Tuesday, October 29, 2013

THE RIGHT HAND

Suggested Reading: Psalms 110-113

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In the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem candles are continuously being lit outside of the Edicule (small shrine chamber), where many believe that Jesus' grave was located. When Christianity became the official religion of the Roman Empire in the fourth century after Christ, the vast wealth of the empire began to be poured into the building of magnificent church buildings. There is no tomb here hewn out of rock. It is claimed that during the second and third centuries, when Jerusalem was declared to be a pagan city, the rock in which the tomb was located was removed in an attempt to remove the memory of Jesus' resurrection.

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Key Verses: Psalm 110:1

The Lord said to my Lord,

“Sit at My right hand,

Till I make Your enemies Your footstool.”

 

The key to understanding the Bible is to let the Bible interpret the Bible. As we read, we do our best to compare Scripture with Scripture. Let’s do this by reading Matthew 22:41-46, where Jesus gives a commentary on Psalm 110. There are many New Testament Scriptures to which we could turn to help our understanding. Here’s one more example found in Hebrews 5:5-10. Psalm 110 is quoted by both Jesus and by the writer of Hebrews.

Psalms 111 & 112 are written as acrostics. In Hebrew they are beautiful poetry. All sentences begin with a consecutive letter of the Hebrew alphabet. The acrostic is a device which is created to help in memorization. The Scriptures were written to be studied by all people who love God and who take pleasure in learning more about God. We who do this daily blog are some of those people!

Psalm 113 quotes from the song of Hannah, the mother of Samuel, who praised God for healing her so that she was no longer childless (1 Samuel 2:1-10).

PRAYER FOR TODAY:

Lord God, I thank You for communicating with me through prophets, kings, poets, musicians, priests, apostles, pastors, teachers, evangelists, but most of all through Your Son and my Saviour, Jesus Christ. I pray for more and more of the One that You promised would guide me into all truth…The Holy Spirit! Holy Spirit, I know that You live in me as a believer, according to the promise of Scripture. Now I pray that I, my total being, will live in You! I desire to be filled to overflowing with Your Person, Holy Spirit! I ask this in the Name of the One who was always filled with the Holy Spirit, the Lord Jesus! Amen!!!

100 PERSONAL WORDS:

It was in 1968 when, as a young Pastor, I first visited the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. I was filled with joy to be in a place where it was said that Jesus was buried and then arose from the dead. However, as I stepped inside the man-made structure, I was met by a priest who asked for money. I gave him something, and I know I should have been more gracious, but my disappointment was so great that I turned and walked out immediately. My parents, missionaries to Egypt, had travelled to Jerusalem in 1924 for their honeymoon, where mother took pictures of what is known as “The Garden Tomb,” which is in a different location. I was raised on those pictures. That tomb may not be the actual location of Jesus’ burial, but it sure looks like it. I’m looking forward to November 12 to 26 when I expect, God willing, to lead another group of 100 people to Jerusalem. We’ll visit both the Church of the Holy Sepulchre and The Garden Tomb. There in the city of King David, again God willing, I hope to write this blog daily, posting 100words.ca at 6 a.m. eastern standard time.

Yours for experiencing the presence of God, whether in Jerusalem or here at home,

David

A side view of the Edicule built inside the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. The candles symbolize the prayers offered here. God promises to hear the prayers of humble and sincere people of faith.

13 thoughts on “Tuesday, October 29, 2013

  1. Wherever the actual tomb of Christ was, we can all proclaim:

    He is Lord, He is Lord
    He has risen from the dead
    And He is Lord
    Every knee shall bow
    Every tongue confess
    That Jesus Christ is Lord!

    Looking forward to hearing from you in Israel, David. Praying for your strength and zeal! Have a great day, to all!

  2. Yes thank you David for saying Jesus is Lord
    Jesus asked WHO DO YOU SAY I AM
    PETER REPLIED SAYING UOU ARE THE SON OF THE LIVING GOD
    JESUS SAID FLESH AND BLOOD HAS NOT REVEALED THIS UNTO YOU BUT MY FATHER WHO IS IN HEAVEN
    PRAISE GOD FOR JESUS BEING THE KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS
    AMEN 😉

  3. Experienced that same disappointment in 2004, David, but the Garden of Gethsemanee and Garden Tomb made up for it. May God bless all of you on your trip to Israel.

  4. Thankyou David Mainse reading your blog daily feeds my heart and soul everyday!!!!!! God bless you and yours always and forever!!!!!!!!!

  5. It matters not where He was buried, it matters more where He lives today.
    In the hearts of every believer whom from grateful mouths they can honestly say
    He is the son of God, our Saviour from on high
    The one who was dead, but has risen alive
    The tomb is empty, death reigns no more
    so let us sing praises to Jesus Christ, the Lord.
    Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia.

    • That is so true, Donna. “I serve a Risen Saviour..you asked me how I know He lives, He lives within my heart”. I Love Psalm 113 – just full of praise. How greatful we are to “the One enthroned..who stoops down”. Prayers of healing and the infusion of great strength for David M. – “In the day when I cried Thou answered me, and strengthen me with strength in my soul”(Psalm 138:3 KJV). blessings to all! Samuel

  6. I am so grateful God hears the prayers of the humble and like the others, no matter where the tomb is, we can rejoice in the fact HE IS RISEN, and HE IS ALIVE!!!!

  7. Lord God may every breath of life that I have , every person that I approach , every thought that I carry be filled with His Perfect Love guided and empowered by The Holy Spirit in the Name of The ONE AND ONLY JESUS WHO IS THE TRUTH , THE LIGHT , THE WAY . AMEN AMEN.
    Dear Rev. David M .
    Just came back late Saturday night Oct. 26th from a faboulous Full Circle Women conference at your wonderful crossroads center . Thanks to the care of my two caregivers and also very dear friends driving me in my adapted van from Montreal to Burlington with the few adventures on the way . As soon as I entered your beautiful center I had to hold myself not to burst crying for I had desired for so many years to come and say thankyou personally to everyone involved in your lifetime ministry , upbringing souls to Christ .
    The Presence and Love of Christ was so very tangeble from every volunteer , every face we came across to , and let me add my deep gratitude to Ann, Moira, Cheryl and Melinda as they were so gracious to spend a few minutes with me .
    God bless your ministry and make it flourish until Jesus Returns. Amen .
    Have a blessed day everyone
    xxxx Carole.

    • This seems greater than causing fire to come down from heaven. It is a testimony to what God says is really important. Jesus is Lord. Some who know His spirit might not have courage to confess it yet but know a tree by it’s fruit.

  8. I pray your prayer David M. The desire of my heart too, is to be emptied of self and that I would be filled and led each day with and by His Spirit.
    Praise the Lord…He is Risen!!!

  9. I serve a risen Savior , He is all the world to me, Just a few words from a well known song , Praise the Lord “HE lives HE lives”. Have a good and a wonderful day to
    allyou bloggers , also have a safe holiday in the middle East wish I were going with you God bless you and keep you all safe …..R….

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