Why did God lead Joshua and the Israelites (Joshua 3) east of the Dead Sea, causing them to cross the Jordan River when it was at flood stage?
Why not lead them directly north along the well-worn highways of their day?
In this video, we explore this question and the lesson that emerges out of this event.
The Jordan River at the traditional site of Jesus' baptism. Photo was taken from the Israel side. The opposite bank of the Jordan River is the country of Jordan.
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In today's video, we look at the Sea of Galilee and the Jordan River.
Sea of Galilee - There is a Jewish legend - Miriam's Well - about a rock that provided water while the Israelites were in the wilderness for forty years.
That rock, it is said, eventually makes it into the Sea of Galilee. The Legend of Miriam's Well is referenced by the apostle Paul in 1 Corinthians 10:4.
Jordan River - this is an introductory look at the Jordan River. The Jordan holds significant spiritual symbolism for both Israel and Christians.
Louis Ginzberg, The Legends of the Jews: All Four Volumes
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Jesus stilling the sea (Mark 4:35-41) and the story of Jonah are intricately connected.
Join us this week as we explore the possible meanings of the phrase "Sign of Jonah" and the connections to Jesus and his ministry.
In this lesson, we take a detailed look at Mark 5:1-20 - the story of Jesus healing the demon-possessed man from the Decapolis.
The story contains many details which can only be understood by studying the cultural context of the relationship between the religious Jews and the gentile pagans that lived right across the sea.
More importantly, we funnel all of these details into a greater understanding of the disciples' actions. As we consider how the disciples reacted to Jesus taking them to the Decapolis, we must ask ourselves how this message applies to us.
This is a new book - just published in 2020 - that would be a great addition to your biblical research library. Not only do you get a copy of the Apocrypha, but there are several excellent essays included to help you understand the culture of the Second-Temple period in Israel.
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his video is a continuation of our series on the Sea of Galilee (part 1 and part 2).
In today's video, we take a second look at the story of Jesus "stilling" the storm but will do so by looking at the version from the Gospel of Mark (Mark 4:35-41).
As was mentioned in part 2 of this series, Jesus "stilling" the storm is an act that only God does throughout the Old Testament. This act's meaning is that the "authority of the Father" is being passed down to the Son. A counterpart for this story from the Old Testament is Psalm 107 - a Psalm of redemption. See Psalm 107:23-32.
We also begin to look at the next part of the story (Mark 5:1-20), where Jesus goes across the lake to heal a demon-possessed man.
Mark calls this the region of the "Gerasenes." This word presents a difficult interpretation for scholars. We will look at one possible meaning of what Mark was attempting to communicate.
Bargil Pixner - With Jesus Through Galilee, According to the Fifth Gospel
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Scott Broberg - I have a Masters of Divinity (MDiv) from Bethel Seminary - San Diego - Biblical Studies with and emphasis on the Old Testament.
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