Traveling through Israel really opens up our understanding of scripture. As we drive back from our hotel in Tiberias, we look up at the residential area on the hill above us. Cities like this are all over Galilee. Jesus would have seen villages and cities set up on hills, too.
This sheds light on the scripture in passages like this one:
“Jesus said, “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.” Matthew 5:14-16 NIV