Bethsaida "Fisherman's House"

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Bethsaida, meaning Fisherman's House, is a village on the north side of the Sea of Galilee, the original residence and perhaps the birthplace of three of Jesus' disciples - Andrew, Peter and Philip (John 1:44; 12:21). Some of Jesus' mighty works took place here (Matthew 11:21, Luke 10:13) including Jesus healing a blind man by spitting on his eyes and laying His hands on him (Mark 8:22:26). Do check out my Israel Travel Itinerary for more tips and inspirations.

Bethsaida "Fisherman's House" Israel Travel Guide

Aaahh!! Another beautiful view from Bethsaida. Israel is so breathtakingly beautiful.

Bethsaida "Fisherman's House" Israel Travel Guide
From Bethsaida you can get a view of Capernaum, where we just had a photo tour yesterday, and Tabgha. During the Six Day war, this site at Bethsaida was use by the Syrian Army as a post.

Bethsaida "Fisherman's House" Israel Travel Guide

BETHSAIDA RUINS

If you'll notice this place is full of ruins just like that in Capernaum. It was never built again. Why? The clue is in the above photo.

Okay, here's the answer. Jesus actually place judgement in this place, alongside Capernaum and Corazin, because of the many miracles that had been done in this place yet the people still remains in unbelief. (Luke 10:13).

Bethsaida "Fisherman's House" Israel Travel Guide

Our tour guide showed us two types of houses built in this area. One is the winegrowers house and the other one is a fisherman's house. It was a tremendous blessing that our tour guide was an archeologist so he taught us how to distinguish the difference.

WHERE'S THE SEA?

Did you ever wonder where's the body of water if a fisherman's house is built here? Actually, when the Israelites came back to their land in the 40's this whole area is a swamp full of mosquitoes carrying malaria. They've reclaimed the land by planting eucalyptus trees from Australia to dry up the swamp. That's why you won't find any body of water near the area. So now you know. ;) 


REENACTMENT

If you happen to read the Bible, did you ever wonder how Jesus was able to touch and heal all the sick laying on the ground? Imagine Him (Jesus Christ) walking through the busy street on the way to the market and the sick people was laying on each side of the street. Okay, i'll help you with this illustration below.

Bethsaida "Fisherman's House" Israel Travel Guide

By now, I guess you've already got a picture of how small the street is. When Jesus came in every sick people was laying or sitting on the side of the road but as Jesus passed by the people on His back whom He passed by was rejoicing for the miracle that they've received. That's amazing!

Time to go to our next and final site, Church of St. Peter's Primacy.



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