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Morning on the Sea of Galilee

sea_of_galilee_sunriseThe last time I was in Israel, our tour group spent three nights on the shores of the Sea of Galilee. As we arrived on the first afternoon, I encouraged the members of our group to get up a little early and watch the sun rise over the Golan Heights. To the best of my knowledge, I believe that every member of our group did this on at least one morning. Watching the sun rise is always a memorable event. However, watching the sun rise over the Sea of Galilee is something that you will never forget. I encourage you to watch this YouTube video and enjoy.


When I watch this video (or experience the sunrise from Tiberias), I am always reminded of the Bible stories that took place in the early morning on the Sea of Galilee.

So it was, as the multitude pressed about Him to hear the word of God, that He stood by the Lake of Gennesaret, and saw two boats standing by the lake; but the fishermen had gone from them and were washing their nets. Then He got into one of the boats, which was Simon’s, and asked him to put out a little from the land. And He sat down and taught the multitudes from the boat. When He had stopped speaking, He said to Simon, “Launch out into the deep and let down your nets for a catch.” But Simon answered and said to Him, “Master, we have toiled all night and caught nothing; nevertheless at Your word I will let down the net.” And when they had done this, they caught a great number of fish, and their net was breaking. - Luke 5:1-6

After these things Jesus showed Himself again to the disciples at the Sea of Tiberias, and in this way He showed Himself: Simon Peter, Thomas called the Twin, Nathanael of Cana in Galilee, the sons of Zebedee, and two others of His disciples were together. Simon Peter said to them, “I am going fishing.” They said to him, “We are going with you also.” They went out and immediately got into the boat, and that night they caught nothing. But when the morning had now come, Jesus stood on the shore; yet the disciples did not know that it was Jesus. Then Jesus said to them, “Children, have you any food?” They answered Him, “No.” And He said to them, “Cast the net on the right side of the boat, and you will find some.” So they cast, and now they were not able to draw it in because of the multitude of fish. - John 21:1-6