Mark 14:51 A certain young man followed Him, having a linen cloth thrown around his naked body. And the young men laid hold of him, and he left the linen cloth and fled from them naked.

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This is such a strange verse. I usually pass over it as I read thinking it’s waaaaay over my head to figure this one out, however this week I stopped, pondered, dove into the words and wondered and wondered away as I asked God, what in the world! is going on here?

—-a naked man running away in the night after men had laid hold of him, then he dropped his linen cloth………who memorized that verse in bible class?

  So here’s the scene:  It’s the night before Jesus’s death and Judas with his temple hierarchy come sneaking to find Jesus at Gethsemane (garden at the foot of the Mount of Olives in Jerusalem). They did this privately because they feared the people would be in an uproar if they saw what they were up to. Jesus had been earnestly praying to God that this awful cup would pass – but also for God’s will only. Jesus’ friends kept falling asleep even though Jesus had asked them to stay awake and pray. Jesus, then, coming back to his disciples a 3rd time said 

“Are you still sleeping and resting? Enough! The hour has come. Look, the Son of Man is delivered into the hands of sinners. Rise! Let us go! Here comes my betrayer!”

  And then you know the rest, Judas kisses him, an armed crowd with swords and clubs surrounds Jesus, they seize and arrest Jesus, then he heals the ear of one of his attackers, then everyone deserts him…..then this verse :

Mark 14:51 And there followed him a certain young man, having a linen cloth cast about his naked body; and the young men laid hold on him

So long story short, I think this is symbolic of the scapegoat when they sacrificed- or the scapebird- yeah, there’s a scape bird too (Lev 14 ).

However, let’s look at a few things or follow me along my thought process which made me believe, out of all my thoughts, that my final on this verse is scapegoat

1 . Linen…why linen!?! We know linen was mainly used for the high priests and also the temple hangings- hmmm but I’m not convinced I have a full answer here. Sure, Jesus is our high priest and he made a way for us through the veil..but let’s move on

2- Who else was naked? (besides demon possessed) Adam- and what did Adam do? He hid, he probably ran like this naked man did too. First Adam? last Adam? Is there a similarity? maybe, sure. Adam and this man both found themselves naked and one hid and the other ran. Yeah, but that can’t be the full story either

3- Was it symbolic of a new beginning – born naked and die naked like life and death, no, that can’t be it. Could it be shame? ehhhh , I’m not convinced

4- Did it have something to do with our garments? Revelation 16:15 Blessed is he who watches and keeps his garments, lest he walk naked and they see his shame.

5- Isaiah 20:3 Isaiah walked naked as a SIGN and a wonder

………………..okay so there is something symbolic in Mark 14:51-52

What do I think?

I think there’s a link between this action in the garden and the sin offering with the scapegoat in Leviticus 16:7

 He shall take the two goats and present them before the Lord at the door of the tabernacle of meeting. Then Aaron shall cast lots for the two goats: one lot for the Lord and the other lot for the scapegoat. And Aaron shall bring the goat on which the Lord’s lot fell, and offer it as a sin offering. 10 But the goat on which the lot fell to be the scapegoat shall be presented alive before the Lord, to make atonement upon it, and to let it go as the scapegoat into the wilderness.

15 “Then he shall kill the goat of the sin offering, which is for the people, bring its blood inside the veil, do with that blood as he did with the blood of the bull, and sprinkle it on the mercy seat and before the mercy seat. 16 So he shall make atonement for the Holy Place, because of the uncleanness of the children of Israel, and because of their transgressions, for all their sins; and so he shall do for the tabernacle of meeting which remains among them in the midst of their uncleanness. 

21 Aaron shall lay both his hands on the head of the live goat, confess over it all the iniquities of the children of Israel, and all their transgressions, concerning all their sins, putting them on the head of the goat, and shall send it away into the wilderness by the hand of a suitable man. 22 The goat shall bear on itself all their iniquities to an uninhabited land; and he shall release the goat in the wilderness.

 

Perhaps in Mark, the hands laid on The man we’re like the hands laid on the head of the live scape goat.

Update, I see it now! Do you know what this means?! This is the ultimate picture of forgiveness! Jesus is taking the sin of all his accusers right there at that moment, offering himself up as the sin offering. Wow! Look, the men laid hold of the man and then he ran off. So the men, like the priest laying his hand on the scapegoat, then the men coming to arrest Jesus laid their hands on this man and then Jesus, beside them was the ultimate sin offering. wow. wow. wow!

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Peace out and show others your bravery in Christ just as the Israelites did when they marched out of Egypt  showing the Egyptians their bravery because they trusted in the Lord. That’s what God wants you to do. Be brave and represent Him with FAITH!

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Who exactly laid hold of whom? The translation in  bible says the men laid hold of him meaning the man in linen, However when you read the translation in Greek,

it says the man laid hold of the man, the young man is the definition of both the one laying hands on the man and the one in linen. It’s also translated servant so maybe the servant of the high priest who just had his ear replaced was the one who laid hold of this man in linen. The pluralization of the word ‘men’ is added, we only know a young man or young servant laid hold, seized or tried to restrain another young man or servant.

Now we think a young man or men laid hold of him- but often, that ‘ him’ is also plural in the bible. What if the young man tried to seized them- those trying to seize Jesus.- or is the him , Jesus?

Did the men try to seize the man in linen?

did the man in linen try to seize Jesus? the men or one man, like the priest’s servant?

Did one man of the accusers try to seize this man.

If you read the bible verse, it’s clear. When you did deeper and read the true meaning, we don’t know for sure who seized who. I believe the men or the servant’s young priest tried to seize the man in linen, for what reason? Maybe the man in linen was trying to seize them or Jesus. Anyways, what we do know is this- one or two were about to be seized. hands were laid on someone and one ran away dropping his linen. Was this linen used in the burial of Jesus? I don’t know if Joseph of Arimathea would have used that or used a new one, but knowing Joseph, I think he’d only want the best, not one that dropped on the ground, but I’ve been wrong before.

 

 

 

 

Our Eternal Home

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My house is being remodeled and it’s quite frustrating. I haven’t had a kitchen for 6 weeks, my floors are ripped up and all day long I hear jackhammers, workers talking loud and so much dust.  Besides that, which is really nothing- when I refocus on the blessings God gives me each day, we recently went through a hurricane, we were happy to be one of the few who still had power but we didn’t have water and when we did it wasn’t safe.   Many were without power for weeks, others lost homes and still others are suffering on the islands, the Keys and Puerto Rico. When I consider their destruction and tragedy , I am silent, really…I have nothing to complain about.

After the hurricane I was praying to God, I told Him how frustrated I was because I felt like I didn’t have a home , but the Lord reminded me that this home on earth is only temporary. I opened up the bible and every day His Word spoke to me. This is what I opened up to the first day:

  2 Cor 5:  For we know that if the earthly tent we live in is destroyed, we have a building from God, an eternal house in heaven, not built by human hands. Meanwhile we groan, longing to be clothed instead with our heavenly dwelling, because when we are clothed, we will not be found naked. For while we are in this tent, we groan and are burdened, because we do not wish to be unclothed but to be clothed instead with our heavenly dwelling, so that what is mortal may be swallowed up by life. Now the one who has fashioned us for this very purpose is God, who has given us the Spirit as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come.

Now I know this can also relate to our earthly body, not our literal house, but it had great impact on me on that moment. Even if my body fails and my house falls apart, I know that this is not my eternal home. God has prepared a place for me and you (John 14) not built by human hands. We have a perfect home in heaven that is being prepared. This home will never be destroyed.

Besides all this, God has given us His peace through Christ Jesus. Even in my dusty, noisy home, I can find peace and joy. Though storms, frustrations and fears come, God has given us a way to stand unshakable ( Jeremiah 17:7-8) in faith and filled with peace no matter what we face. There are times in life when it feels like we need to walk through the fire. It could be sickness, death, divorce or any other trauma or tragedy but you see….. this is not the end, eternity lies before us and this eternity is clothed with promises of peace for you because of God’s love for you.

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Philippians 4:8 tells us to fix our thoughts on what is true, noble, and worthy of praise. I can find peace when I refocus my thinking. Another verse in Romans 3:4-5 and also in James 1 tells us to rejoice in our troubles because they are good for us, they make us stronger and they also prepare us to help others who go through the same things we suffered through. There is another verse that tells us not to think it’s a strange thing when we are going through something difficult “ Beloved think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened to you “ 1 Peter 4:12

Why do bad and annoying things happen? There are many reasons and there at times, no reasons. If we look at examples in the bible we see bad things happen when we sin, when we lose our focus, just because we belong to Jesus, a test, or no reason- we don’t have all the answers. This past Sunday I heard Charles Stanley say sometimes things come our way in life to show us some sin in our life we need to deal with or to open our eyes to repentance in order to save our souls that we might live with the Lord forever.

We can find peace in our storm. We can find comfort and sometimes, we can find answers. Like the reggae song says, Everything’s going to be all right in Christ. Those word are true, He will never let you down.

Last year I was dealing with a lot of head pain after my 3 concussions. Sometimes I could feel fear, worry, anxiety and depression trying enter my space and it wasn’t easy fighting it off. It took a lot of persistence but in all that time, when I laid in bed in pain, I had this strangest feeling that there was truly protection around me. It’s almost as if I could see it spiritually, it looked like a biblical Sukkot tent that was put up over me and there was so much peace and protection. It seemed, like there were wooden sticks set up and a white lined cloth like a tent covering it, and I was in it. I can’t sense it there anymore, but when I felt so bad I thought I would die, it was suddenly up over me. I knew, as if knowledge was imparted to me, that I was in God’s care and I didn’t need to worry anymore.

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Well, I didn’t know this was going to lead to all this talk and completely got off subject, but here I am.

My point today is – we have another eternal home that will never be destroyed. This is wonderful and makes me happy just thinking about it.  This earth will one day pass away but every word of God will stand the test of eternal time. Death isn’t forever, like King David once said when his son died, “ he cannot come back to me, but I can go to him”. David knew death wasn’t the end, he was confident he would one day be reunited with his dead son. In another verse Jesus reminds us of God’s words – That He is the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob- Jesus said God is God of the living and not the dead.

Below are verses that God showed me that really spoke to my heart on my most frustrating of days. God showed me that He has a wonderful home for me and He truly loves each one of you. Trust Him and find His peace.

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2 Cor 5:  For we know that if the earthly tent we live in is destroyed, we have a building from God, an eternal house in heaven, not built by human handsMeanwhile we groan, longing to be clothed instead with our heavenly dwellingbecause when we are clothed, we will not be found naked. For while we are in this tent, we groan and are burdened, because we do not wish to be unclothed but to be clothed instead with our heavenly dwelling, so that what is mortal may be swallowed up by life. Now the one who has fashioned us for this very purpose is God, who has given us the Spirit as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come.

Therefore we are always confident and know that as long as we are at home in the body we are away from the Lord. For we live by faith, not by sight. We are confident, I say, and would prefer to be away from the body and at home with the Lord. So we make it our goal to please him,whether we are at home in the body or away from it. 10 For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each of us may receive what is due us for the things done while in the body, whether good or bad.

11 Since, then, we know what it is to fear the Lord, we try to persuade others. What we are is plain to God, and I hope it is also plain to your conscience. 12 We are not trying to commend ourselves to you again, but are giving you an opportunity to take pride in us, so that you can answer those who take pride in what is seen rather than in what is in the heart.13 If we are “out of our mind,” as some say, it is for God; if we are in our right mind, it is for you. 14 For Christ’s love compels us, because we are convinced that one died for all, and therefore all died. 15 And he died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for him who died for them and was raised again.

16 So from now on we regard no one from a worldly point of view. Though we once regarded Christ in this way, we do so no longer.17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! 18 All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: 19 that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation. 20 We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God. 21 God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.

John 14 “Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God believe also in me. My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you?And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am. You know the way to the place where I am going.”

Thomas said to him, “Lord, we don’t know where you are going, so how can we know the way?”Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. If you really know me, you will know my Father as well. From now on, you do know him and have seen him.” Philip said, “Lord, show us the Father and that will be enough for us.”

Jesus answered: “Don’t you know me, Philip, even after I have been among you such a long time? Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’? 10 Don’t you believe that I am in the Father, and that the Father is in me? The words I say to you I do not speak on my own authority. Rather, it is the Father, living in me, who is doing his work. 11 Believe me when I say that I am in the Father and the Father is in me; or at least believe on the evidence of the works themselves. 12 Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father. 13 And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. 14 You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it.

15 “If you love me, keep my commands. 16 And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever—17 the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be in you. 18 I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you.19 Before long, the world will not see me anymore, but you will see me.Because I live, you also will live. 20 On that day you will realize that I am in my Father, and you are in me, and I am in you. 21 Whoever has my commands and keeps them is the one who loves me. The one who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I too will love them and show myself to them.”

22 Then Judas (not Judas Iscariot) said, “But, Lord, why do you intend to show yourself to us and not to the world?” 23 Jesus replied, “Anyone who loves me will obey my teaching. My Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them. 24 Anyone who does not love me will not obey my teaching. These words you hear are not my own; they belong to the Father who sent me.25 “All this I have spoken while still with you. 26 But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you. 27 Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.

28 “You heard me say, ‘I am going away and I am coming back to you.’ If you loved me, you would be glad that I am going to the Father, for the Father is greater than I. 29 I have told you now before it happens, so that when it does happen you will believe. 30 I will not say much more to you, for the prince of this world is coming. He has no hold over me, 31 but he comes so that the world may learn that I love the Father and do exactly what my Father has commanded me.“Come now; let us leave.

Let God’s truth renew you today

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And now the prize awaits me; the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will give me on the day of his return. And the prize is not just for me but for all who eagerly look forward to his appearing.
– 2 Timothy 4: 8

 His Truth
God’s word sanctifies you. His truth preserves you, sets you free and will lead you into godliness. God’s truth casts down wrong doctrines, arguments, and every high thing that exalts itself against God. It is through His truth, which is His Word, that we bring every thought into captivity to Christ.

You see, you trusted after you heard the truth and you believed, then were sealed with the Holy Spirit. No one can snatch you from His Hand. No one , no circumstance can every separate you from God’s love for you.

All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right. – 2 Timothy 3: 16

 

Remember:

  • You can do all things through Christ, He strengthens you
  • You are no longer a slave to sin – you must master any sin trying to take over your life and subdue it.
  • Do not be an instrument of unrighteousness.
  • Sin will not have dominion over you. Are you a slave to a sin? What do you obey? What has dominion over you?
  • Do not obey the lusts of the flesh, but follow the leading of the Holy Spirit.
  • Trust in Him in all your ways and He will direct you in the path you are going. If you at crossroads, you must stop- consider the roads before you and ask God for direction. He will lead you in the right way and when you follow His leading, you will have peace.
  • Put on all your armor, He has equipped you for battle.
  • Stand firm in your faith and He will make you firm. Set your mind to serve the law of God and not the law of sin.

Be renewed in the spirit of your mind, your inner man. Keep a close check on the thoughts you allow in. Put on the new man created according to God- holy and right and put away lying, hatred, unforgiveness, fighting, selfishness, covetous, complaining, jealousy, revenge, lust, laziness. Don’t be lazy. Do not grieve the Holy Spirit. Always be kind to others, patient, putting others first, quick to forgive, tenderhearted and always doing your best to be a peacemaker. Being a peacemaker doesn’t mean being a peacemaker when all is well for you, but in times when peace seems impossible- here is where you need to work hard to maintain peace. That is your calling.

Dear Lord,

    Remind me that my days are numbered and life is short. I am but a frail vapor , like a shadow. I trust only in you, even though others heap up riches , fame, desires of the flesh- yet all my hope , my desire and my trust is in you.
      Deliver me from my sins and do not put me to shame, for I trust in you. Make me beautiful forever in your eyes. Save me and deliver me from what the enemy tries to scheme. Put a wall of protection around me and all my family. Protect us from all evil. Raise up bars and gates so the enemy can not come in.  I bless those who speak against me, but remember their actions and see how I have obeyed your word. Bless my life and restore unto me 70times70 what the enemy has stolen.  
          Give ear to my cry, I wait patiently for the Lord. You pulled me up from the terrible pit and I delighted in you O God. You delivered me and I will tell others of your goodness, righteousness, lovingkindess and salvation.

  Your laws and righteousness are always in my heart.
In Jesus name,Amen 

 

My friends,  be strong through the grace that God gives you in Christ Jesus.

Eph 6:14, Ps 40:11, John 8:32, wph 4:15, Titus 1:1, 2 Cor 10;15, Eph 1″14, Jere 10, Phil 4:13, Romans 6:6,12,14, Ps 39-40, Eph 4, 2 Timothy 2:1

A Memorial Day Prayer for Permanent Peace as decreed by President Trump

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Dear Great and Mighty God of our Fathers, the Creator of all things

We humbly come before you in prayer. We have sinned greatly against you , the earth cries out against us for our violence and bloodshed. We have put vanity, lust and worldly desires before you. Our sins have been great, but we ask that you would look down and see the remnant of those who love you in this country. We ask that you would forgive us and hear our prayers to you O Mighty God.

Forgive us for our pride, our greed, our laziness, our lack of love and for not seeking you out. Forgive us for taking your name away from our children and not teaching them your word.

Lord, bring us back to you, let us be a nation unto the Lord.  Protect our nation with years of peace under your Name and your guard over us. Destroy our enemies and crush every plot that comes against us. Raise up leaders who will put your name and your ways back in our lives, our schools and in our government. Heal us and let us see your Glory.  Put your words in all our hearts and do not let any evil force steal your word from our heart and mind. Lift up your people, raise up great and mighty leaders strong in the Lord to lead us to live lives that honor you. Just as you brought peace at the time of Solomon, I ask that you would bring our country peace under your name and leadership. Give our President and his advisers great wisdom and discernment in all matters. Raise up good and just judges and lawmakers that love you and honor your name.

Thank you Lord for the blessing of this free country. We live in great luxury, you have blessed us with food, water, shelter and have give us more than we need – I know that all we have and all I have is from your hand. Thank you for the courage and persistence you gave our founders to start this great nation. Thank you for the warriors, our veterans and those fighting for us now. Lord, protect them with your mighty angels, bring them home safely and for all those who have been wounded and/or are suffering mentally and in distress, Lord, In Jesus name I ask they would be healed. Bring your healing hand of power upon each of them and all those who cry out to you. Bring healing to our veterans and bless their lives and their families.

Our president has proclaimed Memorial day a day of Prayer of Permanent peace. Hear our Prayer O Lord that we could have peace. Protect our country and all the nations from terrorist attacks. Lord, stop Islamic terrorists and crush their camps. Do a great and mighty thing in our day as you did in the days of Judges and Kings, that you would send confusion to those planning evil, that you would blind as they go to fight, that you would turn their hearts to know YOU. You desire to see no man perish, but throughout the ages you have shown us how much you love us, even to sacrifice you Only Son, the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the World. My prayer is for peace but also for the salvation of every soul.

You, O God, are our refuge, our strength, our protector, our ever present help in times of need.

Thank you for being our God, thank you for hearing our prayer and thank you for this day of prayer that President Trump has proclaimed. Protect President Trump and his family and give him wisdom. Let us come together in unity as one people before you, no longer divided in strife. May love rule our hearts and God rule our country.

God bless our heroes – our service men both here and over seas, God bless our government workers and those who risk their lives daily for the safety of others, God bless our children, God bless our families, God bless our country and God bless President Trump.

In the Precious and Mighty Name of Jesus,

Amen

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Hear the Word of the Lord: 

  • But let all who take refuge in you be glad; let them ever sing for joy. Spread your protection over them, that those who love your name may rejoice in you. Psalm 5:11
  • There is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved- and there is salvation in no one else. Acts 4:14
  • He existed in the beginning with God. God created everything through him,  and nothing was created except through him John 1:2
  • The king proclaims the Lord’s decree:“The Lord said to me, ‘You are my son. Today I have become your Father Psalm 2:7
  • The Lord said to my Lord,“Sit in the place of honor at my right hand until I humble your enemies, making them a footstool under your feet. Psalm 1:10

 

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God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.
 Therefore will not we fear, though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea; Though the waters thereof roar and be troubled, though the mountains shake with the swelling thereof. Selah.

 There is a river, the streams whereof shall make glad the city of God, the holy place of the tabernacles of the most High. God is in the midst of her; she shall not be moved: God shall help her, and that right early. The heathen raged, the kingdoms were moved: he uttered his voice, the earth melted. The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge. Selah.

 Come, behold the works of the Lord, what desolations he hath made in the earth. He maketh wars to cease unto the end of the earth; he breaketh the bow, and cutteth the spear in sunder; he burneth the chariot in the fire. Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth. The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge. Selah.