Good Friday Morning Joes and Janes;
In the Bitterroot it is overcast and rainy. The cat wanted out but not for long! Clouds are cloaking the very top of the Bitterroot Mountains as I look out the window this morning and fresh snow looks to have fallen down to about 5000 feet overnight.
This morning I was reading in Romans chapter 9. The Apostle Paul is writing this.
1 I speak the truth in Christ–I am not lying, my conscience confirms it in the Holy Spirit– 2 I have great sorrow and unceasing anguish in my heart. 3 For I could wish that I myself were cursed and cut off from Christ for the sake of my brothers, those of my own race, 4 the people of Israel. Theirs is the adoption as sons; theirs the divine glory, the covenants, the receiving of the law, the temple worship and the promises. 5 Theirs are the patriarchs, and from them is traced the human ancestry of Christ, who is God over all, forever praised! Amen.
In this chapter Paul talks about God’s Sovereign choices over who is saved, but in the first 5 verses we get a very personal view of Paul and his concern for the Jewish people. Paul, as well as the other disciples and Christ were all Jews. It is the Jews who also condemned and had Jesus crucified. Many if not most of them rejected Jesus as the Messiah.
Paul makes the statement in verse 2; “I have great sorrow and unceasing anguish in my heart.” Why does he have this sorrow and anguish? I bet it is because all of these Jews are going around trying to persecute and kill him! I am sure that he is feeling persecuted by those who killed Christ and are now trying to do the same to any of Christ’s followers. After all once the Jews killed Christ the Messiah they no longer are God’s chosen people right? NO! Read the rest of this entry
Good Morning Regular Joes and Janes;
It is a crystal clear day with not a cloud in the sky in the Bitterroot Valley. The sun is not up yet but the colors of peaches, mangos, and cantaloupe fill the Eastern sky and will soon be reflecting off of the snow on Saint Mary’s Peak. At the very top of Saint Mary’s Peak is a fire lookout and at just the right moment the rising sun will strike the windows reflecting its light down to my window. For just a moment it will look like a brilliant distant star siting on the peak and then vanish.
Several of my devotions this week look forward to the commemoration of Christ’s death on the cross at the end of this week. Today I am looking at John 12:20-28, in which Jesus predicts his death. Read the rest of this entry
Good Monday Morning from the Bitterroot Valley;
A new week and a new month begin. I hope you all survived April Fool’s Day!
There are conservatively over 100 Old Testament prophecies about the coming Messiah. Why then did the most of the Jews not recognize Jesus as the Messiah when he came? Many books have been written on the subject and a full covering of the details would take more space than I have here. But I would like to look at a couple of texts briefly. First is Zechariah 9:9-13
The Coming of Zion’s King
9. Rejoice greatly, O Daughter of Zion! Shout, Daughter of Jerusalem! See, your king comes to you, righteous and having salvation, gentle and riding on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey. 10. I will take away the chariots from Ephraim and the war-horses from Jerusalem, and the battle bow will be broken. He will proclaim peace to the nations. His rule will extend from sea to sea and from the River to the ends of the earth. 11. As for you, because of the blood of my covenant with you, I will free your prisoners from the waterless pit. 12. Return to your fortress, O prisoners of hope; even now I announce that I will restore twice as much to you. 13. I will bend Judah as I bend my bow and fill it with Ephraim. I will rouse your sons, O Zion, against your sons, O Greece, and make you like a warrior’s sword.
Notice that verse 9 was fulfilled on what we know as Palm Sunday. Matthew 21 details the fulfillment.
4 This took place to fulfill what was spoken through the prophet: 5 “Say to the Daughter of Zion, ‘See, your king comes to you, gentle and riding on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey.’ “6 The disciples went and did as Jesus had instructed them. 7 They brought the donkey and the colt, placed their cloaks on them, and Jesus sat on them. 8 A very large crowd spread their cloaks on the road, while others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road. 9 The crowds that went ahead of him and those that followed shouted, “Hosanna to the Son of David!” “Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!” “Hosanna in the highest!”
Look at the verses from 10 through 13. Were the Jews expecting Jesus to be the conquering hero? Would you blame them? It doesn’t talk about a gap of thousands of years in the text. If you read through just this text about the coming Messiah what would you decide about his actions? This is a good example of the reason not to take just a few verses and hang a whole belief system on them. Many of the Jews expected and wanted the conquering Jesus to come and save them from the Roman occupation. They wanted relief now! They were not ready for a Jesus who came to suffer and die on a cross for humanities sins.
Today as we approach the end of the age and Jesus Christ’s second coming there are those who only look for a Messiah of love. They will not accept the Jesus who this time comes to conquer and judge. This Jesus comes riding a white horse and wears a white robe with its hem red with the blood of those who have rejected him and worshipped the Beast. Only then does the fulfillment of verses 10 through 13 of Zechariah take place.
How many will miss Christ’s second coming because they will not accept him for who he is?
Are you willing to accept Jesus for who he is?
In a remarkable show of unity and solidarity Vladimir Putin, the Russian President gave President Barack Hussein Obama the Hammer and Cycle Award for “Comrade In Arms of the Year”. Even though Barack Hussein Obama was endorsed by the Communist Party of America in the 2008 Election cycle it was a surprise that President Putin gave the award on Sunday as he rarely listens to advice from the American Communist Party.
President Putin is used to giving commands but has been in an extraordinarily good mood since he was able to engineer his own election as President of Russia in early March. Both Putin and Obama met in private after the awards ceremony. It is believed that Obama was getting pointers on how to engineer his own reelection in early November in the United States.
Also present at the ceremony in Moscow were 4 plane loads of Communist Party USA members and other far left radicals from America. Among the more prominent persons in attendance were Saul Alinsky, and leading socialist Congressman Bernie Sanders as well as 60′s radicals Bernadine Dohrn and Bill Ayers and Liberation Theology preacher Reverend Jeremiah Wright.
Many conservatives and patriots back in America were shocked. One, Regular Joe, living in Western Montana said “This is a story that could only be covered on April 1st.
- Obama a TRAITOR? (murraymsilveresq.wordpress.com)
- Lindsay: Was Obama playing Medvedev? (globalpublicsquare.blogs.cnn.com)
- Obama Wants Putin To Know He’ll Have “Flexibility” After The Election On Missile Defense (alan.com)
- New Ad Accuses Obama Of Being A Russian Double Agent [Video] (inquisitr.com)
- Obama Calling Vladimir Putin (whitehouse.blogs.cnn.com)
- Obama to Putin: I’ll Surrender America After Re-election (tarpon.wordpress.com)