What was it like to live in Nazareth when Jesus was a young adult, living a peaceful life while waiting for the call from his Father? Surely adults looked after the children; people went to work everyday, and dogs and cats lurked around the stalls, hoping for a bit of food or water.
Recently, I reviewed my daughter’s Latin book to help her past a problem. Turning the pages, I came across a wonderful photo of a mosaic that shows a guard dog, fierce and unrelenting, forever frozen in a moment of assertiveness. I couldn’t believe it when I read the caption – the mosaic was found on the floor of the entrance hall to the House of the Tragic Poet, in Pompeii!
Mount Vesuvius erupted in AD 79 and buried Pompeii under 4 to 6 meters of ash and pumice, permanently preserving life in a Roman city forever. Although this event occurred after Jesus’ death and resurrection, it is safe to say that life as Jesus knew it was fairly similar to what people experienced in Pompeii.
Which means there were dogs that lived among people!
Confirmation of this simple fact thrills me to no end. Why? Because I have always wanted to travel back in time and walk with streets of Nazareth with Jesus. To sit at his feet and listen to him teach a new way of life. To feel his peacefulness invade my heart and open my soul to God.
With no ability to time travel, I did the next best thing – I wrote a book about it. Walk With the Master is told from the viewpoint of Barnabus, a stray dog who is adopted by Jesus. Barnabus and a group of children learn many lessons from the Master, including loving someone for their “God Light”, changing their attitudes and beliefs from judgment to acceptance, and learning to forgive any transgression someone may commit against them.
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Soon, the Faithful Companion Guide will be available as well. With 16 lessons, discussion topics, companion Bible verses and exercises, the Faithful Companion Guide is a great tool for youth groups, homeschoolers and anyone who wishes to grow in their personal relationship with Jesus.
Can’t you just imagine how a dog would react to Jesus?