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Posted 19 August 2007 - 10:03 AM

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1 Kings 14


14:1 At that time Abijah the son of Jeroboam fell sick. 14:2 Jeroboam said to his wife, “Please get up and disguise yourself, that you won’t be recognized as the wife of Jeroboam. Go to Shiloh. Behold, there is Ahijah the prophet, who spoke concerning me that I should be king over this people. 14:3 Take with you ten loaves, and cakes, and a jar of honey, and go to him. He will tell you what will become of the child.”

14:4 Jeroboam’s wife did so, and arose, and went to Shiloh, and came to the house of Ahijah. Now Ahijah could not see; for his eyes were set by reason of his age. 14:5 Yahweh said to Ahijah, “Behold, the wife of Jeroboam comes to inquire of you concerning her son; for he is sick. Thus and thus you shall tell her; for it will be, when she comes in, that she will pretend to be another woman.”

14:6 It was so, when Ahijah heard the sound of her feet, as she came in at the door, that he said, “Come in, you wife of Jeroboam! Why do you pretend to be another? For I am sent to you with heavy news. 14:7 Go, tell Jeroboam, ‘Thus says Yahweh, the God of Israel: “Because I exalted you from among the people, and made you prince over my people Israel, 14:8 and tore the kingdom away from the house of David, and gave it you; and yet you have not been as my servant David, who kept my commandments, and who followed me with all his heart, to do that only which was right in my eyes, 14:9 but have done evil above all who were before you, and have gone and made you other gods, and molten images, to provoke me to anger, and have cast me behind your back: 14:10 therefore, behold, I will bring evil on the house of Jeroboam, and will cut off from Jeroboam everyone who urinates on a wall, he who is shut up and he who is left at large in Israel, and will utterly sweep away the house of Jeroboam, as a man sweeps away dung, until it is all gone. 14:11 He who dies of Jeroboam in the city shall the dogs eat; and he who dies in the field shall the birds of the sky eat: for Yahweh has spoken it.”’ 14:12 Arise therefore, and go to your house. When your feet enter into the city, the child shall die. 14:13 All Israel shall mourn for him, and bury him; for he only of Jeroboam shall come to the grave, because in him there is found some good thing toward Yahweh, the God of Israel, in the house of Jeroboam. 14:14 Moreover Yahweh will raise him up a king over Israel, who shall cut off the house of Jeroboam. This is day! What? Even now. 14:15 For Yahweh will strike Israel, as a reed is shaken in the water; and he will root up Israel out of this good land which he gave to their fathers, and will scatter them beyond the River, because they have made their Asherim, provoking Yahweh to anger. 14:16 He will give Israel up because of the sins of Jeroboam, which he has sinned, and with which he has made Israel to sin.”

14:17 Jeroboam’s wife arose, and departed, and came to Tirzah. As she came to the threshold of the house, the child died. 14:18 All Israel buried him, and mourned for him, according to the word of Yahweh, which he spoke by his servant Ahijah the prophet. 14:19 The rest of the acts of Jeroboam, how he warred, and how he reigned, behold, they are written in the book of the chronicles of the kings of Israel. 14:20 The days which Jeroboam reigned were two and twenty years: and he slept with his fathers, and Nadab his son reigned in his place. 14:21 Rehoboam the son of Solomon reigned in Judah. Rehoboam was forty-one years old when he began to reign, and he reigned seventeen years in Jerusalem, the city which Yahweh had chosen out of all the tribes of Israel, to put his name there: and his mother’s name was Naamah the Ammonitess. 14:22 Judah did that which was evil in the sight of Yahweh, and they provoked him to jealousy with their sins which they committed, above all that their fathers had done. 14:23 For they also built them high places, and pillars, and Asherim, on every high hill, and under every green tree; 14:24 and there were also sodomites in the land: they did according to all the abominations of the nations which Yahweh drove out before the children of Israel. 14:25 It happened in the fifth year of king Rehoboam, that Shishak king of Egypt came up against Jerusalem; 14:26 and he took away the treasures of the house of Yahweh, and the treasures of the king’s house; he even took away all: and he took away all the shields of gold which Solomon had made. 14:27 King Rehoboam made in their place shields of brass, and committed them to the hands of the captains of the guard, who kept the door of the king’s house. 14:28 It was so, that as often as the king went into the house of Yahweh, the guard bore them, and brought them back into the guard room. 14:29 Now the rest of the acts of Rehoboam, and all that he did, aren’t they written in the book of the chronicles of the kings of Judah? 14:30 There was war between Rehoboam and Jeroboam continually. 14:31 Rehoboam slept with his fathers, and was buried with his fathers in the city of David: and his mother’s name was Naamah the Ammonitess. Abijam his son reigned in his place.

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Posted 19 August 2007 - 10:04 AM

Second Portion

Jeremiah 40


40:1 The word which came to Jeremiah from Yahweh, after that Nebuzaradan the captain of the guard had let him go from Ramah, when he had taken him being bound in chains among all the captives of Jerusalem and Judah, who were carried away captive to Babylon. 40:2 The captain of the guard took Jeremiah, and said to him, Yahweh your God pronounced this evil on this place; 40:3 and Yahweh has brought it, and done according as he spoke: because you have sinned against Yahweh, and have not obeyed his voice, therefore this thing has come on you. 40:4 Now, behold, I release you this day from the chains which are on your hand. If it seems good to you to come with me into Babylon, come, and I will take care of you; but if it seems bad to you to come with me into Babylon, don’t: behold, all the land is before you; where it seems good and right to you to go, there go. 40:5 Now while he was not yet gone back, Go back then, said he, to Gedaliah the son of Ahikam, the son of Shaphan, whom the king of Babylon has made governor over the cities of Judah, and dwell with him among the people; or go wherever it seems right to you to go. So the captain of the guard gave him food and a present, and let him go. 40:6 Then went Jeremiah to Gedaliah the son of Ahikam to Mizpah, and lived with him among the people who were left in the land. 40:7 Now when all the captains of the forces who were in the fields, even they and their men, heard that the king of Babylon had made Gedaliah the son of Ahikam governor in the land, and had committed to him men, and women, and children, and of the poorest of the land, of those who were not carried away captive to Babylon; 40:8 then they came to Gedaliah to Mizpah, to wit, Ishmael the son of Nethaniah, and Johanan and Jonathan the sons of Kareah, and Seraiah the son of Tanhumeth, and the sons of Ephai the Netophathite, and Jezaniah the son of the Maacathite, they and their men. 40:9 Gedaliah the son of Ahikam the son of Shaphan swore to them and to their men, saying, Don’t be afraid to serve the Chaldeans: dwell in the land, and serve the king of Babylon, and it shall be well with you. 40:10 As for me, behold, I will dwell at Mizpah, to stand before the Chaldeans who shall come to us: but you, gather wine and summer fruits and oil, and put them in your vessels, and dwell in your cities that you have taken. 40:11 Likewise when all the Jews who were in Moab, and among the children of Ammon, and in Edom, and who were in all the countries, heard that the king of Babylon had left a remnant of Judah, and that he had set over them Gedaliah the son of Ahikam, the son of Shaphan; 40:12 then all the Jews returned out of all places where they were driven, and came to the land of Judah, to Gedaliah, to Mizpah, and gathered wine and summer fruits very much. 40:13 Moreover Johanan the son of Kareah, and all the captains of the forces who were in the fields, came to Gedaliah to Mizpah, 40:14 and said to him, Do you know that Baalis the king of the children of Ammon has sent Ishmael the son of Nethaniah to take your life? But Gedaliah the son of Ahikam didn’t believe them. 40:15 Then Johanan the son of Kareah spoke to Gedaliah in Mizpah secretly, saying, Please let me go, and I will kill Ishmael the son of Nethaniah, and no man shall know it: why should he take your life, that all the Jews who are gathered to you should be scattered, and the remnant of Judah perish? 40:16 But Gedaliah the son of Ahikam said to Johanan the son of Kareah, You shall not do this thing; for you speak falsely of Ishmael.

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Posted 19 August 2007 - 10:06 AM

Third Portion

Mark 14


14:1 It was now two days before the feast of the Passover and the unleavened bread, and the chief priests and the scribes sought how they might seize him by deception, and kill him. 14:2 For they said, “Not during the feast, because there might be a riot of the people.”

14:3 While he was at Bethany, in the house of Simon the leper, as he sat at the table, a woman came having an alabaster jar of ointment of pure nard—very costly. She broke the jar, and poured it over his head. 14:4 But there were some who were indignant among themselves, saying, “Why has this ointment been wasted? 14:5 For this might have been sold for more than three hundred denarii, and given to the poor.” They grumbled against her.

14:6 But Jesus said, “Leave her alone. Why do you trouble her? She has done a good work for me. 14:7 For you always have the poor with you, and whenever you want to, you can do them good; but you will not always have me. 14:8 She has done what she could. She has anointed my body beforehand for the burying. 14:9 Most certainly I tell you, wherever this Good News may be preached throughout the whole world, that which this woman has done will also be spoken of for a memorial of her.”

14:10 Judas Iscariot, who was one of the twelve, went away to the chief priests, that he might deliver him to them. 14:11 They, when they heard it, were glad, and promised to give him money. He sought how he might conveniently deliver him. 14:12 On the first day of unleavened bread, when they sacrificed the Passover, his disciples asked him, “Where do you want us to go and prepare that you may eat the Passover?”

14:13 He sent two of his disciples, and said to them, “Go into the city, and there you will meet a man carrying a pitcher of water. Follow him, 14:14 and wherever he enters in, tell the master of the house, ‘The Teacher says, “Where is the guest room, where I may eat the Passover with my disciples?”’ 14:15 He will himself show you a large upper room furnished and ready. Get ready for us there.”

14:16 His disciples went out, and came into the city, and found things as he had said to them, and they prepared the Passover.

14:17 When it was evening he came with the twelve. 14:18 As they sat and were eating, Jesus said, “Most certainly I tell you, one of you will betray me—he who eats with me.”

14:19 They began to be sorrowful, and to ask him one by one, “Surely not I?” And another said, “Surely not I?”

14:20 He answered them, “It is one of the twelve, he who dips with me in the dish. 14:21 For the Son of Man goes, even as it is written about him, but woe to that man by whom the Son of Man is betrayed! It would be better for that man if he had not been born.”

14:22 As they were eating, Jesus took bread, and when he had blessed, he broke it, and gave to them, and said, “Take, eat. This is my body.”

14:23 He took the cup, and when he had given thanks, he gave to them. They all drank of it. 14:24 He said to them, “This is my blood of the new covenant, which is poured out for many. 14:25 Most certainly I tell you, I will no more drink of the fruit of the vine, until that day when I drink it anew in the Kingdom of God.” 14:26 When they had sung a hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives.

14:27 Jesus said to them, “All of you will be made to stumble because of me tonight, for it is written, ‘I will strike the shepherd, and the sheep will be scattered.’* 14:28 However, after I am raised up, I will go before you into Galilee.”

14:29 But Peter said to him, “Although all will be offended, yet I will not.”

14:30 Jesus said to him, “Most certainly I tell you, that you today, even this night, before the rooster crows twice, you will deny me three times.”

14:31 But he spoke all the more, “If I must die with you, I will not deny you.” They all said the same thing.

14:32 They came to a place which was named Gethsemane. He said to his disciples, “Sit here, while I pray.” 14:33 He took with him Peter, James, and John, and began to be greatly troubled and distressed. 14:34 He said to them, “My soul is exceedingly sorrowful, even to death. Stay here, and watch.”

14:35 He went forward a little, and fell on the ground, and prayed that, if it were possible, the hour might pass away from him. 14:36 He said, “Abba, Father, all things are possible to you. Please remove this cup from me. However, not what I desire, but what you desire.”

14:37 He came and found them sleeping, and said to Peter, “Simon, are you sleeping? Couldn’t you watch one hour? 14:38 Watch and pray, that you may not enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.”

14:39 Again he went away, and prayed, saying the same words. 14:40 Again he returned, and found them sleeping, for their eyes were very heavy, and they didn’t know what to answer him. 14:41 He came the third time, and said to them, “Sleep on now, and take your rest. It is enough. The hour has come. Behold, the Son of Man is betrayed into the hands of sinners. 14:42 Arise, let us be going. Behold, he who betrays me is at hand.”

14:43 Immediately, while he was still speaking, Judas, one of the twelve, came—and with him a multitude with swords and clubs, from the chief priests, the scribes, and the elders. 14:44 Now he who betrayed him had given them a sign, saying, “Whomever I will kiss, that is he. Seize him, and lead him away safely.” 14:45 When he had come, immediately he came to him, and said, “Rabbi! Rabbi!” and kissed him. 14:46 They laid their hands on him, and seized him. 14:47 But a certain one of those who stood by drew his sword, and struck the servant of the high priest, and cut off his ear.

14:48 Jesus answered them, “Have you come out, as against a robber, with swords and clubs to seize me? 14:49 I was daily with you in the temple teaching, and you didn’t arrest me. But this is so that the Scriptures might be fulfilled.”

14:50 They all left him, and fled. 14:51 A certain young man followed him, having a linen cloth thrown around himself, over his naked body. The young men grabbed him, 14:52 but he left the linen cloth, and fled from them naked. 14:53 They led Jesus away to the high priest. All the chief priests, the elders, and the scribes came together with him.

14:54 Peter had followed him from a distance, until he came into the court of the high priest. He was sitting with the officers, and warming himself in the light of the fire. 14:55 Now the chief priests and the whole council sought witnesses against Jesus to put him to death, and found none. 14:56 For many gave false testimony against him, and their testimony didn’t agree with each other. 14:57 Some stood up, and gave false testimony against him, saying, 14:58 “We heard him say, ‘I will destroy this temple that is made with hands, and in three days I will build another made without hands.’” 14:59 Even so, their testimony did not agree.

14:60 The high priest stood up in the midst, and asked Jesus, “Have you no answer? What is it which these testify against you?” 14:61 But he stayed quiet, and answered nothing. Again the high priest asked him, “Are you the Christ, the Son of the Blessed?”

14:62 Jesus said, “I am. You will see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of Power, and coming with the clouds of the sky.”

14:63 The high priest tore his clothes, and said, “What further need have we of witnesses? 14:64 You have heard the blasphemy! What do you think?” They all condemned him to be worthy of death. 14:65 Some began to spit on him, and to cover his face, and to beat him with fists, and to tell him, “Prophesy!” The officers struck him with the palms of their hands.

14:66 As Peter was in the courtyard below, one of the maids of the high priest came, 14:67 and seeing Peter warming himself, she looked at him, and said, “You were also with the Nazarene, Jesus!”

14:68 But he denied it, saying, “I neither know, nor understand what you are saying.” He went out on the porch, and the rooster crowed.

14:69 The maid saw him, and began again to tell those who stood by, “This is one of them.” 14:70 But he again denied it. After a little while again those who stood by said to Peter, “You truly are one of them, for you are a Galilean, and your speech shows it.” 14:71 But he began to curse, and to swear, “I don’t know this man of whom you speak!” 14:72 The rooster crowed the second time. Peter remembered the word, how that Jesus said to him, “Before the rooster crows twice, you will deny me three times.” When he thought about that, he wept.

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Posted 19 August 2008 - 11:14 AM

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Posted 19 August 2009 - 05:30 AM

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Posted 06 March 2011 - 02:17 AM

19 August 2010

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Jeremiah 40
Mark 14

"I AM CHARGED WITH UNBEARABLE NEWS FOR YOU"

Have you heard of the prophet Ahijah? He plays a small but significant role during the reign of Solomon and later. First, God sends him to Jeroboam, during Solomon’s reign, to tell him (1 Kings 11:29-39) that he would become king over most of Israel after Solomon’s death. God’s message to him, via Ahijah was, “if you will listen to all I command you … I will be with you and will build you a sure house” [1 Kings 11:38]

Ahijah’s words came true and this should have influenced him when he became king of the breakaway northern part of Israel after Solomon’s death. But he used human wisdom to try to ensure the people remained loyal to him. He feared that if they went up to the temple in Jerusalem to worship their loyalty to him would be undermined so he set up two places of worship in the north. In these places he made golden calves saying these were the gods that had brought them out of Egypt long ago.

He also appointed priests who were not Levites to administer the sacrifices. Worse still he even offered sacrifices himself on the feast days as we read yesterday (1 Kings 13:1) and “a man of of God” came to prophecy against the Altar and what was to happen here in the future. Now Jeroboam’s son and heir fell sick and he knew it was no good going to any of his priests or local prophets so, we read today, he sent his wife, disguised, to see Ahijah.

The LORD told Ahijah she was coming and as she came in he cried out, “I am charged with unbearable news for you” [1 Kings 14:6]. The first part of the news was condemnation on Jeroboam and his descendants because of his failure to serve God in the right way: the second, that the child would die as she got home.

It seems to us that there is a parallel here with today. The present generation has become totally unfaithful to the word of God. Five hundred years ago, when the Bible was first printed and available to the great majority to read, it transformed the way people thought and caused a reformation. If God sent a prophet today his message would be something like, “I am charged with unbearable news” for the whole earth. Let us make sure we respond before “the door is shut” and the Judgement Seat is in place.
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Posted 19 August 2011 - 11:19 AM

19 August 2011

1 Kings 14
Jeremiah 40
Mark 14

"WATCH AND PRAY"

Today in Mark 14 we read Mark’s moving account of the events in the Garden of Gethsemane. That evening they had been together in what is known as the “upper room.” This was when what we call “the last supper” took place. As the bread and the cup were passed around (Mark 14:22-25) the disciples would not have accepted in their minds what it was all about! Now use your imagination as to the kind of emotion they would experience in the weeks that followed his ascension especially when joined with thousands who had been “cut to the heart” on the Day of Pentecost. Let’s open up our mind’s eye on the heart felt emotion of such occasions - this creates a most heart stirring personal meditation.

After that last supper “and when they had sung a hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives” [Mark 14:26]. It is quite a climb and Jesus initiates a conversation about them denying they know him. This leads Peter to declare, “If I must die with you I will not deny you.” [Mark 14:31] It is now late evening and they come down from Mount and “went to a place called Gethsemane” and Jesus “began to be greatly distressed and troubled.” He tells them to “remain here and watch” [Mark 14:34] What are they to watch for? They have no thought that a band of soldiers will come!

After emotionally praying to his father he returns and finds them sleeping and “he says to Peter, ‘Simon are you asleep? Could you not watch one hour?” [Mark 14:37] Their minds were closed to any thought of his imminent arrest – and if they had been aware – would there have been any value in watching for the event to happen?

Jesus next comment is significant, “Watch and pray that you may not enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.” [Mark 14:38] Jesus means – watch yourselves! Check out your strength – of faith: a lesson for us: this could well be needful soon when the god of mammon collapses like Dagon of old.

In seeking “to interpret the signs of the times” [Matthew 16:3] a phrase Jesus only used when addressing the Pharisees, the emphasis must be on watching ourselves, of which our prayers are an essential part - to maintain our strength of mind so we do not fail as the disciples did - but are ready when “the angels (come to) gather his elect” as we read yesterday [Mark 13:27].
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Posted 19 August 2012 - 07:05 AM

19 August 2012

1 Kings 14
Jeremiah 40
Mark 14

"… UNBEARABLE NEWS FOR YOU"

Have you heard of the prophet Ahijah? He plays a small but significant role during the reign of Solomon and also later. First, God sends him to Jeroboam, during Solomon’s reign, to tell him [1 Kings 11:29-39] that he would become king over most of Israel after Solomon’s death. God’s message to Jeroboam, via Ahijah was, “if you will listen to all I command you … I will be with you and will build you a sure house” [1 Kings 11:38]

Ahijah’s words came true and this should have influenced Jeroboam when he became king of the breakaway northern tribes of Israel after Solomon’s death. But he used human wisdom to try to ensure the people remained loyal to him. He feared that if they went up to the temple in Jerusalem to worship their loyalty to him would be undermined - to prevent this he set up two places of worship in the northern kingdom, where he made golden calves and said these were the gods that had brought them out of Egypt long ago. He also appointed priests who were not Levites to administer the sacrifices. Worse still he even offered sacrifices himself on the feast days [1 Kings 12:33]

We read yesterday [1 Kings 13:1] that “a man of God” came to prophecy against Jeroboam’s altar and said what was to happen here in the future [1 Kings 13:3]. Now Jeroboam’s son and heir fell sick and he knew it was no good going to any of his priests or local prophets so, we read today, he sent his wife, disguised, to see the prophet Ahijah.

The LORD told Ahijah she was coming and as she came in he cried out, “I am charged with unbearable news for you” [1 Kings 14:6]. The first part of the news was condemnation on Jeroboam and his descendants because of his failure to serve God in the right way: the second, that the child would die as she got home.

Surely we can see a parallel in these events with today. The present generation has become totally unfaithful to the word of God. Five hundred years ago, when the Bible was first printed and available to the great majority to read, it transformed the way many people thought and caused a reformation. If God sent a prophet today his message would be something like, “I am charged with unbearable news” for the whole earth. This makes us think about the kind of message we should give – especially our personal message to neighbours and workmates – maybe something like – this world is doomed – there is only one way to live and have an expectation of a future. By the will of God, there will be one here and one there that will not scoff – and “the seed” will take root.
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Posted 19 August 2013 - 09:29 AM

19 August 2013

1 Kings 14
Jeremiah 40
Mark 14

"WATCH AND PRAY"

Today in Mark 14 we read Mark’s moving account of the events in the Garden of Gethsemane. That evening they had been together in what is known as the “upper room.” This was when what we call “the last supper” took place. As the bread and the cup were passed around [Mark 14:22-25) the disciples would not have accepted in their minds what it was all about! Now use your imagination as to the kind of emotion they would experience in the weeks that followed his ascension especially when joined with thousands who had been “cut to the heart” on the Day of Pentecost. Let’s open up our mind’s eye on the heart felt emotion of such occasions - it results in a most heart stirring personal meditation.

After that last supper “and when they had sung a hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives” [Mark 14:26]. It is quite a climb and Jesus initiates a conversation about them denying they know him. This leads Peter to declare, “If I must die with you I will not deny you.” [Mark 14:31] It is late evening when they come down from the Mount and “went to a place called Gethsemane” and Jesus “began to be greatly distressed and troubled.” He tells them to “remain here and watch” [Mark 14:34] What are they to watch for? They have no thought that a band of soldiers will come!

After emotionally praying to his father he returns and finds them sleeping and “he says to Peter, ‘Simon are you asleep? Could you not watch one hour?” [Mark 14:37] Their minds were closed to any thought of his imminent arrest – and if they had been aware – would there have been any value in watching for the event to happen?

Jesus next comment is significant, “Watch and pray that you may not enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.” [Mark 14:38] Jesus means – watch yourselves! Check out your strength – of faith: a lesson for us. The extra couple of words Matthew uses in describing the trauma in the garden have significance, for Jesus says, “Could you not watch with me one hour” [Matthew 26:38,40] He was looking for their support – and they failed him: Let us not fail each other – for the time is surely coming when we will need each other – urgently.

In seeking “to interpret the signs of the times” [Matthew 16:3] – which is a phrase Jesus only used when addressing the Pharisees, the emphasis must be on watching ourselves and keeping each other strong, Our prayers and fellowship will be essential - to maintain our strength of mind so we do not fail as the disciples did - but are ready when “the angels (come to) gather his elect” as we read yesterday [Mark 13:27].
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Posted 19 August 2014 - 06:21 AM

19 August 2014

1 Kings 14
Jeremiah 40
Mark 14

"AND YOU WILL SEE"

Today we read the 72 verses of Mark 14; it is a heart moving account, especially if read slowly and thoughtfully in a way that engages our heart and not just our mind. It is a fairly detailed record of the day before the arrest of Jesus and then of his arrest and how this shattered the faith of his disciples. Their faith was based on sight, they were to learn that true faith is having "the eyes of your heart enlightening, that you may know …" [Ephesians 1:18]

What is our faith based on? Are we ready for a real test of our faith as this world falls apart? In some parts of the world real tests are taking place now. Let us make every effort to build up our faith so that when we sense his return is really imminent - and all around us is in increasing chaos - we firmly endure - until our faith is turned to sight. Meditate on the scene when Jesus stood before the High Priest, and a mixture of witnesses made accusation against him because "the whole counsel were seeking testimony against Jesus to put him to death, but they found none … Many bore false witness against him." [Mark 14:55-56] It was the middle of the night, we are in awe as we imagine the intense emotions!

The High Priest then asked Jesus, "Have you no answer to make? … but he remained silent … Again the High Priest asked him, "Are you the Christ (the Messiah) …? Then Jesus responded, 'I am, and you will see the Son of man seated at the right hand of Power, and coming with the clouds of heaven.'" [Mark 14:60-62].

From Jesus word's in Luke 13:28, "there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth, when you see Abraham and Isaac and Jacob and all the prophets in the kingdom of God and you yourselves thrust out" it is clear that his accusers will be raised to life to witness his return and glory. What agony of horror, what utter dismay will fill their hearts! Imagine it?

A more important question will be our feelings when we are privileged to see this. Surely his coming is near, those younger in heart can surely say to each other "and you will see Abraham, Isaac and Jacob in the kingdom and …" And what? We will see each other there too! What feelings will be ours? We make sure of the answer now.
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Posted 19 August 2015 - 02:25 AM

19 August 2015
 
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Mark 14  
 
"BUT LET THE SCRIPTURES BE FULFILLED"
            
Whenever there is reference to “the scriptures” in the New Testament it is referring to the Old Testament.  Our chapter in Mark today [Mark 14] makes heart-searching reading: its’ 72 verses begin with a woman [Mark 14:3] anointing Jesus with precious oil,  and Jesus rebuking those who criticised her, saying, “she has anointed my body beforehand for burial." [Mark 14:8]  It is evident from John 11:2; 12:1-3 that the woman is Mary, the sister of Lazarus. 
            
We then read of the institution of the Lord's supper, the singing of a hymn (a Psalm) and of Jesus saying,  "You will all fall away, for it is written, 'I will strike the shepherd, and the sheep will be scattered.' But after I am raised up, I will go before you to Galilee." [Mark 14:27-28] Where is it “written”?  See Zechariah 13:7.
            
Jesus had a clear vision of what was going to happen - and his words - and other inspired words in Scripture reveal a 'vision' - to a considerable degree - of what is going to happen in our days - but, as with the disciples then, the meaning of his words is beyond their minds to grasp.
            
How human Jesus was!  Because he knew for certain what was going to happen - this - in some ways made the situation even harder for him!  He " began to be greatly distressed and troubled." [Mark 14:33] 
            
In the darkness, in the middle of the night, they came to arrest him, he tells them, "Day after day I was with you in the temple teaching, and you did not seize me. But let the Scriptures be fulfilled." [Mark 14:49]  And the Scriptures were fulfilled!  With what awe would the mind of Jesus have earlier absorbed such Scriptures as Psalms 22; 69 and Isaiah 53.  But there are many more Scriptures - still to be fulfilled - in our days! 
            
We are now living in the middle of a spiritual night, darkness is over the minds of nearly everyone, they are just living for the day, the week, and very little more. Let us make sure darkness is not over our minds - for surely Jesus, in heaven, will very soon come, as we read his predictions yesterday in Mark 13.  We particularly noted Mark 14:24-27; may we be ready when "the angels ... gather his elect" as Jesus comes "with great power and glory" and "the scriptures" are "fulfilled." 
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Posted 19 August 2016 - 11:42 AM

19 August 2016
 
1 Kings 14
Jeremiah 40
Mark 14  
 
"WATCH AND PRAY" 
 
Today in Mark 14 we his moving account of the events in the Garden of Gethsemane.  That evening the disciples had been together in what is known as the “upper room.” This was when what we call “the last supper” took place.  As the bread and the cup were passed around [Mark 14:22-25] the disciples would not have accepted in their minds what it was all about!  Let us use our imagination as to the kind of emotions they would experience in the weeks that followed his ascension, especially when joined with thousands who had been “cut to the heart” on the Day of Pentecost.  If we can really open up our mind’s eye on the heart felt emotion so many would feel, and would find overwhelming on this and subsequent occasions  - we will find this creates most heart stirring personal meditations in us.
            
After that last supper and “they had sung a hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives” [Mark 14:26].  It is quite a climb and Jesus initiates a conversation that the time is coming when they will even deny that they know him!  This leads Peter to declare, “If I must die with you I will not deny you.” [Mark 14:31] 
            
It is now late evening and they come down from the Mount and “went to a place called Gethsemane” where Jesus “began to be greatly distressed and troubled.” He tells them to “remain here and watch”  [Mark 14:34] What are they to watch for?  It is instructive that Matthew’s gospel records that Jesus twice asked them to , “watch with me”  [Matthew 26:38,40] They have no thought that a band of soldiers will come!  
            
After emotionally praying to his father he returns and finds them sleeping and “he says to Peter, ‘Simon are you asleep? Could you not watch one hour?” [Mark 14:37]  Their minds were closed to any thought of his imminent arrest – and if they had been aware – would there have been any value in their watching for the event that are about to happen? 
           
The next comment of Jesus is significant, “Watch and pray that you may not enter into temptation.  The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.” [Mark 14:38] Jesus means – watch yourselves! Check out your strength – of faith: what a lesson this is for us: this could well be needful soon when the god of mammon collapses like Dagon of old.(see 1 Samuel 5:4)
            
In seeking “to interpret the signs of the times” [Matthew16:3] a phrase Jesus only used when addressing the Pharisees, the emphasis must be on watching ourselves. Our prayers are the most essential part in this- and to be with and help each other to maintain our strength of mind so we do not fail - as the disciples did - but we are ready when “the angels (come to) gather his elect” as we read yesterday [Mark 13:27].   Let us be ready to “watch and pray” more fervently than ever – and have our minds overflowing with the ‘spirit’ of God’s word, for this, wrote Paul is “the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God” [Ephesians 6:17]  
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Posted 19 August 2017 - 02:34 AM

19 August 2017
 
1 Kings 14
Jeremiah 40
Mark 14  
 
"WATCH AND PRAY THAT YOU MAY NOT  …"
 
Jesus said to the 3 disciples with him in the garden of Gethsemane before he was arrested; "Watch and pray that you may not enter into temptation." [Mark 14:38] How were they going to be in danger of falling into temptation where they were? What kind of temptation were they going to experience? It was obviously dark; very few people were about as Jesus was praying in the Garden with three of his most loyal disciples. We suspect that his words were accepted by them as some kind of parable.
 
Judas came "and with him a crowd with swords and clubs, from the chief priests …" and he "went up to him at once and said, 'Rabbi!' And he kissed him. And they laid hands on him and seize him" [Mark 14:45-46]. The 3 disciples, initially, "left him and fled" [Mark 14:50]. Now Jesus has said this was going to happen; after they had sung a hymn on the Mount of Olives Jesus said to them, "You will all fall away, for it is written, 'I will strike the shepherd, and the sheep will be scattered.'' [Mark 14:27]
 
Now, we must perceive and meditate on the parallel message for us – today in 2017! First we note what we read later in the chapter about the words of Jesus to the High Priest after bluntly he asked; "Are you the Christ?" [Mark 14:61]. 
 
Jesus said, "I am, and you will see the Son of Man seated at the right hand of Power, and coming with the clouds of heaven." This appears to mean that the High Priest would be raised to see the wonder of the return of Jesus! This is also stated in Matthew's Gospel, "Jesus said to him … you will see the Son of Man … coming on the clouds of heaven." [Matthew 26:64] There seems no way top understand this as anything other than the forecast of a literal event!
 
We think this will be virtually parallel with our resurrection – if we have fallen asleep! Paul wrote that "God will bring with him those who have fallen asleep." [1 Thessalonians 4:14]. It is an absorbing study to fit the references about this together. But our minds must be centred on the present, on the here and now! Let "watch and pray" and be ready to "see" – if it is our Lord's will, that we "will see the Son of Man seated at the right hand of Power, and coming with the clouds of heaven."  
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