5/28/11

Surpise!!


Frankly, this picture was a bit of a surprise.  Most of the time a storm happens first and then... out comes the rainbow!  Yet, here they are together!!!  Life is sure full of surprises!!!  Here is a series of them from the book of Matthew!!!

Matthew 3:1-17 (WEB)
1) In those days, John the Baptizer came, preaching in the wilderness of Judea, saying,

2) “Repent, for the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand!”

3) For this is he who was spoken of by Isaiah the prophet, saying, “The voice of one crying in the wilderness, make ready the way of the Lord. Make his paths straight.”

4) Now John himself wore clothing made of camel’s hair, with a leather belt around his waist. His food was locusts and wild honey.

5) Then people from Jerusalem, all of Judea, and all the region around the Jordan went out to him.

6) They were baptized by him in the Jordan, confessing their sins.

7) But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees coming for his baptism, he said to them, “You offspring of vipers, who warned you to flee from the wrath to come?

8) Therefore bring forth fruit worthy of repentance!

9) Don’t think to yourselves, ‘We have Abraham for our father,’ for I tell you that God is able to raise up children to Abraham from these stones.

10) “Even now the axe lies at the root of the trees. Therefore, every tree that doesn’t bring forth good fruit is cut down, and cast into the fire.

11) I indeed baptize you in water for repentance, but he who comes after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to carry. He will baptize you in the Holy Spirit.

12) His winnowing fork is in his hand, and he will thoroughly cleanse his threshing floor. He will gather his wheat into the barn, but the chaff he will burn up with unquenchable fire.”

13) Then Jesus came from Galilee to the Jordan to John, to be baptized by him.

14) But John would have hindered him, saying, “I need to be baptized by you, and you come to me?”

15) But Jesus, answering, said to him, “Allow it now, for this is the fitting way for us to fulfill all righteousness.” Then he allowed him.

16) Jesus, when he was baptized, went up directly from the water: and behold, the heavens were opened to him. He saw the Spirit of God descending as a dove, and coming on him.

17) Behold, a voice out of the heavens said, “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased.”

John was a surprise.  The Jews really didn't expect someone like him.  He just didn't preach about the LAW, he made people accountable.  For those who viewed the LAW as ceremony, John's personal appeal for change came as a surprise.  But the big surprise is in verse 14.  John was surprised that Jesus would be baptized.  What he didn't understand was that Jesus needed to do this because it showed the way for others to do the will of God (righteousness: being right and doing right).  Next, other surprises... the dove and the voice, giving testimony about Jesus.  Life is indeed full of surprises, not all of them good, but some, like these, wonderful serendipities.  Almost makes you want something to happen right away, doesn't it?

OT Bible Reading 5/28

May 28


Judges 13, 14



Jdg 13:1 The children of Israel again did that which was evil in the sight of Yahweh; and Yahweh delivered them into the hand of the Philistines forty years.

Jdg 13:2 There was a certain man of Zorah, of the family of the Danites, whose name was Manoah; and his wife was barren, and didn't bear.

Jdg 13:3 The angel of Yahweh appeared to the woman, and said to her, See now, you are barren, and don't bear; but you shall conceive, and bear a son.

Jdg 13:4 Now therefore please beware and drink no wine nor strong drink, and don't eat any unclean thing:

Jdg 13:5 for, behold, you shall conceive, and bear a son; and no razor shall come on his head; for the child shall be a Nazirite to God from the womb: and he shall begin to save Israel out of the hand of the Philistines.

Jdg 13:6 Then the woman came and told her husband, saying, A man of God came to me, and his face was like the face of the angel of God, very awesome; and I didn't ask him whence he was, neither did he tell me his name:

Jdg 13:7 but he said to me, Behold, you shall conceive, and bear a son; and now drink no wine nor strong drink, and eat not any unclean thing; for the child shall be a Nazirite to God from the womb to the day of his death.

Jdg 13:8 Then Manoah entreated Yahweh, and said, Oh, Lord, please let the man of God whom you did send come again to us, and teach us what we shall do to the child who shall be born.

Jdg 13:9 God listened to the voice of Manoah; and the angel of God came again to the woman as she sat in the field: but Manoah, her husband, wasn't with her.

Jdg 13:10 The woman made haste, and ran, and told her husband, and said to him, Behold, the man has appeared to me, who came to me the other day.

Jdg 13:11 Manoah arose, and went after his wife, and came to the man, and said to him, Are you the man who spoke to the woman? He said, I am.

Jdg 13:12 Manoah said, Now let your words happen: what shall be the ordering of the child, and how shall we do to him?

Jdg 13:13 The angel of Yahweh said to Manoah, Of all that I said to the woman let her beware.

Jdg 13:14 She may not eat of anything that comes of the vine, neither let her drink wine or strong drink, nor eat any unclean thing; all that I commanded her let her observe.

Jdg 13:15 Manoah said to the angel of Yahweh, I pray you, let us detain you, that we may make ready a kid for you.

Jdg 13:16 The angel of Yahweh said to Manoah, Though you detain me, I won't eat of your bread; and if you will make ready a burnt offering, you must offer it to Yahweh. For Manoah didn't know that he was the angel of Yahweh.

Jdg 13:17 Manoah said to the angel of Yahweh, What is your name, that when your words happen, we may honor you?

Jdg 13:18 The angel of Yahweh said to him, Why do you ask after my name, seeing it is wonderful?

Jdg 13:19 So Manoah took the kid with the meal offering, and offered it on the rock to Yahweh: and the angel did wondrously, and Manoah and his wife looked on.

Jdg 13:20 For it happened, when the flame went up toward the sky from off the altar, that the angel of Yahweh ascended in the flame of the altar: and Manoah and his wife looked on; and they fell on their faces to the ground.

Jdg 13:21 But the angel of Yahweh did no more appear to Manoah or to his wife. Then Manoah knew that he was the angel of Yahweh.

Jdg 13:22 Manoah said to his wife, We shall surely die, because we have seen God.

Jdg 13:23 But his wife said to him, If Yahweh were pleased to kill us, he wouldn't have received a burnt offering and a meal offering at our hand, neither would he have shown us all these things, nor would at this time have told such things as these.

Jdg 13:24 The woman bore a son, and named him Samson: and the child grew, and Yahweh blessed him.

Jdg 13:25 The Spirit of Yahweh began to move him in Mahaneh Dan, between Zorah and Eshtaol.



Jdg 14:1 Samson went down to Timnah, and saw a woman in Timnah of the daughters of the Philistines.

Jdg 14:2 He came up, and told his father and his mother, and said, I have seen a woman in Timnah of the daughters of the Philistines: now therefore get her for me as wife.

Jdg 14:3 Then his father and his mother said to him, Is there never a woman among the daughters of your brothers, or among all my people, that you go to take a wife of the uncircumcised Philistines? Samson said to his father, Get her for me; for she pleases me well.

Jdg 14:4 But his father and his mother didn't know that it was of Yahweh; for he sought an occasion against the Philistines. Now at that time the Philistines had rule over Israel.

Jdg 14:5 Then went Samson down, and his father and his mother, to Timnah, and came to the vineyards of Timnah: and behold, a young lion roared against him.

Jdg 14:6 The Spirit of Yahweh came mightily on him, and he tore him as he would have torn a kid; and he had nothing in his hand: but he didn't tell his father or his mother what he had done.

Jdg 14:7 He went down, and talked with the woman, and she pleased Samson well.

Jdg 14:8 After a while he returned to take her; and he turned aside to see the carcass of the lion: and behold, there was a swarm of bees in the body of the lion, and honey.

Jdg 14:9 He took it into his hands, and went on, eating as he went; and he came to his father and mother, and gave to them, and they ate: but he didn't tell them that he had taken the honey out of the body of the lion.

Jdg 14:10 His father went down to the woman: and Samson made there a feast; for so used the young men to do.

Jdg 14:11 It happened, when they saw him, that they brought thirty companions to be with him.

Jdg 14:12 Samson said to them, Let me tell you a riddle now. If you can declare it to me within the seven days of the feast, and find it out, then I will give you thirty linen garments and thirty changes of clothing;

Jdg 14:13 but if you can't declare it to me, then you shall give me thirty linen garments and thirty changes of clothing. They said to him, Put forth your riddle, that we may hear it.

Jdg 14:14 He said to them, Out of the eater came forth food. Out of the strong came forth sweetness. They couldn't in three days declare the riddle.

Jdg 14:15 It happened on the seventh day, that they said to Samson's wife, Entice your husband, that he may declare to us the riddle, lest we burn you and your father's house with fire: have you called us to impoverish us? is it not so?

Jdg 14:16 Samson's wife wept before him, and said, You just hate me, and don't love me: you have put forth a riddle to the children of my people, and haven't told it me. He said to her, Behold, I haven't told it my father nor my mother, and shall I tell you?

Jdg 14:17 She wept before him the seven days, while their feast lasted: and it happened on the seventh day, that he told her, because she pressed him sore; and she told the riddle to the children of her people.

Jdg 14:18 The men of the city said to him on the seventh day before the sun went down, What is sweeter than honey? and what is stronger than a lion? He said to them, If you hadn't plowed with my heifer, you wouldn't have found out my riddle.

Jdg 14:19 The Spirit of Yahweh came mightily on him, and he went down to Ashkelon, and struck thirty men of them, and took their spoil, and gave the changes of clothing to those who declared the riddle. His anger was kindled, and he went up to his father's house.

Jdg 14:20 But Samson's wife was given to his companion, whom he had used as his friend.

NT Bible Reading 5/28, 5/29

May 28, 29


John 7



Joh 7:1 After these things, Jesus was walking in Galilee, for he wouldn't walk in Judea, because the Jews sought to kill him.

Joh 7:2 Now the feast of the Jews, the Feast of Booths, was at hand.

Joh 7:3 His brothers therefore said to him, "Depart from here, and go into Judea, that your disciples also may see your works which you do.

Joh 7:4 For no one does anything in secret, and himself seeks to be known openly. If you do these things, reveal yourself to the world."

Joh 7:5 For even his brothers didn't believe in him.

Joh 7:6 Jesus therefore said to them, "My time has not yet come, but your time is always ready.

Joh 7:7 The world can't hate you, but it hates me, because I testify about it, that its works are evil.

Joh 7:8 You go up to the feast. I am not yet going up to this feast, because my time is not yet fulfilled."

Joh 7:9 Having said these things to them, he stayed in Galilee.

Joh 7:10 But when his brothers had gone up to the feast, then he also went up, not publicly, but as it were in secret.

Joh 7:11 The Jews therefore sought him at the feast, and said, "Where is he?"

Joh 7:12 There was much murmuring among the multitudes concerning him. Some said, "He is a good man." Others said, "Not so, but he leads the multitude astray."

Joh 7:13 Yet no one spoke openly of him for fear of the Jews.

Joh 7:14 But when it was now the midst of the feast, Jesus went up into the temple and taught.

Joh 7:15 The Jews therefore marveled, saying, "How does this man know letters, having never been educated?"

Joh 7:16 Jesus therefore answered them, "My teaching is not mine, but his who sent me.

Joh 7:17 If anyone desires to do his will, he will know about the teaching, whether it is from God, or if I am speaking from myself.

Joh 7:18 He who speaks from himself seeks his own glory, but he who seeks the glory of him who sent him is true, and no unrighteousness is in him.

Joh 7:19 Didn't Moses give you the law, and yet none of you keeps the law? Why do you seek to kill me?"

Joh 7:20 The multitude answered, "You have a demon! Who seeks to kill you?"

Joh 7:21 Jesus answered them, "I did one work, and you all marvel because of it.

Joh 7:22 Moses has given you circumcision (not that it is of Moses, but of the fathers), and on the Sabbath you circumcise a boy.

Joh 7:23 If a boy receives circumcision on the Sabbath, that the law of Moses may not be broken, are you angry with me, because I made a man completely healthy on the Sabbath?

Joh 7:24 Don't judge according to appearance, but judge righteous judgment."

Joh 7:25 Therefore some of them of Jerusalem said, "Isn't this he whom they seek to kill?

Joh 7:26 Behold, he speaks openly, and they say nothing to him. Can it be that the rulers indeed know that this is truly the Christ?

Joh 7:27 However we know where this man comes from, but when the Christ comes, no one will know where he comes from."

Joh 7:28 Jesus therefore cried out in the temple, teaching and saying, "You both know me, and know where I am from. I have not come of myself, but he who sent me is true, whom you don't know.

Joh 7:29 I know him, because I am from him, and he sent me."

Joh 7:30 They sought therefore to take him; but no one laid a hand on him, because his hour had not yet come.

Joh 7:31 But of the multitude, many believed in him. They said, "When the Christ comes, he won't do more signs than those which this man has done, will he?"

Joh 7:32 The Pharisees heard the multitude murmuring these things concerning him, and the chief priests and the Pharisees sent officers to arrest him.

Joh 7:33 Then Jesus said, "I will be with you a little while longer, then I go to him who sent me.

Joh 7:34 You will seek me, and won't find me; and where I am, you can't come."

Joh 7:35 The Jews therefore said among themselves, "Where will this man go that we won't find him? Will he go to the Dispersion among the Greeks, and teach the Greeks?

Joh 7:36 What is this word that he said, 'You will seek me, and won't find me; and where I am, you can't come'? "

Joh 7:37 Now on the last and greatest day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, "If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink!

Joh 7:38 He who believes in me, as the Scripture has said, from within him will flow rivers of living water."

Joh 7:39 But he said this about the Spirit, which those believing in him were to receive. For the Holy Spirit was not yet given, because Jesus wasn't yet glorified.

Joh 7:40 Many of the multitude therefore, when they heard these words, said, "This is truly the prophet."

Joh 7:41 Others said, "This is the Christ." But some said, "What, does the Christ come out of Galilee?

Joh 7:42 Hasn't the Scripture said that the Christ comes of the seed of David, and from Bethlehem, the village where David was?"

Joh 7:43 So there arose a division in the multitude because of him.

Joh 7:44 Some of them would have arrested him, but no one laid hands on him.

Joh 7:45 The officers therefore came to the chief priests and Pharisees, and they said to them, "Why didn't you bring him?"

Joh 7:46 The officers answered, "No man ever spoke like this man!"

Joh 7:47 The Pharisees therefore answered them, "You aren't also led astray, are you?

Joh 7:48 Have any of the rulers believed in him, or of the Pharisees?

Joh 7:49 But this multitude that doesn't know the law is accursed."

Joh 7:50 Nicodemus (he who came to him by night, being one of them) said to them,

Joh 7:51 "Does our law judge a man, unless it first hears from him personally and knows what he does?"

Joh 7:52 They answered him, "Are you also from Galilee? Search, and see that no prophet has arisen out of Galilee."

Joh 7:53 Everyone went to his own house,