Friday, July 12, 2019

Jesus, Teach Us To Pray

By Mary Vee
Luke 11 



Peter



My name is Peter. The other disciples and I had supper at Martha and Mary's house recently.

On a day soon after, Jesus went off by himself to pray. He had done this many times while we were in his service. We knew he would return when he was ready. 

We he rejoined us, one of the disciples asked him to teach us how to pray. "John had taught his disciples. We would like you to teach us."




Jesus said, "When you pray say your words from your heart, not flowery words. God is not impressed by those. Like this: 


Our Father who is in Heaven
Hallowed be your name
Your kingdom come
Your will be done
On earth as it is in Heaven
Give us this day our daily bread
And forgive us our sins
As we forgive those who have sinned against us
And lead us not into temptation
But deliver us from the Evil One
For yours is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory forever.
Amen.

Do you understand?" Jesus waited for questions.

Photo by Mary
Land near Jerusalem
But we didn't have any. The prayer was one we could easily say. We should first praise God, speak our heart needs then ask forgiveness and protection. And end with praise.

Before this time I had struggled because I thought the God of Heaven would want words that only a rabbi could speak.

Now I understand. Thanks to Jesus.














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*Author of blog's note: If you have questions, please feel free to leave them in the comment section. I will see them and will answer as best I can or direct you to a source.


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sources: 
*A Harmony of the Gospels for Historical Study, An Analytical Synopsis of the Four Gospels by William Arnold Stevens and Ernest DeWitt Burton, Charles Scribner's Sons, New York 1932
*New International Version, New King James Version. 
*My Bible College training.
*My notes and walk through classes I've taught in Children's church. Answers to student questions, etc.
*Pastoral sermons on this time
*Matthew Henry Commentary
*F. LaGard Smith Commentary
*My notes from my trip to Israel.
*Photos from my trip to Israel.

Saturday, July 6, 2019

Jesus Listened to Martha's Complaint

By Mary Vee
Luke 10 



Martha


Photo by Mary Vee
Land near Jerusalem

My name is Martha. I have heard a lot about a prophet named Jesus. His disciples traveled with him on a journey to Jerusalem.

They arrived in my village at meal time. I offered my home for them to rest and food to eat. Jesus said, "Thank you," and followed me to my home.

I showed them to a room where they could relax from their journey. My sister, Mary entered about that time.

"Rabbi, this is my sister, Mary."

The disciples sat and faced Jesus. I suppose he planned to teach them. I left the room and went to the kitchen to prepare the meal expecting Mary to join me, but she didn't.

I rushed about the kitchen cooking as fast as I could. As each minute went by I wondered what Mary was doing. I really needed her help.

I walked to the other room with a handful of dishes and was shocked to see her sitting on the floor listening to Jesus. What was the matter with her? These men were hungry. We have been honored with their presence and must give them our best. 

I couldn't stand it another moment. I walked into the room and said, "Lord, don't you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself? Tell her to help me!"

Photo by Mary
Land near Jerusalem
Jesus didn't look at Mary. He didn't tell her to go and help. Instead, he looked at me and said, "Martha, Martha."

I didn't know what he meant.

He said, "You are worried and upset about many things, but there is only one thing worth your attention. See Mary? She has chosen what is better. She sits here listening and learning. All that she has heard will not be taken away from her."

And so I left the food for later. I sat with the disciples and Mary and listened to Jesus teach. His words touched my heart. I felt so blessed.












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*Author of blog's note: If you have questions, please feel free to leave them in the comment section. I will see them and will answer as best I can or direct you to a source.


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sources: 
*A Harmony of the Gospels for Historical Study, An Analytical Synopsis of the Four Gospels by William Arnold Stevens and Ernest DeWitt Burton, Charles Scribner's Sons, New York 1932
*New International Version, New King James Version. 
*My Bible College training.
*My notes and walk through classes I've taught in Children's church. Answers to student questions, etc.
*Pastoral sermons on this time
*Matthew Henry Commentary
*F. LaGard Smith Commentary
*My notes from my trip to Israel.
*Photos from my trip to Israel.

Thursday, June 27, 2019

Why Jesus Told The Story of The Good Samaritan

By Mary Vee
Luke 10 



Peter


Photo by Mary Vee
Land near Jerusalem

My name is Peter, I am a disciple of Jesus. 

The other eleven disciples and I are traveling with Jesus south toward Jerusalem. We are stopping at villages along the way where Jesus is teaching all who come to hear.

Outside one village several rabbis sat among the people. These rabbis are intelligent men, trained in the Holy Scriptures.

One of these rabbis stood. He whispered to the other rabbis then said to Jesus, "Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?"

As a trained rabbi he would have had an answer for any citizen who asked the same question. He only asked Jesus to test him.

"What is written in the Law?" Jesus replied. "How do you interpret the answer to that question?"

The rabbi said, "Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul, and with all your strength, and with all your mind. Also, Love your neighbor as yourself." 

"You have answered correctly," said Jesus. "Do this and you will live."

The rabbi talked with the other rabbis again. They seemed to want to justify how they lived and what they did. "Tell me teacher, who is my neighbor?"

The other rabbis laughed softly. 

Jesus said, "I will answer you with a story. A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho when a band of robbers attacked him. They tore his clothes away from him, beat him, and went away, leaving him half dead.

"A priest happened to be going down the same road. When he saw the man, he passed by on the other side."

I thought, this made sense because the priest is not to touch a dead person.

"A Levite walked the same road and crossed to the other side like the priest.

"The sun bore down on the beaten man. He wanted water desperately. After some time, a Samaritan traveled on the same road. He saw a man on the road ahead and ran to him. 'What has happened?'

"'Robbers took everything I have then beat me.'

Photo by Mary
Land near Jerusalem
"The Samaritan felt pity for the injured man. He opened his supplies and took out bandages, oil, and wine and attended to the man's injuries. When he finished, he lifted the man and placed him on his donkey. 

The Samaritan led the donkey to the nearest inn. He took out two silver coins and gave them to the innkeeper. 'Care for this injured man. When I return, I will reimburse you for any other costs you may have.''

Jesus said to the rabbi who asked the question, "Which of these three do you think was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of the robbers?"

The rabbi said, "The one who had mercy on the beaten man."

Jesus then said, "Go and do the same for others."

The answer surprised the rabbi. He returned to his friends. 

They stood and walked away.







Come back to read the next story.

*Author of blog's note: If you have questions, please feel free to leave them in the comment section. I will see them and will answer as best I can or direct you to a source.


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sources: 
*A Harmony of the Gospels for Historical Study, An Analytical Synopsis of the Four Gospels by William Arnold Stevens and Ernest DeWitt Burton, Charles Scribner's Sons, New York 1932
*New International Version, New King James Version. 
*My Bible College training.
*My notes and walk through classes I've taught in Children's church. Answers to student questions, etc.
*Pastoral sermons on this time
*Matthew Henry Commentary
*F. LaGard Smith Commentary
*My notes from my trip to Israel.
*Photos from my trip to Israel.

Monday, June 24, 2019

What Made Jesus Happy

By Mary Vee
Matthew 11, Luke 10 



Peter


Photo by Mary Vee
Land near Jerusalem

My name is Peter, I am a disciple of Jesus. 

The other eleven disciples and I have been listening to the seventy men sent out by Jesus to villages ahead of us. They had just returned. Their happy faces showed how much they enjoyed their journey.

They told stories of people who listened to the Gospel, and those who did not. They told about the wonderful people who let them stay in their homes and fed them. There were also those who had turned them away as though they were nothing more than a rabid dog.

It was these stories that seem to bring Jesus' next response. He said, "I praise you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth. Thank you for hiding your mysteries from the wise and intellectual. You have chosen to reveal your truth to those who are like little children, eager to learn because their heart seeks truth. Yes, Father, your ways are full of grace."

He explained to us that His happiness came from the Holy Spirit. "My Father has given me everything. No one knows the full identity of the Son except the Father. The Son fully reveals the Father to whomever He wishes."

Photo by Mary
Land near Jerusalem
By this time, a great crowd had gathered around us. Jesus turned to his disciples and spoke softly for only us to hear, "How privileged you are to see what you have seen. Many prophets and kings have longed for this day to see what you see and hear what you have witnessed."

Jesus held his arms out to us and said, "Come to me all of you who are tired and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. If you walk with me, I will show you how to live with grace. I won't give you anything difficult. If you learn from me, you will know the way to walk the rest of your life. I will give you peace."


Jesus sat on the ground and all who had gathered there did the same, excited to hear what he would say.




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*Author of blog's note: If you have questions, please feel free to leave them in the comment section. I will see them and will answer as best I can or direct you to a source.


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sources: 
*A Harmony of the Gospels for Historical Study, An Analytical Synopsis of the Four Gospels by William Arnold Stevens and Ernest DeWitt Burton, Charles Scribner's Sons, New York 1932
*New International Version, New King James Version. 
*My Bible College training.
*My notes and walk through classes I've taught in Children's church. Answers to student questions, etc.
*Pastoral sermons on this time
*Matthew Henry Commentary
*F. LaGard Smith Commentary
*My notes from my trip to Israel.
*Photos from my trip to Israel.

Sunday, June 16, 2019

What Does A Missionary Do?

By Mary Vee
Matthew 11, Luke 10 



Peter


Photo by Mary Vee
Land near Jerusalem

My name is Peter, I am a disciple of Jesus. By that I mean I am one of the close, twelve disciples. There are many many more followers of Jesus who are His disciples as well.

In my last post, I told the story of how Jesus had healed the ten lepers. Once the men left, Jesus called all his followers for a meeting. 

More than seventy huddled close to hear what Jesus had to say. 

"I have instructed you, teaching and showing you what My Father expects of His followers."

Jesus motioned to a group of men to separate from the others. It looked like seventy or seventy-two men. "You are to go in groups of two ahead of me into every town and place. The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest to send out workers into his harvest field. Go. I am sending you out like lambs among wolves. Don't take a wallet or suitcase or new shoes. Don't stop to chat with anyone on the road. Your journey cannot be delayed.

"When you enter a house, first say, 'Peace to this house.' If a man of peace is there, your peace will rest on him. If the man is not peaceful, your peace will return to you. Stay in the house that first welcomes you. Eat and drink whatever they give you. This is your wage for your work. Don't go from house to house for lodging. Stay at the same home. 

"When you enter a town and are welcomed, eat what is set before you. Heal the sick and tell them this message: 'The kingdom of God is near you.' 

"If you enter a town that does not treat you well, go into its streets and say, 'We wipe off the dust of your town that sticks to our feet. Know this, the kingdom of God is near.' 

"The town that treats you rudely will be punished more than Sodom. If the miracles performed in Korazin, Capernaum, and Bethsaida had been performed in Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented long ago. The people would have put on sackcloth and sat in ashes. Tyre and Sidon will have an easier time at the judgment than those cities who rejected me.

"Anyone who listens to your message listens to me. The one who rejects you rejects me. That person who rejects me rejects Him who sent me. Now go. Spread the message to everyone you see. Teach them what I have taught you."
Photo by Mary
Land near Jerusalem
  
Some days later the seventy-two disciples returned. They laughed and had so much to say! 

"Lord, even the demons submit to us in your name." They seemed very proud of their work.

Jesus said, "I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven. I have given you authority to trample on snakes and scorpions and to overcome all the power of the enemy. Nothing will harm you. However, do not rejoice that the spirits submit to you. Rejoice instead that your names are written in heaven."




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*Author of blog's note: If you have questions, please feel free to leave them in the comment section. I will see them and will answer as best I can or direct you to a source.


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sources: 
*A Harmony of the Gospels for Historical Study, An Analytical Synopsis of the Four Gospels by William Arnold Stevens and Ernest DeWitt Burton, Charles Scribner's Sons, New York 1932
*New International Version, New King James Version. 
*My Bible College training.
*My notes and walk through classes I've taught in Children's church. Answers to student questions, etc.
*Pastoral sermons on this time
*Matthew Henry Commentary
*F. LaGard Smith Commentary
*My notes from my trip to Israel.
*Photos from my trip to Israel.

Monday, June 10, 2019

The Unexpected Thank You

By Mary Vee
Luke 17 



Peter


Photo by Mary Vee
Land near Jerusalem

My name is Peter, I am a disciple of Jesus.

The other disciples and I walked with Jesus to the south toward Jerusalem along the border between Samaria and Galilee. 

We happened upon a village and turned when ten men call out to us. The men kept their distance but shouted, "Jesus, Master, have pity on us!"





In our time, men and women with leprosy were not allowed in the cities. The disease is highly contagious. Before a leper can enter a city they must have the approval of the priest who first examines the individual for signs of the disease. If they are cured they will receive approval to enter the city. If they are not healed, they won't be allowed in through the city gates.

Jesus said to the men, "Go to the priest and show yourselves." 

As they walked away their bodies became whole. The leprosy had left them.

One man stopped walking. He looked at his hands, turning them side to side. He touched his face. He sprang up into the air and shouted, "I am healed!" He turned and ran to Jesus. This is important. If he had any leprosy the law states he could not walk near any person. 

The man fell at Jesus' feet and wept. "Thank you. Thank you for healing me." He lifted his eyes and praised God in a loud voice. 

Photo by Mary
Land near Jerusalem
This man was a Samaritan. Samaritans and Jews did not get along well. Yet this man, cleansed of his leprosy approached Jesus, born a Jew, and thanked Him. At this moment, the man was one who had a disease and Jesus, the Son of God, healed him.

Jesus said, "Weren't all ten of you healed from leprosy? Where are the other nine? They were Jews. You were the only Samaritan. Didn't they come with you?"

The man didn't answer. He continued to weep and thank God for healing him.



Jesus said, "Stand. Go to your family and home. Your faith has made you well."

He stood and walked toward the temple. A few steps farther he turned back with a very happy smile and said, "Thank you."  





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*Author of blog's note: If you have questions, please feel free to leave them in the comment section. I will see them and will answer as best I can or direct you to a source.


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sources: 
*A Harmony of the Gospels for Historical Study, An Analytical Synopsis of the Four Gospels by William Arnold Stevens and Ernest DeWitt Burton, Charles Scribner's Sons, New York 1932
*New International Version, New King James Version. 
*My Bible College training.
*My notes and walk through classes I've taught in Children's church. Answers to student questions, etc.
*Pastoral sermons on this time
*Matthew Henry Commentary
*F. LaGard Smith Commentary
*My notes from my trip to Israel.
*Photos from my trip to Israel.

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

THIS Man Is the Son of God

By Mary Vee
Matthew 19, Mark 10, Luke 9 



Peter



Photo by Mary Vee
Land near Jerusalem

My name is Peter, I am a disciple of Jesus. 

The other disciples and I returned with Jesus to the Galilean country. It seemed to me that something had changed in Jesus, I didn't know why, but I sensed sorrow in him.

In our day, the people of Israel suffered under Roman rule. We all longed for a leader. One who would stand up for us and rebel against the Romans. One who had the strength to lead a rebellion and return the land to us.

On many occasions during these past three years, I had thought Jesus was such a man. He was powerful. Learned. A great speaker with words that turned the people's heart to his message. I was not alone.

Jesus grew up in Nazareth which was in the Galilean country. As a youth, he must not have had the qualities found in a rebel, someone who stood up to the guards and rulers. Those who knew him mocked him the most. 

I looked around at the men living in this area of the country. Those who listened at first then turned away from Jesus' message. The ones who said what good could come from Galilee? The ones who said he was only a carpenter, how could he lead a rebellion? 

Like me, they hadn't listened to the heart of his message. Jesus did not come to overpower the Romans. He didn't come to lead a rebellion. He came to show us the way to have everlasting life. I know that now.

And still, I don't think I fully understand the depth of his message.

I soon learned Jesus wanted to return to Galilee to say goodbye. Men walked away from him, grousing about Jesus' unwillingness to fight the Romans. James and John grew angry. They drew close to Jesus. Their faces red. "Lord, do you want us to call fire down from heaven to destroy them like Elijah did?"

Photo by Mary
Land near Jerusalem

Jesus turned suddenly to them. "You don't know what you are saying. The Son of Man did not come to destroy men's lives but to save them."

We had so much to learn. I suppose in a way we still thought Jesus had a plan to rid the country of the evil Romans.

Once again, Jesus confirmed he had no intentions of gathering a gang of followers and setting out to conquer the world. His purpose was much greater. One that would last all of eternity.

This man is the Son of God and in every way had demonstrated his mission: to save us.


Come back to read the next story.

*Author of blog's note: If you have questions, please feel free to leave them in the comment section. I will see them and will answer as best I can or direct you to a source.


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sources: 
*A Harmony of the Gospels for Historical Study, An Analytical Synopsis of the Four Gospels by William Arnold Stevens and Ernest DeWitt Burton, Charles Scribner's Sons, New York 1932
*New International Version, New King James Version. 
*My Bible College training.
*My notes and walk through classes I've taught in Children's church. Answers to student questions, etc.
*Pastoral sermons on this time
*Matthew Henry Commentary
*F. LaGard Smith Commentary
*My notes from my trip to Israel.
*Photos from my trip to Israel.