“Father, make of me a crisis man. Bring those I contact to decision. Let me not be a milepost on a single road;
make me a fork
, that men must turn one way or another on facing Christ in me.” - Jim Elliot

Sunday, April 6, 2008

Blessed are the...

At the Mount of Beatitudes

We visited the Mount of Beatitudes today. So, yesterday when I was talking about de-bunking some of my childhood visions... this was a day to keep them. Again, another church to mark where the Sermon on the Mount was held... thousands of tourists... and a gift shop. A highlight of the tour has been our guide reading the scriptures to us in Hebrew in the location of where the verses had been lived out by Jesus. (Of course, the New Testament was written in Greek, but it's cool hearing it in the native language.)

As I took a few minutes to reflect on the Beatitudes in Matthew 5:1-12, I realized that I want all the benefits... comfort, mercy, to see God, and the kingdom of heaven... but was I willing to fill the conditions... meek, merciful, pure in heart? I am trying to treasure all of this in my heart, but things start to blur... and I've had to work hard (ie blogging) to keep the memories alive. Thanks for hanging in there with me!

We then visited the Jesus Boat which is approximately 2,000 years old... and would be similar to the boat that Peter would have used. Truly amazing to think how well this boat was preserved and then reconstructed. Part of the beauty of being here is seeing the reality of the life of Christ.

Then a boat ride on the Sea of Galilee. What an amazing time in the middle of the Sea of Galilee (which is really more like a lake). Author Joel Rosenberg spoke on Matthew 14:22-33 and Matthew 25. He asked us to reflect on our personal response to what God is saying to us. Where/how does God want us to be living out our faith? We had an amazing worship time singing "Holy Holy" by MWS, "Our God is an Awesome God" and "Blessed Be the Name of the Lord." A True Highlight!

Off to Capernum... Jesus had left Nazareth and lived in Capernum. We were able to see a 4th Century Synagogue that was built directly on the 1st Century Synagogue where Jesus would have frequented. And the home of Peter. Luke 4:31-42. Joel Rosenberg again challenged us... Are we discipling anyone... or being discipled? 2 Timothy 2:2 (Hmm... sounds like Intentional Living!)

We also drove through a couple mine fields! Of course, this was a highlight for the guys... what are they thinking?

We then visited Tabgha where Jesus multiplied the 5 loaves and 2 fishes to feed over 5,000 people. Matthew 14:13-21. And then we were off to our own fish dinner in the 95 degree weather... complete fish dinner... "St. Peter's Fish" (talapia) with head, tails, fins, "scales" and eyes! You ate it all... well, not the bones... okay, and not the eyes... but everything else! It was good down to the last bone!

We are meeting a lot of wonderful people. There is Felicity who was celebrating her birthday (60th!) today as well. We were serenaded "Happy Birthday" in english and hebrew! We were also given a little birthday dessert tonight. We've also met another blogger couple, Kathi and Jimmy. It's great to share these memories... and who knows... what friendships will blossom in the desert?


Kentucky Bound said...

Wow! What an amazing opportunity! I can't wait to hear more!

Anonymous said...

Sheri & Anthony
Fish looks good. All is going well here.
Love Ruth

logan said...

Sheri and Anthony,

What a wonderful trip, I love checking everyday to see what great adventure you guys are on.
Have fun and we can't wait to hear more.
Mike, Cassie and the boys

Kathi Woodall said...

Great post, Sheri! We echoed a lot of each others thoughts about the day. It's definitely all becoming a blur.

Anonymous said...

oh wow!!!! thanks for making all of this come to life!!!I'm so excited you are sharing your journey!!!