Episode # 13
Why did John the Baptist baptize people in the Jordan River?
Weren’t there other places he could have done it?
It turns out the Hebrew word for “Jordan” gives a big clue. Hint: It’s all about humility.
In this episode we’re going to jump into the Jordan River seven times, submit seven times to God. Once or twice is just not enough. Naaman needed to dip seven times in the Jordan and so do we.
The 7 names or spirits of God mentioned in this episode:
Here are the references mentioned in this episode:
II Kings 5:1, 9-14 (ESV)
Naaman, commander of the army of the king of Syria, was a great man with his master and in high favor, because by him the LORD had given victory to Syria. He was a mighty man of valor, but he was a leper.
So Naaman came with his horses and chariots and stood at the door of Elisha’s house.
And Elisha sent a messenger to him, saying, “Go and wash in the Jordan seven times, and your flesh shall be restored, and you shall be clean.”
But Naaman was angry and went away, saying, “Behold, I thought that he would surely come out to me and stand and call upon the name of the LORD his God, and wave his hand over the place and cure the leper.
Are not Abana and Pharpar, the rivers of Damascus, better than all the waters of Israel? Could I not wash in them and be clean?” So he turned and went away in a rage.
But his servants came near and said to him, “My father, it is a great word the prophet has spoken to you; will you not do it? Has he actually said to you, ‘Wash, and be clean’?”
So he went down and dipped himself seven times in the Jordan, according to the word of the man of God, and his flesh was restored like the flesh of a little child, and he was clean.
Revelation 4:5 (ESV) See also Rev. 3:1, 5:6
From the throne came flashes of lightning, and rumblings and peals of thunder, and before the throne were burning seven torches of fire, which are the seven spirits of God,
Seven spirits or names for God
Mentioned in the book Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures* by Mary Baker Eddy
Principle, Mind, Soul, Spirit, Life, Truth, and Love
Isaiah 42:1 (ESV)
Behold my servant, whom I uphold,
my chosen, in whom my soul delights;
I have put my Spirit upon him;
he will bring forth justice to the nations.
John 18:37 (ESV)
Then Pilate said to him, “So you are a king?” Jesus answered, “You say that I am a king. For this purpose I was born and for this purpose I have come into the world—to bear witness to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth listens to my voice.”
John 8:32 (ESV)
and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.
I John 4:16 (ESV)
So we have come to know and to believe the love that God has for us. God is love, and whoever abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him.
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