ESV - 35 As he drew near to Jericho, a blind man was sitting by the roadside begging.
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About the City, Jericho: ► Jericho was a priestly city. ► No less than 12,000 priests lived there who would frequently pass that way to minister in the temple. ► It was the city of palm trees (Dt. 34:3; Judg. 1:16). ► About 18 miles from Jerusalem and 6 miles from Jordan (cp. Josh. 6:26 with 1Ki. 16:34). About the miracle: ► Jesus wanted to glorify God through this true divine healing, and anything short of it is not the same as the work of Christ. ► Miracles will always bring glory to God, but failure, sickness, and disease will not. It is held today that sickness glorifies God because one has the opportunity to witness to souls, but why not look at it in this light: could not the same witnessing be carried on better with a well body? Is it not better to think that God gets glory in spite of our sickness, not because of it? Would God have received the glory for all the healings recorded if the blind, the sick, and the lame had not been healed and the demons cast out? Would He have received glory if Lazarus had remained dead? Definitely not, so what is the source of God's glory--to remain sick or be healed?
I believe the answer is found in chapter 19. V. 1 " And Jesus entered and passed through Jericho." Luk 19:2 "And, behold, there was a man named Zacchaeus, which was the chief among the publicans, and he was rich." Lu 19:3 "And he sought to see Jesus who he was; and could not for the press, because he was little of stature." Luk 19:4 "And he ran before, and climbed up into a sycomore tree to see him: for he was to pass that way." Luk 19:5 "And when Jesus came to the place, he looked up, and saw him, and said unto him, Zacchaeus, make haste, and come down; for to day I must abide at thy house." 1. "And when Jesus came to the place, he looked up". (The place) 2. "He sought to see Jesus". " Zacchaeus, make haste, and come down; for to day I must abide at thy house." Notce that the Lord and Zacchaeus had not been introduced yet Christ called him by name. Zacchaeus was exactly where he was supposed to be and right on schedule as Christ walked by. Christ also stated that he "MUST" abide at Zacheeaus' house. It was not a request but an imperative, "I must". Just another beautiful example of the Sovereign Lord Jesus fulfilling the Father's will. I believe that Zaccheus was one of God's chosen. The omniscient Savior knew this and purposely went through Jericho to save him. Although a little more obvious, John 4:4 tells us: " And he must needs go through Samaria." in this scenario the woman at the well was saved. As a result of her testimony to the people of Samaria several came to a saving knowledge Christ. John 4:39 " And many of the Samaritans of that city believed on him for the saying of the woman, which testified, He told me all that ever I did." John 6:37 " All that the Father giveth me shall come to me; and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out." John 6:44 " No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day."
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