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Anticipation

“Behold he cometh with clouds, and every eye shall see Him.”
Revelation 1:6
What do Mr. G and Pastor Washington have in common? One is a meteorologist, and the other a minister of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Mr. G, a weather forecaster on a network news channel, has kept us glued to the television set over the past several years. Having come through the past Nor’easter’s we have become very attentive to what he has to say. With their electronic maps and weather graphic systems, weathermen have been able to predict within days, even hours, what the weather outlook and advisory is. They make us aware that the storms are coming. Lately, they’ve been pretty accurate.

So in preparation for the on-coming, impending weather, we go out and buy yet another shovel. We stock u the fridge and cabinets with groceries because what we have in the house already obviously is not enough. We tune our snowblowers and store up salt and sand, and we lay out our hats, boots, and gloves, just in case. But if you’re like me, you pray for a snow day, so you don’t have to get out at all. Either way, having been warned, we prepare and we wait, in anticipation of the storm.


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How U Doin’?

“And as they departed from Jericho, a great multitude followed him. And behold, two blind men sitting by the way side, when they heard that Jesus passed by, cried out saying, ‘Have mercy on us, O Lord, thou son of David. And the multitude rebuked them because they should hold their peace: but they cried the more, saying ‘Have mercy on us, O Lord, thou son of David. And Jesus stood still and called them and said, “What will ye that I shall do unto you? They say unto Him, Lord that our eyes may be opened. So Jesus had compassion them and touched their eyes: and immediately their eyes received sight, and they followed him. And when they drew nigh unto Jerusalem, and were come to Bethlehem, and were come to Bethpage, unto the mount of olives, then sent Jesus two disciples, saying unto them, Go into the village over against you, and straightway ye shall find a donkey tied, and a colt with her: loose them, and bring them unto me, And if any man may say ought unto you, ye shall say, The Lord hath need of them: and straightway he will send them.”

Matthew 20:29-24; 21:1-3 KJV

When Jesus entered Jerusalem, the capital of Palestine, He modeled a new style for handling acclaim from the crowd. The city was wild with excitement during its peak season of tourists and celebration. In fulfillment of the prophecies of Zechariah (9:9) and Isaiah (62:11), instead of a parade of chariots and trumpets and great pomp and circumstance, Jesus rode into town on a donkey, a common beast of burden. No fancy entourage, he was accompanied only by a small band of common fisherman, two men, once blind but could now see, and even a former tax collector. It was the parade of parades for the common folk. When he got there he went into the place of worship (21:12-13) where everything but worship was taking place. He overthrew the tables of unjust business. He focused on the blind, the lame, and the children (21:14-16) and when he had completed the day’s tasks he spent the night in Bethany (21:17). Jesus’ final activities before his death were focused on those readiest to head of His love, forgiveness, and hope.

As we enter into the Easter season beginning with Palm Sunday, do you know people who need to be invited to join the humble King’s procession? Are there co-workers, neighbors, or family members who need to receive the good news through you? How are you dealing with the temptation to deal only with the beautiful, the proud, and the powerful? How U Doin?
 
Submitted By Deaconess Irene Gardon


Who Was the Queen of Sheba?

The Queen of Sheba, known in the New Testament as the queen of the South (Luke 11:31) visited Solomon to examine his wisdom. Solomon, whose name means, “peaceful,” was also known as Jedidiah, beloved of the Lord, who lived in Jerusalem. He was the tenth son of David, born to Bathsheba. He had numerous half-brothers, and half-sisters including Absalom, and Adonijah. He married numerous wives and concubines including the daughter of Pharaoh. He was the father of Rehoboam and the King of Israel.

The Queen of Sheba ruled a country that was most likely in southwest Arabia, a mighty commercial power specializing in the trade of perfume and incense. During her visit, it is said that she probably negotiated a trade agreement as well as provisions for safe passage of her merchant’s caravans through Israel’s territory.

Having heard astonishing reports of Solomon’s wisdom and splendor, she found him exceeding his reputation. In response, she worshiped the God of Israel and presented Solomon with an abundance of gold, jewels, and more spices than the kingdom had ever received before. In exchange, Solomon was equally generous, giving her all she desired, whatever she asked, besides what he had given her according to the royal generosity (1 Kings 10:13).

Commenting on her story, Jesus warned his listeners that this queen would rise up in judgment on their generation. When she came to Solomon and saw his greatness, her response was not jealousy or denial, but awe and thanksgiving. She acknowledged Solomon’s greatness and honored his God.

By contrast, Jesus’ generation had met one greater than Solomon- The Messiah Himself- and their response had been unbelief (Luke 11:29). So He predicted that a woman who rules a powerful country would someday put them to shame because she, like Solomon, was wise. The queen of Sheba was a forerunner of women of power and influence, who are in awe of the Truth & Living God, an example for all women.     

Submitted by Deaconess Irene Gardon