Day 3 – Wednesday, May 22: Capernaum and Magdela

My first night of sleeping at our hotel (Scot’s Hotel) was great! I slept like a rock and woke up refreshed at 5:30am. I went on a morning prayer walk for about 3 miles along the shore of the Sea of Galilee. As I came out of the hotel and around the corner, I realized that the sun was rising over the mountains on the far side of the Sea of Galilee (or as the locals call it, “the lake,”). I was so moved by the quiteness of the morning but the loudness of creation as the sun, the mountains, and “the lake,” sang of the greatness of God in their beauty. *The picture on Day 2’s post is of the sunrise this morning. After my prayer walk, I went back to my room to shower and get ready for the day. We had morning prayer and scripture readings with the team and then went to breakfast…man, I love breakfast and this hotel’s breakfast was incredible. I don’t know how I’m going to keep from gaining 10 lbs. on this trip. LOL
After breakfast, we headed out on our first excursion to Capernaum, which Jesus called “his own city” in Matthew 9:1. I was blown away by what I saw there. I saw the Capernaum synagogue from the 4th century that was built on top of the 1st century synagogue that Jesus would have taught in. In Luke 7:5 says a centurion had built a local synagogue that Jesus preached in. Then Mark 1:29-31 tells us, “As soon as they left the synagogue, they went with James and John to the home of Simon and Andrew. Simon’s mother-in-law was in bed w a fever, and they told Jesus about her. So he went to her, took her hand and helped her up. The fever left her and she began to wait on them.” I stopped outside of the synagogue and read those passages out of my Bible, then looked up and being there, it made so much sense. The synagogue is about a block away from Peter’s house. We were told that many of the sites that we will visit over the next 2 weeks are the traditional sites where they believe things happened but are not 100% certain (at least they would be within view)…but they are almost certain that this was Peter’s house. There were so many things that Jesus did in Capernaum, just read Mark 1 and 2 for example. I don’t think I’ll ever read scriptures about Capernaum the same way again, it makes so much sense here!
We then headed to Magdela, which is the home town of Mary Magdalene. The Jewish area of Magdela was just discovered within the past 4 years. Even to today as we stood there, archaeologist continue to dig and work at the site, discovering more and more. They found the first century synagogue, that Jesus would have taught in (we stood right there and watched as archaeologist worked on it. Amazing! Luke 8 tells us, “After this, Jesus traveled about from one town and village to another, proclaiming the good news of the Kingdom of God. The 12 were with him, and also some women who had been cured of evil spirits and diseases: Mary (called Magdalene, which means from Magdela) from whom seven demons had come out; …these women were helping to support them out of their own means.” Everything we are seeing here is just helping me to make so much more sense of the scriptures. We are seeing these little towns and villages that Jesus traveled around preaching in. Sorry, I am really lacking words. Seeing all of this hasn’t helped me believe more, by God’s grace, I’ve always believed in faith, but being here has helped me make so much more sense of the scriptures.
After our site seeing and study time, we went back to the hotel for an afternoon of rest, then dinner, then we ended the evening with sharing, worship, and communion with the team. Part of the purpose of this trip is to teach us how to rest and to be rejuvenated and renewed. I know it’s only Day 3, but I feel filled up…spiritually, but also physically, mentally, and emotionally. Praise God! I’m so thankful that he is allowing me to be here and I’m so thankful that I have a loving and supportive bride that is taking care of the kids and allowing me to be fully here. I can’t wait for the day when, Lord willing, I get to bring her back here with me!

One thought on “Day 3 – Wednesday, May 22: Capernaum and Magdela

  1. Thanking God for this opportunity for you too! God love us so much and He is taking care of us back here, giving us everything we NEED! Our church is loving us so well you would be so proud of our church family! I am excited to talk through all these pictures and read the scriptures together when you are back (and with our babies!) Soak it up hunny, “Be Still and know that I am God!”

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