DAY 225- BIG PICTURE IN A YEAR - THE LAND
Reading: Matthew 4:12-25
Yesterday, we stopped off in Samaria. Today’s focus is on the Province of Galilee, just north of Samaria.
Galilee, though far away from Jerusalem, and a place of small towns and fishing villages, was greatly blessed when Jesus ministered there and chose disciples from there. Most of Jesus’ disciples were chosen in Galilee. Nazareth, Chorazin, Bethsaida and Capernaum, all towns in Galilee, are frequently mentioned in the Gospels and Jesus performed many miracles there.
The Sea of Galilee was a central feature in Galilee. From the Sea of Galilee, which is quite far north in Israel, the Jordan River flowed right down towards the Dead Sea in the South. Water was often a feature of Jesus’ ministry, for He was baptised in the Jordan by John the Baptist, chose disciples by the Sea of Galilee, taught crowds from a boat, discipled the 12 on a boat and on the shoreline. He was caught in storms on the Sea of Galilee, calmed storms, instructed His disciples on where to cast their nets to catch fish, made fish braais on the shoreline, prayed on the hills overlooking the Sea of Galilee, delivered a demoniac man on the shoreline and even..walked on the water.
Why don’t you spend some time meditating on the story of how Jesus walked on the water. Close your eyes. Picture yourself being there. Perhaps in the boat. Or on the shore.
Dear Father, thinking back to Jesus’ ministry in Galilee, particularly around the Sea of Galilee brings back great memories of what Jesus taught and did there with His 12 disciples. May our lives be changed like the disciples as we reflect on what Jesus did and said and who He is. Amen
FOR THE FAMILY
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