John 2:13-17; Jesus Clears the Temple Courts

Give God Time Devotional.

(BY John Dunning)

Prayer and Praise.

Jesus said, “Couldn’t you men keep watch with me for one hour?” Matthew 26:40, so we start our journey of giving God time to work in us, by praying this hymn…

‘El Shaddai …’ (composed and sung by Michael Card)

A Word in your ear. 

John 2:13-17  Jesus Clears the Temple Courts

13 It was almost time for the festival of Pesach (Passover) in Y’hudah (Judah), so Yeshua (Jesus) went up to Yerushalayim (Jerusalem). 

So then Jesus and the disciples walked from Capernaum to Jerusalem – around about 100 miles. It would be about a 3-4 day walk. 

14 In the Temple grounds he found those who were selling cattle, sheep, and pigeons and others who were sitting at tables exchanging money. 

The religious leaders had created a monopoly of the Temple trade. Before a Jew could make a sacrifice, they had to exchange the local Roman currency into their own specially minted Temple money. The exchange rate was not favorable! That then allowed the worshipper to buy the specially reared Temple animals at an exorbitant markup. Only their own Temple animals could be used for sacrifice. The Temple was the only place allowed for sacrifice, so the religious leaders had a monopoly. You had to obey the religious leaders as they could ban you from the Temple, which was the only place you could make a sacrifice for forgiveness, let alone anything else. 

15 He made a whip from cords and drove them all out of the Temple grounds, the sheep and cattle as well. He knocked over the money changer’s tables, scattering their coins; 

Now, enter Jesus, who overturned the money changers tables. He made a DIY whip form cord and drove the traders out, and ‘shooed’ the animals out too. 

16 and to the pigeon-sellers he said, “Get these things out of here! How dare you turn my Father’s house into a market?” 

He ordered the pigeon sellers to take their birds out too. 

17 (His talmidim [disciples] later recalled that the Tanakh (Scripture) says, “Zeal for your house will devour me.” ) 

Summary:- 

This event must be significant as it came by revelation to David. (This event was prophesied, Psalm 69:7-9), and quoted by John as significant. ‘For I endure scorn for your sake, and shame covers my face. I am a foreigner to my own family, a stranger to my own mother’s children; for zeal for your house consumes me, and the insults of those who insult you fall on me.’ Paul also picked up on that prophecy in Romans 15:3. God knows the future! 

Worship and Prayer. 

“… He went up on a mountainside by himself to pray.” Matthew 14:23. 

Jesus taught His disciples what we call ‘The Lord’s Prayer’; (Luke 11).

Listen here to Albert Malotte’s ‘The Lord’s Prayer’. 

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy Name, 

thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. 

Give us this day our daily bread. 

And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. 

And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. 

For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever;- Amen.

Suggestions;-

  1. The world. (ie ‘For those in authority.’ Christians are under pressure now.)
  2. The ‘suffering church.’ https://barnabasfund.org/nz/pray/daily-prayer/#previous-dates
  3. Your own situation. (Suggest ‘needs’ rather than ‘wants’.)

Today’s Verse… John 2:17

(His talmidim [disciples] later recalled that the Tanakh (Scripture) says, “Zeal for your house will devour me.” ) C.J.B.

Today’s Challenge

The zeal that God approved of in the ‘Old’ & ‘New’ Testaments identified those who God chose to use to do remarkable things through; (ie the list in Hebrews 11.) James tells us to put our faith into practice with our ACTIONS. How’s your zeal coming along? Does your zeal get you out of bed in time to give God time? Maybe going to bed in time to get up in time!

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John 2:1-12 The 1st ‘God-like’ miracle;- water into wine

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Prayer and Praise.

Jesus said, “Couldn’t you men keep watch with me for one hour?” Matthew 26:40, so we start our journey of giving God time to work in us, by praying this hymn…

‘water into wine’  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P0R9LRv6Sdw

A Word in your ear. 

John 2:1-12 The 1st ‘Godlike’ miracle;- water into wine

Introduction…

Let’s slow right down to look at this story in detail as John saw it as being so important that he recorded it in his gospel in spite of writing that he had left out so much other material, (John 21:25).

John saw what the other disciples hadn’t. John wrote about WHO Jesus was, by his selection of material. This is the first of 3 miracles showing the ‘Godlike’ nature of Jesus’ miracles. Jesus performed miracles that no one could be in any doubt that only God could do. In this story, Jesus was the creator AGAIN by turning ordinary well water into wine, instantly! 

1. On Tuesday there was a wedding at Kanah (Cana) in the Galil (Galilee); and the mother of Yeshua (Jesus) was there. 

The Complete Jewish Bible tells us that it is a Tuesday because the Greek says it is the ‘third day’ (as the 1st day of the week is what we call Sunday.) Jesus had just arrived in Galilee, Jn. 1:43.

It is now AD 26. Roman records show that the census took place in 4 BC which is what caused Joseph to take Mary and the unborn Jesus to go to Bethlehem! So Jesus was already 4 years old by the church’s new calendar of the year ‘0’. 

As Jesus was immersed by John the Baptist (which had just happened) and as He started His ministry at age 30,  it means this story happened in the year 26 AD.

2 Yeshua (Jesus) too was invited to the wedding, along with his talmidim (disciples)

3 The wine ran out, and Yeshua’s (Jesus’) mother said to him, “They have no more wine.”

Jesus had gone to Galilee and went to a wedding. Mary felt a responsibility for the  shortage of wine. (Maybe she felt responsible as it was a family wedding, which would explain it and there is no sign of Joseph, so maybe she was a widow already. Although that it’s not explained for sure, it helps me to make sense of why Mary should feel personally responsible. 

4 Yeshua (Jesus) replied, “Mother, why should that concern me? — or you? My time hasn’t come yet.” 

The other translations translate the Greek here as ‘Woman’. Only this version translates it as ‘Mother’. Why? Because when it is translated into English, it comes across as being rude, but in the Greek it isn’t at all. The Complete Jewish Bible is making sure that it does not give the wrong impression by translating so accurately that Jesus could be  misunderstood in it’s translated form. Having said that, the Greek word used here is ‘Woman’; but in translation into English, it loses the perfectly correct sense in which it is being used. Remember too that as Jesus existed before coming to earth, Mary became the way the Son of God came into the world as a human, so that He could die as a human for us. In that sense, Jesus is the only person who CHOSE to be born – as He pre-existed. Remember the words of Jesus on the cross to Mary, ‘Woman, here is your son…’ (John 19), when he wanted Mary to be cared for by his best friend, John, as Joseph had died. 

5 His mother said to the servants, “Do whatever he tells you.” 

Mary knew enough to take the problem to Jesus, knowing He could fix it! Mary knew that only Jesus could help, and not her biological sons!

6 Now six stone water-jars were standing there for the Jewish ceremonial washings, each with a capacity of twenty or thirty gallons. 

(120-180 gallons total altogether!)

7 Yeshua (Jesus) told them, “Fill the jars with water,” and they filled them to the brim. 8 He said, “Now draw some out, and take it to the man in charge of the banquet”; and they took it.

9 The man in charge tasted the water; it had now turned into wine! He did not know where it had come from, but the servants who had drawn the water knew. So he called the bridegroom 10 and said to him, “Everyone else serves the good wine first and the poorer wine after people have drunk freely. But you have kept the good wine until now!” 

Jesus CREATED AGAIN, this time by turning ordinary well water into wine, instantly. 

An artist’s reflection called, ‘water into wine’.

WATER                    INTO                         WINE 

Jesus turned water into wine because it was Mary who was anxious. We see from v.12 that Mary and her biological sons were at this wedding, (perhaps even making this a family wedding, as Mary also had a daughter and yet she was not with the after wedding get away group mentioned in v.12!) 

11 This, the first of Yeshua’s miraculous signs, he did at Kanah (Cana) in the Galil (Galilee); he manifested his glory, and his talmidim (disciples) came to trust in him. 

This miracle revealed something of Jesus’ glory and resulted in the disciples putting their trust in Jesus. Mary already had as she said ‘do whatever He tells you’.

12 Afterwards, he, his mother and brothers, and his talmidim (disciples) went down to K’far-Nachum (Capernaum) and stayed there a few days.

Never again did Jesus ‘stay a few days’ to have family time with Mary and her biological children. It must have been a bit like a farewell. Mary’s husband had already passed away, and as Jesus was leaving home He would no longer be the provider. Mary’s adult sons would be in charge of the carpenter’s shop. By joining the pieces of the jig puzzle together, it seems Jesus created this family ‘time out’ to act as a family farewell. We don’t see another family ‘get away’ recorded. It was the last time Jesus was with them as a family as the next thing that happens is that Jesus started His ministry. 

Whilst dying on the cross, Jesus asked John to adopt Mary as his mother – so maybe Mary’s natural-born sons were all married by then. Jesus only entrusted Mary to His most reliable friend – John the Apostle.

Summary:- 

John wanted everyone to know about the Godlike miracles of Jesus. Jesus created wine out of water in an instant! This was the first God-like miracle which John wanted all to know about! 

Worship and Prayer. 

Jesus taught His disciples what we call ‘The Lord’s Prayer’; (Luke 11). Listen here to Albert Malotte’s ‘The Lord’s Prayer’. 

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy Name, 

thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. 

Give us this day our daily bread. 

And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. 

And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. 

For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever;- Amen.

Suggestions;-

  1. The world. (ie ‘For those in authority’ – maybe for Christians in India!)
  2. The ‘suffering church.’https://barnabasfund.org/nz/pray/daily-prayer/#previous-dates
  3. Your own situation. (Suggest ‘needs’ rather than ‘wants’.)

Today’s Verse…

John 2:9The man in charge tasted the water; it had now turned into wine!’  

Today’s Challenge

v. 5 His mother said to the wedding staff, “Do whatever he tells you.” 

That was faith! She knew only Jesus could help and whatever He said had to be obeyed.

The former Anglican bishop of Durham, the Right Reverend David Jenkins was promoted by the Archbishop of Canterbury in spite of not believing in the miracles. Some Anglican clergy, like Bishop David Jenkins, didn’t believe in the God-like miracles which John wrote about. If you have a voice in the Anglican church, do you speak up? History books record that John the Apostle refused to even get into the same public baths as a heretical church leader. Mary believed, because she said ‘ “Do whatever he tells you.” Her faith was rewarded. Joshua famously said, “But as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.”Joshua 24:15. The bottom line is, just whose side are WE on?

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John 1:43-51 More Jews become disciples…

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  • Prayer and Praise.

Jesus said, “Couldn’t you men keep watch with me for one hour?” Matthew 26:40, so we start our journey of giving God time to work in us, by praying this hymn…

JESUS, MY LORD, MY GOD, MY ALL

A Word in your ear. 

John 1:43-51 More and more Jews follow Jesus

(Acknowledgements to the Complete Jewish Bible).

43 The next day, having decided to leave for the Galil (Galilee), Yeshua (Jesus) found Philip and said, “Follow me!” 

44 Philip was from Beit-Tzaidah (Bethsaida), the town where Andrew and Kefa (Peter) lived. 

So as soon as Jesus was immersed by John the Baptist, He recruited Andrew, Peter, and now Philip. They were all from the area of Galilee, where the religious leaders didn’t have the same amount of influence. Walking from Bethsaida to Galilee was just another day in the life of Jesus as the disciples would discover!

45 Philip found Natan’el (Nathanael) and told him, “We’ve found the one that Moshe (Moses) wrote about in the Torah (Law), also the Prophets — it’s Yeshua (Jesus) Ben-Yosef (son of Joseph) from Natzeret! (Nazareth!)” 

Philip picked up immediately how special Jesus was, and became an instant evangelist, bringing Nathaniel along, by saying that the person Moses had prophesied about had arrived. So Moses’ prophecy was common knowledge. Some already saw that Jesus was the One it referred to, and yet Jesus had not yet even shown His hand! In fact, His ministry had not even started formally.

46a Natan’el (Nathanael) answered him, “Natzeret? (Nazareth?). Can anything good come from there?” 

Natnanael questioned Philip… ‘Jesus of NAZARETH?! Can anything good come from there?’ (ie He was asking ‘But there’s no prophecy about anyone coming from  Nazareth, is there?!’) But actually Isaiah 9:1 does allude to God doing something unique in Galilee. It is discreet – by being indirect. What is the purpose of only alluding to it? Well, it’s so we know for sure that Jesus really was the One who all the prophets were referring to. How? Because there are so many pieces of the jigsaw puzzle all fitting together to create the profile of Jesus exactly… (Eg. The prophets record that the Messiah will be born in Bethlehem, flee to Egypt, and grow up in Nazareth! There can be no mistaking who all that refers to!) 

46b “Come and see,” Philip said to him. 

Philip couldn’t answer him, so he advised a face to face meeting with Jesus! We could learn so much from that simple answer!

47 Yeshua (Jesus) saw Natan’el (Nathanael) coming toward him and remarked about him, “Here’s a true son of Isra’el — nothing false in him!”

48 Natan’el said to him, “How do you know me?” 

Immediately, Nathanael was curious! Jesus already knew him and his heart!

Yeshua (Jesus) answered him, “Before Philip called you, when you were under the fig tree, I saw you.” 

Jesus knew Nathanael and now he was listening! Jesus could only have known him by revelation. 

49 Natan’el (Nathanael) said, “Rabbi, you are the Son of God! You are the King of Isra’el!”

Nathanael recognised the Divine knowledge Jesus had and therefore changed the preconceptions he previously had. We could learn from that too!

50 Yeshua (Jesus) answered him, “You believe all this just because I told you I saw you under the fig tree? You will see greater things than that!”

51 Then he said to him, “Yes indeed! I tell you that you will see heaven opened and the angels of God going up and coming down on the Son of Man!” (Acknowledgements to the Complete Jewish Bible).

Summary:- 

Jesus was so pleased that Nathanael’s heart meant he put the truth before his preconceptions, that He promised him, ‘You will see much greater things than that.’ 

People start joining Jesus almost immediately! Now tells Nathanael ‘You will see the angels of heaven coming to Me’, and Jesus quoted from what we now refer to as Genesis 28:12. This is our God, the Servant King!

Worship and Prayer. 

“… He went up on a mountainside by himself to pray.” Matthew 14:23. 

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy Name, 

thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. 

Give us this day our daily bread. 

And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. 

And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. 

For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever;- Amen.

Prayer suggestions;-

  1. The world. (ie ‘For those in authority.’ Suggest India this month.)
  2. The ‘suffering church.’ (Updated daily by the Barnabas Fund.) https://barnabasfund.org/nz/pray/daily-prayer/#previous-dates
  1. Your own situation. (I suggest ‘needs’ rather than ‘wants’.)

Today’s Verse…

Who is Jesus? John 1:49 Natan’el (Nathanael) said, “Rabbi, you are the Son of God! You are the King of Isra’el!” 

Today’s Challenge

Jews have to withstand a lot of peer pressure to become disciples of Jesus… 

Are we as Gentiles also prepared to go through as much as they do, for the sake of the truth, as Nathanael demonstrated?

For further study …

i). Click this link to a challenging and stunning testimony … https://found.rest/restored/

ii). Click this link to see the shocking number of Christians murdered by the church for getting baptized by immersion as believers. This is a spiritual battle, and we remember them so that we never forget … https://www.homecomers.org/mirror/index-anabaptists.htm

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John 1:29-42 The witnesses to Jesus.

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  • Prayer and Praise.

Jesus said, “Couldn’t you men keep watch with me for one hour?” Matthew 26:40, so we start our journey of giving God time to work in us, by praying along with this hymn… 

I will sing the wondrous story…

John 1:29-42 Witnesses to Jesus. 

A Word in your ear. 

29 The next day, Yochanan (John) saw Yeshua (Jesus) coming toward him and said,

“Look! 

God’s lamb! 

The one who is taking away the sin of the world!”

As soon as John the Baptist spotted Jesus he pointed everyone to Him. He even sounds excited that the Person he is pointing people to, is coming to him. As soon as John saw Him, he recognised Him as the Messiah who is to take away the sins of the world. 

 30 “This is the man I was talking about when I said, ‘After me is coming someone who has come to rank above me, because he existed before me.’ 

John is ecstatic! ‘This is Him! This is Him!’ John knew He pre-existed! He knew that Jesus would ‘increase and that he would decrease’. Compare Luke 1:39-41. Elizabeth felt her unborn baby, John, leaped in her womb when Mary entered her house pregnant with Jesus!

31 I myself did not know who he was, but the reason I came immersing with water was so that he might be made known to Isra’el.” 

John’s excitement is lost in translation. John is a witness, showing people who the Messiah is. 

32 Then Yochanan (John) gave this testimony: “I saw the Spirit coming down from heaven like a dove, and remaining on him. 

John can confirm that he saw God bear witness that Jesus was His Son. 

33 I myself did not know who he was, but the One who sent me to immerse in water said to me, ‘The one on whom you see the Spirit descending and remaining, this is the one who immerses in the Ruach HaKodesh (Holy Spirit).’ 

John says that God is the real witness as it was God who spoke those words, saying so. What is more, He immerses disciples in the Holy Spirit. 

34 And I have seen and borne witness that this is the Son of God.”

John is affirming in the strongest possible way, like an oath, that the Person He was pointing people to, is the Son of God. 

35 The next day, Yochanan (John) was again standing with two of his talmidim (disciples)

36 On seeing Yeshua (Jesus) walking by, he said, “Look! God’s lamb!” 

37 His two talmidim (disciples) heard him speaking, and they followed Yeshua (Jesus). 

Again, John saw Jesus and exclaimed to his own disciples, ‘That Him! God’s Lamb’ Because they were well taught, the disples knew exactly who John meant –  and left John to become disciples of Jesus. 

38 Yeshua (Jesus) turned and saw them following him, and he asked them, “What are you looking for?” 

Jesus didn’t ignore them but gave them a polite challenge. 

They said to him, “Rabbi!” (which means “Teacher!”) “Where are you staying?” 

39 He said to them, “Come and see.” So they went and saw where he was staying, and remained with him the rest of the day — it was about four o’clock in the afternoon.

Jesus welcomed them to hear more. He accepted that John had directed them to come to Him.

 40 One of the two who had heard Yochanan (John) and had followed Yeshua (Jesus) was Andrew the brother of Shim‘on Kefa (Simon Peter).

And one of those two was Simon Peter’s brother, Andrew, who became one of the twelve disciples. No mention is made of who the other new follower was. (Andrew was Scotland’s choice for their ‘Patron Saint’!)

41 The first thing he did was to find his brother Shim‘on (Simon) and tell him, “We’ve found the Mashiach! (Messiah)” (The word means “one who has been anointed.”) 

Andrew immediately went and fetched his brother Simon Peter to bring him to the Messiah. He was evangelizing already! 

42 He took him to Yeshua (Jesus). Looking at him, Yeshua (Jesus) said, “You are Shim‘on (Simon – meaning ‘reed’) Bar-Yochanan (son of John); you will be known as Kefa (Peter).” (The name means “rock.”)

Summary:- 

Jesus knew him already – which must have made introductions easy!

John had already baptised Jesus, and suddenly he sees Him and shouts out… ‘Look – God’s Lamb’!

Worship and Prayer. 

“… He went up on a mountainside by himself to pray.” Matthew 14:23. 

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy Name, 

thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. 

Give us this day our daily bread. 

And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. 

And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. 

For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever;- Amen.

Prayer suggestions;-

-The world. (ie ‘For those in authority.’ Suggest Myanmar this month.)

-The ‘suffering church.’ https://barnabasfund.org/nz/pray/daily-prayer/#previous-dates

-Your own situation. (Suggest ‘needs’ rather than ‘wants’.)

  • Today’s Verse…

Who is Jesus? John 1:34 And I have seen and borne witness that this is the Son of God.

  • Today’s Challenge

33 I myself did not know who he was, but the One who sent me to immerse in water said to me, ‘The one on whom you see the Spirit descending and remaining, this is the one who immerses in the Ruach HaKodesh (Holy Spirit).’ 

Peter tells us in Acts 2:38 that the Holy Spirit is for believers who have; 1. repented and 2. been immersed afterward in water. We have to become like children and believe and accept what God says. 3. The Holy Spirit is what Jesus called God’s gift to us. Repenting and believer’s immersion is what we do. Giving us the Holy Spirit is what God does. Can you tick all those boxes? I highly recommend the testimony at the link below.

For more to think about …

i). Click this link to an inspiring testimony … https://found.rest/restored/

ii). Click this link to see who some of those murdered by the church were, for getting baptised as believers in Jesus. It is spiritual warfare and we remember them – lest we forget their stand for Jesus.  https://www.homecomers.org/mirror/index-anabaptists.htm

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John 1:19-28 John is a witness that Jesus is the Messiah.

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  • Prayer and Praise.

Jesus said, “Couldn’t you men keep watch with me for one hour?” Matthew 26:40.

We start our journey of giving God time to work in us, by praying this hymn…

PRAISE HIM, PRAISE HIM, JESUS OUR BLESSED REDEEMER

A Word in your ear.

John 1:19-28 John is a witness that Jesus is the Messiah.

Complete Jewish Bible.

19 Here is Yochanan’s (John’s) testimony: when the Judeans (Judean Jews) sent cohanim (priests) and L’vi’im (Levites) from Yerushalayim (Jerusalem) to ask him, “Who are you?” 20 he was very straightforward and stated clearly, “I am not the Messiah.” 

Even before Jesus started His ministry, the religious leaders were watching John. In fact, they knew the Messiah was expected. They asked John who he thought he was, as he was immersing people. Immediately, John the Baptist denied he was the Messiah. 

21 “Then who are you?” they asked him. “Are you Eliyahu? (Elijah?)” 

So they moved on to the next question on their mind… which was almost as significant because a prophecy also said that an Elijah figure would come before the Messiah. 

“No, I am not,” he said. 

Again John denied that too. He hadn’t even been thinking that way. 

“Are you ‘the prophet,’ the one we’re expecting?” 

“No!” he replied. 

Again John denied it. He didn’t think of himself like that. Jesus did rate him as the prophet who would precede Him and point people to Him.

This question proves the point that they were expecting a much-prophecied prophet to come to them!

22 So they said to him, “Who are you? — so that we can give an answer to the people who sent us. What do you have to say about yourself?” 

Frustrated from getting nowhere, they asked him to say exactly who he was then, as their religious bosses wanted an answer.

23 He answered in the words of Yesha‘yahu (Isaiah) the prophet;

“I am the voice of someone crying out: ‘In the desert make the way of Adonai straight!’”

The quote is found in Isaiah 40:3. That was quite clever as the spies could not denounce him for quoting a prophet. 

24 Some of those who had been sent were P’rushim (Pharisees) 25 They asked him, “If you are neither the Messiah nor Eliyahu nor ‘the prophet,’ then why are you immersing people?” 

John wants us to know that it was the Pharisees who were the spies. 

Again they come back at him asking who he thinks he is…

26 To them Yochanan (John) replied, “I am immersing people in water, but among you is standing someone whom you don’t know. 

John the Baptist minimized himself as a baptizer – which was a symbol of repentance. 

27 He is the one coming after me — I’m not good enough even to untie his sandal!” 

28 All this took place in Beit-Anyah (Bethany), east of the Yarden (Jordan), where Yochanan (John) was immersing (baptizing).  (Complete Jewish Bible.)

Summary:- 

John the Baptist emphasized how lowly he was. It was not about him – but all about the One coming after him. 

John the Baptist quotes Isaiah to prove God was sending His Messiah. John says he is preparing the way for the Messiah of God.

 –  Worship and Prayer. 

“… He went up on a mountainside by himself to pray.” Matthew 14:23. 

Our Father, who art in heaven,

hallowed be thy Name, 

thy kingdom come, 

thy will be done, 

on earth as it is in heaven. 

Give us this day our daily bread. 

And forgive us our debts, 

as we forgive our debtors. 

And lead us not into temptation, 

but deliver us from evil. 

For thine is the kingdom, 

and the power, and the glory, 

forever; Amen.

Suggestions;-

  1. The world, (ie. maybe Myanmar…& for ‘those in authority.’)
  2. The ‘suffering church.’ https://barnabasfund.org/nz/pray/daily-prayer/#previous-dates
  3. Your own situation. (Suggest ‘needs’ rather than ‘wants’.)
  • Today’s Verse… Who is Jesus? 

John 1:26-27 ‘To them, Yochanan (John) replied, “… among you is standing someone whom you don’t know. He is the one coming after me — I’m not good enough even to untie his sandal!”

  • Today’s Challenge

If you have repented of your sin, have you followed the example set by John, of being immersed in water?

John 1:26 To them Yochanan (John) replied, “I am immersing people in water…” 

For more…

i). Click this link to a challenging and stunning testimony … https://found.rest/restored/

ii). Click this link to see how many were murdered by the church for getting immersed as believers, because this is a spiritual battle… ‘We will remember them’… https://www.homecomers.org/mirror/index-anabaptists.htm

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