One of the benefits of walking

Matthew Bible Background

02.28.2018 – 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 2018

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.

Questions:

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

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