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A Tale to Teach

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

the Tale.... Imagine!  You’re running through a jungle, being chased by a ferocious tiger, and suddenly you come to a cliff.

Being the resourceful person you are, you notice a vine hanging from the side of the rock face. You grab ahold of it, and begin to climb down.

You think you’re free from danger, but just then, on the ground below, you see… another tiger.        Yikes!

And to make matters worse, a mouse has crawled out of a small opening in the side of the cliff, and begun to chew the very vine you’re hanging from.

So, you’re stuck. You can’t go up or down and you’re running out of time...

What do you do?

This is actually an old Buddhist tale used to teach young monks a valuable lesson — and it’s got a surprise ending.

You see, in the original story, the man trying to escape the tigers notices something while he’s hanging from the vine…

There’s a large strawberry growing from a crack in the side of the cliff.

And in that moment, he reaches out, plucks the fruit from the crack, eats it, and says...

“Mmmm… delicious!”

And that’s it. That’s the end of the story.

Now, while I admit it’s a strange ending — when you hear the lesson it’s meant to teach, the tale begins to make sense.

You see, the man was able to take a moment during this extremely stressful scenario to pause and experience a bit of pleasure and gratitude.

The lesson here is that life is full of stress-inducing obstacles — there’s no avoiding or changing that fact.

But what you can change is how you REACT to those obstacles.

What were The Apostles thinking ?

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

The disciples had followed Jesus’ instructions and prepared the Passover meal in the upper room.  As evening had come, all the disciples and Jesus were gathered in the upper room together ready to eat the Passover meal.


Where were their minds? What were they thinking about? If this was the Passover meal, then it probably began about [6 pm] Exodus 12:6.  … "between the evenings” ... and would have ended sometime after midnight Exodus 12:29. “…At midnight the Lord struck all the firstborn …”.  This was their memorial meal; they could be thinking of all the things their nation had been going through. How God had saved them many times. He had given them great Kings, and Prophets. How He had sent them into captivity and brought them out again. And returned them to subjugation under the Romans.


We know there were some moments of discomfort for some of them. When Jesus began to gird on the towel and prepared to wash each of the disciples feet. When they began arguing over which one of them was the greatest? When they wanted to know which one of them was going to betray Jesus?  These are the things which they were thinking of that we know about were likely things. What else crossed their minds we can only guess?


What are we thinking of as we prepare to take part in this memorial meal. Are there distractions on our minds? Or are we mentally ready to eat the bread & drink the cup? Lets get ready as we go to God in prayer… giving thanks for what He has done for us.




Saturday, January 20, 2018

Jesus calls himself  “The son of man”. — Yet the scriptures record God as saying … “You are my son; today I have begotten you” — [4vv]_ Acts 13:33; Hebrew 1:5, 5:5; Psalm 2:7 

Act 13:32,33— And we bring you the good news that what God promised to the fathers,  this he has fulfilled to us their children by raising Jesus, as also it is written in the second Psalm, "'You are my Son, today I have begotten you.'

God declares Jesus to be “His Son”:
Hebrews 1:5— For to which of the angels did God ever say, "You are my Son, today I have begotten you"? Or again, "I will be to him a father, and he shall be to me a son”? And again, when he brings the firstborn into the world, he says, "Let all God's angels worship him.”

God set Jesus on His throne:
Psalm 2:6,7—”As for me, I have set my King on Zion, my holy hill.”  I will tell of the decree: The LORD said to me, "You are my Son; today I have begotten you, … …”
God appoints Jesus High Priest:
Hebrews 5:5,6 — So also Christ did not exalt himself to be made a high priest, but was appointed by him who said to him, "You are my Son, today I have begotten you”; as he says also in another place, "You are a priest forever, after the order of Melchizedek.”

Act 2:36  Let all the house of Israel therefore know for certain that God has made him both Lord and Christ, this Jesus whom you crucified.”

Romans 1:3,4— concerning his Son, who was descended from David according to the flesh and was declared to be the Son of God in power according to the Spirit of holiness by his resurrection from the dead, Jesus Christ our Lord,

The world's set apart A DAY to celebrate the birth of “The Son of Man”  Jesus set apart a day to remember —When:—The Day He Rose From the Dead. —Jesus was Declared the Son of God with power, —‘The Day’ He became ‘King’, —The ‘Day’ He became High Priest — The ‘Day’ He fulfilled all the promises God gave to the fathers.


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