One of the benefits of walking

Matthew Bible Background

02.28.2017 – New Testament: Mark 7.31

To read the Bible in a year, read Mark 7.24–37 on February 28, In the year of our Lord 2017

By Don Ruhl

Jesus walked throughout Palestine. Mark mentioned some of the travels of Jesus as He walked through the land,

Again, departing from the region of Tyre and Sidon, He came through the midst of the region of Decapolis to the Sea of Galilee (Mark 7.31). 

Tyre and Sidon were on the coast, Northwest of the Sea of Galilee, and Decapolis was Southwest of the Sea of Galilee. Therefore, He must have traveled East from Tyre and Sidon, then South to Decapolis, and finally Northwest to the Sea of Galilee.

The biblical record does not show Him riding animals, except for His entry into Jerusalem near the end of His ministry, nor do we find Him riding in carts, wagons, or chariots.

Why did He walk everywhere? He came for the sake of people, but He also came for more than one town. Therefore, He had to travel about, and this gave Him an opportunity to meet more people, such as the woman at the well in Samaria, and He could teach His disciples as they traveled from town to town.


  • Are you a walker?
  • If so, do you stop and talk to people?

6 thoughts on “One of the benefits of walking

      • The Lord often uses things from nature like the Godwits to talk to me, and when He does, He brings to remembrance a bible verse.
        It is nice having the beach at the end of the street.
        I never chose to live here, the Lord asked me to move up here with my husband. There was a small Christian College called “Lifeway” up the road where we did a Diploma of Business. The only reason we are still here is that we grew a business while we were awaiting further instructions about where to move next. The Lord has never said to move on, so here we are – with a business. It’s a bit annoying with a business here and the house is six hours away by car. We rent the house out and rent up here. But we make it work.
        We are on a peninsula about one hour from Auckland. The name of the area is Mahurangi, which means “Open Heaven” or “Open Sky.”
        Thanks for your post about Jesus walking through the land, stopping and talking to people.
        God bless, Jo


      • Yes. Auckland is horrible but it’s a beautiful country when you get away from the “super-city.” I love being a tourist in my own country, where we do things like visit the film locations for the Lord of the Rings, or go on epic road-trips!


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