June - Reading 13

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    Good evening -

    Tonight we finished our reading of two more Books of the Bible, 1Kings and Ephesians.

    In 1Kings we read the account of Naboth's vineyard. To me this story reflects the story od David, Bathsheba and Uriah. Naboth had something which a king coveted and as a result, through no fault of his own, it costs him his life. Jezebel and Ahab consequently will suffer the same end: the dogs will lick up their blood.
    We read in chapter 22 of the prophecy of Micaiah. We see that Ahab judged his prophets not by the accuracy of their revelations but rather by whether they reported good news for him. Maiacah initialy responds to Ahabs request for prophecy with sarcasm but when Ahab sees through this, he tells him what God has revealed to him. Ahab falls on the field warring the Aramites.
    The Book of 1Kings ends with the praise of Jehosaphat. Yet even this God fearing man is criticised for his affiliation with Ahab.

    In Luke we read of the account of Christ driving out a demon from a man in Capernium. We find the parallel account in Mark 1:21-28.

    Ephesians ends with one of my personal favorite passages, the Armor of God passage. When I was a kid we had these little black KJV's all over the church building that had a small shield and sword on them and written on the sheild was excerpt "the sword of the Spirit which is the Word of God..."
    This passage to me sums up our whole purpose in this Bible reading plan.

    May God bless you

    - Clint
     
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    Sunday School lecture 9/26/04 continued

    Luke 4:31-37 The Demon-Possessed Man

    The narrative now takes us to Capernaum, a town northeast of Nazareth on the shore of the Sea of Galilee. His reception there stands in stark contrast to His rejection at Nazareth and Capernaum becomes a major focal point of the Galilean ministry. While teaching in the synagogue, Jesus encounters a man possessed by an "unclean demon". The adjective unclean reflects the Hellenistic audience that would initially receive this Gospel. In that society demons were thought to be either good or evil, a trait not reflected in Jewish and Christian thought.

    The demon having supernatural power recognizes Jesus for who He is. The demon calls Christ by two names. First the name by which He was known to men: Jesus of Nazareth. Then the Holy One of God, the name by which He would be known. Jesus rebukes the demon demanding that it be quiet. Most interpreters see this statement as reflecting the fact that Jesus did not want the testimony of demons as a witness. Others feel that the time for the revelation of His ministry was due yet.

    With a single phrase, Christ commanded the demon to leave. The crowd around Him was amazed, probably not so much by the exorcism itself but rather the manner in which it was done.
     
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