And he arose, and rebuked the wind,
and said unto the sea, Peace, be still.
And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm.
~ Mark 4:39, King James Bible
All onboard! At 8 am, we got off to an early start aboard the Sea of Galilee Worship Boat, where we were able to worship the Lord Jesus on the very lake (Sea of Galilee) where He taught, walked on the water, and calmed the wind and the waves! Leaving from the Tiberius pier, we boarded the blessed boat Faith and arrived at the Ginosar Pier, on the western shore, to see the ancient boat found in the Sea of Galilee in 1986.
Daniel Carmel came to know the Lord while working on a boat as a captain on the Sea of Galilee. Soon after Daniel came to the Lord he began his worship ministry by translating popular worship songs into Hebrew. He is also the captain of the ship, and during our special worship service he threw out nets on both sides of the boat, just as if he were a Galilean fisherman back in the day.
We went to see the Jesus Boat, the remains of an ancient fishing boat found by two brothers from Kibbutz Ginnosar in 1986. The drought of that year caused the water level of the lake to recede enough to find the boat’s remains in the silt. After 2,000 years, the ancient vessel emerged from the depths. Immediately, archaeologists were sent in, and because there were rumors of gold it was guarded day and night. The boat also needed to be extracted from the dense layer of mud that clung to it before the water rose again. The wood was so fragile it had to be surrounded with fiberglass and foam to keep it intact. Now, it resides in a special climatized museum in Kibbutz Ginosar…
We headed to the Mount of Beatitudes, which was on our way to Capernaum. The term beatitude means “happiness”. Here, on this beautiful hill, Jesus is believed to have delivered the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5), which took place early in his ministry after he has been baptized by John the Baptist (Matthew 3) and gathered his first disciples (Matthew 4). It is the longest continuous section of Jesus speaking found in the New Testament. It includes some of his best-known teachings such as the Beatitudes (eight blessings) and the Lord’s Prayer.
Jesus had been all over Galilee preaching, and great crowds followed him. When he saw the multitudes, he went up into the mountain, followed by his disciples, and began to preach.
The eight Beatitudes in Matthew 5:3-12 during the Sermon on the Mount.
Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of Heaven.
Blessed are those who mourn: for they will be comforted.
Blessed are the meek: for they will inherit the earth.
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness: for they will be filled.
Blessed are the merciful: for they will be shown mercy.
Blessed are the pure in heart: for they will see God.
Blessed are the peacemakers: for they will be called children of God.
Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are you when others revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward in heaven is great, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you.
The actual location of the Sermon on the Mount is not certain, but the present site (also known as Mount Eremos) has been commemorated for more than 1600 years. Picture looking down at the multitudes from this height…