Throwing Stones (Chapter 24 of Jesus: His Story In Stone)

The Jews picked up stones to stone Him, but Jesus said to them, “I have shown you many great miracles from the Father. For which of these do you stone Me?” –John 31:2

The word stone, like rock, can be both a noun and a verb. The practice of stoning, or lapidation, as a method of execution was commanded by God in the Law of Moses for a range of crimes including blasphemy, idolotry, and adultery.

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The Magdala Stone (Chapter 23 of Jesus: His Story In Stone)

When Jesus rose early on the first day of the week, He appeared first to Mary Magdalene, out of whom He had driven seven demons. –Mk 16:9

In Jesus’ day the city of Magdala was located about five miles south of Capernaum on the northwest shore of the Sea of Galilee. With a population of 40,000, it was the principal city on the lake until the founding of Tiberias in 19 AD.

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Capernaum Millstone (Chapter 22 of Jesus: His Story In Stone)

“Things that cause people to sin are bound to come, but woe to that person through whom they come. It would be better for him to be thrown into the sea with a millstone tied around his neck than for him to cause one of these little ones to sin.” –Luke 17:2

As Jesus pronounced these words, He may have been looking at this very millstone pictured in the photograph.

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Oil Lamps (Chapter 21 of Jesus: His Story In Stone)

I am the light of the world. Whoever follows Me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life. –John 8:12

On the same day Jesus healed Peter’s mother-in-law, He went on to heal many others “that evening after sunset” (Mk 1:32). As night falls quickly in Israel, we can imagine the dark street dotted with dozens of oil lamps as “the whole town gathered at the door” (v 33).

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