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September 27 - Morning

"When the men came to Jesus, they said, “John the Baptist sent us to you to ask, ‘Are you the one who is to come, or should we expect someone else?’ ”
- Luke 7:20

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John the Baptist's Question    

News of the amazing things that Jesus was doing was carried to the prison cell where John the Baptist was being held. John would have heard that the size of the crowds that gathered to hear Jesus teach were large. Yet, there was no talk of judgment of the unfaithful Jews or war with the Gentiles. There was no organizing of a rebellion against the religious system in Jerusalem. No one was being encouraged to stockpile weapons and there was no attempt to gain control of a city or a province. John wondered in his prison cell if possibly Jesus might just be another forerunner sent by God to prepare the people for the actual Messiah. John had his preconceived ideas of what the Messiah would say and what he would do when he took his place on history's stage. John might
have imagined how the land of Israel would be transformed and how Jewish society would have responded when the Messiah appeared.

It was clear that Jesus was not doing whatever John had anticipated the Messiah would do.
So, John sent men to question Jesus and to find out if possibly John might need to adjust his message and start telling people to keep looking for the Messiah, since Jesus was clearly
not fulfilling the expectations. The accepted theological interpretations of scripture concerning the Messiah led John and many others to question Jesus' claims to be the promised Messiah.

John probably thought at the least the Messiah would deliver his messenger (John the Baptists) from Herod’s prison. But, instead Jesus was entertaining and performing for large crowds up in Herod Antipas’ Galilee while John the Baptist sat in Herod Antipas’ prison in the Machaerus fortress in Perea on the east side of the Dead Sea.

Remember John the Baptist’s words prophesying a very near judgment when the Messiah appeared:

“You brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the wrath to come?...Even not the axe is laid to the root of the trees…he who is coming after me is mightier than I…He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire. His winnowing fork is in his hand and he will clear his threshing floor...the chaff he will burn with unquenchable fire!”
- Matthew 3:7-12

Jesus sends this message back to John:

“Go and tell John what you have seen and heard: the blind receive their sight, the lame walk, lepers are cleansed, and the deaf hear, the dead are raised up, the poor have good news preached to them. And blessed is the one who is not offended by me.”
– Luke 7:22-23

Jesus was probably not the type of Messiah John was expecting. Jesus simply told John:

“Blessed is the one who is not offended by me!”

  Christian Quote from Church History

"The Son of God became
a man to enable men to become sons of God."

– C.S. Lewis




Something to Ponder??
Cyril wanted to translate
the Bible for the Slavic
people, but they had no alphabet. So he invented
an alphabet for them
so he could translate
the Bible into
their language.
Hebrew and Greek Word Study   Facts and Information


Yashar (Hb) - Right (Eng) - yashar means "right," "straight," "upright" or "level."
originates from the Hebrew verb meaning "to be smooth, to be correct, to be straight."
ethically means to treat someone in a fair and honest fashion. Samuel used the
Hebrew word yashar in his farewell address to Israel when he said,
"If I have wronged anyone, I will make it right (yashar)." - 1 Sam.12:3

  A piece of a wine jug
belonging to Herod
Great was found in 1996 at Masada. It contained
the inscription:
"Herod, King of Judea"
and inluded the date
the wine was made (19 BC) and the kind of wine the
container held. This is the
first inscription found with Herod's name and his
full title, "King of Judea."
Confession to Action   Facts and Information
Even John the Baptist had questions and struggles understanding Jesus' activities
and God's plan?
Today I will enjoy the things I understand, but seek joy in trusting God concerning
the things I do not understand.
  " The one who guards a fig tree will eat its fruit, 
    and whoever protects their master will be honored."
- Proverbs 27:18
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Read one chapter each day to read through the narrative portion (or, the story line) of the whole Bible Genesis-Acts in one year. Read the General Text of the Bible Read the Complete Text of the Bible in a Year
Nehemiah 2 Matthew 23 Nehemiah 6
Prayer for Today
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Enough income
to meet your needs
Heal the broken International Relationships Pakistan - believers from Muslim background
Photo of Jerusalem; Pictures of Israel Bible Map and Diagram

Identifying some of the Muslim domes on the
Temple Mount in Jerusalem.
(click on image for larger size)
This Roman column was set in place around 200 AD near the camp of the Tenth Roman Legion, which had been stationed in Jerusalem since 70 AD. Today this pillar is located in the Christian Quarter at an intersection up a narrow road just inside the Jaffa Gate. The inscription reads:
Marco Iunio
Legato Augustorum
Legionis X Fretensis
C. Domitius Sergius
Strator eius
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