ISRAEL Day #5: Nazareth to the Dead Sea
In late October I traveled to Israel with a group of 35 other Christians as a part of the Christian Journeys tour with the founding pastor(s) of Lifecentre Church, Barry and Joyce Boucher. I cannot even begin to put into words how much this trip has impacted my life.
As Day 5 began, we left the solitude of Galilee behind us and made our way towards Nazareth. Nazareth is where Jesus spent his childhood with Mary and Joseph. Nazareth is also where the Nazarenes attempted to throw Jesus over the cliff. Now a suburb of Nazareth, Cana is where Jesus performed his first miracle when he changed water into wine (Luke 1: 26-28 // John 1: 46 // Matthew 2: 23). We then made our way from Nazareth to Bet She'an, Israel's largest archeological digs. Archeologists today are still discovering more ruins from the Roman era when Bet She'am was one of the 10 cities in The Decapolis. After losing the battle to the Philistines, King Saul and his sons were hung from the city walls (Judges 4: 7-8 // Samuel 24: 1-23). After exploring the ruins the journey continued to the Dead Sea, where we would see many sites like Masada, Ein Gedi, and the Sea itself on Day 6.