Last weeks bulletin: 2 February,2003
church of Christ
date: February 2, 2002 -Welcome - "Come Grow with Us"
---- It is time once again (February 5th) for our "First Wednesday of the month singing". This is a wonderful opportunity for us to gather together and sing the newer songs and the ol' favorites. Make your plans to attend now, and every "Wednesday". ---
------------ KEEP IN OUR PRAYERS ------------
Remember Brother Bob and Sister Rosemary Emsweller in our prayers. She is recovering from a compression fracture of the spine. Brother Bob continues to be in pain with his back and knee along with continuing other problems.
Keep Brother Ken Lollar's mother in our prayers. She suffered a stroke this last week. Ken and Carol have been with her, both in Missouri and as she was taken to Alabama.
Keep Sister Darla Decker's sister, Sister Dianne Lowrey in our prayers.
Keep Sister Ann Kent in our prayers.. Let us pray she continues with better health.
------------ DO NOT FORGET ------------
- Our Sunday Morning Class on "Harmony of the Gospels"
- Our Wednesday Evening Bible Study
- To study your BIBLE "daily"
invite (BRING) someone to Bible Study and Worship!
------------ Upcoming Events ------------
There are several Gospel Meetings, lectureship forums, and special events throughout our geographical region for the next several weeks. If at all possible try to attend some of these meetings. Most are listed on the bulletin board in the hallway.
Sister Darla Decker's Birthday is tomorrow, the 3rd of February - Congratulate her and wish her a very Happy Birthday !
HATED WITHOUT A CAUSE
(PSALM 35:19; 69:4)
David often was a victim of undeserved enmity. At least twice, David wrote of numerous foes "who hate me without cause" (Psalm 35:19); "those who hate me without a cause are more than the hairs of my head" (Psalms 69:4)
Even more undeserving of malice was the One who loved deeply every human being and who never wished harm to anyone. No deceit was in the mouth (I Peter 2:22) of Him who was holy, innocent, undefiled, separated from sinners, exalted above the heavens (Hebrews 7:26). The meekness and gentleness of Jesus (2 Corinthians 10:1) made Him beloved to all right thinking people.
How strange it is that such a person could be the victim of causeless hate! Nevertheless, such an unexpected and perverted situation was predicted of Him: "But now they have both seen and hated Me and My Father as well. But they have done this to fulfill the word that is written in their Law, "They hated Me without a cause" (John 15:24,25).
Besides His loveliness, clothed with the beauty of holiness. He had as credentials His miracles ("which no one else did"; John 15:24). These ought to have been evidence enough to convince the most skeptical critics of His deity. Some would not be convinced, however; and for rejecting their Messiah, they were left with "no excuse for their sin" (John 15:22). His love was reciprocated with hate.
A LOWLY KING
God had commanded Israel's kings not to multiply horses to themselves (Deuteronomy 17:16). Solomon, in his vanity and reliance on human strength, violated God's stipulation
(I Kings 4:26). Concerning the Messiah, Zechariah predicted a more lowly ride:
Rejoice greatly, 0 daughter of Zion!
Shout in triumph, 0 daughter of Jerusalem!
Behold, your king is coming to you;
He is just and endowed with salvation,
Humble, and mounted on a donkey,
Even on a colt, the foal of a donkey.
I will cut off the chariot from Ephraim
And the horse from Jerusalem;
And the bow of war will be cut off.
And He will speak peace to the nations;
And His dominion will be from sea to sea,
And from the River to the ends of the earth
Zechariah's prediction is all the more remarkable in that Judah had no king at the time of the prophet's writing (520 B.C.) and has had none since, except Jesus! The detail in Jesus' fulfillment of the prophet's words is astounding:
. . . then Jesus sent two disciples, saying to them, "Go into the village opposite you, and immediately you will find a donkey tied there and a colt with her; untie them and bring them to Me. If anyone says anything to you, you shall say, 'The Lord has need of them,' and immediately he will send them." This took place to fulfill what was spoken through the prophet:
"Say to the daughter of Zion,
'Behold your King is coming to you,
Gentle, and mounted on a donkey,
Even on a colt, the foal of a beast of burden."
The disciples went and did just as Jesus had instructed them, and brought the donkey and the colt, and laid their coats on them; and He sat on the coats. Most of the crowd spread their coats in the road, and others were cutting branches from the trees and spreading them in the road (Matthew 21:1-8).
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