7/11/15 Do Whatever It Takes To Find Time To Rest In The Lord

The-Decapolis-map.svg Sidon map

Jesus tells His weary apostles, “We will rest here for tonight, then we journey north to Sidon.  Now that this woman’s daughter is healed, we will find no rest among the Tyrians.”  The apostles, though disappointed that they will need to continue north for another 20 miles, nod their assent.  As tired as they are, they have no wish to go against anything Jesus tells them.  They make camp for the night in a secluded area and in the morning, prepare to set off once more.  When they reach Sidon, they stay and rest for several days, giving all of them a chance to pray and be restored in the Lord.  Refreshed from their time of seclusion and prayer, they shoulder their bags and begin the trek back towards the Sea of Galilee.  Instead of taking the more direct route, which would bring them through the heart of Judea, they decide to go the long way around, past Mt Hermon and through the Decapolis, finally arriving in the area of Mt. Tabor.  Though it is a long journey and everyone is tired, they have had many opportunities along the way to stop and rest in prayer and meditation.  Now they are ready to resume the ministry to which Jesus has called them to assist.

Matthew 15:29a, Mark 7:31, http://biblehub.com/commentaries/ellicott/mark/7:31.htm, http://biblehub.com/commentaries/ellicott/matthew/15:29.htm, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Decapolis#/media/File:The-Decapolis-map.svg, http://www.bible-history.com/geography/ancient-israel/israel-first-century.html

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