Today’s (Mo 05/12/2016) FDRs are from Deuteronomy 7 and Mark 14:53-65
The reading continues in Deuteronomy with Moses address to the Israel nation. Although this section takes a more prospective look and defines the required obliteration of the existing inhabitants of the lands set aside for the People of God. An obliteration that is intended to be a cleansing of the land of milk and honey. An obliteration that is to carried out by God’s chosen people, Israel. A people whom God has supported and guided with His love and grace as they variably lived in different degrees of faith and hope of a land to come. As His people since their forefather Abraham’s time..
As we look at this aspect of the intended occupation of this area, already occupied by others, if we are not careful, in our own small human thinking we see the loss of human life and culture. We can not see God’s dealing with people who should have been worshipping Him and in a relationship with the only true almighty God.
Mark’s report of Jesus’ hearing before the Sanhedrin is another picture of desolation and desertion in the face of human (read evil) action.
The Messiah has been arrested. All but one of his followers has fled and he, Peter, mingles with the guards and servants. We have already read of the attempts by the rulers of Israel society to trap Jesus into a place where there was a legal reason, even a hated Roman Empire legal reason, to be charged and arrested.
These readings supply us with examples to come that ensure we understand the message is about faith and hope in both situations. God’s own son demonstrates His faith and hope in his Father when he prays that God’s will might be done, and not that the crucifixion pass from His path. Jesus walks the evil path of death at the hands of the rulers in the full understanding that God’s will works for good.
So as we face our own challenges as Christians along the narrow path of obedience and faith walking this path sometimes seems to be too much for us. Yet we hold out our hope in faith that we too will see our risen Christ. Yet we hold out against evil because God provides His love and grace to see us through whatever impinges on our lives.
To see us through.
The sermon series that we studied in Revelation earlier this year has some pictures of what awaits God’s children after Christ’s return.
The hymn we often call “On Christ the solid rock I stand” begins with “My hope is built on nothing less, than Jesus blood and righteousness”. (Edward Mote, 1834)
Thanks to hymnary.org here’s the words, you might like to sing it today.
1 My hope is built on nothing less
than Jesus’ blood and righteousness;
I dare not trust the sweetest frame,
but wholly lean on Jesus’ name.
On Christ, the solid rock, I stand;
all other ground is sinking sand,
all other ground is sinking sand.
2 When darkness veils his lovely face,
I rest on his unchanging grace;
in every high and stormy gale,
my anchor holds within the veil. [Refrain]
3 His oath, his covenant, his blood
support me in the whelming flood;
when all around my soul gives way,
he then is all my hope and stay. [Refrain]
4 When he shall come with trumpet sound,
O may I then in him be found,
dressed in his righteousness alone,
faultless to stand before the throne. [Refrain]
May this be your core musical theme and prayer of worship in this week.
Singing as I work,
1. Music and other forms of this hymn can be found here;