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A Full Kinneret - Waters of History and Hope

"Through the Lord’s mercies, we are not consumed, because His compassions fail not. They are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness. The Lord is my portion. Therefore I hope in Him!" Lam. 3:22, 24   

The Kinneret (Sea of Galilee) is mentioned for the first time in the Bible, in both the books of Numbers and Joshua. According to Christian history, many essential moments of the life and ministry of Yeshua took place on its shores.  Now, after many years of drought and an unusually wet winter, Israel's Sea of Galilee is full for the first time in decades.  Following an abundant rainfall earlier this week, the Water Authority announced that the level of its waters reached its full capacity, marking a record since 2004. Located in northern Israel, the Kinneret is the lowest fresh-water lake in the world, around 210 meters below sea level.  For many years, scarcity of water represented one of Israel’s major challenges. This is no longer true, however, thanks to rapid advancement in water-related technologies that have been able to turn previously unusable resources – sea and wastewaters – into major supplies. Yet, most Israelis have been rejoicing in the fact that during the past two winters the Sea of Galilee level has been on the rise. It is due to its religious and cultural as well as political significance, and not merely because of the hydrogeological implications, that the Kinneret is such a central part of Israel’s life and identity, said Avner Adin Chairman of Israel Institute of Standards' Central Water Committee. (VFI News) 

"He covers the sky with clouds; He supplies the earth with rain and makes grass grow on the hills. He provides food for the cattle and for the young ravens when they call." Ps. 147:8-9