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Jesus In Jericho

Jericho is one of the most famous Bible Places of Bible History. The city was destroyed when the Israelites entered their physical promised land in the time of Joshua (see What Actually Made The Walls of Jericho Fall?). A curse was also declared upon anyone who rebuilt the city: "Joshua adjured them at that time, saying, Cursed be the man before The Lord, that riseth up and buildeth this city Jericho: he shall lay the foundation thereof in his firstborn, and in his youngest son shall he set up the gates of it." (Joshua 6:26 KJV).

It was not an idle warning; true servants of God don't make idle warnings. Centuries later, in the time of Ahab and Jezebel (see also The Fall of Ahab and Jezebel), Jericho was rebuilt, "In his days did Hiel the Bethelite build Jericho: he laid the foundation thereof in Abiram his firstborn, and set up the gates thereof in his youngest son Segub, according to the word of The Lord, which he spake by Joshua the son of Nun" (1 Kings 16:34)

"Jesus entered and passed through Jericho"

By the time of the coming of Jesus Christ, Jericho was an active city near The Jordan River. John the Baptist (see also The Origin of Baptism and John's Last Days) baptized not far from Jericho (see John's "Place of Springs") and while in the south, in Judea (Galilee is in the north of Israel, Judea is in the south) Jesus Christ visited Jericho where He taught and healed those who had faith, of both physical and spiritual blindness.

The Jordan River

"And they came to Jericho: and as He went out of Jericho with His disciples and a great number of people, blind Bartimaeus, the son of Timaeus, sat by the highway side begging. And when he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to cry out, and say, Jesus, Thou son of David, have mercy on me.

And many charged him that he should hold his peace: but he cried the more a great deal, Thou son of David, have mercy on me.

And Jesus stood still, and commanded him to be called. And they call the blind man, saying unto him, Be of good comfort, rise; he calleth thee. And he, casting away his garment, rose, and came to Jesus.

And Jesus answered and said unto him, What wilt thou that I should do unto thee?

The blind man said unto him, Lord, that I might receive my sight.

And Jesus said unto him, Go thy way; thy faith hath made thee whole. And immediately he received his sight, and followed Jesus in the way." (Mark 10:46-52 KJV)

Jesus encountered the same range of responses in Jericho as He did in Jerusalem or up in Galilee.

"And Jesus entered and passed through Jericho. And, behold, there was a man named Zacchaeus, which was the chief among the publicans, and he was rich. And he sought to see Jesus who he was; and could not for the press, because he was little of stature. And he ran before, and climbed up into a sycamore tree to see him: for he was to pass that way.

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. And he made haste, and came down, and received Him joyfully.

And when they saw it, they all murmured, saying, That he was gone to be guest with a man that is a sinner.

And Zacchaeus stood, and said unto The Lord; Behold, Lord, the half of my goods I give to the poor; and if I have taken any thing from any man by false accusation, I restore him fourfold.

And Jesus said unto him, This day is salvation come to this house, forsomuch as he also is a son of Abraham. For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost." (Luke 19:1-10 KJV)

Fact Finder: In Jesus' famous parable of "the good Samaritan," the man that the Samaritan helped was on a journey from Jerusalem to what city?
Luke 10:30-34


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