TRUST: The Places the People of God have been are Significant.


The places where significant and important people have always been recognized in history. It is not necessarily the place that is so important, but what happened there because of a person is the most significant about the place. Take my city, Atlanta (ATL), for example. The ATL was very nearly the MAR. In the early 1840s, what is now Atlanta called itself “Marthasville,” a nod to former governor Wilson Lumpkin’s daughter Martha. The name changed to Atlanta in 1847, and although J. Edgar Thomson, chief engineer of the Georgia Railroad, gets credit for coining the “Atlanta” name, there is some debate over what inspired him. Some sources claim the aforementioned Martha Lumpkin’s middle name was Atalanta. Others claim that Thomson took inspiration from Greek mythology’s Atalanta. Still others claim that Thomson shortened the name from his original idea, “Atlantica-Pacifica.”(Mentalfloss)

Atlanta has a multitude of streets named after people, places and things that are often immediately identifiable: Ivan Allen Jr. Blvd, Martin Luther King Drive, Ralph McGill Boulevard, John Wesley Dobbs Ave, Lawrenceville Highway, Jesse Hill Jr. Drive, and Peachtree Street are just a few.

There is Grant Park named after Ulysses S. Grant who was the 18th President of the United States. As Commanding General of the United States Army, Grant worked closely with President Abraham Lincoln to lead the Union Army to victory over the Confederacy in the American Civil War. Washington Park is one of the focal points of a historic district. Prior to the construction of Washington Park in 1919, there were no recreational parks in Atlanta available to African Americans. Maddox Park is named after former mayor Robert Maddox.

Mark 11

As they approached Jerusalem and came to Bethphage and Bethany at the Mount of Olives, Jesus sent two of his disciples, saying to them, “Go to the village ahead of you, and just as you enter it, you will find a colt tied there, which no one has ever ridden. Untie it and bring it here. If anyone asks you, ‘Why are you doing this?’ say, ‘The Lord needs it and will send it back here shortly.’”

In Mark 11, we see another place named in the bible for some significant events surround important people in God’s plan to redeem man from the bondage of sin. The “Mount of Olives” is one of those places. TRUST: The Places the People of God have been are Significant.

According to Easton’s Bible Dictionary, the “Mount of Olives”, so called from the olive trees with which its sides are clothed, is a mountain ridge on the east of Jerusalem (1 Kings 11:7; Ezek. 11:23; Zech. 14:4), from which it is separated by the valley of Kidron. It is about 200 feet above the level of the city. The road from Jerusalem to Bethany runs as of old over this mount. It was on this mount that Jesus stood when he wept over Jerusalem. “No name in Scripture,” says Dr. Porter, “calls up associations at once so sacred and so pleasing as that of Olivet. The ‘mount’ is so intimately connected with the private, the devotional life of the Saviour, that we read of it and look at it with feelings of deepest interest and affection. Here he often sat with his disciples, telling them of wondrous events yet to come, of the destruction of the Holy City; of the sufferings, the persecution, and the final triumph of his followers (Matt. 24). Here he gave them the beautiful parables of the ten virgins and the five talents (25); here he was wont to retire on each evening for meditation, and prayer, and rest of body, when weary and harassed by the labours and trials of the day (Luke 21:37); and here he came on the night of his betrayal to utter that wonderful prayer, ‘O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt’ (Matt. 26:39). And when the cup of God’s wrath had been drunk, and death and the grave conquered, he led his disciples out again over Olivet as far as to Bethany, and after a parting blessing ascended to heaven (Luke 24:50, 51; Acts 1:12).” This mount, or rather mountain range, has four summits or peaks: (1) the “Galilee” peak, so called from a tradition that the angels stood here when they spoke to the disciples (Acts 1:11); (2) the “Mount of Ascension,” the supposed site of that event, which was, however, somewhere probably nearer Bethany (Luke 24:51, 52); (3) the “Prophets,” from the catacombs on its side, called “the prophets’ tombs;” and (4) the “Mount of Corruption,” so called because of the “high places” erected there by Solomon for the idolatrous worship of his foreign wives (1 Kings 11:7; 2 Kings 23:13; Vulg., “Mount of Offence”). TRUST: The Places the People of God have been are Significant.

TRUST: The Places the People of God have been are Significant. In the passage above, we learn why the Mount of Olives is so significant. It is so important because of Jesus. As followers of Christ, God expects the world to be different and transformed because of us, “… a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.” 1 Peter 2:9

How are you declaring His praises? Are you thinking, speaking and living in a manner that praises your God and Savior? If not, confess and repent. If you are, Hallelujah. Press on and TRUST: The Places the People of God have been are Significant. The world will be different because you, as a follower of Jesus, have been there.

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