The "shrinking" Sea of Galilee is a major concern in the Land of Israel. It supplies a significant amount of their drinking water as well as water for agriculture which is a staple in their economic stability. Constant prayer requests go up on behalf of this particular body of water. All of the feeder streams that should be alleviating some of this problem are being diverted or drained long before they reach the Sea. This is supposed to be the time of the year with abundant rains. As the recent fire clearly shows, rain has long been absent from this Land and the outlook is grim. More than once, rain was predicted on various days of our tour. No rain ever really materialized.
This part of our tour is particularly uplifting as it's clear from Scripture that this is the place where Yeshua grew up and spent a great deal of HIS ministry time. HIS talmidin (disciples) were also from this area and we were able to visit places like Capernaum that are mentioned in the Brit Hadashah (New Testament) and see the ruins of Peter's house. The 2,000 years between our lives and theirs melts away as we walk in the places where they walked and see the things that they saw in their day. While Yerushalyem is the centerpiece of this Land, it is here in the north where it all began for us, HIS modern day followers.