March 29, 2011

Day Nineteen

The Lectionary

Morning - Psalm 75, Psalm 76, Genesis 41:1, 8, 14-22, 1 Corinthians 10:14-22
Evening - Psalm 77, Jeremiah 8:4-13, Mark 10:46

 And they came to Jericho: and as he went out of Jericho with his disciples and a great number of people, blind Bartimaeus, the son of Timaeus, sat by the highway side begging. And when he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to cry out, and say, Jesus, thou Son of David, have mercy on me. And many charged him that he should hold his peace: but he cried the more a great deal, Thou Son of David, have mercy on me. And Jesus stood still, and commanded him to be called. And they call the blind man, saying unto him, Be of good comfort, rise; he calleth thee. And he, casting away his garment, rose, and came to Jesus. And Jesus answered and said unto him, What wilt thou that I should do unto thee? The blind man said unto him, Lord, that I might receive my sight. And Jesus said unto him, Go thy way; thy faith hath made thee whole. And immediately he received his sight, and followed Jesus in the way.


"And they came to Jericho" (Mk. 10:46) is a significant statement, for it marks Christ's progress toward Jerusalem.  He has been dwelling in Perea, from whence He has made journeys into Judea, Galilee, and other areas.   But this trip is different.  He is now going to Jerusalem to be the sacrificial Lamb of God.  On the way He demonstrates His authority yet again.  The blind son of Timeus calls to Him and pleads for his sight.  Bartimeus knows something about Jesus, for he calls Him, "Son of David," a name full of Messianic expectations.  Jesus is the Messiah who goes into Jerusalem to ascend to His throne, but the cross is the way to the throne.

Devotional Thoughts

Our natural unrighteousness is “sin,” but what is “a sin?” A sin is any thought, word, or deed that is inconsistent with the will and nature of God as revealed in Christ and recorded in the Holy Bible.  Obviously, the Bible speaks clearly about some sins.  The Ten Commandments and Moral Law of the Old Testament are the will of God for our lives, and any breach of their letter or spirit is sin.  In other places, God gives principles of righteousness.  The Bible cannot address every situation of every life, so God gives general principles of righteousness, which we are to employ in our daily lives and situations.  The Bible will not tell you who you should marry, but it gives many principles for choosing an appropriate spouse and living the married life.  The Bible does not tell you your calling in life.  It does lay down clear principles of godly business conduct and industry, which you must apply to your career choices and practices.  Failure to keep these laws and principles is sin.  Thus, anything that goes against the letter or spirit of the Bible is sin.