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This thought came into mind as I went through the OT reading..I may be wrong though....Now if Ahithophel led some men to kill David,then automatically Absalom would be declared king.Did the public possesion of the concubines really need to take place?Now I couldn't help thinking if what had happened to Bethseba was a consequence of her father's sins...if Ahithophel could give such "godly" counsel then surely,his life in the past was as depraved as his advice to Absalom was...
God's mercy to David seems unmargined.While David is reaping what he sowed,God answers his prayers that Ahithophel's council be turned to foolishness,provides loyal friends who stick with him through his trials and also supporters from foreign lands who tended to his needs!True David is going through pain,it would have been alot worse if he went through it alone......................
The disciple Jesus loved watched him die.It must have caused great agony for those who loved Jesus to see him disrobed,the object of contempt and in great pain.It would have been easier I guess on them to have not watched the crucifiction yet I couldn't help but wonder if they were there to let Him know that "where ever you go,I go"...maybe they sustained him in prayer...Nicodemus and Joseph who had been disciples in secret now were prepared to blow their cover by asking for the body of Jesus.Did they finally realise that Jesus didn't shy away from the cross so they could be saved and in a gesture of worship honored his body?
I've made alot of assumptions today and would welcome any corrections:)The words of Jesus "And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age."today seems to take a new meaning.

Do you believe that God's Word, the Bible, is perfect? Is it entirely worthy of our trust? Would you consider the Bible to be a perfect book of counsel for your life? ~ The Bible for me can be considered as a perfect book of counselling. Many many many services in church helped me doing the right thing in my life. I know that I am a better wife, a better mother, a better daughter, a better sister, a better friend ... because of God's Word! Whatever is going on in my life, I know I can sit down with the Bible and find a book, a chapter, a verse ... that will help me through the day, or intensify (is that a word?) the happiness that I feel inside. It's amazing to read the Bible, I enjoy it every day!

John 19

Random notes:

1) [an aside] When Jesus said, "My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?" it is the only time Jesus did not refer to God as the "Father".

2)Jesus's garment that was cast for by lot was - SEAMLESS. Compare that with:

Is 64:6a
"But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags;.."NIV

Zech 3:3
"Now Joshua was clothed with filthy garments, and stood before the angel."NIV

3) It is finished - Gk. "tetelestai". In Greek it is what was stamped on business document when "paynment in full" is received. Also stamped on person's document when leaving prison. I have looked this up enough to know it is true - so I am pasting something from an apologetic site.

"Nailed to the top of the cross was an official notice, a certificate of debt to Caesar, a public display of Jesus' crime: “The King of the Jews.” The certificate of debt was a list of crimes committed against the state that required payment. When punishment was complete, Caesar's court would cancel the debt with a single Greek word stamped upon the parchment's face: “tetelestai.”

Being king of the Jews was not the crime Jesus paid for, however. Hidden to all but the Father was another certificate nailed to that cross. In the darkness that shrouded Calvary from the sixth to the ninth hour, a divine transaction took place; Jesus made a trade with the Father. The full weight of all the crimes of all of humanity-every murder, every theft, every lustful glance; every hidden act of vice, every modest moment of pride, and every monstrous deed of evil; every crime of every man who ever lived-these Jesus took upon Himself as if guilty of all.

At the last, it was not the cross that took Jesus' life. He did not die of exposure, or loss of blood, or asphyxiation. When the full debt for our sin was paid, and the justice of God was fully satisfied, Jesus simply gave up His spirit with a single Greek word that fell from His lips: “Tetelestai.” “It is finished.” The divine transaction is complete. The debt was cancelled. (Colossians 2:13-14)"

All one needs now is to believe IN Him.

4) John 19:37
"And again another scripture saith, They shall look on him whom they pierced."

future tense? what verse?

Zech 12:10
"And I will pour out on the house of David and the inhabitants of Jerusalem a spirit of grace and supplication. They will look on me, the one they have pierced, and they will mourn for him as one mourns for an only child, and grieve bitterly for him as one grieves for a firstborn son." NIV

This will be in the future - "on that day" refers to Christ's second coming. One reason why I believe in prophecy - the nation of Israel (what's left of it) in the end will come to Christ.

BTW in the Hebrew text there is a two letter word following Zech 12:10's "look on me" - the word is two letters - "aleph" and "tau". The first and last letters of Hebrew Alphabet.

'They will look on me, THE FIRST AND THE LAST, the one they have pierced,'

"By the way, there are two un-translated letters in the Hebrew text following the phrase "look upon me" in Zechariah 12:10.....The same two un-translated letters appear in the Hebrew text of Genesis 1:1 following the phrase "In the beginning God …"."


John 19:35
"The man who saw it has given testimony, and his testimony is true. He knows that he tells the truth, and he testifies so that you also may believe."

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