This part of the study on Jesus’ Kingdom is going to appear to be rough in its style and appearance because it is my study format:)
I am looking at Jesus’ movements loosely after the feeding of the 5000. I want Matthew to be my reference point but Luke and John add interesting movements and stories that need to be added. I will try to join them as best as I can. That means I will start in John about five months before Jesus’ Passion.
- John 10: 22 has Jesus in Jerusalem at the Feast of Dedication or Hanukkah. He makes the Jews mad so He “escapes”.
- Jesus goes to where John baptized on the east bank of the Jordan. John 10: 40.
- Bethany is Jesus’ next destination to raise Lazarus from the dead. John 11: 17
- Because of a plot to kill Him, He goes to a village called Ephraim that is in the desert. John 11: 54 We would call it wilderness – English and Hebrew ideas on this topic are opposites of each other.
- Capernaum– dealing with the Temple tax. Matthew 17: 24
- Samaria and Galilee border – healed ten lepers. Luke 17: 11
- Crosses the Jordan River to be on the east bank. Matthew 19: 1
- Crosses back to the west bank and goes to Jericho.
- Goes to Bethany/Bethphage and the Mount of Olives for the “Triumphal Entry”. Matthew 21: 1, Luke19: 28
From Capernaum to Jerusalem is about eighty miles. I believe all of this walking was for a reason. Jesus went to the east bank in order to cross the Jordan, like Joshua, “conquer Jericho” and then proceed to Passover. Yes, it is out of order from what Joshua did but I still see the symbolism in the travels.