Shalom John 20 So when it was evening on that day, the first day of the week, and when the doors were shut where the disciples were, for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood in their midst and said to them, ‘Peace be with you; as the Father has sent Me, I also send you.’ And when He had said this, He breathed on them and said to them, ‘Receive the Holy Spirit.’ After eight days His disciples were again inside, and Thomas with them. Jesus came, the doors having been shut, and stood in their midst and said, ‘Peace be with you.” Yesterday we covered the words Jesus spoke to Mary Magdalene. He spoke her name and her eyes were opened to see Him. We don’t believe in universal salvation; that everyone who is relatively good, universally goes to heaven. We believe that God’s saving grace, His special grace, His focused and personal grace, is directed toward individuals. In Mary’s case, she was seeking Jesus and Jesus called her name!!! I’ve heard testimonies of people who were minding their business, living in ignorance and not necessarily seeking Jesus, when Jesus seized their heart, called their name and opened their eyes. Additionally, there are multiple Bible passages that indicate that God is the initiator of an individual’s salvation.
His Words John 20 Jesus said to her, woman, why are you weeping? Whom are you seeking? Supposing Him to be the gardener, she said to Him, ‘Sir, if you have carried Him away, tell me where you have laid Him, and I will take Him away.’ Jesus said to her ‘Mary’! She turned and said to Him in Hebrew, ‘Rabboini’, (which means Teacher). So Jesus said to them again, ‘Peace be with you; as the Father has sent Me, I also send you.’ And when He had said this, He breathed on them and said to them, ‘Receive the Holy Spirit.’ Jesus first appeared to Mary Magdalen, a passionate follower of Jesus. He then appeared to the disciples on two occasions in John 20. It seems to me that a worthy study of John 20 would be to consider the words of Jesus, spoken to His followers after His resurrection. The words spoken were few, but very important. He appeared first to Mary Magdalen at the tomb on the wonderous Sunday morning. At first, she didn't recognize Him but when He called her by name and said ‘Mary’ her eyes were opened. It’s usually not a monumental occurrence for someone to say your name. This case, I believe, is different.
Abigail To the Rescue! Part 2 I Samuel 25, continued Here’s the scene - a rich sheep herder named Nabel disrespected David and David and his men are on their way to wipe out this man, his family and all his servants. Filled with anger and vengeance, David is heading straight into some good ole’ fashion sinful disobedience. Even though David is wrong, Nabel brought this upon himself. Nabal is simply a selfish, foolish and ignorant man. However, there is one rational and thoughtful person in this story. Thank God for Abigail, Nabal's wife. She is the superstar of this story; intelligent, resourceful, honorable, persuasive and "beautiful in appearance." Pretty much the total package. How did a smuck like Nabal land such a beautiful and intelligent woman.
Personal note: The next couple of months are very busy for me. I'm not going to be able to post fresh content five days a week. I may occasionally post encore posts from a year or two ago. So today, following the theme of faithful and honorable women in the Bible, this post and the next will be about Abigail. This section of I Samuel tells of the adventures of David when he was being chased by King Saul. David and his faithful men were living in hiding. Abigail to the Rescue, Part 1 I Samuel 25, Part 1 This is truly an amazing chapter. We meet an evil bonehead of a man; a most beautiful and intelligent woman; and David digresses from his noble actions in the last chapter when he spared Saul's life into childlike behavior. Once again, women rule, men drool. Two hot-headed men There was a wealthy man named Nabal who's 3000 sheep and 1000 goats wandered in the wilderness in the area where David and his men camped out. Some of Nabal's men tended to the sheep but apparently not enough to keep all the livestock safe. David and his men took it upon themselves to aid the men, guard the sheep against predators and thieves, all while trusting that the owner would grant them kindness and provisions.