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No Prophet Arises Out of Galilee

March 6, 2015

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No Prophet  Arises Out  of Galilee

Some people  make very staunch  —  but wrong  —   claims  about what  the scriptures say.     The religious leaders  of Jesus’ day did that.     While arguing  about Jesus’ legitimacy  as a preacher,  they angrily said  in John 7:52,

Search,  and see  that no prophet  arises out  of Galilee.

They knew  that Jesus was raised  in Nazareth,  a town  in “Galilee”,  but they did not know  that Jesus was born  in Bethlehem,  in Judea.     On another occasion,  when they argued  with Jesus  about the doctrine  of the resurrection,  Jesus told them  in Mark 12:24,

Is this not  the reason  you are mistaken,  that you  do not understand  the Scriptures  or  the power  of God?

So often,  people choose  to not believe  certain portions  of Scripture,  because they don’t see how  it is backed up  in the rest  of Scripture  and they don’t believe  that all things  are possible  with God.     When  the religious leaders touted  “that no prophet  arises out  of Galilee,  they did not think  about Isaiah’s  prophecy  about the Savior  being in “Galilee”.     The region  of “Galilee”  was looked down on  because a lot  of Gentiles  lived there.     But God is not a respecter  of persons.     So,  Isaiah prophesied  about the Savior  in Isaiah 9:1,

But  there will be  no more gloom  for her  who was in anguish;  in earlier times  He treated  the land  of Zebulun  and the land  of Naphtali  with contempt,  but later on  He shall make it glorious,  by the way  of the sea,  on the other side  of Jordan,  Galilee  of the Gentiles.

It’s nifty  to realize  that the name  “Galilee”  means  “a turning“,  like a door turning  on its hinges.     Jesus lived  in “Galilee”,  preached there,  and did many miracles there.     That made “Galilee”  “glorious”  —  and an open door  for all Gentiles  to be saved  through faith  in Jesus.

God’s love  is for all  —  and that is  “glorious”,  so we say,  “Hallelujah!     Lord,  thank You  for including us  in Your salvation.”

Love,
Margaret

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A Christian devotional  to glorify  the LORD of lords  and GOD of gods.

 

Pray for our country.

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Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus

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The LORD  made this day, let us rejoice  and be glad  in Him.

Psalm 118:24

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The word of the LORD is tried;

He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.

Psalm 18:30

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Sing for joy  in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;

Praise is becoming  to the upright.

Psalm 33:1

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How blessed are those  who dwell  in Thy house!

They are ever praising Thee.

Psalm 84:4

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Just as a father  has compassion  on his children,

So the LORD  has compassion  on those who fear Him.

Psalm 103:13

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O give thanks  to the LORD,  for He is good;

For His lovingkindness  is everlasting.

Psalm 107:1

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Glory in His holy name;

Let the heart  of those who seek the LORD  be glad.

Psalm 105:3

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Not that I have already obtained it,  or have already  become perfect, but I press on  in order that  I may  lay hold  of that for which also  I was laid hold of  by Christ Jesus.

Philippians 3:12

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