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John 7: 1 After these things Jesus was walking in Galilee, for He was unwilling to walk in Judea because the Jews were seeking to kill Him.
Do you remember the old song that has the lyric; Children go where I send thee? I was curious about this whole sending thing when I read this passage. It is widely assumed that Jesus was “hiding out” in Galilee because the priests and Pharisees were looking to kill him in Judea. The controversy among translators was great enough the some even attempted to change the original text of John’s epistle. (Instead of this, some MSS. and other versions, and early Church fathers read, had ruled, he had not authority, or liberty to walk, etc. from Adam Clarke Commentary with exceptions and exclusions) This was meant to imply that there was some “force of law” behind Jesus’ decision to stay in and work in Galilee.
Truth be known, and the point I am trying to make, is that there is always “work” to be done right where you are. The romantic notion of answering the call of God and finding yourself whisked off to some foreign mission field is tragically a misrepresentation of the truth. Yes, there are pioneers who feel compelled to go to certain places and people to bring the message of hope and forgiveness. But for most of us, whether under threat or not, there is plenty to do right where we are. Look around you, take a walk in “your country” and see the crying need for a Savior, a Comforter, a teacher, a light to lead them out of darkness.