The CJCN Daily Worship.
By Senior Pastor Don Roy Hemingway.
Gooooooooooooooooooooood morning brethren, peace unto you and the grace of our lord Jesus be with you. May the Almighty God of hosts stay ever with you this morning and thank you, for joining us here at ‘The Church of Jerusalem and the Christian Nation’ for worship and praise. Let us begin as is our tradition every day here at the Nation, by reading from the word of God. Amen……
Mark 3. 21st Century King James Version (KJ21)
1 And He entered again into the synagogue, and there was a man there who had a withered hand.
2 And they watched Him to see whether He would heal him on the Sabbath day, that they might accuse Him.
3 And He said unto the man who had the withered hand, “Stand forth.”
4 And He said unto them, “Is it lawful to do good on the Sabbath days, or to do evil? To save life, or to kill?” But they held their peace.
5 And when He had looked round about on them with anger, being grieved by the hardness of their hearts, He said unto the man, “Stretch forth thine hand.” And he stretched it out, and his hand was restored whole as the other.
6 And the Pharisees went forth and straightway took counsel with the Herodians against Him, how they might destroy Him.
7 But Jesus withdrew Himself with His disciples to the sea. And a great multitude from Galilee followed Him, and from Judea,
8 and from Jerusalem, and from Idumea, and from beyond the Jordan. And those from around Tyre and Sidon, a great multitude, when they had heard what great things He did, came unto Him.
9 And He spoke to His disciples that a small boat should await Him because of the multitude, lest they should throng Him.
10 For He had healed many, insomuch that they pressed upon Him to touch Him, as many as had plagues.
11 And unclean spirits, when they saw Him, fell down before Him and cried, saying, “Thou art the Son of God!”
12 And He strictly charged them that they should not make Him known.
13 And He went up onto a mountain, and called unto Him whom He would have, and they came unto Him.
14 And He ordained twelve, that they should be with Him, and that He might send them forth to preach,
15 and to have power to heal sicknesses and to cast out devils:
16 Simon (He surnamed Peter);
17 and James the son of Zebedee, and John the brother of James (and He surnamed them Boanerges, which means The Sons of Thunder);
18 and Andrew, and Philip, and Bartholomew, and Matthew, and Thomas, and James the son of Alphaeus, and Thadaeus, and Simon the Canaanite,
19 and Judas Iscariot who also betrayed Him. And they went into a house;
20 and the multitude came together again, so that they could not so much as eat bread.
21 And when His friends heard of it, they went out to lay hold on Him; for they said, “He is beside himself.”
22 And the scribes who came down from Jerusalem said, “He hath Beelzebub, and by the prince of devils he casteth out devils.”
23 And He called them unto Him, and said unto them in parables, “How can Satan cast out Satan?
24 And if a kingdom be divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand.
25 And if a house be divided against itself, that house cannot stand.
26 And if Satan rise up against himself and be divided, he cannot stand, but hath an end.
27 No man can enter into a strong man’s house and despoil his goods, unless he will first bind the strong man; and then he will despoil his house.
28 “Verily I say unto you, all sins shall be forgiven unto the sons of men and blasphemies, however they shall blaspheme;
29 but he that shall blaspheme against the Holy Ghost hath never forgiveness, but is in danger of eternal damnation”;
30 because they said, “He hath an unclean spirit.”
31 There came then His brethren and His mother, and standing outside they sent unto Him, calling Him.
32 And the multitude sat about Him, and they said unto Him, “Behold, thy mother and thy brethren outside seek for thee.”
33 And He answered them, saying, “Who is My mother, or My brethren?”
34 And He looked round about on those who sat about Him and said, “Behold, My mother and My brethren.
35 For whosoever shall do the will of God, the same is My brother, and My sister, and mother.”
The Daily Prayer.
O Lord God, we thank you for everything you allow us to see and hear. May our hearts become awake and alive through all we receive so that we await your final revelation and recognise your ultimate will for all people, for all nations and races on earth. Hear us in these days, for we know your kingdom is coming. Your kingdom is before our eyes. Your Word, your help, is coming, and in Jesus Christ light will dawn for all the world. Praise and honour to you for all you do! May we see it all before our eyes so that our expectation of the last days is a living expectation, full of joy and blessing. We want to wait in joy, in love, and in longing for the day that is coming to your glory. Amen.
The Daily Lesson.
(5) And when He had looked around at them with anger, being grieved by the hardness of their hearts, He said to the man, “Stretch out your hand.” And he stretched it out, and his hand was restored as whole as the other.
Mark records that Jesus, as He enters the synagogue, angrily gazes at the Pharisees in their sin of callousness toward human suffering. Having a full measure of the Holy Spirit, He can discern their evil hearts. With severe and stern indignation, He reacts to their hypocrisy and hardness of heart.
However, His is not a spiteful or revengeful reaction but intense sorrow at their state of mind. Mark phrases it as “being grieved for the hardness of their hearts.” It is not hatred of men but anger at the sin they exhibited combined with the passionate sadness that not even His teaching, God’s law, or any other means could overcome their confirmed wickedness.
This type of anger is not sin because it is controlled, without hatred, short-lived, and justified due to their defiance of God. Anger is lawful only when it is tempered with sorrow for those who have offended. Paul warns, “‘Be angry, and do not sin’: do not let the sun go down on your wrath” (Ephesians 4:26).
Have a great day Brothers and Sisters of the CJCN, The Lord bless you and keep you;
The Lord make His face shine upon you and be gracious unto you;
The Lord lift up His countenance upon you, and give you peace.
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