“Before The Rooster Crows” ( Matthew 26: 75, HCSB ) by Carley Evans

God is in control. Foreknowledge without changing that which one knows is synonymous with control. God has not set the universe in motion only to sit back and watch in bewilderment to see what may or may not happen. Rather God knows exactly what is to happen, when it is to happen, and why it is to happen.

Jesus knows His crucifixion is coming. He even tells His disciples the details. Jesus also knows that “before the rooster crows” His friend Peter will deny even knowing Him three times. He knows Judas is the man to betray Him, saying, “I assure you: One of you will betray Me.” (Matthew 26:21) Jesus even knows the details of this betrayal long before they occur. He knows Judas is offered thirty pieces of silver; He knows Peter is to threaten the guard with a sword; He knows Judas is to kiss Him. Jesus knows He is to pray for deliverance from the horror of the cross, and sweat great drops of blood before He submits to His Father’s will.

Jesus – who is God the Son – does not change any of these events. Neither are the details altered.

Moments do exist in which Jesus appears to not know what is happening — one example is the woman who touches the edge of His robe so as to be healed. Jesus is aware power has gone out from Him, but He searches the great crowd to discover who has touched Him. Another example — Jesus sees the fig tree from a distance, goes to it, discovers no fruit and curses the tree. He appears to be unaware that the fig tree is barren.

I do think this lack of knowledge on Jesus’ part is just an appearance of ignorance. He wants the crowd to realize the woman is healed; He wants His disciples to know the reason He curses the fig tree. He must lightly feign surprise, curiosity, a lack of foreknowledge.

Jesus obviously chooses to limit His power, but He does not limit His full awareness of past, present, future. He knows. And because He knows all, He controls all. Jesus tells Pilate the truth when He says “You would have no authority over Me at all, if it hadn’t been given you from above.” (John 19:13)

“You say to me, therefore, ‘Why then does He still find fault? For who can resist His will? But who are you, a mere man, to talk back to God?” (Romans 9:19-20)

“Light In The Lord” ( Ephesians 5: 8, HCSB ) by Carley Evans

Once we were darkness, “but now [we] are light in the Lord.” As children of light, we should walk in that light, “discerning what is pleasing to the Lord.” (Ephesians 5:10) Paul repeats himself, so that we know how important is his point. He says again that we are not to walk “as unwise people but as wise.” (Ephesians 5:15) We are not to be foolish; rather we are to “understand what the Lord’s will is.” (Ephesians 5:17)

“Everything exposed by the light is made clear,” says Paul. Jesus says that people come into the light so their deeds are exposed as “accomplished by God” (John 3:21) while other people hate and avoid the same light, remaining in darkness so that their deeds are not exposed as evil.

As we are children of light, a natural consequence is that we expose “the fruitless deeds of darkness.” (Ephesians 5:11) For this reason, Jesus tells us not to be surprised that the world hates us. (John 15:19) After all, the world hates Jesus first; it follows that the world hates us as well.

Our role is to reflect the Lord, to reflect His light. His light is love — sometimes soothing, sometimes searing. “The truth is in Jesus.” (Ephesians 4:21)

“Fresh Wineskins” ( Mark 2: 22, HCSB ) by Carley Evans

Jesus says, “New wine is for fresh wineskins.” If you put new wine into an old wineskin, the newly fermented wine will burst the old skin so that you not only lose the wine but the skin. In order to keep the new wine, it must be stored in a new wineskin.

And so, without the indwelling power of the Holy Spirit, we can not be made new creations. Jesus tells Nicodemus, “You must be born again” in order to “see the kingdom of God.” (John 3:3) Our new lives can not function in our old systems — the system itself must be altered so that our lives are made real; so that we function as parts of the body of Christ.

The extraordinary power of God can not enter the ‘old nature.’ Rather, that nature is changed at a fundamental level so that God is able to make a place for Himself in our hearts.

Therefore, God commands, “Be holy as I Am holy.” And Jesus says, “Be perfect as your heavenly Father is perfect.”

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“A Kingdom Falling” ( Mark 3: 24, HCSB ) by Carley Evans

Jesus uses an example to illustrate how He can not possibly be driving out demons by the power behind the very same demons. He says, “If a kingdom is divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand.” Now we know that Jesus does not fabricate His illustrations; rather everything which proceeds from His mouth is Truth at its utmost. Therefore, Jesus is warning us.

Our nation — which for those of us who live in the United States of America is a sort of kingdom on earth — is divided against itself. Our two opposing political parties are rampantly hostile to an extent that little seems to be accomplished within our massive government system. Do you know that Colonel Q’uadafi actually sent a letter of thanks to our congress when it sanctioned our president for his support of the NATO Alliance in Libya? What a fiasco! No matter which side of the aisle one sits, this division is one which haunts us in the world community.

We are a kingdom falling because we are divided. Our disagreements are not polite but contentious. We create “events” on Facebook calling for a day in which we give our president “the bird” — a gesture which is hardly loving and definitely not reflective of our Lord Jesus!

Once we are on our knees as a nation, watch out — the vultures will descend upon us to devour what’s left of our country. A kingdom divided against itself cannot stand.

“And Not A Few” ( 2 Kings 4: 3, ESV ) by Carley Evans

A widow of one of the sons of the prophets calls out to Elisha, telling him “that the creditor has come to take [her] two children to be slaves” since she is unable to pay her debts. (2 Kings 4:1) Elisha seems to rhetorically ask, “What shall I do for you?” then comes up with an answer immediately. He asks the widow what she has in her house. She says, “Your servant has nothing in the house except a jar of oil.” (2 Kings 4:2)

She has nothing. Yet, she has something.

Elisha tells her to go to her neighbors and “borrow vessels, empty vessels and not too few.” She complies. Elisha tells her to also go inside, shut her door “behind [herself] and [her] sons and pour into all these vessels” the oil from the one jar she still has in her house. She continues pouring oil from the jar, filling each vessel until her sons have no more vessels to bring to her. At this point, the oil from the jar stops flowing.

The only limit to the flow of oil is how many empty vessels she has borrowed. Hence, Elisha’s advice: Borrow “not too few.” She has nothing. Yet, she has something. Now she has more than enough. Yet, there is potential for even more.

The widow tells Elisha that she has no more vessels to fill, that the oil has stopped flowing. He tells her to sell the oil and pay her debts, “and you and your sons can live on the rest.” (2 Kings 4:7)

She has nothing. Yet, she has something. Then she has more than enough. Now, she has everything she needs, both for herself and her sons.

Suppose she gave any oil to her neighbors when she returned their once-empty vessels?

“A Foolish Oath” ( 1 Samuel 14 : 28, HCSB ) by Carley Evans

For some reason, Saul places an oath on all the fighting men of Israel, commanding them to refrain from eating after defeating the Philistines. He says to his soldiers, “The man who eats food before evening, before I have taken vengeance on my enemies is cursed.” (1 Samuel 14:24) This seems almost like a boast. As a result of Saul’s foolish arrogance, no one eats. Even when they find honey on the ground in the forest, these men – out of fear – obey Saul and do not eat. As a result, they are all weakened and “worn out that day.” (1 Samuel 14:24)

Saul’s son, Jonathan, has not heard Saul’s command, so he dips the end of his staff in the honey and eats it. “When he eats the honey, he has renewed energy.” (1 Samuel 14:27) The other men, who have not eaten, “rush to the plunder” – presumably once evening has come – and “take sheep, cattle, and calves, slaughter them on the ground and eat meat with the blood still in it.” (1 Samuel 14:32) In this way, they each “sin against the Lord.” (1 Samuel 14:33) These men have not broken a man’s foolish command, but have disregarded God’s commandment.

Saul recognizes the seriousness of this disobedience; and calls for an altar to be built to the Lord. Oddly enough, this is “the first time he has built an altar to the Lord.” (1 Samuel 14:35) Afterwards, rather impulsively, Saul calls for his men to “go down after the Philistines tonight and plunder them until morning. Don’t let even one remain!” And his soldiers reply, “Do whatever you want.” (1 Samuel 14:36)

The priest reminds Saul that the Lord should be consulted. Saul asks God, but God does not answer. Saul decides the Lord is silent because “a sin has occurred today.” (1 Samuel 14:38) He calls for the death of that sinner, even if it proves to be his own son, Jonathan. Saul’s soldiers again say, “Do whatever you want” (1 Samuel 14:40) So, Saul casts a lot to determine if the sin is from the troops or from himself and Jonathan. The lot falls against Saul and Jonathan. Saul immediately wants to know what his son has done to make the Lord angry. Jonathan admits to eating a little honey. He also adds, “I am ready to die!” (1 Samuel 14:43)

But the troops intervene. They tell Saul that Jonathan “worked with God’s help today” and “accomplished a great deliverance for Israel.” (1 Samuel 14:45) In this way, “the people redeem Jonathan, and he does not die.” (1 Samuel 14:45)

Saul does not appear to fully grasp the foolishness of his command. Rather, he arrogantly wants to pursue and destroy all of the Philistines with famished, exhausted troops. He wants his vengeance before any man among his troops eats. When he becomes aware of the greater sin against the Lord – eating meat with the blood still in it – , he builds an altar but then decides upon a course of action without consulting God. Ignoring the greater sin, he then accuses his men and his son of breaking the oath he commanded. When the lot falls against himself as well as against Jonathan, it does not even occur to Saul that it may have been his foolish oath that angered the Lord. Instead, he asks his son, “Tell me what you did.” (1 Samuel 14:43)

The people stand between Saul – who is unjustifiably self-reliant – and his son, Jonathan who leans upon the Lord to accomplish the deliverance of Israel.

“Open Talk” ( Mark 8: 32, HCSB ) by Carley Evans

While traveling between villages, Jesus asks His disciples who the people believe He is. They say, “John the Baptist; others, Elijah; and still others, one of the prophets.” (Mark 8:28) Oddly enough, these opinions of Jesus’ true identity show that belief in resurrection from the dead is not an issue for “the people.”

Jesus then asks the disciples, “But you, who do you say that I am?” (Mark 8:29) And Peter’s response is immediate. Peter calls Jesus “the Messiah!” (Mark 8:30) Jesus warns Peter and the disciples to keep this information to themselves.

As they continue, Jesus begins to teach them about His upcoming rejection, trial, scourging, crucifixion, and His ultimate triumph: His resurrection. “He is openly talking about this.” (Mark 8:32) And this bothers Peter so much that he takes Jesus aside. “Come here, Jesus.” He “begins to rebuke Him.” (Mark 8:32)

If you will indulge me some conjecture, imagine Peter standing tall over Jesus like a big brother telling Him, “You mustn’t talk about these things; don’t You know how upsetting this is for those of us who have given up everything to follow You? Don’t you know we’re scared? Can’t You tell that we keep anticipating Your triumph over this evil regime? What are you talking about? Come on, get Yourself together and let’s make this happen already!”

Jesus turns away from Peter, and “looking at His disciples, He rebukes Peter and says, “Get behind Me, Satan, because you’re not thinking about God’s concerns, but man’s!” (Mark 8:33) Then He calls out for the crowd that has obviously been following closely and says, “If anyone wants to be My follower, He must deny himself, take up his cross, and follow Me. For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life because of Me and the gospel will save it. For what does it benefit a man to gain the whole world yet lose his life? What can a man give in exchange for his life? For whoever is ashamed of Me and of My Words in this adulterous and sinful generation, the Son of Man will also be ashamed of him when He comes in the glory of His Father with the holy angels.” (Mark 8:34-38)

“Why Are You Angry?” ( Genesis 4: 6, ESV ) by Carley Evans

Cain, the “worker of the ground,” is angry. His offering to God has brought him “no regard.” (Genesis 4:2,4) His face falls. God asks, “Why are you angry, and why has your face fallen? If you do well, will you not be accepted?” Then God warns, “And if you do not do well, sin is crouching at the door. Its desire is for you, but you must rule over it.” (Genesis 4:7)

Sin desires to rule over Cain, and succeeds. Cain’s anger against God turns to envy of and jealousy against his brother. He rises up against Abel and kills him “when they are in the field.” (Genesis 4:8)

Anger against God results in failing to be our “brother’s keeper.” (Genesis 4:9) Since we are unable to strike out at God in any direct manner, we turn against our brothers. In our anger is the seed of murder.

Sin has a consequence for Cain, one which “is greater than [he] can bear.” (Genesis 4:13) He “goes away from the presence of the Lord.” (Genesis 4:16) “Sin is crouching at the door. Its desire is for you, but you must rule over it.” (Genesis 4:7) The consequence – separation from God – “is greater than [we] can bear.” (Genesis 4:13)

Jesus says, “Enter by the narrow gate. For the gate is wide, and the way is easy that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many. For the gate is narrow and the way is hard that leads to life, and those who find it are few.” (Matthew 7:13-14)

“Watch Out” ( Galatians 5: 15, ESV ) by Carley Evans

Christ set us free from the law of sin and death and we are “not [to] submit again to a yoke of slavery.” (Galatians 5:1) Since we have died to the world in and through Christ, Paul wonders why we “submit to regulations” of the world as if we were still alive to the world. (Colossians 2:20) “For [we] are called to freedom, brothers, only [we are] not [to] use [our] freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love [we are to] serve one another.” (Galatians 5:13) In love, we serve one another and so fulfill “the whole law.” (Galatians 5:14)

In our efforts to conform to regulations which “indeed have an appearance of wisdom in promoting self-made religion and asceticism and severity to the body, but have no value in stopping the indulgence of the flesh” (Colossians 2:23); sometimes we attack one another. “But if [we] bite and devour one another, watch out that [we] are not consumed by one another.” Instead, we are called to “bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.” (Galatians 6:2) “As we have opportunity, let us do good to everyone, and especially to those who are of the household of faith.” (Galatians 6:10) Notice Paul calls us to “do good to everyone.”

“Therefore, be imitators of God, as beloved children. And walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave Himself up for us.” (Ephesians 5:1-2)