May 9: “A First-Hand Look at the Sea of Galilee”

4 Minute Read + pictures and videos


1 Samuel 5:1–7:17
John 6:1-21
Psalm 106:13-31
Proverbs 14:32-33


John 6:1-3 (CSB): “After this, Jesus crossed the Sea of Galilee (or Tiberias). A huge crowd was following him because they saw the signs that he was performing by healing the sick. Jesus went up a mountain and sat down there with his disciples.” 


Typically, I write a reasonably lengthy reflection on some verses that appear in the day’s Bible readings. Today, I will write less and share some pictures and videos that I took while in Israel last summer.

(I want to go to Israel again, see more, and document more! If you want to see my pictures, videos, and reflections from our multiple stops in Israel, just click on the “Archives” drop-down menu on the right and then click on May 2018.)

If you look back at Today’s Bible Verses, you will see that the storyline took place near the Sea of Galilee. In fact, as you continued reading in John 6, you would have come across the story of Jesus walking on the water, on the Sea of Galilee.

Since so much of Jesus’ ministry took place on or near the Sea of Galilee, let me spend the rest of this post helping you to visualize what it looks like.


Here is what Wikipedia says about the Sea of Galilee:

“The Sea of Galilee … is a freshwater lake in Israel. It is the lowest freshwater lake on Earth and the second-lowest lake in the world (after the Dead Sea, a saltwater lake), at levels between … 705 feet … 686 feet below sea level. It is approximately … 33 miles in circumference, about … 13 miles long, and … 8.1 miles wide. Its … maximum depth is approximately … 141 feet. The lake is fed partly by underground springs, although its main source is the Jordan River, which flows through it from north to south.”

So, what does the Sea of Galilee look like? Here are some pictures and videos that I took last summer:

I took this picture when we ate at St. Peter’s Restaurant Mifratz-Amnun on the northernmost part of the Sea of Galilee.
Kim had been to Israel before but she wanted to put her feet in the water again. This is still at St. Peter’s Restaurant.
After seeing “The Jesus Boat,” we took a boat ride on the Sea of Galilee (NW corner of the Sea).
When the Bible tells us that Jesus was near the Sea of Galilee and went up on a mountain, this is what it looks like.

Now, for some videos.

This first video is a 29-second video I took from “The Mount of Beatitudes.” It’s just a wild guess that this was the place where Jesus spoke the words of Matthew 5-7.

I took this next video (1 minute, 53 seconds) while walking among the ruins of Capernaum. While most of the following video reveals the ruins, there is a moment when I pan toward the Sea of Galilee to show how close the Sea was to the place where the Apostle Peter lived.

I took the following video (1 minute, 2 seconds) when Kim and I took a boat ride on the Sea of Galilee.

I’ll end this post with a final video (1 minute, 48 seconds). As we were heading back to the dock, I wanted to capture a very relaxing, reflective moment. There was music playing over the boat’s speaker system so I simply aimed my phone at the water and gradually panned toward the horizon.

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I have an incredible wife that God gave to me on May 10, 1997. Since then, the Lord has blessed us with three wonderful boys. I am also the pastor of the First Baptist Church of Polk City, Florida.

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