November 7, 2015

Proverbs 25-27
God delights in concealing things; scientists delight in discovering things....Don’t jump to conclusions--there may be a perfectly good explanation for what you just saw.  

In the heat of an argument, don’t betray confidences; word is sure to get around and no one will trust you.... like billowing clouds that bring no rain is the person who talks big but never produces.  

Patient persistence pierces through indifference; gentle speech breaks down rigid defenses....Like a cool drink of water when you’re worn out and weary is a letter from a long-lost friend....

Don’t respond to the stupidity of a fool;  you’ll only look foolish yourself.  Answer a fool in simple terms so he doesn’t get a swelled head....Dreamers fantasize their self-importance; they think they are smarter than a whole college faculty...

People who shrug off deliberate deceptions, saying, “I didn’t mean it, I was only joking,” are worse than careless campers who walk away from smoldering camp fires...

Don’t brashly announce what you’re going to do tomorrow; you don’t know the first thing about tomorrow.  Don’t call attention to yourself;  let others do that for you...

Don’t leave your friends or your parents‘ friends and run home when things get tough; better a friend nearby than a distant family...

Just as water mirrors your face, so your face mirrors your heart....the purity of silver and gold is tested by putting them in the fire; the purity of human hearts is tested by giving them a little fame....

pound on a fool all you like--you can’t pound out foolishness. 

Know your flock by name; carefully attend to your flocks.                                 

Matthew 27
In the first light of dawn, the high priests and religious leaders met and put the finishing touches on their plot to kill Jesus.  Then they tied him up and paraded him to Pilate, the governor.  

Judas...realized Jesus was doomed.  Overcome with remorse, he gave back the 30 coins to the High Priest saying, “I’ve sinned.  I’ve betrayed an innocent man.”...Judas threw the silver coins into the Temple and left.  Then he went out and hung himself....And so, they unwittingly followed the the divine instructions to the letter.  

Jesus was placed before the governor...when the accusations rained down hot and heavy from the high priests & religious leaders, Jesus responded with silence--not a word from his mouth.  The governor was impressed, really impressed...Pilate’s wife sent him a message re a dream about Jesus... When Pilate saw that he was getting nowhere & that a riot was imminent, he took a basin of water & washed his hands in full sight of the crowd, saying, “I’m washing my hands of responsibility for this man’s death...then he pardoned Barabbas.  But he had Jesus whipped and then handed over for crucifixion. 

The soldiers took Jesus into the governor’s palace and got the entire brigade together for some fun.  They stripped him and dressed him in a red toga.  They plaited a crown from branches of a thornbush and set it on his head.  They put a stick in his right hand for a scepter.  Then they knelt before him in mock reverence...Then they spit on him and hit him in the head with the stick...Along the was to the crucifixion, they came on a man from Cyrene named Simon and made him carry Jesus’ cross...After nailing him to the cross, they whiled away their time by throwing dice for his clothes....The high priest and religious leaders were right there mixing it up with the rest of them, having a great time poking fun of him....

Then Jesus, again crying out loudly, breathed his last.  At that moment, the Temple curtain ripped in two, top to bottom.  There was an earthquake, and rocks were split into pieces.  What’s more, tombs were opened up, and many bodies of believers, asleep in their graves were raised. (After Jesus’ resurrection, they left the tombs, entered the holy city, and appeared to many.)....

Late in the afternoon a wealthy man from Arimathea, a disciple of Jesus, arrived.  His name was Joseph.  He went to Pilate and asked for Jesus‘ body.  Pilate granted his request...Then he went off.  But Mary Magdalene and the other Mary stayed, sitting in plain view of the tomb.  After sundown, the high priests and Pharisees arranged a meeting with Pilate....Pilate told them “ You will have a guard.  Go ahead and secure the tomb, sealing the stone and posting a guard.”