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ACP, The Church for the American Christian who is a Patriot
Pro-Christ, Pro-Life, Pro-Constitution.
Pastor Robert M. Celeste MCAC
Today's Christian thought: Wednesday March 24th, 2004
One of, what some consider to be, the more difficult of the teachings of Christ, deals with the parable of old and new cloth, and old and new wine bottles. Yet, when you look at it the context of which the Lord said it, it really isn't all that difficult to see what the Lord is telling us. One of the nice things about studying the Bible by identifying the pronouns and putting the verses into paragraphs is that you start to see the context in which the Lord God Creator of the earth is talking. This new cloth/old cloth and new wine/old wine parable is a perfect example. Paul makes this parable even clearer in second Corinthians Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness? And what concord hath Christ with Belial(satan)? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel? And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said,
I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people. Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you, and will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be My sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty. (2 Corinthians 6:14-18)
And that is what Jesus is saying in Mark when He talks about old cloth and new cloth, and old bottles and new bottles, for as new cloth can not be used to patch old clothing, because the new cloth will shirk where the old cloth has already shrunk. So it is with we who are Born Again Washed in the Blood of the Lamb Christians and the children of satan. We have nothing in common with the children of the prince of this earth, satan.
Let us go to: Mark Chapter Two
1 And again He entered into Capernaum after some days; and it was noised that He was in the house. 2 And straightway many were gathered together, insomuch that there was no room to receive them, no, not so much as about the door: and He preached the word unto them. 3 And they come unto Him, bringing one sick of the palsy, which was borne(carried) of(by) four. 4 And when they could not come nigh unto Him for the press, they uncovered the roof(cut a whole in the roof) where He was: and when they had broken it up, they let down the bed wherein the sick of the palsy lay.
5 When Jesus saw their faith, He said unto the sick of the palsy, Son, thy sins be forgiven thee. 6 But there were certain of the scribes sitting there, and reasoning in their hearts, 7 "why doth this man thus speak blasphemies? who can forgive sins but God only?" 8 And immediately when Jesus perceived in His spirit that they so reasoned within themselves, He said unto them, Why reason ye these things in your hearts? 9 Whether is it easier to say to the sick of the palsy, Thy sins be forgiven thee; or to say, Arise, and take up thy bed, and walk? 10&11 But that ye may know that the Son of Man hath power on earth to forgive sins, (He saith to the sick of the palsy,) I say unto thee, Arise, and take up thy bed, and go thy way into thine house. 12 And immediately he arose, took up the bed, and went forth before them all; insomuch that they were all amazed, and glorified God, saying, "We never saw it on this fashion." In verses 1-12, we see the Lord coming into a house and while He is there, four men come bearing a man who is crippled. Because of the crowd, that had come to see and hear the Lord, they can't get through, so they climb up on the roof, cut a hole in it large enough to let this man and his stretcher down, and lower him down before the Lord. The very first thing Jesus does is heal the man spiritually, by forgiving the man for his past sins, this upsets the religious leaders. Can you believe that? Here we have God Himself forgiving a man and the religious leaders get mad. So Jesus turns around and heals the mans body as well.
13 And Jesus went forth again by the sea side; and all the multitude resorted unto Him, and He taught them. 14 And as He passed by, He saw Levi(Matthew) the son of Alphaeus sitting at the receipt of custom, and said unto him, Follow Me. And he arose and followed Him.
15 And it came to pass, that, as Jesus sat at meat in his(Matthew's) house, many publicans and sinners sat also together with Jesus and His disciples: for there were many, and they followed Him. 16 And when the scribes and Pharisees saw Him eat with publicans and sinners, they said unto His disciples, "How is it that He eateth and drinketh with publicans and sinners?" 17 When Jesus heard it, He saith unto them, They that are whole have no need of the physician, but they that are sick: I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.
18 And the disciples of John and of the Pharisees used to fast: and they come and say unto Him, "Why do the disciples of John and of the Pharisees fast, but Thy disciples fast not?" 19 And Jesus said unto them, Can the children of the bridechamber fast, while the Bridegroom is with them? as long as they have the Bridegroom with them, they cannot fast. 20 But the days will come, when the Bridegroom shall be taken away from them, and then shall they fast in those days. 21 No man also seweth a piece of new cloth on an old garment: else the new piece that filled it up taketh away from the old, and the rent is made worse. 22 And no man putteth new wine into old bottles: else the new wine doth burst the bottles, and the wine is spilled, and the bottles will be marred: but new wine must be put into new bottles. Now, if you were to read verses 13-22 as one they are put here, in paragraph form, you would see Jesus walking along, He comes to Matthew the tax collector and tells him to follow Him, and Matthew obeys. So then Jesus is in Matthews house having diner, now Matthew had invited a few of his friends to see and be introduced to the Lord. And here come the religious leaders again, and as usual they re mad, mad because, in my opinion, they have lost one more soul to the Lord. So they once again try to trap the Lord, and once again the Lord answers them in a manner that confuses them, but is clear to all who have the Spirit within them.
Jesus says, The children of God don't fast while God is with them, but there will come a time when God will not be here on earth with them. What Jesus is saying is that as long as He is there walking amongst those He has chosen to teach, so that they could teach us, they will not be harmed nor be hungry, but there will come a time, the time after He is crucified, when He will be not with them here on earth and then they, all True Born Again Washed in the Blood of the Lamb Christians, will be persecuted and hungry at times.
Jesus goes on to say that the false religions of the world, the ones built upon customs are opposite to true Christians as old cloth is to new and new bottles are to old. That the religions of traditions and the true belief in Christ have nothing in common other than perhaps an superficial appearance.
23 And it came to pass, that He went through the corn fields on the sabbath day; and His disciples began, as they went, to pluck the ears of corn. 24 And the Pharisees said unto Him, "Behold, why do they on the sabbath day that which is not lawful?" 25 And He said unto them, Have ye never read what David did, when he had need, and was an hungred, he, and they that were with him? 26 How he went into the house of God in the days of Abiathar the high priest, and did eat the shewbread, which is not lawful to eat but for the priests, and gave also to them which were with him? (see 1 Samuel 21:1-9)
27 And He said unto them, The sabbath was made for man, and not man for the sabbath: 28 Therefore the Son of man is Lord also of the sabbath. (Mark 2:1-28 ACP/KJV)
And Jesus said: "The sabbath was made for man, and not man for the sabbath". Why is it so hard for us to realize that our day of rest, Sunday, the Lord's Day, is a day that God created for us, not us for that day. Sunday is a day to recharge your batteries, a day to rest and relax, not a day to load up with unrealistic rules and regulations. It is a day for you to relax and contemplate the wonders and blessing of God. A day for you to look at your family giving praise and thanks to God for them. It is a day to get together with other believers and fellowship in joy and love. It is not a day to do business on. It is not a day to work on, it is not a day to be grumpy, selfish or put anything ahead of God on. It is a day for dad's to teach their sons how to play ball and fish with. A day for moms to teach their daughters how to do girl things. A day for the family to get together and do family things.
The Lord be with you all, and may He bless you and yours, may He help you to be His and o open doors for you to introduce Him to others. Amen.
The Lord our God, Christ Jesus, be with you all and please keep your pastor and me in your prayers. Amen. My prayer daily is "Lord please bless those tenfold who bless me."
Pray for my friend Mac, pray for Rush and Michael Savage. While the Lord does not need the platforms and audiences that Rush and Michael have, they, Rush, Michael and their audiences need the Lord.
Pray for the President, pray for Attorney General John Ashcroft, pray for me, pray for all those who open their mouths or take pen in hand in an effort to sway public opinion.
The Lord God of the Universe, Messiah Y'shua be with you all, amen.
It is better to be a horse fly in the stables of the Lord Jesus than the CEO of hell.
All Scripture quoted, in both sermons and daily thoughts, except when done by a guest, is from the ACP/authorized 1611 King James Version. The words in red are those quotes of God the Son, the Lord Jesus and the words in purple are those qoutes spoken directly by God the Father and the words in this sickly greenish color are of satan. But all of the Bible is spoken by God and should be viewed as God's handbook for us to run our lives by 2 Timothy 3:16.
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