Jesus, when he had cried again with a loud voice, yielded up the ghost. And, behold, the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom; and the earth did quake, and the rocks rent; And the graves were opened; and many bodies of the saints which slept arose, And came out of the graves after his resurrection, and went into the holy city, and appeared unto many. Now when the centurion, and they that were with him, watching Jesus, saw the earthquake, and those things that were done, they feared greatly, saying, Truly this was the Son of God.
You read that right, tombs opened and people who were dead came out of their graves upon Jesus’ resurrection. Think about what that must have been like. The fabric of creation seizes as Christ releases His spirit. In this moment, you cannot deny who He is. Five things that virtually never happen, all happen in the same moment. Creation itself is crying out in response to what has taken place. At this moment, the moment where Christ says, “it is finished”, all hell breaks loose. The severe depth of this moment is lost on me. The impact though is timeless and life bringing. Death’s hold on us through sin is forever compromised, shattered by the power of what Jesus has done. Light has broken through the darkness and invites us to come.
Leviticus 20:7 KJV
Sanctify yourselves therefore, and be ye holy: for I am the Lord your God.
Sanctify : to make (something) holy
- Make clean
- Set apart. (Keep the dirty dishes apart from the clean dishes. You put your clean dishes in the cabinet. You put dirty dishes in the sink or dishwasher. They are kept apart.)
For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted of the heavenly gift, and were made partakers of the Holy Ghost, And have tasted the good word of God, and the powers of the world to come, If they shall fall away, to renew them again unto repentance; seeing they crucify to themselves the Son of God afresh, and put him to an open shame.
This verse has some weight. This is strong language in the context of a warning about falling away from faith in Jesus Christ. It is my belief that in order to “fall away” a person must reject Jesus Christ as the necessary way to right relationship with God. More context confirms that these Christians have come from a Jewish background, and some of them are returning exclusively to a belief system founded upon religious practices, turning away from Jesus Christ as the chief cornerstone of their faith in God. This kind of hardness of heart, shields them from recognizing that they have a need to repent, and that Jesus Christ is THE centerpiece and THE atonement for that restorative entrance into right relationship with God. Jesus says, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” (John 14:6)
Verse/Commentary courtesy of ‘Verse-A-Day’ android app.
The same day went Jesus out of the house, and sat by the sea side. And great multitudes were gathered together unto him, so that he went into a ship, and sat; and the whole multitude stood on the shore. And he spake many things unto them in parables, saying, Behold, a sower went forth to sow; And when he sowed, some seeds fell by the way side, and the fowls came and devoured them up: Some fell upon stony places, where they had not much earth: and forthwith they sprung up, because they had no deepness of earth: And when the sun was up, they were scorched; and because they had no root, they withered away. And some fell among thorns; and the thorns sprung up, and choked them: But other fell into good ground, and brought forth fruit, some an hundredfold, some sixtyfold, some thirtyfold. Who hath ears to hear, let him hear.
Matthew 13:18-23: “Listen then to what the parable of the sower means: When anyone hears the message about the kingdom and does not understand it, the evil one comes and snatches away what was sown in their heart. This is the seed sown along the path. The seed falling on rocky ground refers to someone who hears the word and at once receives it with joy. But since they have no root, they last only a short time. When trouble or persecution comes because of the word, they quickly fall away. The seed falling among the thorns refers to someone who hears the word, but the worries of this life and the deceitfulness of wealth choke the word, making it unfruitful. But the seed falling on good soil refers to someone who hears the word and understands it. This is the one who produces a crop, yielding a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown.”
Verse/Commentary courtesy of ‘Verse-A-Day’ android app.
God is always good! He is our portion and we can trust in Him and Him alone!
God is not a man, that he should lie; Neither the son of man, that he should repent: Hath he said, and shall he not do it? Or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good?
O Lord, I know that the way of man is not in himself:
It is not in man that walketh to direct his steps.
O Lord, correct me, but with judgment;
Not in thine anger, lest thou bring me to nothing.
First we must look at a couple of things about ourselves and about this world around us. We need to take a honest look within ourselves to see if something is there that hinders our hearts from being poured out before our Lord God in prayer. Not JUST prayer, but fervent prayer.
FERVENT / Fervently – to be hot, to boil, to glow; to swell with heat. FERVENCY- Heat of mind; ardor (heat or warmth such as from the sun rays);eagerness. ..passionate. FERVENTLY -earnestly; eagerly; vehemently- (means with great force and violence; urgently; forcibly; with great zeal)
Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.
Suppose ye that I am come to give peace on earth? I tell you, Nay; but rather division: For from henceforth there shall be five in one house divided, three against two, and two against three. The father shall be divided against the son, and the son against the father; the mother against the daughter, and the daughter against the mother; the mother in law against her daughter in law, and the daughter in law against her mother in law.
It is happening. I MUST BEGIN TO PRAY LIKE I DID IN THE PAST. I must pray like that for my husband, for my sons, for my husband’s grown children, and for our 5 grandchildren. I might not be able to do anything else for them but WHY AM I NOT FERVENTLY PRAYING FOR THEM AS I DID WHEN I HURT SO MUCH? Has my love for the lost in my family began to grow cold? Perhaps it has. I have began to feel so alone in my faith that it feels like the world around me is only unbelief. I must begin praying in a bigger way! I must pour out my heart before the Lord again in a way and a level that I haven’t in awhile.
Psalm 50:15 says,
And call upon me in the day of trouble:
I will deliver thee, and thou shalt glorify me.
I love this verse. Our Father desires His children to call out to Him when we are in trouble or distressed. He desires to help His children. He wants the best for us. He will deliver us AND THEN. …it will GLORIFY HIM! How awesome is that? How often do we think about us crying out to our Father in Heaven doing anything other than helping us in our distress? We try doing it on our own which isn’t what God tells His people. We are also missing opportunity to glorify the Father. We are supposed to glorify Him in all we do and yet we often miss a basic daily opportunity to do just that.
If anyone is still reading this then I pray with FERVENCY that God will bless you and keep you and one day I look forward to meeting all my brothers and sisters in Christ Jesus!
How many of us in 2017 really know what the meaning of the word fervent means? So often we think we know what something means but do we really ‘get’ the underlying truth to a word? Look up words, even those you claim to understand. May I also suggest that you purchase an 1828 American Dictionary of the English Language by Noah Webster. This has been one of my best investments other than that of the King James Bible. Any other dictionary along with new versions sometimes change the meaning of words with the times. I personally desire to know what the word originally meant. What did it mean when it was translated into our language?