Monday, April 30, 2018

THE LIVING WATERS (Zechariah 14:8)

Today’s Reading: Zechariah 13-14

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As you enter the Church of the Holy Sepulcher you can climb a set of stone stairs on the right. This stairway, according to tradition, leads to Calvary and contains a huge rock which is believed to have been split when Jesus uttered the words, “It is finished!” The rock can be seen under glass on both sides of the altar, and beneath the altar there is a hole said to be the place where the foot of the cross was lodged. Due to the significance of this, it is the most visited site in the Holy Sepulchre church. A friend of my son Ron is Greek, and he says the words on the front of the communion table say, “I SEE YOUR GARMENTS ARE EMPTY, ALMIGHTY CHRIST,” referring to His burial clothes which remained in the tomb after HIS RESURRECTION!!!

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Key Verse: Zechariah 13:1, 6

In that day a fountain shall be opened for the house of David and for the inhabitants of Jerusalem, for sin and for uncleanness... And one will say to him, “What are these wounds in your hands?” Then he will answer, “Those with which I was wounded in the house of my friends.”

 

Zechariah 12:10 tells us that the Messiah will be pierced, and those who look on Him shall grieve deeply. In today’s reading we learn that this piercing is the source of a fountain for cleansing, “For sin and for uncleanness.” The redemptive work of Jesus on the Cross gave rise to a new and purified people of God, a spiritual Israel wherein there is no idolatry and no false worship. These are difficult words to understand in this chapter: “The sword against My Shepherd.” Read Isaiah 53:10-12 for another statement as to why the sword was turned against the Messiah Shepherd. What love!!! “It pleased the Lord to bruise Him.” How can our limited human minds grasp this?

The final chapter of Zechariah appears to describe the terrible atrocities that will happen just prior to the coming of Jesus Christ in power and glory. He will cut short those days of terror. Zechariah 14:12, “…flesh dissolving while they stand on their feet,” is as close as one can come to describing what happens to the human body within the detonation area of a nuclear bomb. The animals present will suffer the same fate (14:15). The Lord will put the final period to the book of human history. In three more days, our readings move into the Revelation, the Apocalypse. The final victory over evil, and the eternal establishment of good is coming!

PRAYER FOR TODAY:

Keep me faithful, Lord God, I pray! Give me the clarity of thought to be able to understand as much of these challenging Scriptures as my mind and Your Spirit can enable me to grasp. I rejoice in the promise of Your first coming when You opened a fountain for cleansing from sin. I also rejoice in the promise that reveals that You are coming again to rule and reign. In the Name of Jesus I approach You with “HOLINESS TO THE LORD!!!” Amen!!!

100 PERSONAL WORDS:

When Jesus, resurrected out from among the dead, made His second appearance to the disciples in Jerusalem, Thomas, who doubted Jesus’ resurrection, was present. Jesus said to Thomas, “Reach your finger here, and look at My hands; and reach your hand here, and put it into My side” (John 20:27). Immediately, Thomas believed and testified to the fact that Jesus is 100% God. He said, “My Lord and my God!” The Scripture found in Luke 24:33-43 expands on Jesus’ appearances after His resurrection. Jesus says, “‘Behold My hands and My feet, that it is I, Myself. Handle Me and see, for a spirit does not have flesh and bones as you see I have.’ When He had said this, He showed them His hands and feet!” There were many appearances of Jesus, one time to over 500 people. I find it remarkable that the “Mishna,” the recorded minutes of the Sanhedrin, the ruling religious council for Judaism appointed by the Romans, did not in any way record a refutation of the claims of Jesus’ appearances. It was politically impossible, as thousands had seen the resurrected Christ (Messiah). Approximately 5,000 Jewish men, including many priests, believed in Jesus after Peter’s message in the Temple court. Read Peter’s preaching…Acts 3:12 to Acts 4:4. In Acts 6:7 we read, “And the Word of the Lord spread, and the number of disciples multiplied greatly, and a great many of the priests were obedient to the faith.” These Jewish priests, now followers of Jesus, continued to function in the Temple for almost 40 more years. The tradition of priests in the Church evolved directly from these priests who had experienced, through Jesus, the Fountain opened in the house of David “for sin and for uncleanness.”

Yours, looking forward to that day when “His feet will stand on the Mount of Olives” once again (Zechariah 14:4). Jesus changes everything!!!

David

34 thoughts on “Monday, April 30, 2018

  1. Great encouragement to share a great message. Consider supporting media missions ( Christian radio and tv) in your local area. Honour God and Pastor Davids life work. Blessings to you.

    • just a thought: if a person goes back a few days and reads comments from me regarding the prayer line, our family is not supporting this ministry, any person can make their own choices
      blessings to all, may all who need healing receive this healing from our Lord God Almighty in Jesus Name we pray amen amen amen

      • Wow. That is just not fair, Sah. Your comments regarding your own situation have been well noted by everyone. It is really disparaging of you to put negative comments on other people’s posts about supporting ministry work, including the Crossroads Ministry. Negative comments and thoughts take away from the greatness of David’s work to have us focused on God’s Word. The devil is out to seek and destroy.

  2. When YOU come all will see YOU and bow and bend the knee,
    When HE cometh ,When HE cometh. all Earth will rejoice …Rosemarie….

  3. Especially like David’s prayer, today. “And the Word of the Lord spread, and the number of disciples multiplied greatly, and a great many of the priests were obedient to the faith.” Let it be, so, Lord, let it be so. Wishing all saints a blessed day; sure is beautiful out there!

    I will sing to the LORD as long as I live. I will praise my God to my last breath!
    Psalm 104:33 NLT

    Sing to the Lord Hillsong (with lyrics)
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=you_nCf6cgQ

  4. Dear Lord God, I pray that this country also will hear the Word of God, as Peter preached to Israel, and that we will repent and turn to God…we sure need You. Please raise up more workers to bring Your gospel. You tell us that repentance begins with Your people, so please help us to repent of and forsake our evil ways and turn to You. Please clean us from that fountain of the blood You shed, Lord Jesus, and fill us with Your Holy Spirit. Please help us to recognize the opportunities You put before us, and give us the courage and wisdom and compassion to live and witness for You in all we do.
    Thank You, Lord God, that You have purpose for each of us in this world and in heaven. Please fulfill Your will in and through all Your people, i ask in Jesus’s wonderful name, amen

    • On the last and greatest day of the festival, Jesus stood and said in a loud voice, “Let anyone who is thirsty come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as Scripture has said, rivers of living water will flow from within them.” By this he meant the Spirit, whom those who believed in him were later to receive. Up to that time the Spirit had not been given, since Jesus had not yet been glorified.

  5. I love You Lord, and I lift my voice to worship You, Oh, my soul, rejoice; take joy my King in all You hear, may it be a sweet, sweet, sound in Your ear!!: Amen!

    Agreed with David’s powerful prayer!! “Keep me faithful, Lord”!
    And the scripture links, that exemplify today’s message!1
    Thank you Reynold for the photo! Thank you Ron and Anne for faithfully posting this daily manna!!
    And thank you blogger for sharing so faithfully!!

  6. Asking for prayer; first the attack on my body; with a chest cold; the cough that keeps me from having a continued nights sleep. Also some issues that came up to do with bloodwork:, for Our Lord’s intervention. God bless you as you pray!

    • Calling on the healing touch of our Lord Almighty, a multitude of angels, and the Blood of Jesus to wash over you, Irene.

    • TY Lord for Irene! She is Your child Lord, we pray that You will clean out her infection, clean her body completely out Lord, You know what has to be done, we ask Lord that You would heal her bloodwork, let no infection of any kind remain in her body, we TY Lord for all Your blessings of this day, forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us, TY Lord for Your Word which is a Lamp unto our feet!c TY for the forgiveness of all our sins, in Jesus Name we Pray amen amen amen

  7. Lord Jesus we ask you to touch Irene’s body tonight and deliver her from this chest cold and cough and give her a good night’s sleep. Also deliver her from issues that have to do with her bloodwork, we ask this in your precious Name, Amen!

    • Dear Irene,
      I also am agreeing in prayer for a sound, uninterrupted sleep tonight and complete healing for the chest cold . I also pray that, on closer examination of the bloodwork, they will find that there is nothing wrong.
      May the Lord fill you with His perfect peace!

  8. I pray that the city workers who will come tomorrow to look at the dirt coming behind my home and pushing on my fence will look upon me with favour and remove all the dirt, I pray that God will help me to speak with grace and yet somewhat with a firm voice, I pray that I do not get “screwed” around from the city……I pray that the Lord will be right beside me and give me great comfort,…in Jesus Name I Pray amen

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