Jeremiah 32: 17 Ah Lord GOD! behold, thou hast made the heaven and the earth by thy great power and stretched out arm, and there is nothing too hard f... Read more
Jeremiah 32: 17 Ah Lord GOD! behold, thou hast made the heaven and the earth by thy great power and stretched out arm, and there is nothing too hard for thee:
Number 23:19 God is not a man, that he should lie ; neither the son of man, that he should repent : hath he said , and shall he not do it? or hath he spoken , and shall he not make it good
20 Behold, I have received commandment to bless : and he hath blessed ; and I cannot reverse it.
Titus !:2 In hope of eternal life, which God, that cannot lie, promised before the world began;
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While the Great Miracle of which Jesus spoke was yet to come, He apparently performed other miracles during the course of the Passover – most likely o... Read more
While the Great Miracle of which Jesus spoke was yet to come, He apparently performed other miracles during the course of the Passover – most likely of healing, as was His wont when among the crowds. Not only would these have been credentials of His calling as a prophet and testimony to His compassion for His people, but many types of healing were listed specifically as signs of the Messiah (Isaiah 29:18, 35:5-6, 42:7, 61:1). But Jesus knew far better than to trust Himself to the crowds on the basis of any popularity He had gained; not only would such followers have pushed Him towards the role of the King they wanted, but they could not as a group be trusted to remain steadfast. Read less
On seeing Jesus' actions in the Temple, the Jewish authorities were taken aback. Yet they were oddly hesitant to take action against Jesus, perhaps b... Read more
On seeing Jesus' actions in the Temple, the Jewish authorities were taken aback. Yet they were oddly hesitant to take action against Jesus, perhaps because the ministry of John the Baptist was still fresh in their minds. After four hundred years of prophetic silence, a man had at last arisen whom many believed to be an authentic prophet of God. And, with his clear identification of himself as the promised Forerunner to the Messiah, at least some among the Jews were waiting expectantly for the Messiah Himself to be revealed. Perhaps, too, some found their consciences aroused, knowing that His anger was justified according to their own Scriptures, and wondered if He was bringing a prophetic message of His own. Thus, rather than bringing punitive action against Jesus for breaking up the market in the Court of the Gentiles, the Jewish rulers asked Jesus for evidence that He was in fact sent from God, either as a prophet or as something more.
Jesus' response was to point forward to His crucifixion and resurrection, something His audience clearly did not understand. But even had the Jewish rulers understood what He had meant, they would not have accepted it as the sign they were seeking; their conception of the Messiah had no room for a shameful death under a curse. Yet that death and its startling reversal confirmed Jesus' authority, not only as the Son of God but as the Second Adam (Romans 5:12-18; I Corinthians 15:45) and the rightful head of the redeemed race (Philippians 2:5-11). Jesus' allusion to His own body as a temple also foreshadowed one of the great truths of the Church Age, in which the body of every believer has become the temple of God (I Corinthians 3:16-17). Read less
This incident apparently took place at the first of the three Passovers mentioned by John in the course of his Gospel, and probably is not the same as... Read more
This incident apparently took place at the first of the three Passovers mentioned by John in the course of his Gospel, and probably is not the same as the cleansing of the Temple recorded by the Synoptic Gospels during the Passion Week. See Matthew 21:12-17 and associated notes.
According to marginal notes in the Apologetics Study Bible, rabbinical sources indicate that this market had originally been set up in the Kidron Valley below the Temple mount and had only recently been moved into the Court of the Gentiles. Thus, as John's citation of Psalm 69:9 indicates, Jesus' actions were not based on cruelty or a temper tantrum as some critics have accused; they were the actions of One who as a man was a devout Jew as well as the Son of God, moving against those who were profaning the name of God by debasing His place of worship for the sake of gain and treating those non-Jews who came to worship as contemptible. If we consider the case of a man whose anger has been aroused by seeing someone whom he deeply loves being slandered or mistreated, and combine that with an equally deep revulsion at seeing the holiness of God treated as worthless, we may have some idea of what Jesus felt as He took action. Read less
Early in Jesus' ministry, His family appears to have been comfortable with His teaching. It was later, as His Messianic claims became clearer, that H... Read more
Early in Jesus' ministry, His family appears to have been comfortable with His teaching. It was later, as His Messianic claims became clearer, that His family responded with disbelief (see Matthew 12:46-50, Mark 3:20-21, and associated notes).
While the other Gospel writers provide many details of Jesus' ministry in Galilee, especially during the last year of His walk on earth, John focuses on His ministry in Judea and has little to say regarding events in Galilee. Thus, this visit to Capernaum is treated as only a pause before John plunges into the events of the first Passover of Jesus' active ministry. Read less
Isaiah shows that man is without excuse when he tries to reduce God to something he can understand and control, for the revelation of God's greatness ... Read more
Isaiah shows that man is without excuse when he tries to reduce God to something he can understand and control, for the revelation of God's greatness is inherent in Creation from its beginning. It is God, not man, who is in control. Read less
Well it's been an interesting week. Have seen some struggles with my emotions. Not sure where it's all coming but had a couple of meltdowns. I feel... Read more
Well it's been an interesting week. Have seen some struggles with my emotions. Not sure where it's all coming but had a couple of meltdowns. I feel better everytime I do though. Struggled with some virus in my lower left hip area for a week. Enough to drive me nuts. Contemplating getting a hold of Keys to Living to work out some areas that I need to work out. I can't lay this on Connie for she has enough on her plate.
I read Colossians 2 this morning...but didn't really sink in.
I need to lift me emotions up to God and have Him continue to release them.
Lay them at his feet.
In Jesus name Amen.. Read less
Luke 12:20,21 "But God said to him, 'Fool! This night your soul is required of you, and the things you have prepared, whose will they be?' So is the ... Read more
Luke 12:20,21 "But God said to him, 'Fool! This night your soul is required of you, and the things you have prepared, whose will they be?' So is the one who lays up treasure for himself and is not rich toward God."
What do I have that its loss would be a tragedy? Or what thing do I enjoy so much that their loss would be the end of the world for me?
These are not theoretical questions. Growing old is all about losing things. Loss may come suddenly. A stroke may take away the speech of a person who loves to talk. Or it may come over time. My strength to hike the mountain trails love is already far less than even a few years ago. And I have had to consider if that is where my life really is. If so I am that fool.
One thing I have that need not diminish. Jesus was right. My enjoyment of God need not decrease. My hope in him can continue to grow. And it is.
My mother-in-law Dorothy when she arrived at eighty-five could not remember the walks on the beach with her husband she enjoyed. She could not remember even to miss them. She did not know anyone's name. But she was still moved by the songs of faith. She knew God. Deep down she knew him, and it was a blessing to her, though perhaps even his name she could no longer speak. She was rich toward God. She had the one thing that could not be taken from her - ever. She was no fool.
I want to be like that. Read less