Some cities have a geographical location that seems especially designed by God as a springboard for communication. Antioch on the Orontes, for example, bears the thumbprint of God.
Scripture’s first mention of Syrian Antioch refers to the city on the Orontes River, 300 miles north of Jerusalem. Antioch served as the Roman capital of Syria and ranked as the third largest city in the entire Roman Empire, behind Rome and Alexandria.
Its influence came from its location.
- The river snaked southwest along a narrow valley between the Amanus Mountains and the harsh Lebanon Mountains.
- This valley offered the easiest access inland for those traveling from the Mediterranean Sea.
- Anyone journeying overland across the Taurus Mountains would have to pass by Antioch.
The land funneled all who traveled in this area by Antioch. No wonder the Lord chose this city as a springboard for the known world to hear God’s universal good news.
Antioch offers a great lesson in our motivation for God.
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