January 26, 2020
Now when Jesus heard that John had been arrested, he withdrew to Galilee. He left Nazareth and made his home in Capernaum by the lake, in the territory of Zebulun and Naphtali, so that what had been spoken through the prophet Isaiah might be fulfilled:
‘Land of Zebulun, land of Naphtali,
on the road by the sea, across the Jordan, Galilee of the Gentiles—
the people who sat in darkness
have seen a great light,
and for those who sat in the region and shadow of death
light has dawned.’
From that time Jesus began to proclaim, ‘Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near.’
As he walked by the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon, who is called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the lake—for they were fishermen. And he said to them, ‘Follow me, and I will make you fish for people.’ Immediately they left their nets and followed him. As he went from there, he saw two other brothers, James son of Zebedee and his brother John, in the boat with their father Zebedee, mending their nets, and he called them. Immediately they left the boat and their father, and followed him.
Jesus went throughout Galilee, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the good news of the kingdom and curing every disease and every sickness among the people.
Something to Do
Playing with String
Andrew and Simon Peter were working with their nets. Making nets is way too ambitious but there are other things to do with string. Find a long piece and give cat’s cradle a try.
Epiphany Stories, continued
Jesus showed up to Andrew, Simon Peter, James, and John at work. As you track the ways in which God reveals Godself to you in your life, consider your school/workplace (past or present). Where or how did you encounter God there?
Tell someone about it.
Something to Wonder
Jesus and John
According to Luke, Jesus and John meet for the first time while still in the womb. The next time they meet, as far as our records go, is as adults at the River Jordan when John recognizes Jesus as someone special. This week’s story reports that Jesus took up John’s proclamation – “Repent, for the Kingdom of God has come near” – after John was arrested.
How do you imagine Jesus and John’s relationship? How do you think the other’s ministry affected their own?
Can you think of any similar relationships in the Bible or in literature or pop culture or your own experience?
Proclaim the good news of the kingdom
This is definitely not the first time I have proposed this topic for your consideration. It is also definitely not the last time.
What do you understand to be “the good news of the kingdom”? How would you explain it to someone in as few words as possible?
How did you come to this understanding?
Something to Learn
Land of Zebulun, land of Naphtali
Locating the Biblical stories in geography can help us remember that the Gospel is not simply a beautiful idea or a thought experiment. These stories have a physical setting, in both time and space. Explore a collection of Bible maps at Bible History.com.
And, if you are curious about the lands of Zubulun and Naphtali, find them on this map of the territories of the tribes of Israel.
Something to Pray
Holy God, we do not always understand your word or your ways.
Give us wisdom and imagination and courage as we learn and grow.
The story this week has made me wonder about…
(what questions are still on your heart?)
Receive my questions and help me hear your answers.
The story this week has filled me with…
(how are you feeling?)
Accept my praise, heal my hurt, ease my worry.
The story this week has reminded me of…
(are there situations or people you are thinking of?)
Be with all who are in need of you.
In Jesus’ name, we pray.