October 25 - Day 298|
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* Dictionary: Jericho Kingdom of God Martha, Mary, Lazarus
* Map of Galilee
Reaching Out to the Lost Lk 19-20
Local History: (The Roman Empire and Israel)
The sisters therefore sent to him, saying,
"Lord, behold, he for whom you have great affection is sick."But when Jesus heard it, he said,
"This sickness is not to death, but for the glory of God, that God’s Son may be glorified by it."Now Jesus loved Martha, and her sister, and Lazarus.
When therefore he heard that he was sick, he stayed two days in the place where he was.
Then after this he said to the disciples,
"Let’s go into Judea again.”The disciples told him,
“Rabbi, the Jews were just trying to stone you, and are you going there again?"Jesus answered,
"Aren’t there twelve hours of daylight?He said these things, and after that, he said to them,
"Our friend, Lazarus, has fallen asleep, but I am going so that I may awake him out of sleep."The disciples therefore said,
"Lord, if he has fallen asleep, he will recover."Now Jesus had spoken of his death, but they thought that he spoke of taking rest in sleep.
So Jesus said to them plainly then,
"Lazarus is dead.Thomas therefore, who is called Didymus, said to his fellow disciples,
“Let’s go also, that we may die with him.”So when Jesus came, he found that he had been in the tomb four days already.
Now Bethany was near Jerusalem, about fifteen stadia away.
Many of the Jews had joined the women around Martha and Mary, to console them concerning their brother.
Then when Martha heard that Jesus was coming, she went and met him, but Mary stayed in the house.
Therefore Martha said to Jesus,
“Lord, if you would have been here, my brother wouldn’t have died.Jesus said to her,
“Your brother will rise again.”Martha said to him,
“I know that he will rise again in the resurrection at the last day.”Jesus said to her,
“I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will still live, even if he dies.She said to him,
“Yes, Lord. I have come to believe that you are the Christ, God’s Son, he who comes into the world.”
When she had said this, she went away, and called Mary, her sister, secretly, saying,
“The Teacher is here, and is calling you.”When she heard this, she arose quickly, and went to him.
Now Jesus had not yet come into the village, but was in the place where Martha met him.
Then the Jews who were with her in the house, and were consoling her, when they saw Mary, that she rose up quickly and went out, followed her, saying,
“She is going to the tomb to weep there.”Therefore when Mary came to where Jesus was, and saw him, she fell down at his feet, saying to him,
“Lord, if you would have been here, my brother wouldn’t have died.”When Jesus therefore saw her weeping, and the Jews weeping who came with her, he groaned in the spirit, and was troubled,
“Where have you laid him?”They told him,
“Lord, come and see.”
The Jews therefore said,
“See how much affection he had for him!”
Some of them said,
“Couldn’t this man, who opened the eyes of him who was blind, have also kept this man from dying?”Jesus therefore, again groaning in himself, came to the tomb.
Now it was a cave, and a stone lay against it.
"Take away the stone."Martha, the sister of him who was dead, said to him,
"Lord, by this time there is a stench, for he has been dead four days."Jesus said to her,
So they took away the stone from the place where the dead man was lying. Jesus lifted up his eyes, and said,
“Father, I thank you that you listened to me.When he had said this, he cried with a loud voice,
“Lazarus, come out!”He who was dead came out, bound hand and foot with wrappings, and his face was wrapped around with a cloth.
Jesus said to them,
“Free him, and let him go.”
Therefore many of the Jews, who came to Mary and saw what Jesus did, believed in him.
But some of them went away to the Pharisees, and told them the things which Jesus had done.
The chief priests therefore and the Pharisees gathered a council, and said,
"What are we doing? For this man does many signs.
But a certain one of them, Caiaphas, being high priest that year, said to them,
“You know nothing at all,Now he didn’t say this of himself, but being high priest that year,
he prophesied that Jesus would die for the nation,
and not for the nation only,
but that he might also gather together into one
the children of God who are scattered abroad.
So from that day forward they took counsel that they might put him to death.
Jesus therefore walked no more openly among the Jews, but departed from there into the country near the wilderness, to a city called Ephraim. He stayed there with his disciples.
Now the Passover of the Jews was at hand.
Many went up from the country to Jerusalem before the Passover, to purify themselves.
Then they sought for Jesus and spoke one with another, as they stood in the temple,
“What do you think — that he isn’t coming to the feast at all?"
Now the chief priests and the Pharisees had commanded that if anyone knew where he was, he should report it, that they might seize him.
So they made him a supper there. Martha served, but Lazarus was one of those who sat at the table with him.
Mary, therefore, took a pound of ointment of pure nard, very precious,
Then Judas Iscariot, Simon’s son, one of his disciples, who would betray him, said,
"Why wasn’t this ointment sold for three hundred denarii, and given to the poor?”Now he said this, not because he cared for the poor, but because he was a thief, and having the money box, used to steal what was put into it.
But Jesus said,
"Leave her alone. She has kept this for the day of my burial.A large crowd therefore of the Jews learned that he was there, and they came, not for Jesus’ sake only,
but that they might see Lazarus also, whom he had raised from the dead.
The multitude therefore that was with him when he called Lazarus out of the tomb,
For this cause also the multitude went and met him, because they heard that he had done this sign.
The Pharisees therefore said among themselves,
"See how you accomplish nothing. Behold, the world has gone after him."
On the next day a great multitude had come to the feast. When they heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem, they took the branches of the palm trees, and went out to meet him, and cried out,
"Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord, the King of Israel!" [Psa 118:26]Jesus, having found a young donkey, sat on it. As it is written,
"Don’t be afraid, daughter of Zion.His disciples didn’t understand these things at first, but when Jesus was glorified, then they remembered that these things were written about him, and that they had done these things to him.
“Go into the village that is opposite you, and immediately you will find a donkey tied, and a colt with her.
“Tell the daughter of Zion,
“Hosanna to the son of David!
“Who is this?”
"This is the prophet, Jesus, from Nazareth of Galilee."
When they drew near to Jerusalem, to Bethsphage and Bethany, at the Mount of Olives, he sent two of his disciples, and said to them,
"Go your way into the village that is opposite you. Immediately as you enter into it, you will find a young donkey tied, on which no one has sat. Untie him, and bring him.They went away, and found a young donkey tied at the door outside in the open street, and they untied him.
Some of those who stood there asked them,
“What are you doing, untying the young donkey?”They said to them just as Jesus had said, and they let them go.
They brought the young donkey to Jesus, and threw their garments on it, and Jesus sat on it.
Many spread their garments on the way, and others were cutting down branches from the trees, and spreading them on the road.
“Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! [Psa 118:26]
Map of Palestine Israel during Jesus' life