Banias Falls, near Caesarea Philippi

Today’s travels in northern Israel took us to Lake Hula (migratory birds pass through here, to and from Africa-Turkey) and then past Abel-beth-maacah (see 1 Kings 15:20) to the border of Lebanon. We also saw the Senir River and Banias River, two of the main sources that converge to form the Jordan River. The Banias Spring emanates at Caesarea Philippi. Downstream from there are the Banias Falls.

Banias Falls near Caesarea Philippi. One of the major sources of the Jordan River.

Banias Falls near Caesarea Philippi. One of the major sources of the Jordan River.

Jesus was in this area during His “Retirement Ministry,” in that time-frame when He was trying to spend more private teaching/training time with the apostles for the great evangelistic work for which He had chosen them. Text–Matthew 16:

13 Now when Jesus came into the district of Caesarea Philippi, He was asking His disciples, “Who do people say that the Son of Man is?” 14 And they said, “Some say John the Baptist; and others, Elijah; but still others, Jeremiah, or one of the prophets.” 15 He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” 16 Simon Peter answered, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” 17 And Jesus said to him, “Blessed are you, Simon Barjona, because flesh and blood did not reveal this to you, but My Father who is in heaven. 18 “I also say to you that you are Peter, and upon this rock I will build My church; and the gates of Hades will not overpower it. 19 “I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven; and whatever you bind on earth shall have been bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall have been loosed in heaven.”

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