2/4/15 Let There Be Light!

Jesus begins to teach throughout Galilee in the synagogues and throughout the countryside.  This territory is known as the land of Zebulun and Naphtali, given to these tribes of Israel when they had finished their time of wandering in the wilderness with Moses.  And so Jesus fulfills the prophecy that Isaiah had spoken so long ago, saying, “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 sat in darkness have seen a Great Light; upon those who sat in the region and the shadow of death, Light has dawned.”  He tells His disciples, “No prophet is accepted in his hometown, so don’t be surprised if we don’t get a warm reception when we get to Nazareth.”  But most of the people of Galilee flock to hear Him.  These are the common people, and they are the ones who are most in need of the hope that Jesus brings.  His message is much like John the Baptist’s:  “Turn away from doing sinful things.  Turn to God instead, for the Kingdom of Heaven is near!”

Matthew 4:13-17, Isaiah 9:1-2, Mark 1:15, Luke 4:14-15

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