We left these shorelines after one last view and headed for the historic city of Beth Shan, south of Gallilee and enroute to Jerusalem. The city in ruins held a deep history going back to the time of Saul and his brutal defeat against the Philistines where they posted the carcasses of he and his sons on the city walls. The Greeks occupied the city for 1,000 years before the Romans rebuilt and occupied. The remains of the Roman theater and the high tell where a former temple existed convey an active lifestyle that was attractive for many to visit and call home. This area would later become a city that the followers of Jesus would go as part of the Decapolis to spread the news of his redemption. Evidence of gathering places tell many stories of the life of the people here.
Sunday - Tabgha is the town where the miracle of the multiplication of the loaves and fish was performed. Here, we also listened to Mark Driscoll preach.
Later, we left for Jerusalem! It took us about two hours to get there, and on our way we past Jericho, and Samaria. To get there, we went through a lot of the dessert of Israel, which was an interesting side of the country to see. Along the way, we visited Beit She’an. Here Is where the ruins of an ancient city was found. It was wonderful to be able to see another ancient city found in the Bible.
We woke up and got on the bus and put all of our stuff back inside the bus because we were going to Jerusalem. When we where looking for the bus it says what color bus. Someone put on top of that PARTY BUS because the tour guide calls the bus the party bus. While we where about to start driving a guy walked by the bus and read it and walked away. That is the new bus name. Then we drove about an hour and a half and went to a small town. It was really really hot even for us (since living in Florida). I started sweating. At one place (Beth Shan) in it was a bathroom for about 50 people and it was the same but bigger in Caesarea. Then we went to the place where they think that Jesus picked the disciples. There was a sunken ship over by there today. Mark Driscoll teached there about when Jesus was really tired and went to sleep on the boat while a storm was happening. (He said he was so tired the bottom of the boat looked like a good place to sleep). Then after he calmed the sea he probably went back to sleep. He taught it really well. Now we got to the hotel and are going to the pool and played volleyball again and did a relay race. My team won and daddy and Caleb’s team lost. Then we went upstairs and took a shower and went to dinner and now. That’s all I have because I don’t know the future.