The FaithOfJesus2 Daily Devotional


kjv@Revelation:14:12 @ Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus.

( FaithOfJesus thread begun by rRandyP )

Today's Verse:


kjv@Mark:15:21 @ And they compel one Simona Cyrenian, who passed by, coming out of the country, the father of Alexander and Rufus, to bear his cross.

kjv@Mark:15:22 @ And they bring him unto the place Golgotha, which is, being interpreted, The place of a skull.

kjv@Mark:15:23 @ And they gave him to drink wine mingled with myrrh: but he received it not.

kjv@Mark:15:24 @ And when they had crucified him, they parted his garments, casting lots upon them, what every man should take.

kjv@Mark:15:25 @ And it was the third hour, and they crucified him.

kjv@Mark:15:26 @ And the superscription of his accusation was written over, THE KING OF THE JEWS.

kjv@Mark:15:27 @ And with him they crucify two thieves; the one on his right hand, and the other on his left.

kjv@Mark:15:28 @ And the scripture was fulfilled, which saith, And he was numbered with the transgressors.

kjv@Mark:15:29 @ And they that passed by railed on him, wagging their heads, and saying, Ah, thou that destroyest the temple, and buildest it in three days,

kjv@Mark:15:30 @ Save thyself, and come down from the cross.

kjv@Mark:15:31 @ Likewise also the chief priests mocking said among themselves with the scribes, He saved others; himself he cannot save.

kjv@Mark:15:32 @ Let Christ the King of Israel descend now from the cross, that we may see and believe. And they that were crucified with him reviled him.

Today's notes:


Key Concepts:

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What is God's righteousness observed doing?:

What does this tell us about God's righteousness?:

How is man reacting?:


Rufus is likely the same as kjv@Romans:16:13. Mark mentions he and his brother Alexander as if his readers would have known them. Cyrene (Tripoli) is a place of much early church activity kjv@Acts:2:10 with outreach noted even to Antioch kjv@Acts:11:20. The Lord is seen working in mysterious ways that even connect to the future of His collective body.

We are each one to bear his cross kjv@Luke:14:27. We take that typically to mean our cross (as in our burdens or labors), in Simon we see it to be His cross as carried by Him alongside of Him as He performs His perfect act of righteousness. It had very little to do with whatever Simon had set himself to do or felt about that day other than this now was what he was under orders to do. It was an imposition to whatever else Simon had that hour or so to get done; and he still afterwards had to get it done before his family's/synagogue's Sabbath. The cross you are bearing for today, is it your cross or the Lord's?

kjv@Exodus:30:23 myrrh is the principal ingredient in the holy anointing oil, given by the wise men as a spice to Jesus as an infant, symbolizing His death and embalming kjv@John:19:39. It is refused here because mixed with vinegar and it would have lessened/drugged His physical pain and anguish. It might also increase His thirst and prolong His death into the time frame that His bones would hurriedly have to be broken in the storm to expedite His death to before dusk (Sabbath). Prophecy makes special point that no bone will be broken even though His tongue cleaves to His very jaw. Righteousness demands that no pain be lessened in the receiving of it's full penalty. Jesus is fully conscious and willingly making decisions that are fighting against the continued onslaught of temptations.

Jesus' right and left hand had been asked of by John and James and their mother kjv@Mark:10:37 and it was not Jesus' decision to give kjv@Mark:10:40. We know what sense it had been asked in, but it is also interesting in the sense whom Jesus was crucified with was not His to select either.

Key Messages:

    What does this say about our present condition?
  1. We are of the mind that we know about what is right and what is needed to be done. From that we reject the course the Lord instead takes from early on or else we think to advise the Lord. It is something rather that we know little or anything about. Certain things as we would want them are not righteous at all and hold little if any answer to the condition we hold ourselves under.
  2. Life changing moments rarely are simply a light bulb going on intellectually in our brains; not for the one who encounters them and not for the unknown hundreds they later influence. It can just as likely be viewed as a serious imposition to the course we've all ready undertaken, the burden suddenly and from no where expected forced upon you. The intellectual part may not have come for years for Simon, but the event of one day had it's mark. The mark may have a been a scar that he didn't know how to process at first. We can only imagine the memories of that day that haunted him perhaps like no other thereafter day and night. But the effect that it had shows in the mention of the sons of Simon everyone of that early church would have known and the making of a distant community and influential believers on the tip of Africa, his homeland.

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