The Commander

“And it came to pass, when Joshua was by Jericho, that he lifted up his eyes and looked, and, behold, there stood a Man over against him with His sword drawn in His hand: and Joshua went unto Him, and said unto Him, ‘Art thou for us, or for our adversaries?’ And He said,
‘Nay; but as Captain of the host of the LORD am I now come.’
And Joshua fell on his face to the earth, and did worship, and said unto Him, ‘What saith my lord unto His servant?’ And the Captain of the LORD’S host said unto Joshua,
‘Loose thy shoe from off thy foot; for the place whereon thou standest is holy.’ And Joshua did so.”  Joshua 5:13-15  (KJB)

REFERENCES: Joshua 5; Daniel 10:5; Acts 1:10; 10:25-26; Revelation 1:13; 19:10; 22:8-9; Luke 5:12

Through The Ear

“And it shall be, if he say unto thee, I will not go away from thee; because he loveth thee and thine house, because he is well with thee; then thou shalt take an aul, and thrust it through his ear unto the door, and he shall be thy servant for ever. And also unto thy maidservant thou shalt do likewise.”  Deuteronomy 15:16-17  (KJB)

REFERENCES: Deuteronomy 15; Exodus 21:5-6; Psalm 40:6, 8; Isaiah 26:13; 2 Corinthians 5:14-15

Seeing The Great Work Of The LORD

“And Israel saw that great work which the LORD did upon the Egyptians: and the people feared the LORD, and believed the LORD, and His servant Moses.”  Exodus 14:31  (KJB)

REFERENCES: Exodus 12-14; 1 Samuel 12:18; Psalm 119:120; Luke 8:13; John 8:30-32

Day Seventy Four – Servant Leadership

Our Scripture reading for today is Mark 9 through Luke 5. The study today continues the theme of service and serving others.

As we look at the gospel it can be quite apparent that this gospel presents Jesus as  the Son of God, yet a servant to all who will believe Him.

In the era of the life of Jesus servants had no genealogy.  I believe that is much for us to contemplate.  We see Jesus, even when He needs to get away for prayer and rest; people coming to Him and He still meets their needs.  That is at the heart of being a servant.

“And James and John, the sons of Zebedee, come unto Him, saying, ‘Master, we would that Thou shouldest do for us whatsoever we shall desire.’  And He said unto them, ‘What would ye that I should do for you?’  They said unto Him, ‘Grant unto us that we may sit, one on Thy right hand, and the other on Thy left hand, in Thy glory.’  But Jesus said unto them, ‘Ye know not what ye ask: can ye drink of the cup that I drink of? and be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with?’  And they said unto Him, ‘We can.’ And Jesus said unto them, ‘Ye shall indeed drink of the cup that I drink of; and with the baptism that I am baptized withal shall ye be baptized: but to sit on My right hand and on My left hand is not Mine to give; but it shall be given to them for whom it is prepared.’  And when the ten heard it, they began to be much displeased with James and John.  But Jesus called them to Him, and saith unto them, ‘Ye know that they which are accounted to rule over the Gentiles exercise lordship over them; and their great ones exercise authority upon them.  But so shall it not be among you: but whosoever will be great among you, shall be your minister: and whosoever of you will be the chiefest, shall be servant of all.  For even the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give His life a ransom for many.’”  Mark 10:35-45 (KJV)

In the above account of James and John coming to Jesus seeking positions of authority with Him in His glory; we find Jesus also telling them that being one of authority means to be a servant to the people.  Jesus was one who was that type of servant; even to the point of sacrificing His own life for the world.

In the 14th chapter we find Jesus in one of His final acts of service.  Giving Himself to the religious leaders to be tried.

“And they led Jesus away to the high priest: and with Him were assembled all the chief priests and the elders and the scribes.” 14:53

How can men try God?  And be successful at it anyway?  It seems to me that men still put God on trial everyday.  In many hearts and minds He is still found guilty.  Yet, He serves us with His enduring mercy.

Much could be learned by the religious and political leaders of our day by following the pattern of Jesus.  Rather many if not most of them demand others their service and attention.

Jesus served us all the way to judgment by a mock trial, with lying witnesses, and trumped up charges.  Yet He gave His life for those same people.  He gave His life for you.

Day Seventy Three – Servant Shepherd

Today’s Scripture reading is Matthew 24 through Mark 8. I will share with you some verses on Jesus as the Servant.
Some thoughts to consider. You will note at the beginning of Mark’s Gospel that it has no genealogy as does Matthew and Luke. Mark’s message is basically showing us Jesus Christ as a Servant. John’s Gospel also has no genealogy, and John shows us Jesus Christ as Deity. Of course true Deity has no genealogy.

“And Jesus, when He came out, saw much people, and was moved with compassion toward them, because they were as sheep not having a shepherd: and He began to teach them many things. And when the day was now far spent, His disciples came unto Him, and said, ‘This is a desert place, and now the time is far passed: send them away, that they may go into the country round about, and into the villages, and buy themselves bread: for they have nothing to eat.’
He answered and said unto them, ‘Give ye them to eat.’ And they say unto Him, ‘Shall we go and buy two hundred pennyworth of bread, and give them to eat?’
He saith unto them, ‘How many loaves have ye? Go and see.’ And when they knew, they say, ‘Five, and two fishes.’ And He commanded them to make all sit down by companies upon the green grass. And they sat down in ranks, by hundreds, and by fifties.
And when He had taken the five loaves and the two fishes, He looked up to heaven, and blessed, and brake the loaves, and gave them to His disciples to set before them; and the two fishes divided He among them all. And they did all eat, and were filled. And they took up twelve baskets full of the fragments, and of the fishes. And they that did eat of the loaves were about five thousand men.” Mark 6:34-44  (KJB)

The Servant Shepherd, Jesus Christ caring for the people in ways they had never suspected. He came to “Seek and to save those who are lost” (Luke 19:10; and not to be ministered to but to minister to others (Mark 10:45).

In a time when there are many in fear due to the corona virus, and other things it is a blessing and encouraging to know that our Living Savior is alive, and in full control of the outcome of this matter.  He is not only the Servant Shepherd, He has been the Suffering Servant dying for our sins, being buried and He rose from that grave.  He is returning as a glorified Sovereign.  When you know Him and trust Him you have nothing to fear.  There is great and glorious peace when you walk with the glorious Lord Jesus.

What One Nation on Earth is Like Israel?

“And David the king came and sat before the LORD, and said, ‘Who am I, O LORD God, and what is mine house, that Thou hast brought me hitherto?  And yet this was a small thing in Thine eyes, O God; for Thou hast also spoken of Thy servant’s house for a great while to come, and hast regarded me according to the estate of a man of high degree, O LORD God.
What can David speak more to Thee for the honor of Thy servant? For Thou knowest Thy servant.  O LORD, for Thy servant’s sake, and according to Thine own heart, hast Thou done all this greatness, in making known all great things.  O LORD, there is none like Thee, neither is there any God beside Thee, according to all that we have heard with our ears.  And what one nation in the earth is like thy people Israel, whom God went to redeem His own people, to make Thee a name of greatness and terribleness, by driving out nations from before Thy people, whom Thou hast redeemed out of Egypt?  For Thy people Israel didst Thou make Thine own people for ever; and Thou, LORD, becamest their God.
Therefore now, LORD, let the thing that Thou hast spoken concerning Thy servant and concerning his house be established for ever, and do as Thou hast said.  Let it even be established, that Thy name may be magnified for ever, saying, ‘The LORD of hosts is the God of Israel, even a God to Israel:’ and let the house of David Thy servant be established before Thee.  For Thou, O my God, hast told Thy servant that Thou wilt build him an house: therefore thy servant hath found in his heart to pray before Thee.  And now, LORD, Thou art God, and hast promised this goodness unto Thy servant: now therefore let it please Thee to bless the house of Thy servant, that it may be before Thee for ever: for Thou blessest, O LORD, and it shall be blessed for ever.'”  1 Chronicles 17:16-27  (KJB)

REFERENCES: 2 Samuel 7:18; Romans 9:1-5

When GOD’S King Transgresses in Idolatry

“But king Solomon loved many strange women, together with the daughter of Pharaoh, women of the Moabites, Ammonites, Edomites, Zidonians, and Hittites; of the nations which the LORD said unto the children of Israel, ‘Ye shall not go in to them, neither shall they come in unto you: surely they will turn away your heart after their gods.’ Solomon clave unto these in love.  And he had seven hundred wives, princesses, and three hundred concubines: and his wives turned away his heart.
For it came to pass, when Solomon was old, his wives turned away his heart after other gods: and his heart was not perfect with the LORD his God, as the heart of David his father.  For Solomon went after Ashtoreth the goddess of the Zidonians, and after Milcom the abomination of the Ammonites.  And Solomon did evil in the sight of the LORD, and went not fully after the LORD, as David his father.
Then did Solomon build an high place for Chemosh, the abomination of Moab, in the hill that is before Jerusalem, and for Molech, the abomination of the children of Ammon.  And likewise did he for all his strange wives, which burnt incense and sacrificed unto their gods.  And the LORD was angry with Solomon, because his heart was turned from the LORD God of Israel, which had appeared unto him twice, and had commanded him concerning this thing, that he should not go after other gods: but he kept not that which the LORD commanded.
Wherefore the LORD said unto Solomon, ‘Forasmuch as this is done of thee, and thou hast not kept My covenant and My statutes, which I have commanded thee, I will surely rend the kingdom from thee, and will give it to thy servant. Notwithstanding in thy days I will not do it for David thy father’s sake: I will rend it out of the hand of thy son. Howbeit I will not rend away all the kingdom; but will give one tribe to thy son for David my servant’s sake, and for Jerusalem’s sake which I have chosen.’  And the LORD stirred up an adversary unto Solomon, Hadad the Edomite: he was of the king’s seed in Edom.” 1 Kings 11:1-14  (KJB)

REFERENCES: 11:31; Deuteronomy 17:17; Exodus 34:116; Judges 2:13; Numbers 21:29; 2 Kings 23:13; 1 Chronicles 5:26; Galatians 6:7, 8

There is much sorrow in GOD’S heart when His kings, and rulers transgress His commandments.  He is merciful and full of grace, but He will not overlook sin.  There is redemption for all who will come to Him through the cross of Jesus Christ, His burial, and bodily resurrection.  Call on His name.  He will hear you.

Which Is Greater

“And there was also a strife among them, which of them should be accounted the greatest.  And He said unto them,
‘The kings of the Gentiles exercise lordship over them; and they that exercise authority upon them are called benefactors.  But you not so: but he that is greatest among you, let him be as the younger; and he that is chief, as he that does serve.  For whether is greater, he that sits at meat, or he that serves? Not he that sits at meat? But I am among you as He that serves.  You are they which have continued with Me in My temptations.  And I appoint unto you a kingdom, as My Father hath appointed unto Me; that you may eat and drink at My table in My kingdom, and sit on thrones judging the twelve tribes of Israel.’”  Luke 22:24-30 (TKJB)

References: Mark 9:34; Matthew 20:25, 26; 24:47; 2 Corinthians 1:7; Psalm 49:14; Luke 14:15

Jesus is Coming Again – Wake Up

“Watch therefore: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come. But know this, that if the goodman of the house had known in what watch the thief would come, he would have watched, and would not have suffered his house to be broken up. Therefore be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of Man cometh.
Who then is a faithful and wise servant, whom his lord hath made ruler over his household, to give them meat in due season? Blessed is that servant, whom his lord when he cometh shall find so doing. Verily I say unto you, That he shall make him ruler over all his goods.”
  Matthew 24:42-47  (KJB)

The Great Servant Who Would Suffer

The following verses were written about 700 years previous to the birth of Jesus.  They are prophetic Scripture which foretell the suffering of Jesus Christ.  Hear them, hear the word of the LORD and believe.

“Who hath believed our report? And to whom is the arm of the LORD revealed? For He shall grow up before Him as a tender plant, and as a root out of a dry ground: He hath no form nor comeliness; and when we shall see Him, there is no beauty that we should desire Him. He is despised and rejected of men; a Man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from Him; He was despised, and we esteemed Him not. Surely He hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem Him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon Him; and with His stripes we are healed. All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on Him the iniquity of us all.

He was oppressed, and He was afflicted, yet He opened not His mouth: He is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so He openeth not His mouth. He was taken from prison and from judgment: and who shall declare His generation? For He was cut off out of the land of the living: for the transgression of My people was He stricken. And He made His grave with the wicked, and with the rich in His death; because He had done no violence, neither was any deceit in His mouth.

Yet it pleased the LORD to bruise Him; He hath put Him to grief: when Thou shalt make His soul an offering for sin, He shall see His seed, He shall prolong His days, and the pleasure of the LORD shall prosper in His hand. He shall see of the travail of His soul, and shall be satisfied: by His knowledge shall My righteous Servant justify many; for He shall bear their iniquities.

Therefore will I divide Him a portion with the great, and He shall divide the spoil with the strong; because He hath poured out His soul unto death: and He was numbered with the transgressors; and he bare the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors.”  Isaiah 53:1-12 (KJB)

When Troubles Surround Us

Will you join me in reading 2 Kings 6 – 8 today???

“And when the servant of the man of God was risen early, and gone forth, behold, an host compassed the city both with horses and chariots. And his servant said unto him, ‘Alas, my master! How shall we do?'” 2 Kings 6:15  (KJB)

Elisha the prophet, the man of God, had been able to tell the king of Israel every move the king of Syria had made to war against Israel.  The king of Syria was coming to get Elisha, and to get  rid of the problem.  You will take note the prophet Elisha exhibits no fear.

On this certain day the prophet’s servant awakes, goes outside and sees the Syrian army surrounding the city of Dothan.  They are out to get his master, his teacher, his friend whom he loves.  It does not say that he awakened Elisha, but I suppose that could have happened.  The servant is fearful; not only for Elisha, but for himself too.

The “Alas, my master” is a cry of alarm and fear.  Then, “What shall we do?” is the question we would ask.

When troubles surround us what shall we do?  We live like the prophet Elisha.  We trust in the LORD God Almighty, and believe that He has our best interest at His heart and in His hands.

In this event of Elisha’s ministry we see some mighty and amazing things happen; 1) The eyes of the servant are opened to see a heavenly army surrounding the Syrian army and the city;  2) The eyes of the Syrians are blinded as they come to take Elisha;  3) The whole Syrian army is captured by one man and taken to the king of Israel;  4) The lives of the army of Syria is spared, fed, and released.

What a man of God can do when troubles surround us is amazing when we walk with God.

Begin your walk, your fellowship with God by coming to Him the only way there is; and that is through the death, burial, and resurrection of the Son of God Jesus Christ who is God the Son.  Trust Him, then fear nothing else.

When the LORD Has Prospered Your Way

And he said unto them, Hinder me not, seeing the LORD hath prospered my way; send me away that I may go to my master. Genesis 24:56 (KJV)

The servant of Abraham said the statement above to Laban and the family of Rebekah, whom the servant had been led by God to choose as the wife for Isaac.

It is in my heart and mind to think this morning, and I believe it as well, that God has prospered my way.  I know that I do not always see it, but there are many times I look back at the events of my life and know that it truly has been made prosperous by the Lord Himself.  I do not mean in material means though He has provided every need and blessed us in material ways. I have prospered in His love, His mercy, His care, His grace, in family, and many other ways.

This servant of Abraham in order to find a bride for Isaac traveled a great distance to do so.  Much time had been spent in travel, and probably some great expense.  All the time the servant was away could have been 3 – 6 months due, in part, to the distance.

The family of Rebekah had told the servant she could not possibly leave for at least 10 days.  They sought to hinder his return back to Abraham and the Land of Promise.  That is why the servant replies, “Hinder me not…”

There are many hindrances to serving our Lord.  Some we bring on ourselves. Others come at us from other sources, such as family, friends, tragedy, trials, etc..  We, as Christians, need to realize these hindrances when they come up and respond to them with directness and sound faith.  The servant needed to get Rebekah [the bride] to Isaac [the groom]. He was waiting; so was Abraham.

  1. The Lord has sent us…
  2. Let us not be hindered…
  3. Remember He has prospered our way…
  4. We will go to our Master.

The way to the Master is through the Son of God, God the Son who died on the cross, was buried, and He rose again.  Believe Him and you will be on your way.  Do not let your sin or the sin of the world hinder you from trusting Jesus Christ.

No Greater Servant

“Behold, My servant shall deal prudently, He shall be exalted and extolled, and be very high. As many were astonied at thee; His visage was so marred more than any man, and His form more than the sons of men: so shall He sprinkle many nations; the kings shall shut their mouths at Him: for that which had not been told them shall they see; and that which they had not heard shall they consider.”  Isaiah 52:13-15  (KJV)

In the day of Trouble I will Call upon YOU

“Bow down thine ear, O LORD, hear me: for I am poor and needy. Preserve my soul; for I am holy: O Thou my God, save Thy servant that trusteth in Thee. Be merciful unto me, O Lord: for I cry unto Thee daily. Rejoice the soul of Thy servant: for unto Thee, O Lord, do I lift up my soul. For Thou, Lord, art good, and ready to forgive; and plenteous in mercy unto all them that call upon Thee. Give ear, O LORD, unto my prayer; and attend to the voice of my supplications. In the day of my trouble I will call upon Thee: for Thou wilt answer me.”  Psalm 86:1-7 (KJV)

We will be looking forward to seeing all of you in Church/Worship services tomorrow morning (February 12, 2017) at Shiloah Baptist Church.  Bible Study begins at 10 a.m.  Morning Worship at 11 a.m.  Evening Worship at 6:30 p.m.

The LORD is our hope, our Light; in Him alone do we trust.

Refreshment from Most Unlikely Places

“And he was sore athirst, and called on the LORD, and said, Thou hast given this great deliverance into the hand of Thy servant: and now shall I die for thirst, and fall into the hand of the uncircumcised? But God clave an hollow place that was in the jaw, and there came water thereout; and when he had drunk, his spirit came again, and he revived: wherefore he called the name thereof Enhakkore, which is in Lehi unto this day. And he judged Israel in the days of the Philistines twenty years.” Judges 15:18-20 (KJV)