Luke 22

Vs. 4,And Judas went to the chief priests and the officers of the temple guard and discussed with them how he might betray Jesus.”  The gauntlet has been thrown down and will of God is set in motion.  What a tragic tale that Judas Iscariot brings to light.  But that would not deter Jesus from fulfilling His Father’s will.  As they celebrated Passover, it is no coincidence that Jesus (The Lamb of God) would shed His blood just as the lamb did in Egypt for God’s people.  It really amazes me that in the midst of the last supper, that Jesus is so patient with his bickering apostles (vs. 24).  Jesus would warn them there soon will be a time when people will no longer welcome them (vs. 36-38).  Now we come to the events in the Garden of Gethsemane (vs. 39-53).  Jesus teaches us all about life and dependence upon the Father.  I always feel myself rooting for Peter’s courage in drawing his sword to defend Jesus (vs. 50).  But, Jesus would not allow the enemy to get a foothold in God’s plan.  The enemy probably thought he was winning, but God was and always is in ultimate control.  Sadly, we see Jesus’ prophecy of Peter denying him three times come true (vs. 54-62).  Even more excruciating, we must read about the mockery of trial(s) and the beating Jesus would endure (vs. 63-71)

Regarding applicationNot My Will.  Vs. 28, “Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me; yet not my will, but yours be done.”  Question: What is “my” will?  My will can be our own desires whether we believe them to be selfish or even good intentioned.  For example, let’s say a father is teaching his son how to build a shelf.  He is giving him explicit instructions on building a strong base and using enough nails to strengthen the foundation.  The son understands the father’s request, but is in a hurry and wants to play so he only uses four nails instead of the eight his father instructed him.  The son had good intentions and technically did listen to his father and even did some of the instruction.  But upon the completion of the shelf, it falls down because the son did not follow his father’s will.  Question: How do we know the Father’s will?  Know His word, pray daily and be connected to the church; so basic yet incredibly hard to do because we are selfish.  Make today a day where you mirror the prayer of Jesus!

Ezekiel 20

Vs. 1, “In the seventh year, in the fifth month on the tenth day, some of the elders of Israel came to inquire of the Lord, and they sat down in front of me.”  This looked like a good sign, the elders seemingly coming to inquire about God’s will.  However, the questions were foolish and the intention in their hearts and how they viewed themselves were skewed.  Ezekiel gives the a nice little history lesson.  He reviews the Exodus out of Egypt (vs. 1-9), the journey through the wilderness (vs. 10-17), and sadly the rebellion and exile once in the Promised Land (vs. 18-32).  But God wasn’t finished with them yet…through Ezekiel, He would go on to share the purging and purifying process that will come.

 

Regarding application…What will God do?  Vs. 41, “I will accept you as fragrant incense when I bring you out from the nations and gather you from the countries where you have been scattered, and I will show myself holy among you in the sight of the nations.”  Throughout the last section of this chapter, we see many “I will” statements from God.  Sometimes, we wonder why it seems God doesn’t respond.  God’s timing is perfect.  At this moment for Ezekiel, it was not time to yet restore.  Perhaps for us, we are going through a storm because God is either disciplining us or teaching us something about faith.  But in the end, “God will” respond!  He will restore and the hope that we have because of it helps us endure the present!  Keep you faith up and eyes on the Lord this beautiful Monday!