John 11:6 “When he had heard therefore that he was sick, he abode two days still in the same place where he was.”
John 11:7 “and then he said to his disciples, “Let us go back to Judea.””
John 11:7 “Then after that interval He said to His disciples, Let us go back again to Judea.” (AMP)
After two days of immersion in the word and prayers, Jesus made another remarkable statement.
He said to his disciples, “Let us go back to Judea.” But we saw earlier that Lazarus was at Bethany;
John 11:1 “Now a certain [man] was sick, [named] Lazarus, of Bethany, the town of Mary and her sister Martha.”
How come Jesus suddenly changed the “name of the town” as it were to Judea? Well, Bethany was actually located within the Judea region, but I still expect Jesus to say Bethany directly since that was the exact place but he chose to use Judea instead.
What can we learn from this?
The word Bethany from the Greek simply means “house of misery”. It means a place of great unhappiness; extreme pain of body or mind; wretchedness; distress and woe. It is a place that causes calamity and misfortune.
Now, I understand one of the reasons Lazarus went through a sickness that led to his death. He was positioned in a place of misery!
Beloved, check your location and placement? Check to be sure that where you are is not the cause of your pains and sorrow. Be sure your wretchedness and extreme pain is not because you are in “Bethany”.
Who are the people around you? What are they doing to you?
Jesus knew that Bethany was probably one of the reasons his friend died so he changed the order! He switched to Judea.
If you listen carefully to what he said you will discover something interesting. Jesus said, “Let us go back again to Judea.” (AMP)
Judea simply means, “God shall be praised”. I love that!
To be continued…
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