They were a small obscure country on the fringe of (and colonized by) a great empire, but they were a monotheistic stronghold in a world of polytheism, superstition and rationalism. And their moral life was far above that of the Hellenistic world of that time.
40 years wandering in the wilderness; 40 days in the desert
Three failures of the Jews at a time of testing; three temptations of Jesus. - Jews complained about their hunger; that in Egypt they ate their fill of daily bread. (Exodus 16) - Broke their faith in God and worshipped the golden calf. (Exodus 32)
- Lack of trust that God would provide water for them. (Exodus 17)
Read Luke 5: 1 – 11 Jesus calls his Disciples We have begun to read about Jesus’ ability to perform miracles . If you were one of those in the crowd who witnessed Jesus performing a miracle, what do you think your your reaction would be?
What do you think Jesus meant when he said to Simon, “From now on you will be catching people?”