Vineyard Life Journal

An online forum for our church family to connect around our 2012 daily Bible reading plan using the S.O.A.P. method.

Day 63

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Welcome to Day 63 of our Life Journal!

Click here for today’s reading: Numbers 34, 35, 36; Mark 11  (2012 Daily Bible Reading Plan)

Before you comment or read what I have posted, please read the following passages for yourself and complete your own S.O.A.P. exercise… How does this work?

S.O.A.P = Scripture, Observation, Application, Prayer

S cripture

Numbers 34 concerning the bounds and borders of Canaan (the Promised Land) and its distribution among the tribes of Israel.

Numbers 35 Orders having been given before for the dividing of the land of Canaan among the tribes. Care is here taken for a provision for the clergy, the Levites. (Pretty amazing provision!) Forty-eight cities were to be assigned them, with their suburbs, some in every tribe, six cities out of these were to be for cities of refuge, for any man that killed another unintentionally. And provision and conditions for sanctuary… In what case sanctuary was not allowed, namely, willful murder. In what cases sanctuary was allowed, and the law concerning those that took shelter in these cities of refuge.

Numbers 36 back to the issue of inheritance of Zelophehad’s daughters and their inheritance. They were instructed (commanded) to marry within their own tribe so as to avoid any disputes regarding their inheritance (the land they were given) staying within their tribe and family.

Mark 11, Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem… I always thought this to be a New York ticker tape parade type of event… but apparently it was getting late and there wasn’t anyone in the temple courts. Seems a bit anticlimactic…

v 24, “Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.”

(Oh, and one more thing…)

25 “And… when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive them, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins.”

O bservation

“Whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.” That’s quite a statement and a promise.

So… does that mean absolutely everything I ask for, I will get? I’m not convinced this statement is one you can simply take at face value. Otherwise God would be treated as a butler or some sort of concierge, servant or vending machine!

Yes, I’ll have steak for dinner tonight… a new Cadillac Escalade and can up please upsize my house for me? Thanks!

How does this statement fit with healing?

I think there’s a reason Jesus said to pray, “They kingdom come. Thy will be done, on earth, as it is in heaven.” His will is not always accomplished on earth because of sin. Until his kingdom comes in its fulness (when he returns) we are left in a bit of kingdom limbo… between the “now” and the “not yet.”

God’s promise is for provision. And yet I do believe he wants to bless us, too…

A pplication

I want to see heaven come to earth… I want to see the sick made well. Blind eyes to see. The lame walking…

P rayer

I’m not asking for a bigger house or a new car… I just want to see your kingdom come on earth as it is in heaven!

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6 thoughts on “Day 63

  1. Connie on said:

    Jesus Curses a Fig Tree and Clears the Temple Courts
    12 The next day as they were leaving Bethany, Jesus was hungry. 13 Seeing in the distance a fig tree in leaf, he went to find out if it had any fruit. When he reached it, he found nothing but leaves, because it was not the season for figs. 14 Then he said to the tree, “May no one ever eat fruit from you again.” And his disciples heard him say it.
    15 On reaching Jerusalem, Jesus entered the temple courts and began driving out those who were buying and selling there. He overturned the tables of the money changers and the benches of those selling doves, 16 and would not allow anyone to carry merchandise through the temple courts. 17 And as he taught them, he said, “Is it not written: ‘My house will be called a house of prayer for all nations’[c]? But you have made it ‘a den of robbers.’[d]”

    18 The chief priests and the teachers of the law heard this and began looking for a way to kill him, for they feared him, because the whole crowd was amazed at his teaching.

    19 When evening came, Jesus and his disciples[e] went out of the city.

    20 In the morning, as they went along, they saw the fig tree withered from the roots. 21 Peter remembered and said to Jesus, “Rabbi, look! The fig tree you cursed has withered!”
    O Even Jesus got a little testy when he was hungry.
    A I am in the middle of a two day fast for a procedure to be done Monday morning. My husband just came in with buttered toast and scrambled eggs with cheese. Even though I am hungry and that made me angry, I can learn from this. I think about the people in other countries and even here now who don’t have food to eat when they are hungry. This is hard for me and it’s only for a few hours and I could eat if I wanted to.
    P Father,
    Thank you for allowing me to be born into the greatest country this world has ever seen. Thank you that the days and hours of my life that I have been without, have been by choice.
    Give me even more compassion and mercy for those who are without. With that mercy and compassion I ask that you will use me to help others.
    I ask all of this in your son’s mighty name,
    Amen

  2. Mark 11:22-25-Jesus urges the disciples to pray for everything-small and large.

    vs. 24 (Msg) “Include everything as you embrace this God-life, and you’ll get God’s everything.”

    Thank you, Lord, that you give us your all. Thank you that you care about everything in my life. My fears, hopes, dream and desires. Thank you for the Sabbath and a day to rest. Thank you for the snow today. I love you.

  3. Martha on said:

    In Mark 11:25 Jesus says, ” And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive them, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins.”

    I wanted to know what standing praying was about — its called Amidah and it includes Praise, Petition and Thanksgiving — interesting article:

    http://www.myjewishlearning.com/texts/Liturgy_and_Prayers/Siddur_Prayer_Book/Amidah.shtml?TSLP

    Attending a prayer meeting last Friday and then reading this, I realized we have left a huge part out of our prayer time — repenting of unforgiveness, grudges and bitterness — maybe this is the first thing we should do and then perhaps the rest will be taken care of.

    This is definitely going to change how I pray (and do yoga — standing praying — that is Tadasana with anjali mudra

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  4. In the morning, as they went along, they saw the fig tree withered from the roots. Peter remembered and said to Jesus, “Rabbi, look! The fig tree you cursed has withered!”

    “Have faith in God,” Jesus answered. “Truly I tell you, if anyone says to this mountain, ‘Go, throw yourself into the sea,’ and does not doubt in their heart but believes that what they say will happen, it will be done for them. Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours. And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive them, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins.”

    I wonder what the difference is between doubting in your heart vs. doubting in your mind. I have really worked on praying without a doubt that it will be so. Great results so far. Praise God!

    Several years ago, I went back through my life reviewing where I was holding on to grudges and worked to forgive. It was easy at first, but I came to some toughies, people who really hurt me deeply. It took time and prayer, but when I finally forgave with my heart, not just my mind, it literally felt like my shoulders were carrying less weight. I then realized how great my life became.

  5. I do believe my faith is being challenged by God to encourage growth. Some of this has to do with letting down my guard and letting go of old hurts. Any scripture reccomendations for this?

    • Philippians 3:12-14
      New International Version
      12 Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already arrived at my goal, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. 13 Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, 14 I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.

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