Do YOU believe The LORD?

Yes! I believe The LORD!

Do you understand The Word? Uhh! Are you dead? I said “I do! Now leave me alone!”

Wow! I will very simply point out a notable miracle of Jesus. The raising of Lazarus from the dead. Not 3 days, but 4! Unquestionably dead and apparently decomposing, or so many thought and few said! Not ‘fresh dead’ – 1 Kings 17:17-24; Luke 7:11-17; Luke 8:49-56; Acts 9:36-42; Acts 20:7-12.

So, what does this have to all do with today/this time? If I must be, I will be frank – Corona virus! ALL things happen for a reason! Seek The LORD, The Creator and Permissor of ALL things!

Just about everyone has heard of the suffering of Job in the Old Testament. You might have heard someone say, “They have the patience of Job.” There is good reason for that saying. According to biblical scholars, the Book of Job is the oldest book in the Bible. If you were to fit it chronologically, it should be place in the early chapters of Genesis. What can we learn from the Book of Job? Is there application for the believer’s life today? Was sin involved in Job’s suffering? Is there sin in all suffering? Why does God allow suffering?

Back to Lazarus.

There was a man named Lazarus of Bethany, the village of Mary and her sister, Martha, and he was ill.

It was the same Mary, the sister of the sick man Lazarus, who anointed the Lord with ointment and wiped his feet with her hair.

The sisters sent this message to Jesus, ‘Lord, the man you Love is ill.’

On receiving the message, Jesus said, ‘This sickness will not end in death, but it is for God’s glory so that through it the Son of God may be glorified.’

Jesus Loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus,

yet when He heard that he was ill Jesus stayed where He was for two more days

before saying to the disciples, ‘Let us go back to Judaea.’

The disciples said, ‘Rabbi, it is not long since the Jews were trying to stone you; are you going back there again?’ ( )

Jesus replied: Are there not twelve hours in the day? No one who walks in the daytime stumbles, having the light of this world to see by; anyone who walks around at night stumbles, having no light as a guide.

Jesus said that and then added, ‘Our friend Lazarus is at rest (synonymous to shabat- to cease or to rest. The Greek word for rest is anapausis meaning cessation, refreshment ; I am going to wake him.’) Shared to help realize what is said here. 1 Samuel 28 is another example of someone who is passed away in the physical being ‘awoken or troubled where they ‘rest‘. We can touch on so many biblical shares of the connections between this existence and the next. Jesus spoke with the departed spirits of Elijah and Moses: Matthew 17:2 states that Jesus “was transfigured before them; His face shining as the sun, and His garments became white as the light.” At that point the prophet Elijah representing the prophets and Moses representing the Law appear and Jesus begins to talk to them. Hallelujah!!!)

The disciples said to Jesus, ‘Lord, if he is at rest he will be saved.’

Jesus was speaking of the death of Lazarus, but they thought that by ‘rest’ He meant ‘sleep’;

so Jesus put it plainly, ‘Lazarus is dead; and for your sake I am glad I was not there because now you will believe. But let us go to him.’

Then Thomas — known as the Twin — said to the other disciples, ‘Let us also go to die with him.’ (As we pointed out Jesus was attempted to be slain by throwing Him off a cliff by the Jewish leaders. It was not His time yet!)

On arriving, Jesus found that Lazarus had been in the tomb for four days already.

Bethany is only about two miles from Jerusalem, and many Jews had come to Martha and Mary to comfort them about their brother.

When Martha heard that Jesus was coming she went to meet Him. (We remember the introduction of Mary and Martha. Mary remained sitting in the house. A turn of events! According to the Gospel of Luke: As Jesus and His disciples were on their way, He came to a village where a woman named Martha opened her home to Him. She had a sister called Mary, who sat at The Lord’s feet listening to what He said. But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made.)

Martha (who was a perfectionist and chose to serve in a different way) said to Jesus, ‘Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died, but even now I know that God will grant whatever You ask of Him.’ FaithSubstance of the thing our eyes have not seen! Belief in possibility in any situation!

Jesus said to Martha, ‘Your brother will rise again.’ Hearing this, she expounded of The Word to The Lord, Who is The Word!!! Saying, ‘I know he will rise again at the resurrection on the last day.’

Jesus said: “Anyone who believes in me, even though that person dies, will live, and whoever lives and believes in Me will never die. Do you believe this?”

‘Yes, Lord,’ she said, ‘I believe that You are the Christ, The Son of God, The One Who was to come into this world.’

When she had said this, she went and called her sister Mary, saying in a low voice (there may be question about why those gathered to give comfortdid not hear what was shared between the two sisters), ‘The Master is here and wants to see you.’

Hearing this, Mary got up quickly and went to Him.

Jesus had not yet come into the village; He was still at the place where Martha had met Him.

When the Jews who were in the house comforting Mary saw her get up so quickly and go out, they followed her, thinking that she was going to the tomb to weep there.

Mary went to Jesus, and as soon as she saw Him she threw herself at His feet, saying, ‘Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died.’

At the sight of her tears, and those of the Jews who had come with her, Jesus was greatly distressed, and with a profound sigh He said, “Where have you put him?” They said, ‘Lord, come and see.’

Jesus wept; (Jesus wept three times during His short three year ministry. “Jesus wept” (Greek: ἐδάκρυσεν ὁ Ἰησοῦς, edákrysen ho Iesoús lit. “Jesus shed tears”) is a phrase famous for being the shortest verse in the King James Version of the Bible, as well as many other versions. It is not the shortest in the original languages. It is found in the Gospel of Johnchapter 11verse 35) We will touch on Jesus weeping and causes at a later date.

And the Jews said, ‘See how much He Loved him!’

But, there were some who remarked, ‘He opened the eyes of the blind man. Could He not have prevented this man’s death?’ Remember all things happen for a reason!

Sighing again, Jesus reached the tomb: it was a cave with a stone to close the opening.

Jesus said, ‘Take the stone away.’ Martha, the dead man’s sister, said to him, “Lord, by now he will smell; this is the fourth day since he died.’

Jesus replied, ‘Have I not told you that if you believe (condition) you will see the glory of God?’

So, Martha asked that the stone be rolled by those who had come to console the family. They took the stone away. Then Jesus lifted up His eyes and said: “Father, I thank You for hearing My prayer, I myself knew that You hear me always, but I speak for the sake of all these who are standing around me, so that they may believe it was You who sent Me.”

By your words and works, they shall know you. Matthew 7:16

When He had said this, He cried in a loud voice, ‘Lazarus, come out!’

The dead man came out, his feet and hands bound with strips of material, and a cloth over his face. Jesus said to them, ‘Unbind him, let him go free.’

Many of the Jews who had come to visit Mary, and had seen what He did, believed in Him.

The Bible says that faith givessubstance to the things you hope for. In other words, faith brings those things into your life. … The basic definition of faith, according to the Bible, is simply believing in God’s goodness and believing that He rewards the people who seek after Him.

Published by Fellowship of Praise: ALL praise to God our Reason, Hallelujah!!!

To God be The glory. Let us praise God together for His ALL in our lives, Amen.

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