"The Son of Man Has Authority on Earth to Forgive Sins" (10/7)

Thought from today’s Bible reading from Mark 2.

When He had come back to Capernaum several days afterward, it was heard that He was at home. And many were gathered together, so that there was no longer room, not even near the door; and He was speaking the word to them. And they came, bringing to Him a paralytic, carried by four men. Being unable to get to Him because of the crowd, they removed the roof above Him; and when they had dug an opening, they let down the pallet on which the paralytic was lying” (Mark 2:1-4).

It became common for those with various ailments to be brought to Jesus to be healed of Him. At this time, four men brought a man who was a paralytic in hopes that Jesus would heal him. When the crowd prevented them from meeting the Lord, they did not allow that to deter them but went through the roof and lowered the man in his pallet down to Jesus. After seeing this, Jesus healed him.

And Jesus, seeing their faith said to the paralytic, ‘Son, your sins are forgiven’” (Mark 2:5).

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A Priest According to the Order of Melchizedek (5/24)

Thought from today’s Bible reading from Psalm 108-110.

The Lord said to my Lord: ‘Sit at My right hand until I make Your enemies a footstool for Your feet.’ The Lord will stretch forth Your strong scepter from Zion, saying, ‘Rule in the midst of Your enemies.’ Your people will volunteer freely in the day of Your power; in holy array, from the womb of the dawn, Your youth are to You as the dew.

The Lord has sworn and will not change His mind, ‘You are a priest forever according to the order of Melchizedek.’ The Lord is at Your right hand; He will shatter kings in the day of His wrath. He will judge among the nations…” (Psalm 100:1-6).

Looking forward to the New Testament, this priest “according to the order of Melchizedek” is clearly Christ (Hebrews 5:5-6; 6:20). There are several points to be made about Christ and His kingdom that we can notice from this psalm.
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God Bound Human Governments (5/5)

Thought from today’s Bible reading from Psalm 1-2, 15, 22-24, 47, 68.

Why are the nations in an uproar and the peoples devising a vain thing?

The kings of the earth take their stand and the rulers take counsel together against the Lord and against His Anointed, saying, ‘Let us tear their fetters apart and cast away their cords from us!’

He who sits in the heavens laughs, the Lord scoffs at them” (Psalm 2:1-4).

This psalm is prophesying of the crucifixion of Christ. This passage was quoted in the disciples’ prayer following the arrest and release of Peter and John (Acts 4:25-26). After quoting the passage, this commentary was added:
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Had the Lord Not Been on Our Side (4/20)

Thought from today’s Bible reading from Psalm 121, 123-125, 128, 130.

‘Had it not been the Lord who was on our side,’ Let Israel now say, ‘Had it not been the Lord who was on our side when men rose up against us, then they would have swallowed us alive, when their anger was kindled against us; then the waters would have engulfed us, the stream would have swept over our soul; then the raging waters would have swept over our soul.’

Blessed be the Lord, who has not given us to be torn by their teeth. Our soul has escaped as a bird out of the snare of the trapper; the snare is broken and we have escaped. Our help is in the name of the Lord, who made heaven and earth” (Psalm 124:1-8).

It is the natural reaction of many people to turn to the Lord in time of trouble. But after we overcome the temptation, we forget that God provided the way of escape (1 Corinthians 10:13). After we repent of sins and receive forgiveness, we forget that God made that forgiveness possible through the blood of Christ (1 John 1:7,9). After we endure difficult circumstances, we forget that it is through Christ that we have our strength (Philippians 4:13).
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