Mt. Carmel is the sight of two significant stories in the Bible. The first is the face off between the prophet Elijah and the prophets of Baal in the Old Testament. The other is in the future with the battle of Armegeddon.
In John 9:1–11, we read the story of the blind man who comes to Jesus to be healed. Two interesting things about the story jump out to me. First, Jesus uses mud to heal and secondly, he sends him to the pool. Why are those two things interesting? Let’s find out…on location in Jerusalem.
At the foot of the Mt. of Olives sits the Garden of Gethsemene. There are still olive trees in this garden today. One of them, is thought to be 2,000 years old. But what you might not know is that olives are pressed three times and that as Jesus prayed three times in this garden, he was also being pressed.
This isn’t the building of the Last Supper or Pentecost. In fact, most of the images we’ve seen growing up are wrong. However, this is the general location of those events and it’s important to us as followers of Jesus.
Sin is a self-inflicted prison. David prays for God’s mercy as he pours out his sin to the Lord in search of forgiveness. Here is part of Psalm 51 from the old Fort Wayne jail.
We always think of the story of Peter denying Jesus as involving a random cock crowing. However, it is more prophetic of Jesus if he not only predicts Peter’s betrayal, but also the time it happens. It’s more likely that the “cock crowing” was a Roman trumpet played every morning before dawn to signal the changing of the guard…and it all happened in Jerusalem.
In the ancient church pastoral prayer was nonexistent. Prayer belonged to the people and arose out of the congregation.
Thinking through this as we include more time of open prayer at our church. We read scripture and then pray through it, trusting that the Holy Spirit will guide our hearts and minds. What do you think…thoughts?
The ancient Greco-Roman city of Bet She’an was a huge city in Jesus’ day. It was one of the pagan cities of the Decapolis that was later destroyed in an earthquake. Since the 70’s it’s been discovered and excavated. It’s interesting to us because it MIGHT have been the site of the first missionary (the man possessed by a legion of demons and then freed by Jesus) to the gentiles.
Where was Jesus crucified and buried? There are two locations that have been suggested, but ultimately the specifics don’t matter as much as this fact: he is risen.