A daily Christian thought from:
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: Friday April 2nd, 2004
As you read Mark Six, you will see all three groups as they appeared 1,973 years ago, but with just a bit of thought, you will come up with many examples of that same heart set today. So let us go to the sixth chapter of the Gospel as dictated to John Mark by God the Holy Spirit.
Mark Chapter Six
1 And He went out from thence, and came into His own country(Nazareth); and His disciples follow Him. 2 And when the sabbath day was come, He began to teach in the synagogue: and many hearing Him were astonished, saying, "From whence hath this Man these things? and what wisdom is this which is given unto Him, that even such mighty works are wrought by His hands? 3 Is not this the carpenter, the son of Mary, the brother of James, and Joses, and of Judah, and Simon? and are not His sisters here with us?" And they were offended(scornful, or looked down upon) at Him. Many of the liberal tradition bound denominations insist that Mary, the mother of Jesus, died a virgin, that she had no other children after the Lord, there is no where in Scripture more definitive on this than verses 1-3. In them we see that Mary had at least 4 more sons; James, Jose, Judah and Simon and at least two daughters. As you read the end of verse 2, you see them acknowledging the things the Lord had done, yet verse 3 closes with these words "And they were offended(scornful, or looked down upon) at Him."
4 But Jesus said unto them, A prophet is not without honour, but in his own country, and among his own kin, and in his own house. 5 And He could there do no mighty work, save that He laid His hands upon a few sick folk, and healed them. 6 And He marveled because of their unbelief. It wasn't that Jesus could not do any more miracles, it was that their hearts were so hard and they had set themselves so much against Him that Jesus actually was amazed at their attitude and refused to do more miracles.
And He went round about the villages, teaching. 7 And He called unto Him the twelve, and began to send them forth by two and two; and gave them power over unclean spirits; 8 And commanded them that they should take nothing for their journey, save a staff only; no scrip(money in a bag), no bread, no money in their purse(money hid in a money belt): 9 But be shod with sandals; and not put on two coats(no outer garment like a coat, only their tunics). It is very important for you to file this away in your memory, for we will see this referenced later in Luke in a very important lesson of Scripture. Here they took nothing other than the clothes on their backs.
10 And He said unto them, In what place soever ye enter into an house, there abide till ye depart from that place. 11 And whosoever shall not receive you, nor hear you, when ye depart thence, shake off the dust under your feet for a testimony against them. Verily I say unto you, It shall be more tolerable for Sodom and Gomorrha in the day of judgment, than for that city. 12 And they went out, and preached that men should repent. 13 And they cast out many devils, and anointed with oil many that were sick, and healed them. As you read 1 what Jesus said here, I want you to read an experience that I had, an experience that you can check through the financial pages of the Wall Street Journal. In 1996, my wife and i were broke, we were not only homless, we were over a hundred thousand dollars in debt. We moved from our 3,700 square foot home on 17 acres in Kennebunkport, Maine into a cabin in East Stoneham, Maine a cabin with a frozen septic system and one that you could see through the walls. This cabin is on the south side of a lake, allowing the north wind to race all the way across the lake before hitting us with a vengeance. For a period of three days in January of 1997 we were unable to get the interior temperature of the cabin over 45 degrees. Cecily was teaching in Portland, 66 miles south east, and I was studying for the ministry. I needed a job. So I went to Sunday River and applied for a job as a carpenter/roofer. Bear in mind, I had owned a construction company for years and had been raised in a construction/building family.
Sunday River was a growing financial empire of a resort chain, they hired me. At lunch time, i would sit by myself, eat my lunch. Pray and read my Bible. Then one day, a member of management took notice of me, that day they assigned me to a job of carrying 4X8 sheets of 3/4 inch plywood up three flights of stairs. Nearly killed me and not something i had hired on to do. When i complained, they said "well quit then!". It was not till they insisted that I work overtime and on Sunday mornings that I did just that, I quit. But as I left, I shook the dust of that place off my feet and said "Lord, please deal with them." Check out their stock and growth then and now.
Do not take lightly what power you have to bear upon those who attack you or yours for your faith in Christ and public display of that faith.
14 And king Herod heard of Him; (for His name was spread abroad:) and he(Herod) said, That "John the Baptist was risen from the dead, and therefore mighty works do shew forth themselves in him." 15 Others said, "That it is Elias." And others said, "That it is a prophet, or as one of the prophets." 16 But when Herod heard thereof, he said, "It is John, whom I beheaded: he is risen from the dead." 17 For Herod himself had sent forth and laid hold upon John, and bound him in prison for Herodias' sake, his brother Philip's wife: for he had married her. 18 For John had said unto Herod, "It is not lawful for thee to have thy brother's wife." 19 Therefore Herodias had a quarrel against him, and would have killed him; but she could not: 20 For Herod feared John, knowing that he was a just man and an holy, and observed him; and when he heard him, he did many things, and heard him gladly. Herodias could not have John killed only because her incestuous husband Herod, had taken a liking to hearing what John had to preach. We have no reason to think Herod took it serious, probably only found the miracles that John and to a greater degree Jesus were doing, to be interesting and fun to hear about.
21 And when a convenient day was come, that Herod on his birthday made a supper to his lords, high captains, and chief estates of Galilee; 22 And when the daughter of the said Herodias came in, and danced, and pleased Herod and them that sat with him, the king said unto the damsel, "Ask of me whatsoever thou wilt, and I will give it thee." 23 And he sware unto her, "Whatsoever thou shalt ask of me, I will give it thee, unto the half of my kingdom." 24 And she went forth, and said unto her mother, "What shall I ask?" And she said, "The head of John the Baptist." 25 And she came in straightway with haste unto the king, and asked, saying, "I will that thou give me, by and by(immediately), in a charger(on a platter) the head of John the Baptist." 26 And the king was exceeding sorry; yet for his oath's sake, and for their sakes which sat with him, he would not reject her. 27 And immediately the king sent an executioner, and commanded his(John the Baptist) head to be brought: and he went and beheaded him in the prison, 28 and brought his head in a charger, and gave it to the damsel: and the damsel gave it to her mother.29 And when his(John's) disciples heard of it, they came and took up his corpse, and laid it in a tomb. That must have been some dance. And Herodias's daughter must have been a real 'chip off the old block' she and her mom must have had a lot in common, heartless, lawless, gold digging tramps, kind of like a lot of those females sitting in the US Senate theses days.
30 And the apostles gathered themselves together unto Jesus, and told Him all things, both what they had done, and what they had taught. 31 And He said unto them, Come ye yourselves apart into a desert(deserted) place, and rest a while. For there were many coming and going, and they had no leisure so much as to eat. 32 And they departed into a deserted place by ship privately. Just as then so is it today, you need to take time to rest and recharge your batteries.
33 And the people saw them departing, and many knew Him, and ran afoot thither out of all cities, and outwent them, and came together unto Him. What a tremendous picture of faith. 34 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. How I thank God for letting me be a sheeple, a man who was but a lsot sheep but now a found and claimed sheep.
35 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: 36 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." 37 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?" * a penny is about what was paid a field hand for one days labor. Isn't that a lot like many of the churches and Christians today? Don't they hoard the money they have and when asked to part with it look at the asker with dismay. What you have is not yours, it is the Lord's, you have only been entrusted with it as God's steward here on earth. And one day you will account before God for what you did with that in which He has entrusted you with. That is not limited to things like money, gold and silver, but also the children He has given you to raise and the Gospel He has planted in your soul.
38 He saith unto them, How many loaves have ye? go and see. And when they knew, they say, "Five loaves and two fishes." 39 And He commanded them to make all sit down by companies upon the green grass. 40 And they sat down in ranks, by hundreds, and by fifties. 41 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. 42 And they did all eat, and were filled. 43 And they took up twelve baskets full of the fragments, and of the fishes. 44 And they that did eat of the loaves were about five thousand men. Ever been slapped in the face/ ever had a glass of cold water thrown in your face? Ever been shown how little use you are? Well, here we have the Lord doing all of those things and more to His Apostles. He had entrusted them with some earthly money, when He told them to go get them people food with that money, they revolted. So here in 38-44 we see the lord look at them and say, how much food do we have, they told Him, and He took that little bit of food and multiplied it times thousands and feed somewhere in the neighborhood of 30,000 to 50,000 or more people. You see God doesn't need what He has entrusted you with, He simply wants to test your responsibility with what He has entrusted you with. If you refuse to use what He has given you to further His work, He'll jsut ignore you, throw water in your face, slap you and move on without you. Think about it, He created everything in and on earth and the heavens, you think He really needs the paltry little sum He has entrusted to you, Bill Gates and Martha Stewart? When you hold back from giving to God and His work, you cheat no one but you.
45 And straightway He constrained(told) His disciples to get into the ship, and to go to the other side before unto Bethsaida, while He sent away the people. 46 And when He had sent them away, He departed into a mountain to pray. 47 And when even(night) was come, the ship was in the midst of the sea, and He alone on the land. 48 And He saw them toiling in rowing; for the wind was contrary unto them: and about the fourth watch of the night(between 3&6AM) He cometh unto them, walking upon the sea, and would have passed by them. 49 But when they saw Him walking upon the sea, they supposed it had been a spirit(ghost of one dead), and cried out: 50 For they all saw Him, and were troubled(they thought Jesus was dead and they were seeing His ghost). And immediately He talked with them, and saith unto them, Be of good cheer: it is I; be not afraid. I love those words of the Lord's. How many times when I was afraid, I just focused on Jesus, His love for me, and how if anything happened to me, it would be His arms I awoke in.
51 And He went up unto them into the ship; and the wind ceased: and they were sore amazed in themselves beyond measure, and wondered. 52 For they considered not the miracle of the loaves: for their heart was hardened. How about you? How often do you forget how all powerful the Lord is and become scared, amazed or even self reliant?
53 And when they had passed over, they came into the land of Gennesaret, and drew to the shore. 54 And when they were come out of the ship, straightway they knew Him, 55 and ran through that whole region round about, and began to carry about in beds those that were sick, where they heard He was. 56 And whithersoever He entered, into villages, or cities, or country, they laid the sick in the streets, and besought Him that they might touch if it were but the border of His garment: and as many as touched Him were made whole. Remember back in verses 1-3 how those who knew Him refused to believe in Him and as a result missed out? Contrast that to those here in Gennesaret. (Mark 6:1-56 ACP/KJV)
As I look at my page counter, I see that I have just started page five. A lot of reading for you guys, but it is the weekend, so maybe some of you will now go back and red the Scripture. Reading the scripture will tell you a lot more than reading my commentary.
I would lie to thank God that mac is doing better and will be back proof reading starting this coming Monday, God willing. While he may not be able to proof ever thought, I am delighted to have him back, even if it isn't for every thought and full time. I thank you for your prayers for him and aks you to continue to hold him and his up before the Lord.
May the Lord be with and bless you all and may you thin of all He has entrusted to you as just being yours to hold not to keep, for they are His. As should be you. I would also like to thank the Lord that Dorothy has a large print Bible, while I am not to happy about the way she got it, I am pleased that she has it. And now my prayer is that she will read it and the Lord will let the Holy Spirit guide her to understanding it. Amen.
The Lord be with you all and please keep me in your prayers. I have some very important decision to make over the next few weeks or months, I need your prayers. 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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