Ephraim of the Wilderness

John 11:53-54. “Then from that day forth they took counsel together for to put Him to death. 54 Jesus therefore walked no more openly among the Jews; but went thence unto a country near to the wilderness, into a city called Ephraim, and there continued with His disciples.

Map of Israel in the Time of Jesus with Roads

You will find Ephraim north of Jericho, which is north of Jerusalem and Bethany. It is called, in Greek, Ephraim of the wilderness. Apparently, this area was wild and uncultivated, and was actually not much more than a village. It would not have been a place that attracted much attention, and so was a good place for Jesus and His disciples to avoid much notice after the miracle of Lazarus’ resurrection.

The Pharisees were now taking active counsel every day to capture Jesus and put Him to death. Under the leadership of Caiaphas, they had spies and paid informers looking for Him.

Jesus, however, knew that it still was not His time to suffer and die. He would remain out of sight until that time grew near. We are told that He didn’t walk openly among the Jews during this time. I believe there was much time spent in His preparing His disciples for what was to come; teaching them, and praying with them and on His own.

When the time was right, He would no longer conceal Himself. He would easily be discovered and arrested, without any resistance on His part.

2 thoughts on “Ephraim of the Wilderness

  1. Well, thank you for pointing out that Ephraim was a city, or village. I seem to readily think of it as a large portion of land. I think Joseph was buried in Ephraim. After the return of the Jews from Babylonian captivity, the land division was much different so that accounts for it. I tend to think in OT terms when it comes to maps. So thank you.

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