3/25/13

From Gary... Remembering those who serve

 

These two pictures have something in common. The one on the left was taken in China and the one on right was taken in Wesley, Chapel Florida.  The first picture (left) is of Jim Campbell of East Brunswick, N.J..  He was my chiropractor for many years while I lived in New Jersey. The group on the right is the chiropractic team that currently cares for my wife and I.  Both have changed my thinking about health greatly and in my opinion, have saved my life.  The medical community really does not appreciate their contributions to society and often what they do is maligned and ridiculed.  In thinking about this, I am reminded of this passage from the book of Ecclesiastes...

Ecclesiastes, Chapter 9
 14 There was a little city, and few men within it; and a great king came against it, besieged it, and built great bulwarks against it.  15 Now a poor wise man was found in it, and he by his wisdom delivered the city; yet no man remembered that same poor man.  16 Then I said, “Wisdom is better than strength.” Nevertheless the poor man’s wisdom is despised, and his words are not heard.  17 The words of the wise heard in quiet are better than the cry of him who rules among fools. 

The wisdom behind chiropractic treatment is natural healing.  In other words, healing with the help of God.  Today, let me remember those who use natural healing methods, specifically chiropractic!!  May God bless them for what they are doing!!!  If you have problems, consider chiropractic and get well soon.  Think this is hokum?  Well, there was a time that I felt this way, but that was a long time ago and I am a little wiser (and considerably healthier) today.  

P.S. 
And, NO, I am not saying this for money, but out of gratitude for the service of dedicated people who really care about others!!!

From Gary... WHAT SHALL I RENDER ?



WHAT SHALL I RENDER ?

Bible Reading: Psalm 116:1-12

 Song: All to Jesus, I surrender



I. INTRODUCTION

A. Good jobs in Jersey: Pay and BENEFITS from GOD!! 
     benefits Psalm 116

B. Good question from Hezekiah: 
    What shall I render to the Lord?

C. Good answer ... verses 12-19 (1 ff.)



II. BODY


A. A SACRIFICE OF THANKSGIVING 13, 17

1. A concept of worship: SALVATION + PRAISE

2. A cup of thanksgiving = Isaiah 36-37 RUNNING OVER 
    (Psa. 23)

3. A compliant heart = the tenth leper, a humbled king 
    and YOU ? !


B. A SACRIFICE OF MEANS 14, 18

1. An attitude toward giving: " I shall pay"

2. An attitude of responsibility : "my"

3. An attitude of dedication: "vows"

4. An attitude of communion: "presence"

5. An attitude expressed in each of our coins.

C. A SACRIFICE OF LIFE 15, 16

1. A trust that I am special to God: "precious"

2. A trust that God cares : "in the sight of the Lord"

3. A trust revealed in personal commitment: "servant"

4. A trust proven to me: "loosed my bonds"


III. CONCLUSION


A. THE QUESTION... "WHAT SHALL I RENDER TO THE 
                                     LORD....

B THE ANSWER..... SONG # 649 "WHAT HAS THOU 
                                                        GIVEN FOR ME??

C. THE ONLY POSSIBLE ANSWER IS YOURSELF!!
     Psalm 116:1

From Gary.... Bible Reading, Mar. 25



Mar. 25
Leviticus 5, 6

Lev 5:1 " 'If anyone sins, in that he hears the voice of adjuration, he being a witness, whether he has seen or known, if he doesn't report it, then he shall bear his iniquity.
Lev 5:2 " 'Or if anyone touches any unclean thing, whether it is the carcass of an unclean animal, or the carcass of unclean livestock, or the carcass of unclean creeping things, and it is hidden from him, and he is unclean, then he shall be guilty.
Lev 5:3 " 'Or if he touches the uncleanness of man, whatever his uncleanness is with which he is unclean, and it is hidden from him; when he knows of it, then he shall be guilty.
Lev 5:4 " 'Or if anyone swears rashly with his lips to do evil, or to do good, whatever it is that a man might utter rashly with an oath, and it is hidden from him; when he knows of it, then he shall be guilty of one of these.
Lev 5:5 It shall be, when he is guilty of one of these, he shall confess that in which he has sinned:
Lev 5:6 and he shall bring his trespass offering to Yahweh for his sin which he has sinned, a female from the flock, a lamb or a goat, for a sin offering; and the priest shall make atonement for him concerning his sin.
Lev 5:7 " 'If he can't afford a lamb, then he shall bring his trespass offering for that in which he has sinned, two turtledoves, or two young pigeons, to Yahweh; one for a sin offering, and the other for a burnt offering.
Lev 5:8 He shall bring them to the priest, who shall first offer the one which is for the sin offering, and wring off its head from its neck, but shall not sever it completely.
Lev 5:9 He shall sprinkle some of the blood of the sin offering on the side of the altar; and the rest of the blood shall be drained out at the base of the altar. It is a sin offering.
Lev 5:10 He shall offer the second for a burnt offering, according to the ordinance; and the priest shall make atonement for him concerning his sin which he has sinned, and he shall be forgiven.
Lev 5:11 " 'But if he can't afford two turtledoves, or two young pigeons, then he shall bring his offering for that in which he has sinned, the tenth part of an ephah of fine flour for a sin offering. He shall put no oil on it, neither shall he put any frankincense on it, for it is a sin offering.
Lev 5:12 He shall bring it to the priest, and the priest shall take his handful of it as the memorial portion, and burn it on the altar, on the offerings of Yahweh made by fire. It is a sin offering.
Lev 5:13 The priest shall make atonement for him concerning his sin that he has sinned in any of these things, and he will be forgiven; and the rest shall be the priest's, as the meal offering.' "
Lev 5:14 Yahweh spoke to Moses, saying,
Lev 5:15 "If anyone commits a trespass, and sins unwittingly, in the holy things of Yahweh; then he shall bring his trespass offering to Yahweh, a ram without blemish from the flock, according to your estimation in silver by shekels, after the shekel of the sanctuary, for a trespass offering.
Lev 5:16 He shall make restitution for that which he has done wrong in the holy thing, and shall add a fifth part to it, and give it to the priest; and the priest shall make atonement for him with the ram of the trespass offering, and he will be forgiven.
Lev 5:17 "If anyone sins, and does any of the things which Yahweh has commanded not to be done; though he didn't know it, yet he is guilty, and shall bear his iniquity.
Lev 5:18 He shall bring a ram without blemish from of the flock, according to your estimation, for a trespass offering, to the priest; and the priest shall make atonement for him concerning the thing in which he sinned and didn't know it, and he will be forgiven.
Lev 5:19 It is a trespass offering. He is certainly guilty before Yahweh."
Lev 6:1 Yahweh spoke to Moses, saying,
Lev 6:2 "If anyone sins, and commits a trespass against Yahweh, and deals falsely with his neighbor in a matter of deposit, or of bargain, or of robbery, or has oppressed his neighbor,
Lev 6:3 or has found that which was lost, and dealt falsely therein, and swearing to a lie; in any of all these things that a man does, sinning therein;
Lev 6:4 then it shall be, if he has sinned, and is guilty, he shall restore that which he took by robbery, or the thing which he has gotten by oppression, or the deposit which was committed to him, or the lost thing which he found,
Lev 6:5 or any thing about which he has sworn falsely; he shall restore it even in full, and shall add a fifth part more to it. To him to whom it belongs he shall give it, in the day of his being found guilty.
Lev 6:6 He shall bring his trespass offering to Yahweh, a ram without blemish from the flock, according to your estimation, for a trespass offering, to the priest.
Lev 6:7 The priest shall make atonement for him before Yahweh, and he will be forgiven concerning whatever he does to become guilty."
Lev 6:8 Yahweh spoke to Moses, saying,
Lev 6:9 "Command Aaron and his sons, saying, 'This is the law of the burnt offering: the burnt offering shall be on the hearth on the altar all night until the morning; and the fire of the altar shall be kept burning on it.
Lev 6:10 The priest shall put on his linen garment, and he shall put on his linen breeches upon his body; and he shall remove the ashes from where the fire has consumed the burnt offering on the altar, and he shall put them beside the altar.
Lev 6:11 He shall take off his garments, and put on other garments, and carry the ashes outside the camp to a clean place.
Lev 6:12 The fire on the altar shall be kept burning on it, it shall not go out; and the priest shall burn wood on it every morning: and he shall lay the burnt offering in order upon it, and shall burn on it the fat of the peace offerings.
Lev 6:13 Fire shall be kept burning on the altar continually; it shall not go out.
Lev 6:14 " 'This is the law of the meal offering: the sons of Aaron shall offer it before Yahweh, before the altar.
Lev 6:15 He shall take from there his handful of the fine flour of the meal offering, and of its oil, and all the frankincense which is on the meal offering, and shall burn it on the altar for a pleasant aroma, as its memorial, to Yahweh.
Lev 6:16 That which is left of it Aaron and his sons shall eat. It shall be eaten without yeast in a holy place. They shall eat it in the court of the Tent of Meeting
Lev 6:17 It shall not be baked with yeast. I have given it as their portion of my offerings made by fire. It is most holy, as the sin offering, and as the trespass offering.
Lev 6:18 Every male among the children of Aaron shall eat of it, as their portion forever throughout your generations, from the offerings of Yahweh made by fire. Whoever touches them shall be holy.' "
Lev 6:19 Yahweh spoke to Moses, saying,
Lev 6:20 "This is the offering of Aaron and of his sons, which they shall offer to Yahweh in the day when he is anointed: the tenth part of an ephah of fine flour for a meal offering perpetually, half of it in the morning, and half of it in the evening.
Lev 6:21 It shall be made with oil in a griddle. When it is soaked, you shall bring it in. You shall offer the meal offering in baked pieces for a pleasant aroma to Yahweh.
Lev 6:22 The anointed priest that will be in his place from among his sons shall offer it. By a statute forever, it shall be wholly burnt to Yahweh.
Lev 6:23 Every meal offering of a priest shall be wholly burned. It shall not be eaten."
Lev 6:24 Yahweh spoke to Moses, saying,
Lev 6:25 "Speak to Aaron and to his sons, saying, 'This is the law of the sin offering: in the place where the burnt offering is killed, the sin offering shall be killed before Yahweh. It is most holy.
Lev 6:26 The priest who offers it for sin shall eat it. It shall be eaten in a holy place, in the court of the Tent of Meeting.
Lev 6:27 Whatever shall touch its flesh shall be holy. When there is any of its blood sprinkled on a garment, you shall wash that on which it was sprinkled in a holy place.
Lev 6:28 But the earthen vessel in which it is boiled shall be broken; and if it is boiled in a bronze vessel, it shall be scoured, and rinsed in water.
Lev 6:29 Every male among the priests shall eat of it: it is most holy.
Lev 6:30 No sin offering, of which any of the blood is brought into the Tent of Meeting to make atonement in the Holy Place, shall be eaten: it shall be burned with fire.





Mar. 25, 26
Mark 15

Mar 15:1 Immediately in the morning the chief priests, with the elders and scribes, and the whole council, held a consultation, and bound Jesus, and carried him away, and delivered him up to Pilate.
Mar 15:2 Pilate asked him, "Are you the King of the Jews?" He answered, "So you say."
Mar 15:3 The chief priests accused him of many things.
Mar 15:4 Pilate again asked him, "Have you no answer? See how many things they testify against you!"
Mar 15:5 But Jesus made no further answer, so that Pilate marveled.
Mar 15:6 Now at the feast he used to release to them one prisoner, whom they asked of him.
Mar 15:7 There was one called Barabbas, bound with those who had made insurrection, men who in the insurrection had committed murder.
Mar 15:8 The multitude, crying aloud, began to ask him to do as he always did for them.
Mar 15:9 Pilate answered them, saying, "Do you want me to release to you the King of the Jews?"
Mar 15:10 For he perceived that for envy the chief priests had delivered him up.
Mar 15:11 But the chief priests stirred up the multitude, that he should release Barabbas to them instead.
Mar 15:12 Pilate again asked them, "What then should I do to him whom you call the King of the Jews?"
Mar 15:13 They cried out again, "Crucify him!"
Mar 15:14 Pilate said to them, "Why, what evil has he done?" But they cried out exceedingly, "Crucify him!"
Mar 15:15 Pilate, wishing to please the multitude, released Barabbas to them, and handed over Jesus, when he had flogged him, to be crucified.
Mar 15:16 The soldiers led him away within the court, which is the Praetorium; and they called together the whole cohort.
Mar 15:17 They clothed him with purple, and weaving a crown of thorns, they put it on him.
Mar 15:18 They began to salute him, "Hail, King of the Jews!"
Mar 15:19 They struck his head with a reed, and spat on him, and bowing their knees, did homage to him.
Mar 15:20 When they had mocked him, they took the purple off of him, and put his own garments on him. They led him out to crucify him.
Mar 15:21 They compelled one passing by, coming from the country, Simon of Cyrene, the father of Alexander and Rufus, to go with them, that he might bear his cross.
Mar 15:22 They brought him to the place called Golgotha, which is, being interpreted, "The place of a skull."
Mar 15:23 They offered him wine mixed with myrrh to drink, but he didn't take it.
Mar 15:24 Crucifying him, they parted his garments among them, casting lots on them, what each should take.
Mar 15:25 It was the third hour, and they crucified him.
Mar 15:26 The superscription of his accusation was written over him, "THE KING OF THE JEWS."
Mar 15:27 With him they crucified two robbers; one on his right hand, and one on his left.
Mar 15:28 The Scripture was fulfilled, which says, "He was numbered with transgressors."
Mar 15:29 Those who passed by blasphemed him, wagging their heads, and saying, "Ha! You who destroy the temple, and build it in three days,
Mar 15:30 save yourself, and come down from the cross!"
Mar 15:31 Likewise, also the chief priests mocking among themselves with the scribes said, "He saved others. He can't save himself.
Mar 15:32 Let the Christ, the King of Israel, now come down from the cross, that we may see and believe him." Those who were crucified with him insulted him.
Mar 15:33 When the sixth hour had come, there was darkness over the whole land until the ninth hour.
Mar 15:34 At the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, "Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani?" which is, being interpreted, "My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?"
Mar 15:35 Some of those who stood by, when they heard it, said, "Behold, he is calling Elijah."
Mar 15:36 One ran, and filling a sponge full of vinegar, put it on a reed, and gave it to him to drink, saying, "Let him be. Let's see whether Elijah comes to take him down."
Mar 15:37 Jesus cried out with a loud voice, and gave up the spirit.
Mar 15:38 The veil of the temple was torn in two from the top to the bottom.
Mar 15:39 When the centurion, who stood by opposite him, saw that he cried out like this and breathed his last, he said, "Truly this man was the Son of God!"
Mar 15:40 There were also women watching from afar, among whom were both Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James the less and of Joses, and Salome;
Mar 15:41 who, when he was in Galilee, followed him, and served him; and many other women who came up with him to Jerusalem.
Mar 15:42 When evening had now come, because it was the Preparation Day, that is, the day before the Sabbath,
Mar 15:43 Joseph of Arimathaea, a prominent council member who also himself was looking for the Kingdom of God, came. He boldly went in to Pilate, and asked for Jesus' body.
Mar 15:44 Pilate marveled if he were already dead; and summoning the centurion, he asked him whether he had been dead long.
Mar 15:45 When he found out from the centurion, he granted the body to Joseph.
Mar 15:46 He bought a linen cloth, and taking him down, wound him in the linen cloth, and laid him in a tomb which had been cut out of a rock. He rolled a stone against the door of the tomb.
Mar 15:47 Mary Magdalene and Mary, the mother of Joses, saw where he was laid.

From Gary V. Womack... THE SYRO-PHOENICIAN WOMAN Faith and Perseverance



THE SYRO-PHOENICIAN WOMAN

Faith & Perseverance


Mt. 15:21-28 TEXT Along with Mk. 7:24-30

Jesus goes to the city of Tyre (20 miles S. of Sidon - 100 miles NW of Jerusalem)

Tyre was in the province of Phoenicia -
also known as Syria (of Assyrian influence)

This was land that had been allotted to the tribe of Asher - (Josh. 19:24-31) as part of the promised land of Canaan (Gen. 10:19; 15:18-21)

vs. 21 This is the only record of Jesus going outside of the land of Palestine during his ministry

Jesus was unsuccessful in escaping the multitudes in this place.

Mk. 7:24 "From there He arose and went to the 
               region of Tyre and Sidon. And He entered 
               a house and wanted no one to know it, but 
               He could not be hidden."

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vs. 22 This woman was a Gentile
           Mt.: Syro-Phoenician - Mk.: Canaanite

She asked for MERCY - an undeserved gift.

Mk. 7:25-26 "For a woman whose young daughter 
                   had an unclean spirit heard about Him, 
                   and she came and fell at His feet. (26) 
                   The woman was a Greek, a Syro-
                   Phoenician by birth, and she kept 
                   asking Him to cast the demon out of her 
                   daughter."

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vs. 23 Jesus did not answer. Why?
          A test of her faith?

Sometimes our prayers are not answered immediately. Why?

Lk. 11:5-8 Jesus' parable teaches patience & 
                 persistence in prayer.

Our faith needs to be tested in order for us to grow in faith

Jas. 1:2-3 "My brethren, count it all joy when you 
                 fall into various trials, (3) knowing that 
                 the testing of your faith produces 
                 patience."

Isa. 40:29-31 "He gives power to the weak, and to 
                     those who have no strength, (30) even 
                     the youths shall faint and be weary, 
                     and the young men shall utterly fall, 
                     (31) But those who wait on the Lord 
                     shall renew their strength; They shall 
                     mount up with the wings like eagles, 
                     they shall run and not be weary, they 
                     shall walk and not faint."

His disciples were ready to send her away.
But Jesus stands ready to help in time of need.

Psm. 46:1 "God is our refuge and strength,
                  a very present help in trouble."

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vs. 24 Jesus' present focus (mission) was the  
           "lost sheep of Israel"

His compassion was focused on them:

Mt. 9:35-36 "Then Jesus went about all the cities 
                   and villages, teaching in their 
                   synagogues, preaching the gospel of 
                   the kingdom, and healing every 
                   sickness and every disease among the 
                   people. (36) But when He saw the 
                   multitudes, He was moved with 
                   compassion for them, because they 
                   were weary and scattered, like sheep 
                   having no shepherd."

Isa. 54:7-8 " 'For a mere moment I have forsaken 
                 you, but with great mercies I will gather 
                 you. (8) With a little wrath I hid My face 
                 from you for a moment; But with 
                 everlasting kindness I will have mercy on 
                 you.' Says the Lord, your Redeemer."

Mt. 10:5-8 His limited commission focused on 
                 the Jews.

Compare this to His great commission:

Mt. 28:18-19 "....All authority has been given to Me 
                     in heaven and on earth. (19) Go 
                     therefore and make disciples of all 
                     nations, baptizing them in the name of 
                     the Father and of the Son and of the 
                     Holy Spirit,"

Jesus' ultimate goal included Gentiles as well:

Jn. 10:15-16 ".....I lay down My life for the sheep. 
                    (16) And other sheep I have which are 
                    not of this fold; them also I must bring 
                    and they will hear My voice; the there 
                    will be one flock and one shepherd."

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vs. 25 But she came and worshipped Him - 
          anyway - PERSISTENCE!

Are we too quick to give up? Are we ready to turn away if He doesn't answer immediately or in a way we didn't choose?

Do we assume He doesn't love us if we aren't immediately relieved?

Mt. 7:7-8 "Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and 
               you will find; knock, and it will be opened. 
               (8) For everyone who asks receives, and 
               he who seeks finds and to him who knocks 
               it will be opened."
Prov. 8:17 "I love those who love Me, and those 
                 who seek Me diligently will find Me."

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vs. 26 Jesus' reply: It's not appropriate at this 
                                time.

After Jesus' death, burial & resurrection - then was the time:

Eph. 2:11-16 After the cross, the middle wall of division would come down.

Mk. 7:27 "But Jesus said to her, 'Let the children be 
               filled first, for it is not good to take the 
               children's bread and throw it to the little 
               dogs."

Jesus was still testing the persistence of her faith.
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vs. 27 She acknowledged her unworthiness - 
          even as a little "dog" But she asked only 
          for "crumbsShe was acknowledging His 
          great power to grant her request as only a 
          small thing for Him to do. Others were 
          amazed by His power to cast out demons:

Mt. 9:32-33 "As they went out, behold, they brought 
                   to Him a man, mute and demon-
                   possessed. (33) And when the demon 
                   was cast out, the mute spoke. And the 
                   multitudes marveled, saying, 'It was 
                   never seen like this in Israel.' "

What others (at Capernaum) had considered great - she recognized as crumbs

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vs. 28 She passed her test of faith.

The faith of this Gentile woman was an example for Israel.

On one other occasion prior to this, Jesus granted the request of a Gentile The centurion of Mt. 8 also demonstrated similar faith & Jesus held it up for Israel to see:

Mt. 8:5-13 (10) "Assuredly, I say to you, I have 
                        not found such great faith, not 
                        even in Israel!"

We are to be:

Rom. 12:12 "...patient in tribulation, continuing 
                   steadfastly in prayer."

"The testing of our faith is measured by the persistence of our will."

Jas. 1:2-8 Ask without doubting.



INVITATION

Our faith waits on the Lord

Lk. 12:35-38 "Let your waist be girded and your lamps burning; (36) and you yourselves be like men who wait for their master, when he will return from the wedding, that when he comes and knocks they may open to him immediately. (37) Blessed are those servants whom the master, when he comes, will find watching. Assuredly, I say to you that he will gird himself and have them sit down to eat, and will come and serve them. (38) And if he should come in the second watch, or come in the third watch, and find them so, blessed are those servants."