Morning Reads: (Philippians 3:20-21; Philippians 4:1-3) - (Mark 2:23-28; Mark 3:1-5) - Be United ...
Good morning … Great is His faithfulness …
Psalm 115.8,3 (116.14,12)
I will pay my vows to the Lord in the presence of all his people. Verse: What shall I render to the Lord for all that he has given me?
The reading is from St. Paul's Letter to the Philippians 3:20-21; 4:1-3
20 For our citizenship is in heaven, from which we also eagerly wait for the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, 21 who will transform our lowly body that it may be conformed to His glorious body, according to the working by which He is able even to subdue all things to Himself.
TRANSFORM OUR LOWLY BODY – (v. 21) – is implying a change not in substance but to HIS GLORIOUS BODY, a change that is from corruption to incorruption …
Be Anxious for Nothing; Think These Thoughts
4 Therefore, my beloved and longed-for brethren, my joy and crown, so stand fast in the Lord, beloved.
Be United, Joyful, and in Prayer
2 I implore Euodia, and I implore Syntyche to be of the same mind in the Lord. 3 [a]And I urge you also, true companion, help these women who labored with me in the gospel, with Clement also, and the rest of my fellow workers, whose names are in the Book of Life.
- Euodia and Syntyche were two women who assisted St. Paul in his ministry in Philippi …
- Clement is most likely a disciple of St. Paul, and is said he later became the bishop of Rome …
“Be united, joyful and always in prayer, because our name is in the Book of Life”
The Gospel According to Mark 2:23-28; 3:1-5
Jesus Is Lord of the Sabbath
23 Now it happened that He went through the grainfields on the Sabbath; and as they went His disciples began to pluck the heads of grain. 24 And the Pharisees said to Him, “Look, why do they do what is not lawful on the Sabbath?”
25 But He said to them, “Have you never read what David did when he was in need and hungry, he and those with him: 26 how he went into the house of God in the days of Abiathar the high priest, and ate the showbread, which is not lawful to eat except for the priests, and also gave some to those who were with him?”
27 And He said to them, “The Sabbath was made for man, and not man for the Sabbath. 28 Therefore the Son of Man is also Lord of the Sabbath.
Jesus transcends the Sabbath; Our Lord calls out the hypocrisy and the hardness of their hearts of the Pharisees … Jesus also gives the example when the high priest of David’s time had compassion on him and his men … The high priest knew David and his men were hiding out from King Saul, because Saul was trying to kill David … The high priest had compassion on David and his men, even though David lied to high priest telling him he was on a special mission for King Saul which was not true … His men were hungry and starving hiding out in caves, imagine that for a second, the high priest has compassion and gives them the Showbread … Jesus points out how the Pharisees are asking more of their own people did God was asking of them … This is a good reminder on how to have mercy and compassion on everyone who is need … I will talk about this tonight when we finish up our Part 2: Presence the Chosen 40 days with Jesus …
Healing on the Sabbath
3 And He entered the synagogue again, and a man was there who had a withered hand. 2 So they watched Him closely, whether He would heal him on the Sabbath, so that they might [a]accuse Him. 3 And He said to the man who had the withered hand, [b]“Step forward.” 4 Then He said to them, “Is it lawful on the Sabbath to do good or to do evil, to save life or to kill?” But they kept silent. 5 And when He had looked around at them with anger, being grieved by the hardness of their hearts, He said to the man, “Stretch out your hand.” And he stretched it out, and his hand was restored [c]as whole as the other.
3:5: RIGHTEOUS ANGER: Is a natural human emotions experienced in the face of sin: There is anger that is indeed sinful (Matthew 5:22), there is also anger that is God-given and proper to humanity (Psalm 4:4): The anger being displayed by Christ here is in direct response to those people who were professing God, yet having such HARDNESS IN THEIR HEARTS That they could not rejoice in the healing of one of their brothers...
-Matthew 5:22: But I say to you that whoever is angry with his brother [a]without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment. And whoever says to his brother, ‘Raca!’[b] shall be in danger of the council. But whoever says, [c]‘You fool!’ shall be in danger of [d]hell fire
Psalm 4:4-5: Know that the Lord made His Holy One wondrous; The Lord will hear me when I cry to Him … Be angry, and do not sin; Have remorse upon your beds for what you say in your hearts …
“The Lord bless you and keep you; 25 The Lord make His face shine upon you, And be gracious to you; 26 The Lord [a]lift up His countenance upon you, And give you peace.” ’
In Christ love Jared W Campbell