Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Bethsaida

This was a new archaeological site in northern Israel discovered in the 1990's. Not much work has been done here yet, but it will be interesting to watch the progress in the years to come. The name Bethsaida means house of fishing. The Sea of Galilee has been receding over the years, so the ruins of the town are not on the water's edge today. Peter, Andrew and Philip were from Bethsaida. Jesus performed many miracles there, including healing a blind man and feeding the 5000.

According to Matt 11:21 “Woe to you, Chorazin! Woe to you, Bethsaida! For if the miracles that were performed in you had been performed in Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented long ago in sackcloth and ashes."

The people of Bethsaida saw so many miracles of Jesus that they trivialized God. It's easy to condemn them, but what about us? We see God do incredible things in our lives and in our churches. Do we triviliaize God? Do we trivialize sin? 


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