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Where Capernaum Was

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The portion of Palestine west of the Jordan River was divided into three provinces. From the north to the south, these were Galilee, Samaria, and Judea. Though the Savior was born in Bethlehem of Judea, His childhood and youth were spent in Nazareth of Galilee. As an adult, the Lord dwelt in Capernaum, which was also located in Galilee. Isaiah referenced the area as “Galilee of the Gentiles,” with Matthew later quoting the prophet. By this, it becomes apparent that many of non-Israelite descent resided there. Consequently, Gentiles had the opportunity to be exposed to the Lord and His ministry, though He expressed that He was not sent but to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. Though all these witnessed the Lord’s magnificence, the Savior scolded Capernaum for failure to repent. Exalted by the Lord’s presence, it would be brought down to hell. Today, archaeologists do not know exactly where Capernaum was.

Written and voiced by David Hayes Prophater