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Why Galilee?


Sea of galilee, near Capernaum

Sea of galilee, near Capernaum (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

After being tempted by Satan for forty days, Jesus returned to civilization and discovered that John the Baptist had been taken into custody. Upon hearing this, He withdrew into Galilee; leaving Nazareth He settle in Capernaum, which is by the sea in the region of Zebulun and Naphtali. This was to fulfill what was spoken through the prophet Isaiah: “The land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali, By the way of the sea, beyond the Jordan, Galilee of the Gentiles — The people who were sitting in darkness saw a great Light, And those who were sitting in the land and shadow of death, Upon them a Light dawned.” From that time Jesus began to preach and say, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.”

We know that Jesus came, not to the Gentiles or to the Samaritans but to the Jews. His message included healing the sick, cleansing the lepers, and casting out demons. When the Canaanite woman approached Him near Tyre and Sidon, He admonished her saying, “I was sent only to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.”

When Jesus’ message was not received, He denounced the cities that he was in and described a horrible fate for them.

Knowing that the people in the land of Galilee were religious people and that Jesus’ message to them was repent, What do you think His message to us would be today?


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2 thoughts on “Why Galilee?

  1. I think Jesus would (does) have exactly the same message to the lost.
    – I think to the church (His body) He would be sounding the alarm to wake us up out of our complacent stupor! He IS doing that…hence the many books on discipleship, Passion for Jesus, a bunch of songs about forgiveness, about chasing God, about passionate commitment, etc!
    “Be doers of the Word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.” James 1:22

    • I totally agree, Kathleen! That is part of the reason I have this blog (which I should use more often) and my newsletter. The other part is to keep me focused on Jesus and serving Him. Hopefully along the way, one or two people will get it.

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