History/Geography Come Alive!

The Bible is not a make believe storybook about imaginary people in imaginary places (such as Peter Pan in “Never Never Land” or Alice in “Wonderland”). The Bible is a true record of REAL people who lived in REAL places on this earth. These people (such as Abraham, Moses, David, Daniel, Peter, Paul, Luke) were surrounded by REAL cities and REAL countries and REAL mountains and REAL rivers and REAL seas, just like we are. Geography is “a study (or description) of the EARTH,” and in this lesson we want to study that part of the earth where the events of the Bible took place.

The Bible in itself is an awesome History book! Oh, but wait this post is about Geography… oopps sorry. I’ll continue this thought on the History post.

I didn’t know that the “ Jordan River ” is mentioned 165 times in the Old Testament and 15 times in the New Testament? If God mentioned this location 190 times in the Bible, do you think it is important for us to know where it is? I do!!

This week, our Geography lesson was just that!

I pulled out our Bible, Bible Atlas, and the Concordance. We looked up different Scriptures that went along with the Jordan River …

The Jordan valley contains thick vegetation and was filled with wildlife, including wild boar, and lions, as mentioned in the Bible (Jer. 49:19). In biblical times there were a few natural crossing places, and there were no bridges back then. The crossing of the Jordan in the Promised Land was as much of a miracle as a crossing of the Red Sea (Josh 3-4). The Bible mentions that the Jordan River was with divided the eastern tribes of Israel from the western tribes (Judg 5:17).

The Jordan River was held as sacred since the earliest of times. The Bible records that Elijah divided them when he smote the waters with his mantle, and so did Elisha (II Kings 2:8, 13-14). Naaman the Leper who was captain of the armies of Syria dipped seven times in the Jordan River and “his flesh came again likened to the flesh of a little child, and he was clean” (II Kings 5:14). John the Baptist prepared the people for the coming of the Messiah when he baptized them in the waters of the Jordan River (Matt 3:5; Mk 1:5). Jesus Himself was also baptized by John in the Jordan River near Bethabarah (John 1:28-33).Did you know that it was on the Isle of Patmos that John wrote the Book of Revelation (Revelation 1:9-11 KJV)? John was exiled by the Roman emperor Domitian, who reigned from 81 to 96 A.D. Today, Patmos is a part of Greece .

You say you don’t have a Bible Atlas? No problem, check out this link:


The above links provides you with all kinds of Bible maps!! All kinds of maps that you can tie into your lessons!

In Luke 2:1, it says that “Augustus” was a Roman emperor during the time Jesus was born. But, did you know that he reigned for 41 years (27B.C. to 14 A.D.) or that he was the grand-nephew of Julius Caesar? This is a part of History that you can pull right out of the Bible!!

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