Jesus' Ministry: Geography of the Great Commission (Acts 1:6-8)

Jesus' Great Commission

Geography serves many purposes in God’s word. Not only does it locate an event that provides a context to the biblical passage, but, with archaeology, it also serves to validate the historical accuracy of God’s word. Often, there may be a significance to the geography especially when several locations are mentioned. Here is such an example.

Just prior to His Ascension to heaven, Jesus tells His disciples where to start their ministry. Observe carefully the locations mentioned by Jesus. Is there a significance to the order and sequence of their mention? Hint: what type of people lived in these areas?

Therefore, when they had come together, they asked Him, saying, "Lord, will You at this time restore the kingdom to Israel?" And He said to them, "It is not for you to know times or seasons which the Father has put in His own authority. But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth." (Acts 1:6-8, NKJV)

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