Bridegroom’s Arms

“After the storm all fear is gone;

For I’ve learned to dance,

Resting,

In my Bridegroom’s arms.”

 

“Your left arm would be under my head,

And Your right arm would embrace me…

Place me like a seal over Your heart,

Like a seal on Your arm.”

Song of Solomon 8:2&6 (NLT)

 

Poem by denisebalog©

Come Speedily – Capernaum Part Six

Capernaum by the Sea

“…and He was by the sea.

And behold, one of the rulers of the synagogue came, Jairus by name.

And when he saw Him, he fell at His feet and begged Him earnestly, saying,

“My little daughter lies at the point of death.

 Come and lay Your hands on her, that she may be healed, and she will live.”

So Jesus went with him.” (Mark 5:21-24 NKJV)

 

Jairus name means – “God enlightens”.

Enlighten – to glitter, to illuminate, cause to shine.

Is it safe to say?

When Jesus visited Jairus house, raising his twelve year old daughter from death, Jairus and his household were enlighten, illuminated, shining and glittering in the brilliance and Light of the Son!

 

“Stir up my heart,

Illuminate the view.

Jairus on his knees,

Lord,

I’ve pleaded there too!

“Come speedily! Save my son! For without Your intervention, his life is surely done!”

Jairus must have cried these very words to You.

Thank You Jesus for Your Grace,

“For behold, (You) make all things new!” (Rev. 21:5)

 

Poem by denisebalog©

Capernaum

Thank you Wally Fry of Truth in Palmyra for sharing your link with me! I loved what you shared about Jesus being familiar enough in Peter’s home to “go into the women’s quarters.” I did not know this. So much to learn, and makes reading the Bible come alive! Thank you for sharing your journey to the Promise Land.

Truth in Palmyra

Capernaum was “home” for Jesus for a good bit of his ministry here on this earth. Many think he more or less lived there for a period of 18 months, and it seems likely that he used Peter’s House as a home base. Capernaum was a fishing village and was likely where Peter and Andrew lived, as well as John and James.

The Synagogue is Caperaum is fascinating. It is actually TWO of them one on top of the other. The one folks can see clearly today is the one built after the Temple period. The 1st century one, where Jesus would have preached and taught, is actually under the old one.

Here is some homework by the way. What were the key differences between the Synagogue system during the Temple period, and how they were used in the post Temple period? It’s pretty fascinating history actually, and explains many…

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The Door of Healing – Capernaum Part Five

Healing came through The Door when Jesus entered Peter’s house.

View of the Synagogue from Peter’s house.

After leaving the synagogue on Sabbath, Jesus’ path took Him right to Peter’s mother-in-law in her time of need. Jesus reached out His hand, “and lifted her up”, and “immediately the fever left her.”(Mark 1:31)

Excavated walls of Peter’s house.
Church with a “clear” floor for viewing built above the walls of Peter’s house.

Peter’s house is located within a short walking distance of the synagogue.

Photos captured by denisebalog 2011 – 2014© in Capernaum

 

Whose House – Capernaum Part Four

There is no clear path pointing to whose house Jesus visited when He entered Capernaum. During His life here on earth, “according to the pattern” (Acts 7:44), I believe there can be only one.

Synagogue in Capernaum

“And He said to them, ‘Why were you looking for Me? Did you not know that I must be in My Father’s house.” (Luke 2:49 ESV)

Pilgrim traveler writing in his journal while resting in the Capernaum Synagogue

“Then they went into Capernaum, and immediately on the Sabbath He entered the synagogue and taught.” (Mark 1:21 NKJV)

Photo captured in February 2011

Photos captured by denisebalog 2011 – 2014©

From Darkness to Light – Capernaum Part Three

In the Valley of the Doves…

 “For every boot of the tramping warrior in battle tumult and every garment rolled in blood will be burned as fuel for the fire.” Isaiah 9:5 ESV

Herod in his zeal to capture and destroy the zealous Jews living in the “craggy mountains”, went to great “length” to “make use of a contrivance that was subject to the utmost hazard, for he let down the most hardy of his men in chests, and set them at the mouths of the dens.”  Thereby the soldiers would shoot arrows with fire into the caves or use hooks to pull the people out.

Josephus Flavius who wrote with “The unique perspective and unparalleled historical content” [1] retells the story of an old man and his family, rather than becoming slaves to the Romans “preferred death”.

The father, standing at the entrance way of the cave, would have each of his seven children step up to the opening. He would slay them, then throw their dead bodies to the bottom of the valley. After slaying his wife in this manner, the old man threw himself to his death upon the dead bodies of his wife and children.

 

I can’t help but wonder, on their way to Capernaum as Jesus led His traveling companions on the well-worn path through the valley, He knowing what was to come, became quiet as He thought on these “neighbors” of the future.

“The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who dwelt in a land deep in darkness, on them has light shined.” Isaiah 9:2 ESV

Jesus

Isaiah prophetic words fulfilled.

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Photos captured by denisebalog 2011 – 2014© Mount Arbel

The First Jewish Revolt (A.D. 66-70)

[1] Flavius, Josephus. The Complete Works, translated by William Whiston. Thomas Nelson, Nashville, TN. 1998 (print) [Introduction, and Chapter 16 1.16.4, page 681]

 

 

No Rest Sunday

Not a typical weekend at our house.

After 18 years, it was time to replace the pool liner.

We started on Saturday morning, and working as a family. The new liner, in the 24′ pool began to be filled by 5:30 p.m. Saturday afternoon.

Sunday morning, waking to sore bodies and a job to finish,

 

Yep, my job was cut and bagging up the old liner as husband and son worked on replacement of rails etc…

With that said, I missed Church today, and it sure was nice to take time to rest on the couch and be encouraged by reading post from my neighbors here at WordPress!

Thank you FearlessinJesusChristhttps://fearlessinjesuschrist.wordpress.com/2017/06/04/sunday-devotion-25/

I sure enjoyed your Sunday Devotional on Eagles!

My family and I turned a “job” we were not looking forward to doing, into an opportunity to work together, laugh together, and thank the LORD for the cool weekend in southern Oklahoma! 

Oh, and Abby did manage to get her rest! 

 

Installing tip: don’t forget to load up on the spray when doing a job like this! 

Shared from WordPress

FearlessinJesus – Eagles

Sunday Devotion – http://wp.me/p860T4-10j

Thank you to FearlessinJesusChrist our neighbor here on WordPress, the above link (I am hoping) will take you right to her Sunday Devotional blog for today.

I am attempting to learn how to “share” many of the excellent post of our friends and neighbors.

I hope this works, especially since I am on my phone and not my computer!!

If anyone can offer some tips on sharing, I sure would appreciate it! Thank you!

Walking With the Dove – Capernaum Part Two

Jesus and His family would have walked through the Valley of the Doves, passing by the craggy, mountain cliff sides of Mount Arbel on their way to Capernaum. This was the common route from Nazareth to the Sea.

I imagine going to Capernaum was as when we go to the seashore or the lake with our families for holiday. Or possibly His new disciples were excited to have their own families meet Jesus and His family. Young John was the only one to write of this journey in the Gospel of John. Whatever the reason, there must have been great joy as they walked from the overflowing wedding experience to the anticipation of the shores of the Sea of Galilee.

Little did the disciples neighbors in Capernaum know, Jesus coming to their town was about to fulfill Scripture and changed its course in history forever.

“…but in the latter time He has made glorious the way of the sea, the land beyond the Jordan, Galilee of the nations.” Isaiah 9:1 ESV

Photos captured by denisebalog 2011©

Post Thought – Pressing to Know the Neighbors – Capernaum Part One

On His way from Nazareth…

View of Nazartha,

Jesus would have performed His first miracle in Cana. Stopping at their “house”, He spared His mother’s friends from a huge embarassment of running out of wine at their son’s wedding,

Now isn’t that the sweetest visit of a neighbor ever?

“When the master of the feast tasted the water now become wine…This,is the first of his signs, Jesus did at Cana in Galilee,…” John 2:1-12

Pressing In To Know the Neighbors – Capernaum Part One

WordPress has been like a neighborhood to me. As I wondered what Jesus would think about my spending time here in this place of sharing and checking in on others, He opened my thoughts to Capernaum by the Sea of Galilee, the place where Jesus began His ministry.

And what about Jesus? Over the next few days, I would like to share some of my journal notes and travel photographs of this place called Capernaum on the Sea of Galilee in Israel.

“On the third day there was a wedding in Cana in Galilee…after this He went down to Capernaum, with His mother and His brothers and His disciples, and they stayed there for a few days.” John 2:1-12 ESV

 

Cana Wedding – Jars displayed in Church located on the site of Jesus first miracle.
Stone ritual water vessel displayed in Cana. This is similar to what would have been used during Jesus time.
My first glimpse of the Sea of Galilee from the bus leaving Cana to proceed to Tiberias on the Sea of Galilee – 2014

Walking With the Dove – Capernaum Part Two – next…

Photos captured by denisebalog 2011 – 2014©

Have You Not Heard! A New Thing

“New Day,

New Month,

New Season,

New Change.

Purposely setting

One foot in front of the other;

Embracing Life,

Never the same!”

 

“Do not remember the former things,

Nor consider the things of old.

Behold, I will do a new thing,

Now it shall spring forth;

Shall you not know it?

I will even make a road in the wilderness and

Rivers in the desert.”

Isaiah 43:18-19 NKJV

 Poem by denisebalog©

 

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“A “suddenly” Lord, have they not heard!

You are Faithful, Loyal and True to Your Word”

Poem quote from Day One

Forty Days to the Cross – A Time of Reflection by denisebalog

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