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Jesus In Jericho
by Wayne Blank
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.
"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.
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.
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?