A Physical Lesson:
- Sea of Galilee is where hundreds of millions of birds migrate across Israel: Thousands of common cranes and pelicans flock to the area, as well as more than 25 species of raptors like the imperial eagles and spotted eagles.
Very green – plantations, vegetations, around the Sea. Full of life.
- But the Dead Sea has no place for animals or plants.
Why is it called “Dead”? Because salt content is extremely high.
In fact, it is one of the world's saltiest bodies of water – 9.6 times as salty as the ocean – which makes swimming like floating.
- The Dead Sea is nearly four times the size of the Sea of Galilee.
- Do you know the Sea of Galilee and the Dead Sea are joined by the same “Jordan river”?
- Why is one sea thriving but the other is not? The answer lies that there is no outlet for the Dead Sea to let water escape from its basin, and the only way to be out of it is by evaporation — resulting a huge concentration of salts and other rich mineral deposits.
The Spiritual Lesson:
The Jordan river has great significance for the children of Israel:
- They crossed the river on dry ground (Joshua 3:1–14) where the Lord made the river stopped flowing and piled up in a heap,
- Elisha healed Naaman of his leprosy when the latter dipped seven times in the river,
- and John the Baptist baptized Jesus Christ in the same river.
“Out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.” — John 7:38
The Jordan river is like Holy Spirit using His Word in bringing nutrients to our soul and spirit, bringing lots of fruit to glorify the Lord. But the outcome of our lives depends on whether we want to be A Sea of Galilee or A Dead Sea.
Are we keeping all the anger, bitterness, or wrath in our hearts; or not getting involve in pleasing our Lord? Or we storing up all the blessings of God for ourselves?
May your life, your spiritual life be TO fit into what our Lord said in:
John 15:8 “By this My Father is glorified, that you bear MUCH fruit;”