Jump to content


Photo

19 October - 2 Chronicles 10; 11; Ezekiel 45; John 12


  • Please log in to reply
13 replies to this topic

#1 Librarian

Librarian

    Omega

  • Publications
  • 10,015 posts

Posted 19 October 2007 - 10:06 AM

First Portion

2 Chronicles 10; 11


10:1 Rehoboam went to Shechem; for all Israel had come to Shechem to make him king. 10:2 It happened, when Jeroboam the son of Nebat heard of it, (for he was in Egypt, where he had fled from the presence of king Solomon), that Jeroboam returned out of Egypt. 10:3 They sent and called him; and Jeroboam and all Israel came, and they spoke to Rehoboam, saying, 10:4 “Your father made our yoke grievous: now therefore make you the grievous service of your father, and his heavy yoke which he put on us, lighter, and we will serve you.”

10:5 He said to them, “Come again to me after three days.”

The people departed. 10:6 King Rehoboam took counsel with the old men, who had stood before Solomon his father while he yet lived, saying, “What counsel do you give me to return answer to this people?”

10:7 They spoke to him, saying, “If you are kind to this people, and please them, and speak good words to them, then they will be your servants forever.”

10:8 But he forsook the counsel of the old men which they had given him, and took counsel with the young men who had grown up with him, who stood before him. 10:9 He said to them, “What counsel do you give, that we may return answer to this people, who have spoken to me, saying, ‘Make the yoke that your father put on us lighter?’”

10:10 The young men who had grown up with him spoke to him, saying, “Thus you shall tell the people who spoke to you, saying, ‘Your father made our yoke heavy, but make it lighter on us;’ thus you shall say to them, ‘My little finger is thicker than my father’s waist. 10:11 Now whereas my father burdened you with a heavy yoke, I will add to your yoke. My father chastised you with whips, but I will chastise you with scorpions.’”

10:12 So Jeroboam and all the people came to Rehoboam the third day, as the king asked, saying, “Come to me again the third day.” 10:13 The king answered them roughly; and king Rehoboam forsook the counsel of the old men, 10:14 and spoke to them after the counsel of the young men, saying, “My father made your yoke heavy, but I will add to it. My father chastised you with whips, but I will chastise you with scorpions.”

10:15 So the king didn’t listen to the people; for it was brought about of God, that Yahweh might establish his word, which he spoke by Ahijah the Shilonite to Jeroboam the son of Nebat. 10:16 When all Israel saw that the king didn’t listen to them, the people answered the king, saying, “What portion have we in David? Neither have we inheritance in the son of Jesse! Every man to your tents, Israel! Now see to your own house, David.” So all Israel departed to their tents.

10:17 But as for the children of Israel who lived in the cities of Judah, Rehoboam reigned over them. 10:18 Then king Rehoboam sent Hadoram, who was over the men subject to forced labor; and the children of Israel stoned him to death with stones. King Rehoboam made speed to get himself up to his chariot, to flee to Jerusalem. 10:19 So Israel rebelled against the house of David to this day.

#2 Librarian

Librarian

    Omega

  • Publications
  • 10,015 posts

Posted 19 October 2007 - 10:07 AM

11:1 When Rehoboam had come to Jerusalem, he assembled the house of Judah and Benjamin, one hundred eighty thousand chosen men, who were warriors, to fight against Israel, to bring the kingdom again to Rehoboam. 11:2 But the word of Yahweh came to Shemaiah the man of God, saying, 11:3 “Speak to Rehoboam the son of Solomon, king of Judah, and to all Israel in Judah and Benjamin, saying, 11:4 ‘Thus says Yahweh, “You shall not go up, nor fight against your brothers! Return every man to his house; for this thing is of me.”’” So they listened to the words of Yahweh, and returned from going against Jeroboam. 11:5 Rehoboam lived in Jerusalem, and built cities for defense in Judah. 11:6 He built Bethlehem, and Etam, and Tekoa, 11:7 Beth Zur, and Soco, and Adullam, 11:8 and Gath, and Mareshah, and Ziph, 11:9 and Adoraim, and Lachish, and Azekah, 11:10 and Zorah, and Aijalon, and Hebron, which are in Judah and in Benjamin, fortified cities. 11:11 He fortified the strongholds, and put captains in them, and stores of food, and oil and wine. 11:12 He put shields and spears in every city, and made them exceeding strong. Judah and Benjamin belonged to him. 11:13 The priests and the Levites who were in all Israel resorted to him out of all their border. 11:14 For the Levites left their suburbs and their possession, and came to Judah and Jerusalem: for Jeroboam and his sons cast them off, that they should not execute the priest’s office to Yahweh; 11:15 and he appointed him priests for the high places, and for the male goats, and for the calves which he had made. 11:16 After them, out of all the tribes of Israel, such as set their hearts to seek Yahweh, the God of Israel, came to Jerusalem to sacrifice to Yahweh, the God of their fathers. 11:17 So they strengthened the kingdom of Judah, and made Rehoboam the son of Solomon strong, three years; for they walked three years in the way of David and Solomon. 11:18 Rehoboam took him a wife, Mahalath the daughter of Jerimoth the son of David, and of Abihail the daughter of Eliab the son of Jesse; 11:19 and she bore him sons: Jeush, and Shemariah, and Zaham. 11:20 After her he took Maacah the daughter of Absalom; and she bore him Abijah, and Attai, and Ziza, and Shelomith. 11:21 Rehoboam loved Maacah the daughter of Absalom above all his wives and his concubines: (for he took eighteen wives, and sixty concubines, and became the father of twenty-eight sons and sixty daughters.) 11:22 Rehoboam appointed Abijah the son of Maacah to be chief, the prince among his brothers; for he intended to make him king. 11:23 He dealt wisely, and dispersed of all his sons throughout all the lands of Judah and Benjamin, to every fortified city: and he gave them food in abundance. He sought for them many wives.

#3 Librarian

Librarian

    Omega

  • Publications
  • 10,015 posts

Posted 19 October 2007 - 10:08 AM

Second Portion

Ezekiel 45


45:1 Moreover, when you shall divide by lot the land for inheritance, you shall offer an offering to Yahweh, a holy portion of the land; the length shall be the length of twenty-five thousand reeds, and the breadth shall be ten thousand: it shall be holy in all its border all around. 45:2 Of this there shall be for the holy place five hundred in length by five hundred in breadth, square all around; and fifty cubits for its suburbs all around. 45:3 Of this measure you shall measure a length of twenty-five thousand, and a breadth of ten thousand: and in it shall be the sanctuary, which is most holy. 45:4 It is a holy portion of the land; it shall be for the priests, the ministers of the sanctuary, who come near to minister to Yahweh; and it shall be a place for their houses, and a holy place for the sanctuary. 45:5 Twenty-five thousand in length, and ten thousand in breadth, shall be to the Levites, the ministers of the house, for a possession to themselves, for twenty rooms. 45:6 You shall appoint the possession of the city five thousand broad, and twenty-five thousand long, side by side with the offering of the holy portion: it shall be for the whole house of Israel. 45:7 Whatever is for the prince shall be on the one side and on the other side of the holy offering and of the possession of the city, in front of the holy offering and in front of the possession of the city, on the west side westward, and on the east side eastward; and in length answerable to one of the portions, from the west border to the east border. 45:8 In the land it shall be to him for a possession in Israel: and my princes shall no more oppress my people; but they shall give the land to the house of Israel according to their tribes. 45:9 Thus says the Lord Yahweh: Let it suffice you, princes of Israel: remove violence and spoil, and execute justice and righteousness; dispossessing my people, says the Lord Yahweh. 45:10 You shall have just balances, and a just ephah, and a just bath. 45:11 The ephah and the bath shall be of one measure, that the bath may contain the tenth part of a homer, and the ephah the tenth part of a homer: its measure shall be after the homer. 45:12 The shekel shall be twenty gerahs. Twenty shekels plus twenty-five shekels plus fifteen shekels shall be your mina. 45:13 This is the offering that you shall offer: the sixth part of an ephah from a homer of wheat; and you shall give the sixth part of an ephah from a homer of barley; 45:14 and the set portion of oil, of the bath of oil, the tenth part of a bath out of the cor, which is ten baths, even a homer; (for ten baths are a homer;) 45:15 and one lamb of the flock, out of two hundred, from the well-watered pastures of Israel—for a meal offering, and for a burnt offering, and for peace offerings, to make atonement for them, says the Lord Yahweh. 45:16 All the people of the land shall give to this offering for the prince in Israel. 45:17 It shall be the prince’s part to give the burnt offerings, and the meal offerings, and the drink offerings, in the feasts, and on the new moons, and on the Sabbaths, in all the appointed feasts of the house of Israel: he shall prepare the sin offering, and the meal offering, and the burnt offering, and the peace offerings, to make atonement for the house of Israel. 45:18 Thus says the Lord Yahweh: In the first month, in the first day of the month, you shall take a young bull without blemish; and you shall cleanse the sanctuary. 45:19 The priest shall take of the blood of the sin offering, and put it on the door posts of the house, and on the four corners of the ledge of the altar, and on the posts of the gate of the inner court. 45:20 So you shall do on the seventh day of the month for everyone who errs, and for him who is simple: so you shall make atonement for the house. 45:21 In the first month, in the fourteenth day of the month, you shall have the Passover, a feast of seven days; unleavened bread shall be eaten. 45:22 On that day shall the prince prepare for himself and for all the people of the land a bull for a sin offering. 45:23 The seven days of the feast he shall prepare a burnt offering to Yahweh, seven bulls and seven rams without blemish daily the seven days; and a male goat daily for a sin offering. 45:24 He shall prepare a meal offering, an ephah for a bull, and an ephah for a ram, and a hin of oil to an ephah. 45:25 In the seventh month, in the fifteenth day of the month, in the feast, shall he do the like the seven days; according to the sin offering, according to the burnt offering, and according to the meal offering, and according to the oil.

#4 Librarian

Librarian

    Omega

  • Publications
  • 10,015 posts

Posted 19 October 2007 - 10:09 AM

Third Portion

John 12


12:1 Then six days before the Passover, Jesus came to Bethany, where Lazarus was, who had been dead, whom he raised from the dead. 12:2 So they made him a supper there. Martha served, but Lazarus was one of those who sat at the table with him. 12:3 Mary, therefore, took a pound of ointment of pure nard, very precious, and anointed the feet of Jesus, and wiped his feet with her hair. The house was filled with the fragrance of the ointment. 12:4 Then Judas Iscariot, Simon’s son, one of his disciples, who would betray him, said, 12:5 “Why wasn’t this ointment sold for three hundred denarii, and given to the poor?” 12:6 Now he said this, not because he cared for the poor, but because he was a thief, and having the money box, used to steal what was put into it. 12:7 But Jesus said, “Leave her alone. She has kept this for the day of my burial. 12:8 For you always have the poor with you, but you don’t always have me.”

12:9 A large crowd therefore of the Jews learned that he was there, and they came, not for Jesus’ sake only, but that they might see Lazarus also, whom he had raised from the dead. 12:10 But the chief priests conspired to put Lazarus to death also, 12:11 because on account of him many of the Jews went away and believed in Jesus.

12:12 On the next day a great multitude had come to the feast. When they heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem, 12:13 they took the branches of the palm trees, and went out to meet him, and cried out, “Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord, the King of Israel!”

12:14 Jesus, having found a young donkey, sat on it. As it is written, 12:15 “Don’t be afraid, daughter of Zion. Behold, your King comes, sitting on a donkey’s colt.” 12:16 His disciples didn’t understand these things at first, but when Jesus was glorified, then they remembered that these things were written about him, and that they had done these things to him. 12:17 The multitude therefore that was with him when he called Lazarus out of the tomb, and raised him from the dead, was testifying about it. 12:18 For this cause also the multitude went and met him, because they heard that he had done this sign. 12:19 The Pharisees therefore said among themselves, “See how you accomplish nothing. Behold, the world has gone after him.”

12:20 Now there were certain Greeks among those that went up to worship at the feast. 12:21 These, therefore, came to Philip, who was from Bethsaida of Galilee, and asked him, saying, “Sir, we want to see Jesus.” 12:22 Philip came and told Andrew, and in turn, Andrew came with Philip, and they told Jesus. 12:23 Jesus answered them, “The time has come for the Son of Man to be glorified. 12:24 Most certainly I tell you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains by itself alone. But if it dies, it bears much fruit. 12:25 He who loves his life will lose it. He who hates his life in this world will keep it to eternal life. 12:26 If anyone serves me, let him follow me. Where I am, there will my servant also be. If anyone serves me, the Father will honor him.

12:27 “Now my soul is troubled. What shall I say? ‘Father, save me from this time?’ But for this cause I came to this time. 12:28 Father, glorify your name!”

Then there came a voice out of the sky, saying, “I have both glorified it, and will glorify it again.”

12:29 The multitude therefore, who stood by and heard it, said that it had thundered. Others said, “An angel has spoken to him.”

12:30 Jesus answered, “This voice hasn’t come for my sake, but for your sakes. 12:31 Now is the judgment of this world. Now the prince of this world will be cast out. 12:32 And I, if I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all people to myself.” 12:33 But he said this, signifying by what kind of death he should die. 12:34 The multitude answered him, “We have heard out of the law that the Christ remains forever. How do you say, ‘The Son of Man must be lifted up?’ Who is this Son of Man?”

12:35 Jesus therefore said to them, “Yet a little while the light is with you. Walk while you have the light, that darkness doesn’t overtake you. He who walks in the darkness doesn’t know where he is going. 12:36 While you have the light, believe in the light, that you may become children of light.” Jesus said these things, and he departed and hid himself from them. 12:37 But though he had done so many signs before them, yet they didn’t believe in him, 12:38 that the word of Isaiah the prophet might be fulfilled, which he spoke,

“Lord, who has believed our report?
To whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed?”
12:39 For this cause they couldn’t believe, for Isaiah said again,

12:40 “He has blinded their eyes and he hardened their heart,
lest they should see with their eyes,
and perceive with their heart,
and would turn,
and I would heal them.”

12:41 Isaiah said these things when he saw his glory, and spoke of him. 12:42 Nevertheless even of the rulers many believed in him, but because of the Pharisees they didn’t confess it, so that they wouldn’t be put out of the synagogue, 12:43 for they loved men’s praise more than God’s praise.

12:44 Jesus cried out and said, “Whoever believes in me, believes not in me, but in him who sent me. 12:45 He who sees me sees him who sent me. 12:46 I have come as a light into the world, that whoever believes in me may not remain in the darkness. 12:47 If anyone listens to my sayings, and doesn’t believe, I don’t judge him. For I came not to judge the world, but to save the world. 12:48 He who rejects me, and doesn’t receive my sayings, has one who judges him. The word that I spoke, the same will judge him in the last day. 12:49 For I spoke not from myself, but the Father who sent me, he gave me a commandment, what I should say, and what I should speak. 12:50 I know that his commandment is eternal life. The things therefore which I speak, even as the Father has said to me, so I speak.”

World English Bible - (WEB) - Public Domain

#5 Librarian

Librarian

    Omega

  • Publications
  • 10,015 posts

Posted 19 October 2008 - 01:25 PM

19 October 2008

2 Chronicles 10; 11
Ezekiel 45
John 12

#6 Librarian

Librarian

    Omega

  • Publications
  • 10,015 posts

Posted 19 October 2009 - 11:05 AM

19 October 2009

2 Chronicles 10; 11
Ezekiel 45
John 12

#7 Librarian

Librarian

    Omega

  • Publications
  • 10,015 posts

Posted 06 March 2011 - 06:00 AM

19 October 2010

2 Chronicles 10; 11
Ezekiel 45
John 12

"WHAT DO YOU ADVISE"

In politics these days, decision makers are surrounded by groups of advisers. The 2 chapters this morning in 2 Chronicles 10; 11 reminded us of this. In contrast to his father Solomon, who had such immense wisdom, his son Rehoboam sought advisers – and he had two types, those who “had stood before Solomon” [2 Chronicles 10:6] and those of “the young” who had grown up with himself. In his lack of wisdom he “abandoned the counsel that the old men gave him’ [2 Chronicles 10:8].

He took a get tough attitude and his kingdom fell apart; the wisdom his father had imparted had made no impression on his heart. In 2 Chronicles 11 we read of the resultant division in the kingdom and how all but two of the tribes refused to support him. Now this created a problem for those for who felt truly dedicated in their hearts to serve God in Jerusalem, would they become involved in the substitute worship that was being set up among the 10 tribes?

We read, “And those who had set their hearts to seek the LORD God of Israel came after them from all the tribes of Israel to sacrifice to the LORD, the God of their fathers” in Jerusalem [2 Chronicles 11:16] This situation is an excellent example for true believers in the 21st Century: do we set our hearts on what the Bible really teaches us, or follow popular religious ideas? We are currently confronted by the saga of calling Mary McKillop a saint and the belief that she is still “alive” after her death and able to do miracles for those who pray to her. This is absolute nonsense, as those who really know God’s word are aware.

In recent weeks we have read in Ezekiel how even those who worshipped in the Temple in Jerusalem had made a sham of their worship, their hearts had become idolatrous (Ezekiel 22:1-9 etc) and that is why Jerusalem was destroyed. What is the answer to the question Jesus asked? “When the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on earth?” [Luke 18:8] Prophecy indicates that awesome judgements from God are facing our world – here and now! True faith is that which is both “believed” and “lived” - so “what do you advise” should be done today?
-------
- DC

#8 Librarian

Librarian

    Omega

  • Publications
  • 10,015 posts

Posted 19 October 2011 - 04:07 AM

19 October 2011

2 Chronicles 10; 11
Ezekiel 45
John 12

"WHOEVER HATES HIS LIFE IN THIS WORLD"

In John’s Gospel today we read that although Jesus “had done so many signs among them, they still did not believe in him” [John 12:37] This surprises us, but the main reason for this unbelief lies in the “difficult” things he said, such as, “Whoever loves his life loses it, and whoever hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life.” [John 12:25]

What did Jesus mean? We can understand some that are stricken down with a debilitating disease or grievously injured in some accident saying they hated life – although even in those situations many still cling to life hoping there will be some improvement. The greater thought is probably because they believe this life is all there is – and - while there’s life there’s hope – as the saying is.

Against this background of human attitudes we ponder the nature of the attitude of those who really believe in Jesus. “Though he die, yet shall he live,” Jesus told Martha concerning her dead brother Lazarus. And Martha replies, “I know he will rise again in the resurrection on the last day” [John 11:24,25]

Then Jesus makes another strange statement, “everyone who lives and believes in me shall never die” [John 11:26] Now when we think in the language of the Bible, the meaning soon becomes clear. In passages like 1 Corinthians 15:6,18 we see believers who “have fallen asleep” are those who die with the hope of resurrection. When Jesus told his disciples “”Lazarus has fallen asleep” [John 11:11] they misunderstood what he meant.

Similarly, the word “hate” needs to be understood in the way Jesus uses it! Jesus said, “If anyone comes to me and does not hate his own father and mother and wife and children and brothers and sisters, and even his own life, he cannot be my disciple” [Luke 14:27] We all need to ask, ‘What are the most important things in life for us? What tops the list? If we love the things this life surrounds us with – where do we stand in the sight of God? The more we really love God, “life in this world” is seen it its proper perspective.
-------
- DC

#9 Librarian

Librarian

    Omega

  • Publications
  • 10,015 posts

Posted 19 October 2012 - 03:49 AM

19 October 2012

2 Chronicles 10; 11
Ezekiel 45
John 12

"WHAT DO YOU ADVISE"

In politics these days, decision makers are surrounded by groups of advisers. The 2 chapters this morning in 2 Chronicles 10; 11 reminded us of this. In contrast to his father Solomon, who had such immense wisdom, his son Rehoboam sought advisers – and he had two types, those who “had stood before Solomon” [2 Chronicles 10:6] and those of “the young” who had grown up with himself. In his lack of wisdom he “abandoned the counsel that the old men gave him’ [2 Chronicles 10:8].

He took a get tough attitude and his kingdom fell apart; the wisdom his father had imparted had made no impression on his heart. In 2 Chronicles 11 we read of the resultant division in the kingdom and how all but two of the tribes refused to support him. Now this created a problem for those for who felt truly dedicated in their hearts to serve God in Jerusalem, would they become involved in the substitute worship that was being set up among the 10 tribes?

We read, “And those who had set their hearts to seek the LORD God of Israel came after them from all the tribes of Israel to sacrifice to the LORD, the God of their fathers” in Jerusalem [2 Chronicles 11:16] This situation is an excellent example for true believers in the 21st Century: do we set our hearts on what the Bible really teaches us, or follow popular religious ideas?

In recent weeks we have read in Ezekiel how even those who worshipped in the Temple in Jerusalem had made a sham of their worship, their hearts had become idolatrous [Ezekiel 22:1-9 etcetera] and that is why Jerusalem was destroyed. What is the answer to the question Jesus asked? “When the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on earth?” [Luke 18:8] Prophecy indicates that awesome judgements from God are facing our world – here and now! True faith is that which is both “believed” and “lived” - so “what do you advise” should be done today?
-------
- DC

#10 Librarian

Librarian

    Omega

  • Publications
  • 10,015 posts

Posted 19 October 2013 - 01:39 AM

19 October 2013

2 Chronicles 10; 11
Ezekiel 45
John 12

“THAT YOU MAY BECOME …”

Life never stands still – we are all in the process of becoming something; this is especially the case of those going to College or University. How many in this country appreciate the wide range of opportunities they have? It seems to be part of human nature never to be satisfied, always wanting something better, or at least, wanting some new experience.

Those who prayerfully read God’s word are the only ones who keep life in a true and balanced perspective. As we read John 12 today we saw how Jesus kept challenging his hearers, he told them, “Whoever loves his life loses it …” [John 12:25] A strange saying? Not when you put it into the context of loving God. You ‘serve’ the things you love – money and food being outstanding examples today.

Jesus said, If any one serves me, the Father will honour him (or her)” [John 12:26] Jesus is spelling out the principles by which we live our lives in plain simple language; in a spiritual sense, do we see our lives as being in “light” or “darkness”? From the Divine perspective there is nothing in between!

Jesus “is the light of the world.” He told them, “The light is among you for a little while longer. Walk while you have the light, lest darkness overtake you” [John 12:35]

Our world is increasingly full of darkness! Where do you stand at the moment? In the shadows perhaps? The light of the world said, “The one who walks in darkness does not know where he is going. While you have the light, believe in the light, that you may become sons of light.” [John 12:36]

Do you believe in “the light”? If not, what do you believe? Are you distracted by the shadows? The way forward is to make sure you read God’s word every day; King David put it so succinctly in the Psalms, “Your word is a light to my feet and a lamp to my path.” [Psalm 119:105]
-------
- DC

#11 Librarian

Librarian

    Omega

  • Publications
  • 10,015 posts

Posted 19 October 2014 - 07:19 AM

19 October 2014
 
2 Chronicles 10; 11
Ezekiel 45
John 12  
 
“I DID NOT COME TO JUDGE”                                                                                                   
 
John’s Gospel begins [John 1:4-9] by saying Jesus is “the true light which enlightens everyone” and John the Baptist was “bearing witness to that light.”   It is not too difficult to understand that.  
 
Now, in today’s reading [John 12] as our Lord’s ministry is reaching its climax, he speaks some more about light and darkness; “I have come into the world as light” he says, “so that whoever believes in me may not walk in darkness” [John 12:46].  The light had been shining with increasing brilliance through his words and works, climaxing in yesterday’s account of the resurrection of Lazarus. 
 
Yet, such is the tragedy of blindness of this nature and the extremes this can provoke in their actions, we now read of some who are even more determined to get rid of Jesus. He is a threat to their prestige and authority. [John 11:47-48] In today’s chapter those with this spirit of mind even “made plans to put Lazarus to death as well, because on account of him many of the Jews were believing …” [John 12:11]  Their blindness, despite the brilliance of the “light” had become extreme.
 
There is no half way position in God’s eyes, either you believe or you don’t!  Those who genuinely believe live and act in ways which make this obvious. God expects this.  Some of those choosing darkness certainly did something to show this – and persuaded others to support them and to cry, “Crucify him.” 
 
What did Jesus mean when he said,, “I did not come to judge the world, but to save the world” [John 12:47] Because Jesus did not come as a condemning judge,  those persuaded to support those in darkness and cry ‘Crucify him’ -  were later able to repent [Acts 2:37-38], it is the outstanding example of Divine grace!   
 
Notice the very significant words with which this chapter finishes; “the word that I have spoken will judge him on the last day.” The basis of the judgement “on the last day”  will be the reaction each has made to “the word that I have spoken” and “which enlightens everyone.” We ignore “the word” to our own destruction, as those who stay “blind” will discover to their utter dismay “on the last day.” 
-------
- DC


#12 Librarian

Librarian

    Omega

  • Publications
  • 10,015 posts

Posted 19 October 2015 - 09:04 AM

19 October 2015
 
2 Chronicles 10; 11
Ezekiel 45
John 12  
 
"IF ANYONE SERVES ME ..."
            
We live in a world in which everyone serves their own interests.  There was an advertising slogan many years ago: ‘The most important person is me’. This is what modern advertising is about more than ever – an appeal to the basic human instincts and desires – it is focused on pandering to “the flesh.”  In John’s gospel today we have considerable detail about the teaching of Jesus after he rode into Jerusalem on a donkey – John 12:18-19.  The popularity of Jesus was at its’ height. But was there substance to it?  The events in coming days were to prove how fickle it was.
            
We must each ask ourselves, ‘Is there real substance to my faith? Once again we see the ‘2 ways’ portrayed!  The narrow  way requires true ‘love’ and commitment to Jesus, a commitment to use and develop whatever talents we have been blessed with – to put them to use in serving him.  
            
In John 12:25 Jesus makes a most challenging comment! "Whoever loves his life loses it, and whoever hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life." Once again, the fact there are only 2 ways for us to live is plainly spelt out. 
            
The next verse [John 12:26] is wonderfully significant, "If anyone serves me, he must follow me; and where I am, there will my servant be also." 
            
Then our Lord expands on this with another very significant point.  He again says – "If anyone serves me” – and then, wonderfully, he says – "the Father will honour him."  
            
We meditate further on this heart searching challenge – that our service needs to be genuine – and then – as a result – the incredible wonder of the "honour" that is in prospect in the kingdom.  
            
Let us, each one, use our talents and opportunities to "serve" our Saviour – now – and then we will be in the kingdom – to serve him in many wonderful ways that are surely far beyond our present comprehension.  
-------
- DC


#13 Librarian

Librarian

    Omega

  • Publications
  • 10,015 posts

Posted 19 October 2016 - 10:51 AM

19 October 2016
 
2 Chronicles 10; 11
Ezekiel 45
John 12  
 
“THE WORD … WILL JUDGE … ON THE LAST DAY”
 
Today’s chapter in John’s gospel [John 12] is one of the most profound and thought challenging in the whole Bible! The atmosphere within human hearts of the choice between the broad and narrow ways was rarely so evident than in this time before the arrest of Jesus. The Master’s challenging observations jump out at us. 
 
The envy our Lord’s popularity generated was increasing. The raising to life of Lazarus after 4 days in the tomb was significant in causing this. “So the chief priests made plans to put Lazarus to death as well, because on account of him many of the Jews were going away and believing in Jesus.” [John 12:10-11] 
 
John records the ‘agony’ in the mind of Jesus, and we are to learn that John was “the one whom Jesus loved” [John 20:2; 21:7] and he is able to record the words of Jesus, "Now is my soul troubled. And what shall I say? 'Father, save me from this hour'? But for this purpose I have come to this hour.” [John 12:27] The humanity of Jesus is most evident here – and the words in Hebrews ‘jump’ into our minds, that “we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin.” [Hebrews 4:15] 
 
At this moment after Jesus prays, “Father, glorify your name." … a voice came from heaven: "I have glorified it, and I will glorify it again." [John 12:28]. Yesterday we read how “the glory of God” was seen [John 11:40] in the raising of Lazarus. This was a foretaste of the raising of Jesus – but many were not to be aware of this, only those who believed in him. Wonderfully, on one occasion “he appeared to more than five hundred brothers at one time” [1 Corinthians 15:6]
 
What is the future for those who did not believe in him – despite the evidence! Later in this chapter we read, “The one who rejects me and does not receive my words has a judge; the word that I have spoken will judge him on the last day.” [John 12:48] How close are we now to the last day!? And the written word is available to all, let us make every effort to “receive” them – and daily show in our words and actions that we have done so.
-------
- DC


#14 Librarian

Librarian

    Omega

  • Publications
  • 10,015 posts

Posted 22 October 2017 - 12:57 AM

19 October 2017
 
2 Chronicles 10; 11
Ezekiel 45
John 12
 
"WHOEVER HATES HIS LIFE IN THIS WORLD"
 
In John's Gospel today we read that although Jesus "had done so many signs among them, they still did not believe in him" [John 12:37] This surprises us, but the main reason for this unbelief lies in the "difficult" things he said, such as, "Whoever loves his life loses it, and whoever hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life." [John 12:25] 
 
What did Jesus mean? We can understand some that are stricken down with a debilitating disease or grievously injured in some accident saying they now hate life – although even in those situations many still cling to life hoping there will be some improvement, some medical miracle. Their urgent background thought is probably because they believe this life is all there is – and - as the saying is - while there's life there's hope for better things.  
 
Against this background of human attitudes we ponder the nature of the attitude of those who really believe in Jesus. "'Though he die, yet shall he live,' Jesus told Martha concerning her dead brother Lazarus. And Martha replies, 'I know he will rise again in the resurrection on the last day'" [John 11:24- 25]. 
 
Then Jesus makes another strange statement, "everyone who lives and believes in me shall never die" [John 11:26]. It is necessary we develop the ability to think in the language the Bible uses, then the meaning soon becomes clear. In passages like 1 Corinthians 15:6,18 we see that believers who "have fallen asleep" means those who die with the hope of resurrection. When Jesus told his disciples "Lazarus has fallen asleep" [John 11:11] they misunderstood what he meant. 
 
Similarly, the word "hate" needs to be understood in the way Jesus uses it! Jesus said, "If anyone comes to me and does not hate his own father and mother and wife and children and brothers and sisters, and even his own life, he cannot be my disciple." [Luke 14:27] 
 
We need to ask ourselves, What are the most important things in life for me? What tops the list? If we love the apparently fascinating things we are surrounded us day after day – where do we "stand" in the sight of God? 
 
The more we really love God, "life in this world" is seen in its' proper perspective of being eternally meaningless, unless we are developing a day after day relationship with God and His Son.
-------
- DC





1 user(s) are reading this topic

0 members, 1 guests, 0 anonymous users