Jesus did not walk around openly (Jn 11:54-11:54)


Jesus no longer

Walked about openly

Among the Jews.

But he went

From there

To a town

Called Ephraim

In the region

Near the wilderness.

He stayed there

With his disciples.”

Ὁ οὖν Ἰησοῦς οὐκέτι παρρησίᾳ περιεπάτει ἐν τοῖς Ἰουδαίοις, ἀλλὰ ἀπῆλθεν ἐκεῖθεν εἰς τὴν χώραν ἐγγὺς τῆς ἐρήμου, εἰς Ἐφραὶμ λεγομένην πόλιν, κἀκεῖ ἔμεινεν μετὰ τῶν μαθητῶν.

John uniquely indicated that Jesus seemed to know that they were out to get him.  He said that Jesus (Ὁ οὖν Ἰησοῦς) no longer walked about openly (οὐκέτι παρρησίᾳ περιεπάτει) among the Jews (ἐν τοῖς Ἰουδαίοις).  But he went from there (ἀλλὰ ἀπῆλθεν ἐκεῖθεν), which was Bethany, to a town called Ephraim (εἰς Ἐφραὶμ λεγομένην πόλιν) in the region (εἰς τὴν χώραν) near the wilderness (ἐγγὺς τῆς ἐρήμου).  He stayed there (κἀκεῖ ἔμεινεν) with his disciples (μετὰ τῶν μαθητῶν).  Jesus had been in Bethany with Lazarus, Mary, and Martha that was just two miles from Jerusalem.  Jesus then went with his disciples to a town called Ephraim, a town about 12-15 miles northeast of Jerusalem, maybe in Samaritan territory, where the hill country descended into the Jordan River valley.  This might have been a place where John the Baptist baptized in the wilderness, near the Jordan River.  Jesus and his disciples stayed there rather than run into the Jews in Jerusalem.  Have you ever deliberately avoided people?

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