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Daily Reading: 15th July 2016

Matthew 4.13 – 15 cont.

13 And leaving Nazareth He went and lived in Capernaum by the sea, in the district of Zebulon and Naphtali.

14 So that what was spoken about through Isaiah the prophet might be fulfilled, saying:

15 Land of Zebulon and land of Naphtali, the way of the sea, Galilee of the nations, beyond the Jordan.

The final name that is mentioned is Jordan, and it’s meaning is ‘the descender’, which comes from the name of ‘Dan’. Dan also means: one who vindicates (proves right), or one who judges; whereas Jordan means the descender. Dan was another son of Bilhah, Rachel’s servant. Jacob was his father. From him came the tribe of Dan.

Dan was also an area known to Abraham and was located at the northern source of the river Jordan.

It is called this because from its source, which is above sea level, it descends to the Dead Sea which is 1384 below sea level (422 metres). This is over a relatively short distance of approximately 198 miles (320 Kilometres). The river drops approximately 3116 feet (950 Metres) from source to the Dead Sea.

As we know it is still known as the Jordan today. It runs from Lebanon, through the sea of Galilee, and descends to the Northern end of the Dead Sea.

Jesus is the great descender. John 3. tells us:

13 And no one has gone up into Heaven, except the One having come down from Heaven, the Son of Man.

Jesus came from Heaven. We celebrate the fact that Jesus ascended into Heaven after His resurrection, but it is also important for us to realize that Jesus firstly descended from Heaven, through the virgin birth.

We are perhaps able to understand something of the deep descent of the River Jordan into the Dead Sea, however, perhaps we will not know the greatness of the descent of Jesus into this world that is dead in sin.

We must always be truly thankful that Jesus descended into our own personal ‘dead sea’ in order to save us and bring us eternal life. His descent into our lives has brought to us abundant life.

He descended from Heaven to vindicate us. In Him we are proved right before the Father (vindicated), not through anything we have done, but through all that Jesus has done for us on the cross.

Jesus said:

22 For the Father does not judge anyone, but has given all judgement to the Son, – John 5.22.

Jesus descended to bring God’s judgement, and the judgement is this:

18 Those who believe in Him are not judged, those who do not believe have already been judged, because they have not believed in the Name of the One and only Son of God.     

 

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