393 CHAPTER 26
393OUR LORD'S MINISTRY IN PEREA AND JUDEA
393When or under what attendant circumstances our Lord departed from Jerusalem after the
Feast of Tabernacles, in the last autumn of His earthly life, we are not told. The writers of the
synoptic Gospels have recorded numerous discourses, parables, and miracles, as incidents of a
journey toward Jerusalem, in the course of which, Jesus, accompanied by the apostles, traversed
parts of Samaria and Perea, and the outlying sections of Judea. We read of Christ's presence in
Jerusalem at the Feast of Dedication,
between two and three months after the Feast of
Tabernacles; and it is probable that some of the events now to be considered occurred during that
That Jesus left Jerusalem soon after the Feast of Tabernacles is certain; whether He
returned to Galilee, or went only into Perea, possibly with a short detour across the border into
Samaria, is not conclusively stated. We shall here as heretofore devote our study primarily to His
words and works, with but minor regard to place, time, or sequence.
393As the time of His foreknown betrayal and crucifixion drew near, "he stedfastly set his face
to go to Jerusalem,"
though, as we shall find, He turned northward on two occasions, once
when He retired to the region of Bethabara, and again to Ephraim.
393HIS REJECTION IN SAMARIA
393Jesus sent messengers ahead to announce His coming and to prepare for His reception. In one
of the Samaritan villages He was refused entertainment and a hearing, "because his face was as
though he would go to Jerusalem." Racial prejudice had superseded the obligations of
hospitality. This repulse is in unfavorable contrast with the circumstances of His earlier visit
among the Samaritans, when He had been received with gladness and entreated to remain, but on
that occasion He was journeying not toward but farther from Jerusalem.
393The disrespect shown by the Samaritans was more than the disciples could endure without
protest. James and John, those Sons of Thunder, were so resentful as to yearn for vengeance.
Said they: "Lord, wilt thou that we command fire to come down from heaven, and consume
them, even as Elias did?"
Jesus rebuked His uncharitable servants thus: "Ye know not what
manner of spirit ye are of. For the Son of man is not come to destroy men's lives, but to save
them." Repulsed in this village the little company went to another, as the Twelve had been
instructed to do under like circumstances.
This was but one of the impressive lessons given to
the apostles in the matter of tolerance, forbearance, charity, patience, and long-suffering.
393Luke gives next place to the incident of three men who were desirous or willing to become
disciples of Christ; one of them seems to have been discouraged at the prospect of hardship such
as the ministry entailed; the others wished to be temporarily excused from service, one that he
might attend the burial of his father, the other that he might first bid his loved ones farewell.
This, or a similar occurrence, is recorded by Matthew in another connection, and has already