Monday, April 6, 2015

His Leaf Did Not Wither

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This is one of those weeks where schedules get messed with. This past Saturday night saw a pounding headache, my eyes hurt, and my sinuses were active.  I'm sure it wasn't anything more than something triggering my allergies, but it was enough to change my writing schedule.  As a result, Todd Parsons gets to bless us early, this week.  And what I had intended for today will become Saturday's post.

We've done a couple of Saturdays on leadership and we've also focused on the Easter season on our other posting days.  Our unintentional posting schedule change actually works well for keeping that going a little longer.  So, let's see what Todd has for us, today.

Mark 14:60-61  And the high priest stood up in the midst, and asked Jesus, saying, Answer you nothing?  What is it which these witness against thee?  But Jesus held his peace, and answered nothing. 

     As I think on this portion of Jesus life, I recall the envy that is filling the leaders of the Jews in this time and how vehement they were to get Jesus out of their hair, so to speak.  He was messing up their system, like a monkey wrench in the machinery. His presence was causing them to have an identity crisis... I was actually reading and pondering Psalm 1 this morning and coming across old English words and some just not used very often anymore, such as scorn, not used much today,  I decided to look up its definition for clarification. Mind you, this is just Webster's definition and not from the Hebrew, which undoubtedly would give still clearer definition.  But I thought it worth pondering here. 

Scorn 1: an emotion involving both anger and disgust: vigorous contempt: DISDAIN 2: an expression of extreme contempt: TAUNT 3: an object of extreme disdain, contempt, or derision...

     My point here is how Jesus did not enter into what the leaders of that time and that culture were caught up in, nor did He stand in their way, nor also did He partake of their counsel... So according as it is written in Psalm 1, His delight was in the law of the LORD, and in His law does He meditate day and night. Verse 3 is very evident in Jesus life and His leaf did not wither...

Ps 1:1-3  Blessed is the man that walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of the scornful.  But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in His law doth he meditate day and night.  And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that brings forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he does shall prosper.

     Of So Great Love, we are, tjp

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