Parables & Confrontations
Intro to the Gospel
We saw at the end of last week's reading the beginnings of confrontations between Jesus and the ruling elites. At his point in His ministry, Jesus is explaining the nature of God with metaphors and parables. There is an increasing amount of confrontation as religious leaders try to figure out what it is Jesus is doing.
People & Places
Likely from the town of Magdala, she became a follower of Jesus after having been healed by Him. She helped to fund and support the ministry of Jesus.
Herod the Tetrarch (Antipas)
Ruling over the province of Galilee but under the Romans, he was the successor to Herod the Great who reigned during the birth of Jesus. Herod Antipas was succeeded by Herod Agrippa, who would rule during the events of the book of Acts.
Now a city of about 75,000 people, in Jesus' time Nazareth was a village of between 500 – 1,000 people. It lies about 90 miles north of Jerusalem and 20 miles west of the Sea of Galilee.
About 30 miles east of Nazareth across the Jordan river, the remnant of this town is now an archaeological site called Kursi.
This village is just south of Nazareth and remains small to this day with a population of less than two thousand.
Sea of Galilee
What to Look For
Jesus heals a Roman's servant
Parables of the debtors, the sower, and the lamp
Confrontation with demons and further healing
Jesus teaches and explains parables
Parables of the weeds, the mustard seed, the hidden treasure
Death of John the Baptist
Jesus feeds five thousand and walks on water
Pharisees challenge to Jesus