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How Does the Land Shape a Biblical People?

This election season in the US,  I’m thinking about the land that has shaped this country that caused our Puritan forefathers to call it the ‘city on a hill’ from Matt. 5:15-16.  In his Sermon on the Mount, Jesus explained to his disciples:  “We are the light of the world.  A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden.”

John Winthrop’s sermon in 1630, aboard the ship Arbella that transported Puritans across the Atlantic to the New World, was prescient in its message to these Christian colonists who would start an experiment in democracy the world would watch for the next almost 300 years.

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Faith Donavin
Faith Donavin
November 3, 2020 9:14 am

It does make it more vivid–thanks

November 3, 2020 12:32 pm

Interesting to learn about Joppa and it many roles in the Bible, as well as about our own geography in the U.S. Blessings from the landscape–and from God–in both cases. Thank you Madelon!

November 3, 2020 12:46 pm

I appreciate how you weaved the history and geography together; agree it makes it more vivid (good word). Looking forward to more of this. I’ve never been to the Holy Lands so especially helpful as a back drop to the Bible stories. Thank you, Madelon!

November 3, 2020 2:55 pm

Always another way to see things with help from your bible research thank you Madelon

November 3, 2020 7:25 pm

Jonah, David, Solomon, Tabitha, and Peter, all connected to Joppa – over a considerable timeline. Yes, it IS helpful to be able to relate the land to the people and events. Probably good to have a Bible map handy. Many Study Bibles include good maps. Thank you for your ever-evolving ideas!

November 4, 2020 5:05 pm

Such great points tying the land to the Bible!

I’m reminded of driving uphill to Jerusalem and it’s position on a high hill, an elevated place, so that’s why they said go up to Jerusalem; also of Caesarea Philippi and the relationship to the hill where Jesus asked his disciples ‘whom do you say that I the son of man am?’ —Right across from the Roman temple site – the geography and location provide so much context and is enlightening. Thank you, Madelon.

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