Israel May 13-24
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*4 Days in Jerusalem
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When President Obama announced on May 9th he was in favor same sex marriage he became the most prominent in a long list of politicians who have publically declared their support for gay marriage. He also fueled the growing debate on the issue. It seems a significant factor in the President’s decision was his empathy for couples who are in same sex relationships.
Most Precept Upon Precept classes follow the school year and break during the summer. And that makes perfect sense with kids out of school, vacations coming up, and long weekends in the mountains or at the beach.
We were in the Garden of Gethsemane last Friday. Jesus had been there about 2000 years ago. Perhaps the most frightening words in the New Testament were spoken there by Christ Himself.
If you were a Gentile, a non-Jew, in the first few years after the death, burial, and resurrection of Christ that is probably how you felt. The early church was exclusively Jewish. Some think it was as long as eight years before the 1st gentile became a Christian. It was a full twenty years before they fully accepted. It is hard for us to grasp because we see the church in the opposite way, as almost exclusively gentile.
A large crowd had followed Jesus for several days listening to His teachings and witnessing His miracles. Near Tiberias He fed a crowd of 5,000 with only five barley loaves and two fish. The next day, when the people could not find Him, they went to Capernaum looking for Him. Jesus knew that originally the people followed Him because of His miracles, but now their motive was to get fed!(John 6:26) Even if they were attracted only by the miracles, at least the miracles pointed to Jesus as Messiah. But now, it was not the messianic miracles they wanted, it was the food. Jesus pointed out that there are two kinds of food: food for the body, which is necessary but not the most important and food for the inner man, the spirit, which is essential. He said “Do not work for the food which perishes, but for the food which endures for eternal life which the Son of Man will give you…”(John 6:27) What the people needed was not food but life. Food only sustains life, but Jesus gives eternal life. The words of Isaiah come to mind: “Why do you spend money for what is not bread, and your wages for what does not satisfy?” (Isa. 55:2) The people asked Jesus “What shall we do, so that we may work the works of God?”(John 6:28) They had totally missed the point – steeped in a works based religion they thought they had “to do something” to receive eternal life. Jesus clarified it by saying that only one thing was necessary – to believe in the One God sent, Jesus (John 6:29).
Solomon had started well but did not finish well. He had loved many foreign wives who turned his heart from the One true god to foreign gods. Solomon did what was evil in the eyes of the Lord. He did not follow God fully, as David his father had done. The Lord was angry because Solomon had not done what the Lord commanded. So the Lord told Solomon, “Because you have not kept my covenant and My commandments I will tear the kingdom from you and will give it to your servant. I will not do it during your days for the sake of your father, David but I will tear it out of the hand of your son.” Sin always has its consequences.Jeroboam was told that he would rule over all that his heart desired (1 Kings 11:37) in Israel, that is, he would have freedom to rule as he saw fit. God had promised him a dynasty as enduring as David’s if he would keep God’s commandments (1 Kgs 11:38). Unfortunately Jeroboam didn’t take God at His word - he thought God needed help. So, in order to prevent the people from worshiping in Jerusalem and possibly returning to Rehoboam, he built altars in Dan and Bethel which 1 Kings 12:20 said was sin. As if that wasn’t bad enough Jeroboam went on to dismiss the Levitical priests and replace them with new priests which he appointed. He also instituted a new feast. It was a man made religion, designed for the convenience of the people and therefore, it was not powered by God or blessed of God.It is interesting, Jeroboam didn’t reject God’s plan nor deny it – he simply “modified” it. He adjusted it to meet his need and in doing so he led the people away from God and into idolatry.
21 “Woe to you, Chorazin! Woe to you, Bethsaida! For if the miracles had occurred in Tyre and Sidon which occurred in you, they would have repented long ago in sackcloth and ashes.22 “Nevertheless I say to you, it will be more tolerable for Tyre and Sidon in the day of judgment than for you.23 “And you, Capernaum, will not be exalted to heaven, will you? You will descend to Hades; for if the miracles had occurred in Sodom which occurred in you, it would have remained to this day.24 “Nevertheless I say to you that it will be more tolerable for the land of Sodom in the Day of Judgment, than for you.”
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