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Jesus at Capernaum – Mark 1:21-34

Mark 1:21 says “Then they went into Capernaum, ….”. In 2018, I had the privilege of visiting Israel and traced these foot steps of Jesus and His disciples at Capernaum.

Why are we so sure that that these are the same places recorded in the scriptures? The fact is – no one will be sure because it has been >2,000 years. But there are some tell-tale signs that give us some clues. For example, in every town, there is only 1 synagogue. Here in Capernaum, we see the remnants of this one synagogue recorded in Mark 1:21 “Then they went into Capernaum, and immediately on the Sabbath He entered the synagogue and taught.”

Remnants of the only synagogue in Capernaum

The narrative continues to tell us how Jesus & His disciples came out of the synagogue and entered the house of Simon & Andrew (Mark 1:29). Not far from the synagogue is a little set of ruins – which was apparently the village where Simon lived.

Monument built above the apparent house of Peter
This is apparently Peter’s house (Mark 1:29)
The vicinity of Peter’s house where his mother-in-law laid (Mark 1:30)

Mark 1:32-34 continues to tell us that Jesus healed those who were sick and demon-possessed – all these taking place in that little town where Peter lived.

The rest of the village where Peter lived

And it all links well that these places were all in the vicinity of Galilee. It was so thrilling that I could set foot on the places which our Lord Jesus walked when He was on earth.

While I am no scholar, the existence of the land of Israel and all that is recorded that happened on it is, to me, great proof of the reality of Jesus and the truths of the bible. Therefore, we cannot and should not ignore the message of the gospel conveyed in the bible.

2 Kings 4:1 – How do we read & expound the scriptures?

A certain woman of the wives of the sons of the prophets cried out to Elisha, saying, “Your servant my husband is dead, and you know that your servant feared the Lord . And the creditor is coming to take my two sons to be his slaves.”. II Kings 4:1 NKJV

One of the sons of the prophets had a debt. Upon his death, the creditors sought his widow for payment. She sought God’s help through the prophet Elisha.

The wrong way to study this passage would be to zero in on one point, eg concluding that taking loans is legitimate since even the son of the prophet took a loan. That’s not the point of this passage. It is about God’s prophet, the work of God through him and the picture of Christ he symbolises.

In the same way, there are many who read the story of the Shunamite women and highlight  only the aspect of hospitality in her. While her hospitality was indeed commendable, that was not the thrust of the passage. The story was about faith – how it was demonstrated , tested and strengthened through tests.

The stories in the scriptures describe how God fulfills His redemptive plan first conveyed in Gen 3:15 “….He shall bruise your head, And you shall bruise His heel.” They point us to Jesus Christ whom we must believe in. If you don’t see Christ in the scriptures, you missed it all. For Jesus Himself taught us in John 5:39,” You search the Scriptures, for in them you think you have eternal life; and these are they which testify of Me.”

How do you read and expound the scriptures? Do you see Christ?