lebanon border.

The pathway ends right at the bottom of the falls. You do get wet.

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