He Prays for Us – Capernaum Part Ten

“And when He had sent the multitudes away,

He went up on the mountain by Himself to pray.” Matthew 14:23 NKJV

 Mount Arbel is believed to be the location where Jesus would have gone to pray for it is walking distance from the Capernaum on the Sea of Galilee, and its vantage point of more than 1000 feet over-looking the Lake.

“Now when evening came,

The boat was in the middle of the sea;

And He was alone on the land.” Mark 6:47 NKJV

 

“Then He saw them straining at rowing,

For the wind was against them.” Mark 6:48 NKJV

 

“Now about the fourth watch of the night,

He came to them…” Mark 6:49 NKJV

 

Right when we think no one cares, all hope is lost,

“He came to them, walking on the sea…” Mark 6:49 NKJV

 

Jesus prays for us.

Sees us in our “rowing” state of mind;

And when the “winds” are blowing hard against us,

Jesus – right on time.

“…since He always lives to make intercession for (us).” Hebrews 7:25 NKJV

 

Photos captured by denisebalog 2011 – 2014©

Thunder Changes Direction – Capernaum Part Nine

What of James and John, the sons of Zebedee?

 

Jesus passed by their work place and their course of life, and names changed forever.

The Sons of Thunder, James the older and first to die for Jesus name in Jerusalem.

And John, forever to be known as the “one whom Jesus loved”.  Follower, disciple, and writer of the Gospel of John, 1 John, 2 John, 3 John and Revelation.

 

John’s is the English spelling for the Hebrew name “Johanan” which means “Jehovah is gracious”; hence, John represents “Grace”.

Grace represents the numeral five (5):

the fifth time Noah’s name is mentioned, it says “But Noah found grace…;”

the fifth time Ruth’s name is mentioned, “…in whose sight I may find favor or (grace);”

the fifth time David’s name is mentioned when we meet him in 1 Samuel 16, “…let David stand before me, for he has found favor (grace) in my sight.”

The Beloved John wrote five (5) books in the Bible;

Yes, John the disciple whom Jesus loved showered us with His Grace.

 

 

Photos captured by denisebalog 2011 – 2014©

Love’s Intimate Wing

“In the night hour,

I hear Your voice call.

Ever gently waking me;

Adventure down the hall.

Snuggled so intimate under the

“Corner of Your wing”.

Faithful promises speak to me,

“Until the daybreak” sings.”

“Take Your maidservant under Your wing.” Ruth 3:9 NKJV

 

Ever so intimate…

“So she lay at His feet until morning, and she arose before one could recognized another.”

Ruth 3:14 NKJV

 

“Until the day breaks and the shadows flee away,

I will go my way to the mountain of myrrh.” Song of Solomon 4:6

 

Poem by denisebalog© 2017

Daybreak photos captured by denisebalog©

Entranceway of Change – Capernaum Part Eight

 

A person could take a boat to reach the entranceway of Capernaum.

Stepping off the vessel, Levi the Tax Collector would be waiting at his table to ensure you stopped to pay the Sea tax before entering the busy village.

 

Jesus passing by, called Levi as he was busy counting shekels and making change.

As Jesus passed by, He invited the unpopular tax collector to “follow Him”.

Jesus proceeded to Levi’s house to fellowship and eat a meal with the despised tax collector and his friends.

Times haven’t changed at all.

When Jesus “passes by” and one sits down and breaks bread with Jesus, not only are do our names change, but our lives are transformed.

Capernaum “changed” the day Jesus passed by Levi.

Levi’s name change to Matthew, and he went from

handling coins of loose change

to the one who handles

the most precious Word of God.

He was transformed into a follower of Jesus Christ, and

the writer of the

Gospel of treasures of gold – The Book of Matthew.

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“Then He went out again by the sea…

As He passed by, He saw Levi…sitting at the tax office. And He said to him, “Follow Me.” So he arose and followed Him.” Mark 2:13-14 (NKJV)

Photos captured by denisebalog 2011 – 2014©

His Garment Sweep – The Woman on the Street – Capernaum Part Seven “4”

The last of The Woman on the Street of our walk about the neighborhood of Capernaum.

This poem was written when I woke one morning after a dream where I was missing “teeth”. Feeling a bit down, I ponder the dream and its meaning in the midst of writing this mini series of Jesus going about the neighborhood of Capernaum.

Once again, thank you my WP neighbors for always welcoming a fellow neighbor back…even if we are missing a “tooth” or two.

“Right here on “Joyless” street;

There’s a hole in the smile of all my things neat.”

Reaching to touch His garment sweep.

The “blue” was from the cerulean mussel, the rare color was used to dye the tassels. This prayer shawl is an example only of what the “woman” would have been reaching to touch on Jesus’s hem.

From sickness to health;

Darkness to Light;

From everything wrong,

To everything right.

 

At the place where

He turned my smile to bright!

Healing is found in

His wings were we meet,

Between “Joyless” and

“Joyful” Street!”

 

 “The Sun of Righteousness shall arise

With healing in His wings…”

Malachi 4:3 NKJV

 

 

Poem by denisebalog 2017

Photo of the Sea of Galilee captured in 2011 by denisebalog

 

Boardwalk Strides

“Summer days,

I count each one.

Lots of time for play and fun.

Morning cool,

Afternoons of pool.

Evening tides,

Boardwalk strides.

Umbrella’s flapping in the sun,

Goodbye to June,

Your “season’s” done.

Hello July!

Light up the sky!!”

“You own the day, You own the night;

You put stars and sun in place.

You laid the four corners of earth,

Shaped the seasons of summer and winter.”

Proverbs 74:16-17 (The Message)

Happy Fourth of July!!

Poem by denisebalog©2017

Touch Him– The Woman on the Street – Capernaum Part Seven “3”

“For she said to herself,

“If only I may touch His garment, I shall be made well.”

But Jesus turned around,

And when He saw her He said,

“Be of good cheer, daughter;

Your faith has made you well.”

 

Jesus knowing,

She hadn’t been touched in twelve years,

She had nothing left to live on or for,

She was far from her home,

Wandering Alone,

Looking for healing,

But she heard the name of Jesus.

 

Turning around,

Jesus

Looking into her eyes,

Called her “Daughter”.

 

I don’t know if I’ve heard a more beautiful story of healing love.

 

“And the woman was made well from that hour.”

Matthew 9:21-22 (NKJV)

 

The Woman on the Street – Part Seven of Capernaum by the Sea “2”

“But as He went, the multitudes thronged Him.

Now a woman, having a flow of blood for twelve years,

Who had spent all her livelihood on physicians and

Could not be healed by any,

Came from behind and

Touched the border of His garment.”

Luke 8:43-44 (NKJV)

The “blue” was from the cerulean mussel, the rare color was used to dye the tassels. This prayer shawl is an example only of what the “woman” would have been reaching to touch on Jesus’s hem.

“You number my wanderings;

Put my tears into Your bottle;

Are they not in Your book?”

Psalm 56:8 NKJV

 

I love how Jesus was right within her reach.

What an encouragement to know,

He meets us right where we are;

Often not in our four walled houses,

But in the midst of our wanderings.

“Are they not in Your Book?” Psalm 56:8 NKJV