Here are some of the flowers and trees I saw on my trip to Israel.
Day 2 – Friday – 3/22/19
Today we focused on the name of God, Adonai (Lord). As was true with regards to the first day, today was moving time.
Fri, Mar 22, 2019 — Migdala, Ginosaur, Sea of Galilee, Capernaum, Baptisms, Kursi,
TOWN OF MAGNOLIA
We began with the first stop in Northern Israel at the town of Magnolia, the town of Mary Magdalene. This site was recently discovered. Artifacts discovered lends credit to the fact of this town is the Town of Mary Magdalene.
Interested fact 1: It is always taught that this Mary was a prostitute, but that is not documented in scriptures. This idea immolated from the 5th century. A bishop at that time in one of his sermon asked what if Mary was a prostitute. It was repeated as a fact from that time. This was a fantastic day; I am truly blessed with this moment in time.
Interested fact 2: There was a discussion about the Jordan River, the Sea of Galilee and the Dead Sea. It is said that the same water flows between the Dead Sea and the sea of Galilee. The difference is the soil that is at both locations. The dead sea takes in water from the sea of Galilee, but all living things die in the Dead Sea. However, the sea of Galilee takes in water and pass out water with living things. Application: we must always be willing to give as much as we get otherwise we will become like the dead sea, killing everything we receive.
The next stop was at Capernaum. We took a boat from one end on the Galilean sea and sailed to Capernaum. This region where is where Jesus performed nine recorded miracles. What a time of inspiration as we read from the text about Jesus and some of the mighty works he did in this area. I was moved by the fact that I am on the river that Jesus perform miracles and taught so many lessons.
In Capernaum, we visited the location that is viewed to be the place where Peter lived (Matt 8:35
River Jordan was a fantastic experience. I assisted Pastor Denny in baptizing 17 individuals, and then I was baptized. My friend Deacon Mattis helped in my baptism after I baptized him. What an amazing experience to be baptized in the same river as Jesus was over 2000 years ago.
We stopped at a 4th-century church around the place where Jesus cast out the legion of demons from two men who lived in the tomb.
There are 3 cities where Jesus performed most of his miracles, but the residents did not accept him and repented. Jesus warned in Matthew 11:20-23 (NKJV):
20 Then He began to rebuke the cities in which most of His mighty works had been done, because they did not repent: 21 “Woe to you, Chorazin! Woe to you, Bethsaida! For if the mighty works which were done in you had been done in Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented long ago in sackcloth and ashes. 22 But I say to you, it will be more tolerable for Tyre and Sidon in the day of judgment than for you. 23 And you, Capernaum, who are exalted to heaven, will be brought down to Hades; for if the mighty works which were done in you had been done in Sodom, it would have remained until this day.
Those who are witnesses to the power and working God must endeavor to repent and come in full obedience to God.