Around Galilee.

In Capernaum – Jesus came to the earth to do specific things, one was to set up the church and place leaders (shepherds) over it. He chose 12 of his disciples (talmidim) as apostles (emissaries), including Judas Iscarot, that all scripture be fulfilled (not thy will but thine). As the example, Jesus is the model of our life. He always would shun publicity, never wanting to glorify himself, but only the God the Father. Jesus became our Messiah, through his death, burial and resurrection. Then God the Father exalted him to become Lord of Lords and King of Kings. Mark 3:13-19; Luke 6:12-16; Phil.2:8,9.
Near the Sea of Galilee, Jesus went up on the mountain and began to teach the Sermon on the Mount, the practical day by day way of living. Most Jews had to work and didn’t have the opportunity to study the scriptures. They would go to the synagogue on the Sabbath day for instruction in the Word of God. Very few Jews owned a bible. Matt.5:1; Luke 6:20-49.
In Capernaum, Jesus was called to preach the kingdom of God to the Jews (Mark 7:22) and he looked for faith among his brethren, because it was rare. A roman centurion, a gentile, a dog in the eyes of the Jews, came to Jesus asking him to heal a servant. This man believed Jesus unconditionally because he knew and understood the authority in Jesus. Jesus marveled (to wonder, to admire) at his faith, and said all didn’t have that kind of faith. And the Jews had the Word of God. Matt.8:5-13; Luke 7:1-10; Rom.10:17; Isa.49:12,13.
In Nain, Jesus raises a widow’s son from the dead. When the widow’s son died, she lost everything. Only a man could own or inherit the property (Kinsman Redeemer). A man was to inherit for the woman, Jesus for his bride. Luke 7:11-17; Job 19:25.

Crain Blanchard.

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