Sea of Galilee Fishing

I walked to the Tiberias lake front early one morning. There is a little harbor where small fishing boats were moored when not in use. The harbor stone breakwater was built after a violent storm crashed giant waves into the waterfront. The lake is a major source of Israel's water supply. It was March and the water level was low as the population is growing while the rainfall fluctuates within its range. 

I saw a school of tilapia parallel to the shore. They were floating near the surface. They fed on zooplankton and phytoplankton. Sometimes their mouths were at the water level. If a gull or pigeon flew close to them they made a big splash in that area with their tails. They disappeared in their dive down as if they wanted to escape fish eating birds.

Two fishermen were retrieving a gill net set the night before. I watched as they pulled fish out of the net. 

In the evening two other fishermen finished stowing their gear aboard their boat and headed out for a night of fishing. 

Among Jesus' early disciples were the fishermen Simon, Andrew, James and John. 

Luke 5:1 Now while the multitude pressed on (toward) him and heard the word of God, he was standing by the lake of Gennesaret. 2 He saw two boats standing by the lake, but the fishermen had gone out of them, and were washing their nets. 3 He entered into one of the boats, which was Simon’s, and asked him to put out a little from the land. He sat down and taught the multitudes from the boat. 4 When he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, “Put out into the deep, and let down your nets for a catch.”

5 Simon answered him, “Master, we worked all night, and took nothing; but at your word I will let down the net.” 6 When they had done this, they caught a great multitude of fish, and their net was breaking. 7 They beckoned to their partners in the other boat, that they should come and help them. They came, and filled both boats, so that they began to sink."

God rewards the righteous. If God asks you to do something, there might be a reward if you obey. Some people saw miracles and believed. If one sees a miracle, it will be hard for him/her to say God does not exist. Jesus was sent to the Jews as they had useful teachings in their Bible. Not all the teachings of this Bible were perfect, that is why Jesus was sent to teach a new deal. To know God's truth is to be enlightened.

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Written by David Q. Hall






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