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BACKGROUND FOR THIS EPISODE

(In Order of Appearance)

NEW TESTAMENT OF THE BIBLE:
  • Mark 6:3 – “He is the one who works with wood. He is the son of Mary. His brothers are: James, Joses, Judas, and Simon. His sisters are here with us, too.” 
  • Matthew 13:55-56 – “Isn’t it true that he is the son of Joseph, the woodworker, and that his mother’s name is Mary!? His brothers are James, Joseph, Simon, and Judas. 56All his sisters are here with us, too.”
  • John 1:1,14 – In the beginning was the Word,a and the Word was with God, and the Word was deity.b…14 The Word became human and lived among us for a while. We saw his glory, the kind of glory like that of the Father’s one and onlyc Son—full of gracious love and truth.
  • Acts 1:4 – Once, when he was together with them, he ordered them not to leave Jerusalem. He said, “Wait here for the Father’s promise that you heard me talk about.a
  • Matthew 10:1-2 – Jesus called his twelve followers. He gave them the authority to throw out evil spirits and to heal every kind of disease and sickness. 2These are the names of the twelve apostles: First there was Simon (called Peter); Andrew (Peter’s brother); James (the son of Zebedee); John (James’ brother)…
  • Hebrews 1:14 – All angels are serving spirits sent to help those who are on the verge of receiving salvation.
  • Luke 17:21 – People will not say, ‘Look, God’s kingdom is here!’ or, ‘There it is!’ No, God’s kingdom is inside you.”
  • John 17:1-3 – Jesus said to his followers, “Things will surely occur which will cause people to sin, but it will be horrible for the person who causes this to happen. 2If he causes one of these little ones to sin, then it would be better for him to drown with a big rock tied to his neck. 3“Be careful! If your brother sins, tell him he is wrong. But, if he changes his heart, forgive him. 
  • John 1:42 – Then Andrew led Peter to Jesus. When Jesus looked at Peter, Jesus said, “You are Simon, John’s son. You will be called Cephas.” (Translated into Greek, this name means ‘Peter.’h)
  • Mark 1:20 – Suddenly, Jesus invited them, too. They left their father, Zebedee, in the boat with the hired workers. And they followed Jesus.
  • Luke 5:10,5 – James and John, the sons of Zebedee, were amazed, too. (James and John were partners with Simon.)…5Simon answered, “Teacher, we worked hard all night long trying to catch fish, but we caught nothing. But you say I should lower the nets into the water, so I will do it.”  Jesus said to Simon, “Don’t be afraid. From now on, you will catch people, instead of fish!”
  • Luke 8:3 – Also, there were: Joanna, the wife of Chuza (Herod Antipas’ business manager), Suzanna, and many other women. These women used their own money to help Jesus and his apostles.
  • Matthew 5:29-30 – If your right eye is causing you to sin, pluck it out and throw it away from you! You would be better off to destroy one part of your body than to have your whole body thrown into hell. 30Or, if your right hand is causing you to sin, cut it off and throw it away from you! You would be better off to destroy one member of your body than for your whole body to go off into hell.”
  • A forum in Greek meant market place.   It included an elevated pavement in the center of the market place where judges sat to hold court or orators presented their views, etc.  In some places such as Rome it was elegant with marble pillars and statues.
  • Matthew 15:30 – Many, many people came to him. They had their sick people with them: the lame, the blind, the crippled, the deaf, and many others. They laid them at Jesus’ feet, and he healed them all. 
  • Luke 19:23 – Since this is true, you should have put my money in the bank. Then, after I came back, my money would have earned some interest.’
  • John 1:1,17 – In the beginning was the Word,a and the Word was with God, and the Word was deity.b  17Though the law was given through Moses, gracious love and truth have come through Jesus Christ.d
  • Plato wrote about 400 BC, but the earliest manuscript we have today was written 1200 years later.  There are seven copies of it. On the other hand, entire manuscripts of the New Testament that we have today were penned around 250 AD, and fragments from nearly everywhere in the New Testament exist, some from the same century that Jesus lived.  There are a total of 40,000 ancient copies of either the entire New Testament or fragments of it.  They all agree with the New Testament that we have today.
  • Luke 8:3 – Also, there were: Joanna, the wife of Chuza (Herod Antipas’ business manager), Suzanna, and many other women. These women used their own money to help Jesus and his apostles.
  • Matthew 15:39 – Jesus sent the crowds away. Then he climbed into the small boat and he came to the Magadan area.
  • Mark 8:10 – Immediately Jesus got into a small boat with his followers. He went to the Dalmanutha area.
  • Luke 8:2-3 – There were also some women with him. Jesus had healed these women of evil spirits and sicknesses. One of the women was Mary, from a town called Magdala. Seven demons had come out of her. 3Also, there were: Joanna, the wife of Chuza (Herod Antipas’ business manager), Suzanna, and many other women. These women used their own money to help Jesus and his apostles.
  • In Bible times, horses were only used to pull chariots and in war.  People walked everywhere, rode wagons pulled by oxen, or rode donkeys.  The more wealthy rode mules such as did the kings of Israel.
  • Matthew 10:1,3 Jesus called his twelve followers. He gave them the authority to throw out evil spirits and to heal every kind of disease and sickness. ..3Philip; Bartholomew; Thomas; Matthew (the tax collector); James (the son of Alphaeus); Thaddaeus.
  • John 19:25 – When Jesus’ followers heard this, they were very surprised. They asked, “Then who can be saved!?”
  • Luke 8:1-3 – Later, Jesus was traveling through each town and village. He was proclaiming and preaching the Good News about God’s kingdom. The twelve apostles were with him. 2There were also some women with him. Jesus had healed these women of evil spirits and sicknesses. One of the women was Mary, from a town called Magdala. Seven demons had come out of her. 3Also, there were: Joanna, the wife of Chuza (Herod Antipas’ business manager), Suzanna, and many other women. These women used their own money to help Jesus and his apostles.
  • Matthew 27:55-56 – There were many women there. They had helped Jesus and followed him from the land of Galilee. They were far away, watching. 56Some of them were: Mary (from the town of Magdala); Mary (the mother of James and Joseph); and the mother of the sons of Zebedee.
  • Matthew 8:20 – Jesus said to him, “The foxes have holes to live in. The wild birds have nests in which to live, but Ia have no place where I can rest my head.”
  • About 400 BC, the Samaritans translated the first five books of the Old Testament (Books of Moses) into their language.  It still exists today and coincides completely with our present Books of Moses in the Old Testament.
OLD TESTAMENT OF THE BIBLE:

II Kings 4:8, 24 – One day, Elisha was passing by the town of Shunem.h A rich woman lived there. She begged Elisha to stay and eat something. So, every time Elisha traveled through Shunem, he stopped there to eat…Then she saddled the donkey and said to her male servant, “Lead on!u Don’t slow down for me unless I tell you to.”v 

OTHER JESUS QUOTES IN THIS EPISODE

FLAVIUS JOSEPHUS:
  • ANTIQUITIES OF THE JEWS, BK. 18, 2:1 – Herod built a wall about Sepphoris (which is the security of all Galilee) and made it the metropolis of the country [province of Galilee].
  • ANTIQUITIES OF THE JEWS, BK. 18, 10:9 – Sepphoris was the capital city of Galilee under Herod the Great.  Herod Antipas, his son, built a wall around Sepphoris and lived in the palace there until he built Tiberius as his new capital around AD 26-28.  The Romans burned Sepphoris around AD 6 and crucified 2,000 of its inhabitants, their crosses lining both sides of the road at the same time that Emmaus was burned.  Sepphoris was apparently rebuilt, just as Emmaus was rebuilt (see Luke 24:13).
MERRIL F. UNGER

UNGER’S BIBLE DICTIONARY – The denari was the standard “silver dollar” under Rome. It weighed 60 grains.  One grain was worth about two cents.  Therefore, a denari was worth about $1.20.

SPECIAL CHARACTERS APPEARING IN OTHER EPISODES

  • Season 1, Dream Maker, “Power House “
  • Season 8, Star Song, “Walking Tall “
  • Season 8, Star Song, “Lost in Wonder “
  • Season 8, Star Song, “Sister, Aunt, Forever Friend “
  • Season 1, Dream Maker, “God Eyes “
  • Season 1, Dream Maker, “Empty Net Syndrome “
  • Season 1, Dream Maker, “Hand of God “