Notes for 3 march 2024
“the moment of meeting”
Mrk 2:5 When Jesus saw their faith, he said unto the sick of the palsy, Son, thy sins be forgiven thee.
We see Christ preaching in his house at Capernaum. The place is full and there are people outside. We see four men carrying a man sick of the palsy on a bed. As they cannot enter through the door they climb on to the roof and make a hole in the roof to lower the bed with the man sick of the palsy.
We see in this passage of approaching the house and coming before Christ, many heart matters.
The man sick of the palsy could not move. Such is our spiritual condition.
The friends were like angels of God in taking this man to Christ. We see much effort, energy and determination.
We might speak of our need of the Spirit to come to our weakness and give us energy to approach Christ.
As the man is lowered through the roof he is at last before the Saviour. Even though there were many in the room, in a way there were just two – the man sick of the palsy and the Saviour.
We also note there is no record of the man speaking. Maybe he was unable to speak. Yet the actions spoke louder than words.
the meeting and the moment
Despite the disturbance and the damage the Saviour speaks warmly to the man.
We see the Saviour reading the hearts of this man and his friends and seeing faith. It may well be he had faith in Christ to both heal his body and save his soul.
We then see the dramatic announcement of him being forgiven his sins. This word “forgiven” is very much the emphasis.
This forgiveness was a greater miracle than the healing of his body. This forgiveness speaks of Calvary.
What a moment is this meeting. We all need such moments if we are to be saved from our sins.
“the great wall of zion”
Nam 1:7 The LORD is good, a strong hold in the day of trouble; and he knoweth them that trust in him.
In our series in the minor prophets we turn our attention to the book of Nahum, who mostly prophesies against Nineveh and the Assyrians.
Yet in the midst of these judgments against Nineveh we have in our chosen verse wonderful promises to the Lord’s people.
We shall look at the contrast between what happened to Nineveh, Assyria and Sennacherib, compared to these great promises to Israel and the church.
the walls of nineveh
It seemed that Nineveh and Assyria were invincible. They had conquered many lands. They had taken the ten tribes of Israel in exile. At this point they were surrounding the city of Jerusalem. We might feel the same about the World and its confidence.
Yet appearances can be deceiving. Assyria would soon fall and the Jerusalem would stand in strength of God. We can say the same about the World and the church.
Nahum speaks of the fall of Nineveh and Assyria. The language of the flood in the eighth verse would be most significant in the fall.
The ancient people of Nineveh had a saying that Nineveh would never fall unless the river which ran by Nineveh would be its enemy. It so happened as the armies of the Medes and Babylonians camped outside Nineveh, there was a flood and the river overflowed, causing parts of the walls of Nineveh to collapse. This opened the eay for the armies to enter and overcome Nineveh.
Nahum also speaks of the demise of Sennacherib, who would return after his failure to conquer Jerusalem and soon after be murdered by his two sons in the temple.
We can see the temple and the walls of Nineveh were no stronghold.
the walls of zion
In great contrast the walls of Jerusalem were not breached. In truth, it was the Lord who was their stronghold. This mention of the Lord being our stronghold speaks of almighty strength.
We also see the mention of those who trust. Those who trust will know this strength of the almighty. We might speak of them entering the strength when trusting or being surrounded by strength when trusting. In this strength they will prove his goodness.
The Lord is good in his nature and good in all of his works. We can rest tonight on his goodness.