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Thursday, December 21 2017
"And leaving Nazareth, He came and dwelt in Capernaum, which is upon the sea coast ... That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Esaias the prophet"
The ancient city of Capernaum was located on the northern shore of the Sea Of Galilee (which is actually a freshwater lake i.e. "8:22 Now it came to pass on a certain day, that he went into a ship with his disciples: and he said unto them, Let us go over unto the other side of the lake" Luke 8:22 KJV) near where the sources of the Jordan River (and other streams) enter from the north.
The Jordan River then exits out through the southern shore of the lake and then flows southward to Judea, before terminating in the Salt Sea / Dead Sea (see also What Does The Bible Call The Dead Sea?). The Sea / Lake of Galilee could be regarded as the northern part of the Jordan River.
Capernaum was located along a primary road between Damascus in Syria (see A Biography Of Jacob: The Jacobites Of Syria and The Syrian Tongue Of Jesus) and places southward, not only around the lake (see Hometowns: Magdala), but far throughout Samaria, Judea and beyond (see also Israel's Journeys Along The Fertile Crescent).
Capernaum was the Messiah's prophesied home town during the years of His Ministry. He owned or leased (or possibly built) a house there i.e. "2:1 And again He entered into Capernaum after some days; and it was noised that He was in the house." (Mark 2:1 KJV).
"4:13 And leaving Nazareth, he came and dwelt in Capernaum, which is upon the sea coast, in the borders of Zabulon and Nephthalim: 4:14 That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Esaias the prophet, saying,
The "conservative" (i.e. they were conserving the errors and self-righteous traditions that they had created for themselves) religious authorities of Judaism (see Israel In History and Prophecy: Judaism) were headquartered in the south, at Jerusalem (see Why Was The South A Dangerous Place?). They had a contempt for the people of the north, in Samaria and Galilee because they regarded them as inferior immigrants (humans quickly forget their own foreign origins; see The Origin Of Israelites And Jews) and arrogantly looked down upon them as "Samaritans" (see The Origin Of The Samaritans).
Those political and religious circumstances should have made it easier for many of those of the north to accept the Messiah's teaching, including even some of the Roman occupation troops as in the example of the Centurion from the garrison at Capernaum - which, for some, it did.
"8:5 And when Jesus was entered into Capernaum, there came unto him a centurion, beseeching him, 8:6 And saying, Lord, my servant lieth at home sick of the palsy, grievously tormented.
The people of Nazareth did not see as many miracles even though the Messiah lived there for about a quarter century. As we read, His Ministry began when He left Nazareth - their violent reaction to His preaching was actually the reason that He left (see Hometowns: Nazareth). Unfortunately, for them, Capernaum rejected Him too (see the Fact Finder question below).
Fact Finder: Why did Capernaum become a ruin?
This Day In History, December 21
640: Muslim forces captured the "Babylon Fortress" in the Nile Delta after a seven-month siege (see also A History Of Jerusalem: Constantine and Muhammad).
1140: Conrad III of Germany (see The Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation) besieged Weinsberg.
1872: The HMS Challenger, commanded by Captain George Nares, sailed from Portsmouth, England on the Challenger expedition.
1883: The Royal Canadian Dragoons and the Royal Canadian Regiment, the first permanent force cavalry and infantry regiments of the Canadian Army, were established.
1898: French scientists Pierre and Marie Curie discovered radium.
1908: Klara Hitler, mother of Adolf Hitler, died of breast cancer at age 47. It was after his mother's death that Adolf Hitler began his homeless hobo years in Vienna, Austria (Hitler was born in Austria, not Germany) where he developed his warped psychological basis of his supposed "socialist" (NAZI is the abbreviation for his National Socialist party) and anti-Semitic (his resentment toward Jewish shopkeepers, while he was living on the street and in homeless shelters) attitudes (see Why Does Satan Love Liars? and Presidential Quotes On War, Terrorism, Religion; also The Terrorist Attack That Enabled Hitler To Become A Dictator and Russia Or Europe - Who Has Been The Invader?).
1910: 2,500,000 plague victims were reported in the An-Hul province of China (see also Leviticus 13: Bacteria).
1946: An earthquake and tidal wave killed hundreds of people in Japan.
1948: Ireland declared itself a republic, rather than a dominion, and withdrew from the British Commonwealth.
1958: Charles de Gaulle (an ancient geographic name; see the map below) was elected the first President of the France's Fifth Republic.
1967: Louis Washkansky, the first human heart transplant patient, died 18 days after the operation by Dr. Christiaan Barnard in Cape Town, South Africa.
1975: Terrorists of the "Arm of the Arab Revolution" led by "Carlos the Jackal" raided the OPEC headquarters in Vienna and held 11 oil ministers and their staff hostage.
1986: 500,000 Chinese students gathered in Shanghai's People's Square calling for democratic reforms, including freedom of the press.
1988: Pan-Am flight 103, a Boeing 747, was blown up by on-board bomb over Lockerbie, Scotland. 259 passengers and crew, and 11 other people on the ground, were killed by the Muslim terrorist bomb.
1991: 11 of the former 15 Soviet republics proclaimed the birth of the Commonwealth of Independent States and the death of the USSR. Of the other 4 former Soviet republics, 3 Baltic states were already independent and Georgia chose not to join the Commonwealth.
1993: President Boris Yeltsin abruptly abolished the former KGB security police, saying the huge force Russian citizens feared for decades was "incapable of being reformed."