and the LORD’s good plan will prosper in his hands.
Friday, July 30, 2010
and the LORD’s good plan will prosper in his hands.
Thursday, July 29, 2010
for the rebellion of my people.
“…Even before Jesus was brought to public trial following his arrest in the Garden of Gethsemane, the Sanhedrin had already assembled three times in secret and rendered decisions which prove, beyond a doubt, that the death-sentence of Christ was determined upon even before his public accusation. The first such meeting was held in September of the year preceding the crucifixion. This fact is made clear by St. John the Evangelist in his account of Jesus healing the man born blind, when he states “for the Jews had already agreed that if any man did confess that he was the Christ, he should be put out of the synagogue.” (Jn. 9:22) For only a solemn assembly of the Sanhedrin had power to pronounce such a decree of excommunication. In excommunicating Jesus’ followers, they indirectly declared Jesus a false prophet, and hence subject to the death penalty. Is this not a proof, as Nicodemus had implied (Jn. 7:51), that they had already condemned him without having granted him a hearing or listened to a word in his defense? The second such session of the Sanhedrin took place in the month of February, about four and a half months after the first session. The resurrection of Lazarus was the occasion that called the Sanhedrin into council at this time.(from Jn. 11:47-53) So the chief priests and the Pharisees gathered the council, and said, "What are we to do? For this man performs many signs. If we let him go on thus, every one will believe in him, and the Romans will come and destroy both our holy place and our nation." But one of them, Caiaphas, who was high priest that year, said to them, "You know nothing at all; you do not understand that it is expedient for you that one man should die for the people, and that the whole nation should not perish”. So from that day on they took counsel how to put him to death. We see then, that at this second council the death of Christ was decided upon. In the September session his death was proposed only indirectly, but this time the sentence is passed, the high-priest having himself declared that it were better for one man to die! This sentence was pronounced without summoning the accused into council, without witnesses, and without making any investigation of his doctrines or his miracles. Neither was it pronounced because Jesus was found to be seditious or revolutionary, but because it was necessary to put a stop to his miracles, and thus destroy the peoples’ belief in him. The sentence having been pronounced by the high-priest, it was ratified by the whole assembly “From that day on they took counsel how to put him to death.” It is a settled question; there remains to be determined only the time and the manner of executing the sentence. Have we not here ample evidence that the condemnation of Jesus preceded is arrest and trial? The third session was held about three weeks after the second, just two days before the Passion. Now the feast of Unleavened Bread drew near, which is called the Passover. And the chief priests and the scribes were seeking how to put him to death; for they feared the people. Then the chief priests and the elders of the people gathered in the palace of the high priest, who was called Caiaphas, and took counsel together in order to arrest Jesus by stealth and kill him. But they said, "Not during the feast, lest there be a tumult among the people."(Lk. 22:1-2, Mt. 26:3-5) We notice that at this gathering the question of the sentence of Christ is no longer debated. His death had already been determined upon at the second session. The only things that now remain to be settled are the manner of his death and the proper time for its execution. Now let us sum up the decisions of the three councils. The first council, in excommunicating the partisans of Christ, denounced him as a false prophet, and consequently guilty of death. In the second council the question of whether he should die was proposed, and unanimously decided in the affirmative. In the third council his arrest and execution were appointed to take place at the first favorable opportunity.”
Sunday, July 18, 2010
And Joseph's master took him, and put him into the prison, a place where the king's prisoners were bound: and he was there in the prison.
But the LORD was with Joseph, and shewed him mercy, and gave him favour in the sight of the keeper of the prison.
And the keeper of the prison committed to Joseph's hand all the prisoners that were in the prison; and whatsoever they did there, he was the doer of it.
The keeper of the prison looked not to any thing that was under his hand; because the LORD was with him, and that which he did, the LORD made it to prosper.
a. An interesting fact in this is that Potiphar himself was in charge of this prison.
1). Genesis 40:3 And he put them in ward in the house of the captain of the guard, into the prison, the place where Joseph was bound.
b. Not only that but “the keeper of the prison” who undoubtedly was under Potiphar gave Joseph the charge of all the prisoners in the prison. Why Potiphar did not make it horribly bad for Joseph when he could have perhaps says something. Jewish tradition and some conservative Christian writers have written that its possible that Potiphar knew that Joseph was innocent but to save face had Joseph thrown in prison, but purposely made it as easy as possible for him. Joseph was in prison for at least two years but probably more, the Biblical record really does not say. I tend to lean that he was in Potiphars house for about ten years and in prison for three years.
1. Joseph was around 17 when he was taken into slavery into Egypt. Genesis 37:1-36. Since Joseph was born before Jacob left Haran, Jacob had been back in Caanan less than 17 years before Joseph was sold into slavery.
a. Genesis 37:2 These are the generations of Jacob. Joseph, being seventeen years old, was feeding the flock with his brethren; and the lad was with the sons of Bilhah, and with the sons of Zilpah, his father's wives: and Joseph brought unto his father their evil report.
b. When he was promoted to Prime Minister of Egypt, he was thirty.
1). Genesis 41:46 And Joseph was thirty years old when he stood before Pharaoh king of Egypt. And Joseph went out from the presence of Pharaoh, and went throughout all the land of Egypt.
2. Other time line events.
a. Jacob was 130 years old when he came down to Egypt.
1). Genesis 47:8 And Pharaoh said unto Jacob, How old art thou?
And Jacob said unto Pharaoh, The days of the years of my pilgrimage are an hundred and thirty years: few and evil have the days of the years of my life been, and have not attained unto the days of the years of the life of my fathers in the days of their pilgrimage.
b. Jacob was 60 years younger than his father Isaac.
1). Genesis 25:26 And after that came his brother out, and his hand took hold on Esau's heel; and his name was called Jacob: and Isaac was threescore years old when she bare them.
c. . When Isaac died at 180, Jacob was 120 .
1). Genesis 35:27-29 And Jacob came unto Isaac his father unto Mamre, unto the city of Arbah, which is Hebron, where Abraham and Isaac sojourned.
And the days of Isaac were an hundred and fourscore years.
And Isaac gave up the ghost, and died, and was gathered unto his people, being old and full of days: and his sons Esau and Jacob buried him.
2). Doing the math that means Jacob was 120 years old at his father’s death, and if Jacob was 130 when he went down to Egypt, that means Joseph had been in Egypt for about 3 years when Isaac died. Jacob was about 107 or 108 when Joseph was sold into slavery and Isaac was about 177.
And she laid up his garment by her, until his lord came home.
And she spake unto him according to these words, saying, The Hebrew servant, which thou hast brought unto us, came in unto me to mock me:
And it came to pass, as I lifted up my voice and cried, that he left his garment with me, and fled out.
And it came to pass, when his master heard the words of his wife, which she spake unto him, saying, After this manner did thy servant to me; that his wrath was kindled.
a. She repeated the lie to her husband who was reasonably furious.
b. Chumash note, p.217. “By the standards of Egyptian society, Potiphar should have Joseph killed. That he did not was because of his affection for Joseph, because God protected Joseph, or because Potiphar knowing Joseph’s righteousness he doubted his wife’s story.”
c. Bible History, Alfred Edersheim. “We have reason to believe that Potiphar could not in every respect have credited the story of his wife. For the punishment awarded in Egypt to the crime of which she accused him was far more severe than that which Joseph received. Potiphar consigned him to the king’s prison, of which, in his capacity as chief of the body-guard, he was the superintendent.”
And the LORD was with Joseph, and he was a prosperous man; and he was in the house of his master the Egyptian.
And his master saw that the LORD was with him, and that the LORD made all that he did to prosper in his hand.
a. According to Scripture the probable reason Joseph prospered is because he meditated on the word of God.
1). Psalm 1:1-3 Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.
But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.
And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.
b. Although there was no written word as we know it, Joseph meditated on the content of what God spoke to him in his dreams. He also probably meditated on the words and traditions that were passed down from his father Jacob including Jacob’s dream at Bethel, Genesis 28:10-22, his dream in Haran, Genesis 31:3-13; when Jacob met a company of angels on his way back from Haran before he met Esau, Genesis 32:1, 2; God appearing to him at Peniel, Genesis 32:24-30. No doubt Joseph was also aware of God appearing to his grandfather Isaac and great grandfather Abraham.