Practical Proverbial, from Mark, 12 October 2015

They went and found a colt outside in the street, tied at a doorway. As they untied it, some people standing there asked, “What are you doing, untying that colt?” They answered as Jesus had told them to, and the people let them go.  Mark 11, verses 4-6.

Obviously, these verses are the fulfillment of the promise Jesus made in verses 1-3.   Like I said, this is an ancient prophecy; ancient even at the time when Jesus fulfilled it.   If you aren’t familiar with all the prophecies fulfilled by the Son of Man, I’d encourage you to read up on it. You might consider starting here, then seek out the deeper instruction from a Bible-believing church:

Knowing all that, tell me:   when was the last time someone really kept a promise to you?   Think about it and really, truly answer. Prophecy is a kind of a promise, specifically a promise made by God to do something in the future.   He spoke through dozens of both famous and innocuous people all throughout the days of the Old Testament.   Now and then, God laid down a marker that would teach people of old about the kind of man who would come to redeem them from all the ways they had failed Him. When He did that, the Almighty was making a promise.

Has God ever promised something to you?   People will fail each other; we do it all the time, and it seems we especially fail those who love us the most.   In fact, people failing each other – sin – seems to be the only thing that is common to all humanity in every generation. Yet that’s really just a superficial thing to say.   It’s short-sighted and filtered by the opaque coating of sin. Strip away that coating and you see that God is both the one who strips it away and the one who binds us together through time.

He binds us with the promise of His divine, forgiving, crazy illogical love.   He promised it from the beginning by creating Adam in love, intellect, and free curiosity.   He promised it practically from the very moment that Adam and Eve were shown their sin. He promised it through dozens of judges, kings, princes and prophets.   And He promised it in the hundreds of ways that described what the Messiah would do, look like, be, and act out.

People fail you all the time.   Co-workers, spouses, friends, family:   we let each other down in more ways than any of us could list.   Through it all, God has promised to always be with us, always abide with and in us, to never abandon us, and to never let us go no matter what happens.   It was foretold. It was fulfilled.   It is still continually fulfilled today.

Lord, I praise You for all the ways You prophesied through men of old, and for making those words come true in the past and in my life today.

Read Mark 11, 4-11.


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