Ps. 72:1-20; 93:1-94:23
Many of the Psalms and prophesies foretold the coming of the Messiah, a King who would reign forever. This psalm conveys a double meaning as the writer compared the reign of Christ to the earthly reign of Solomon, David’s son. As a fleshly descendant of King David, Jesus was often referred to as the king’s Son or other royal descriptions. He would be a righteous compassionate Judge proclaiming justice and peace to all nations of people. The Messiah would be worthy of daily praise from the people. God’s promise to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob is seen as the psalmist wrote, “And men shall be blessed in Him; All nations shall call Him blessed.”
The psalmist expressed his devotion and respect for God as the holy and everlasting supreme Ruler of the universe. No thing or person can be greater than its Creator.
Vengeance belongs to God and He will exercise it in His time. The psalmist called upon the Lord to punish the proud and wicked of the earth. Man has the tendency to think that since he cannot see God, He is not seeing man’s evil deeds. One may think that since he has not been caught in his evil, nothing will happen. Many times, wicked men are prosperous and righteous people suffer in poverty. However, there will be a pay day! We have God’s word to instruct us in right living. The wicked will be punished and the righteous will be rewarded. In time, there will be comfort from God for the souls of His faithful followers.
But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, open to reason, full of mercy and good fruits, impartial and sincere. And a harvest of righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace. (James 3:17-18 ESV)
Но мудрость, сходящая свыше, во-первых, чиста, потом мирна, скромна, послушлива, полна милосердия и добрых плодов, беспристрастна и нелицемерна. Плод же правды в мире сеется у тех, которые хранят мир. (Иакова 3:17-18 Russian)
O LORD God, we give thanks dear heavenly Father for your love that endures to all generations. Bless people around the world who love you and prove their love by sincerely following Christ as Lord. Give us your heavenly wisdom that is urgently needed in our nations, our churches and families. Help all followers of Christ to take the greatest care to demonstrate in our daily lives, that we are indeed influenced by your Spirit inspired wisdom which is revealed in the Scriptures. Lord Jesus, we humbly and ardently pray in your precious name. Amen.
David Binkley, Sr. Gospel Minister
Cedar Key Church of Christ
PO Box 417
Cedar Key, FL 32625
Home phone: 352-215-0368
Cell phone: 352-213-2771
THE SECOND COMING OF CHRIST
The second coming of Christ is an often discussed Bible subject. In spite of this, there is much misunderstanding and speculation about that glorious event. Following are some clear Bible facts about Christ’s second coming.
1. Christ, indeed, will come again. To His apostles He said, Continue reading
Yesterday, RNS published a story of a missionary couple in Africa supported by the Southern Baptist denomination’s International Missionary Board. They’re taking early retirement and returning to the US after 33 years abroad, because the IMB is reducing the number of missionaries it supports after a drop in funding. The SBC is losing members, thus income is down. This was announced back in August. The RNS report puts a face to the numbers. Continue reading
Mt. 27:31-34; Mk. 15:20-23; Lk. 23:26-33; Jn.19:17, 18
When the soldiers had finished mocking Jesus, they removed the purple robe and replaced His own clothing on Him and led Him away to be crucified. As they began their walk, He was carrying the cross, but He was too weak to continue to carry the load.
According to Roman law, Jews could be forced to serve them without pay. Simon, a resident of Cyrene was ordered to carry Jesus’ cross. Cyrene was a city in northern Africa and was the home of many Jews who were in Jerusalem for the Passover.
A great multitude of people followed Jesus to the crucifixion, including women who mourned and lamented Him.
The place where they took Jesus to be crucified was called Golgotha in the Aramaic tongue and Calvary in the Latin language. Both terms meant Place of the Skull. It was located near Jerusalem and many believe it was a skull-shaped knoll just outside of the city. Since it was a place of crucifixions, unburied skulls were possibly found there.
As they approached Calvary, Jesus was given sour wine mixed with gall or myrrh. This may have been given to Him to deaden some of the pain. He refused to take it. If this were pain killer, Jesus probably refused it because it was the Father’s will that He should suffer so that we should not suffer.
By William Woodson — The statement made in the title is not only the desire of many in the religious world, but it is becoming the philosophy of many Christians, because many of us are seeking a religion that “meets my needs.” The phrase itself has virtually become a new religious term. Many persons praise or blame a particular congregation because it is or is not “meeting my needs.”
Let me hasten to say that if the phrase means that we need to satisfy spiritual hunger, then it is a good expression, for surely everyone ought to be in a Christian community where his/her deepest spiritual longings are being addressed. Continue reading