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Monday, March 28 2016
Mark 1: As It Is Written In The Prophets
"And straightway coming up out of the water, He saw the heavens opened, and the Spirit like a dove descending upon Him: And there came a voice from heaven, saying, Thou art My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased"
The beginning of the Ministry of the Messiah was preceded by the "prepare the way" ministry of John the Baptist ("As it is written in the prophets, Behold, I send my messenger before thy face, which shall prepare thy way before thee" verse 1, below). The supposed "experts" of the Holy Scriptures should easily have recognized John, just as they should easily have recognized the Messiah, because both were described in amazing detail in the historic and prophetic Word of God (see The John The Baptist Prophecies and The Ministries Of The Two Greatest Prophets). Their self-inflicted blindness problem (see Paul's Blindness Lesson) was that they had become "experts" of their own word, rather than the actual Word of God (see Why Call Me, Lord, Lord, and Do Not The Things Which I Say?).
"1:1 The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God;
The baptism of the Messiah further empowered the Messiah to begin His Ministry: "And straightway coming up out of the water, he saw the heavens opened, and the Spirit like a dove descending upon him." Immediately from then, "the Spirit driveth him into the wilderness" for the showdown with the Devil (see Showdown In The Wilderness).
"1:9 And it came to pass in those days, that Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee, and was baptized of John in Jordan. 1:10 And straightway coming up out of the water, he saw the heavens opened, and the Spirit like a dove descending upon him: 1:11 And there came a voice from heaven, saying, Thou art my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.
The specific commission of John the Baptist was to prepare the way for the Messiah. John's ministry ended (see How Did The Messiah Free John The Baptist From Prison?) when the Messiah's Ministry, as John had done, came "preaching the Gospel of the Kingdom of God" began (see What Gospel Did Jesus Preach?).
"1:14 Now after that John was put in prison, Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God, 1:15 And saying, The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent ye, and believe the gospel.
The beginning of the Messiah's Ministry also marked the end of His residence in Nazareth, an inland town in the hills of Galilee (see The Last Words At Nazareth). He then moved to Capernaum, a fishing town on the north shore of the Sea of Galilee (see The Cities Of Lake Galilee).
"1:21 And they went into Capernaum; and straightway on the sabbath day he entered into the synagogue, and taught. 1:22 And they were astonished at his doctrine: for he taught them as one that had authority, and not as the scribes. 1:23 And there was in their synagogue a man with an unclean spirit; and he cried out, 1:24 Saying, Let us alone; what have we to do with thee, thou Jesus of Nazareth? art thou come to destroy us? I know thee who thou art, the Holy One of God.
Just as He had attended the synagogue at Nazareth (see What Did The Messiah Read From Isaiah That Day?), the Messiah then attended the synagogue at Capernaum. Among the others who attended the synagogue at Capernaum were the four fishermen who would become the first called to be apostles ("when they were come out of the synagogue, they entered into the house of Simon and Andrew, with James and John" and see The Salt Of The Earth and Light Of The World Prophecy).
"1:29 And forthwith, when they were come out of the synagogue, they entered into the house of Simon and Andrew, with James and John. 1:30 But Simon's wife's mother lay sick of a fever, and anon they tell him of her. 1:31 And he came and took her by the hand, and lifted her up; and immediately the fever left her, and she ministered unto them.
The Messiah often prayed - usually alone ("he went out, and departed into a solitary place, and there prayed"' see When Does God Listen To Prayer? and How To Pray: 12 Biblical Principles Of Personal Prayer).
"1:35 And in the morning, rising up a great while before day, he went out, and departed into a solitary place, and there prayed. 1:36 And Simon and they that were with him followed after him. 1:37 And when they had found him, they said unto him, All men seek for thee.
Leprosy was one of the most-feared infections (see Leviticus 13: Bacteria). The Messiah healed the lepers who had faith: "kneeling down to him, and saying unto him, If thou wilt, thou canst make me clean."
"1:40 And there came a leper to him, beseeching him, and kneeling down to him, and saying unto him, If thou wilt, thou canst make me clean.
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This Day In History, March 28
193: The accession of Didius Julianus, 20th Roman emperor (see also Pax Romana: The Birth Of The Roman Empire).
845: Paris was sacked by Viking raiders.
1800: The Act of Union with England was passed by the Irish Parliament.
1849: Frederick William IV of Prussia was elected Emperor of the Germans by the German National Assembly (see Emperors and Popes).
1854: Britain and France declared war on Russia in the Crimean War.
1917: Jews were expelled from Tel Aviv and Jaffa by Ottoman/Turkish authorities (see A History Of Jerusalem: The British Mandate).
1930: Constantinople (which was named after the Roman emperor Constantine; listen to our Sermon Constantine's Papacy and see A History Of Jerusalem: Constantine and Muhammad) and Angora changed their names to Istanbul and Ankara, Turkey.
1933: The Reichstag (the German Parliament) gave dictatorial powers to Adolf Hitler (see Presidential Quotes On War, Terrorism, Religion). That same day, the Nazis banned Jews in all businesses, professions and schools in Germany.
1939: The Spanish Civil War ended when Madrid fell to Francisco Franco.
1945: Germany launched the last of the V-2 rockets against Britain.
1968: The U.S. lost its first warplane in Vietnam when an F-111 vanished on a combat mission over North Vietnam. According to most reliable estimates, by the end of the war, all branches of the U.S. military had over 2,000 fighter aircraft and 7,000 helicopters lost in Vietnam. The U.S. involvement in the Vietnam civil war was very profitable for a few manufacturers of weapons and machines of war - as warned in 1961 by retiring President Dwight Eisenhower who stated that the "military-industrial complex" would get the U.S. into endless and needless wars for the business of war - until the war profiteers ("the disastrous rise of misplaced power") would eventually "bleed" the U.S. dry.
"Our military organization today bears little relation to that known by any of my predecessors in peacetime, or indeed by the fighting men of World War II or Korea.
1979: Equipment failures and human error led to a partial core meltdown at the Three Mile Island nuclear reactor in Middleton, Pennsylvania.
2003: In one of numerous "friendly fire" incidents during the Iraq and Afghanistan invasions, two U.S. A-10 Thunderbolts attacked British tanks in Iraq.
2005: A magnitude 8.7 earthquake struck Sumatra.