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 329

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Welcome to Day 329 of our Life Journal!

Click here for today’s reading: Matthew 20; Matthew 21; Matthew 22 (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

Matthew 20:30, “Two blind men were sitting by the roadside, and when they heard that Jesus was going by, they shouted, “Lord, Son of David, have mercy on us!” 31 The crowd rebuked them and told them to be quiet, but they shouted all the louder, “Lord, Son of David, have mercy on us!” 32 Jesus stopped and called them. “What do you want me to do for you?” he asked. 33 “Lord,” they answered, “we want our sight.” 34 Jesus had compassion on them and touched their eyes. Immediately they received their sight and followed him.”

Matthew 21:10, “When Jesus entered Jerusalem,

the whole city was stirred

and asked, ‘Who is this?'”

Matthew 22:36, “‘Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?’ 37 Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ 38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ 40 All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.'”

O bservation

I wonder what it must have been like for Jesus riding into Jerusalem on that donkey?

A pplication

Have been thinking about Jerusalem… The city itself.

Reading today how Jesus rode into Jerusalem, a city rich with history, centuries old…

And it’s still there today.

Can you believe it was founded 5,000 years ago? If you ask most people what is our oldest city in the U.S., most people would say Roanoke Colony in Virginia, founded in 1585. (Even though a couple of other cities were founded earlier, including Saint Augistine, FL and Childersburg, AL, visited by de Soto in 1540).

Cahokia, IL was occupied in 650 AD by a now-extinct Native American Tribe. There are also a couple of cities in New Mexico and Arizona that date back to 1000 AD.)

What’s my point?

Our oldest (European-founded) city only goes back less than 500 years, and mostly just to 1585. Jerusalem dates back to 3000 BC!

And you can still walk the streets there…

During its long history, Jerusalem has been destroyed twice, besieged 23 times, attacked 52 times, and captured and recaptured 44 times!

And it’s still there.

A testimony to God’s faithfulness to His promises, and to His people.

I think want to visit Jerusalem sometime. (I never had the desire to go, until just now.)

Something clicked inside me as I read about Jesus riding into Jerusalem on a donkey… (Not like I’ve never read that story before!)

… and the whole city was stirred…

I shall have to commit this to prayer…

P rayer

Lord I believe you will make a way for me to visit Jerusalem… If it is your will.

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