January 8th, 2005


Luke 9:1-27 (Phil’s notes)

Sending out the 12

  • Jesus commissioned his 12 disciples to go out and preach the good news of God’s kingdom and heal the sick.
  • Jesus gave them them authority and power to deal with all the demons and cure diseases.
  • Jesis instructed them to take nothing for their journey but what they were wearing. He told them to stay in whatever house they enter till they depart the town. Also, if they are not received in a city, then to shake the very dust from their feed as a testimony against them.

Herod Seeks to See Jesus

  • Herod heard a lot about Jesus and wasn’t sure what to think based on the reports he was receiving.
  • Some said he was John, back from the dead, but Herod knew he had beheaded him. Other Elijah, and others still thought a prophet of long ago.

Feeding the 5,000

When they returned, Jesus tried to take them away to an isolated place near Bethsaida, but the people followed him and he received them, preached about the kingdom of God, and healed those in need of healing.

When the day was coming to an end, the 12 came to him and ask him to dismiss them so that they could go and find a place to stay and eat. But, Jesus said to them, “You give them something to eat.”

The only had 5 loaves of bread and 2 fish, unless we go and buy more food for all these people, for there were about 5000 men (doesn’t include women and children).

Jesus said to them, “Make them sit down in groups of fifty.” and they did.

The He took the 5 loaves and the 2 fish , and looking up to heaven, He blessed and broke them and them them to the disciples to set before the multitude. So they all ate and were filled and twelve baskets of leftover fragments were taken up by them.

Peter Confesses Jesus as the Christ

As Jesus was alone praying, His disciples joined Him, and He asked them “Who do the crowds say that I am?” They answered: John the Baptist, Elijah, and others one fo the old prophets. He said to them, “But who do you say I am?”

Peter answered and said, “The Christ of God.”

Jesus Predicts His Death and Resurrection

Jesus hearing thie strictly warned them not to tell anyone saying, “The Son of Man must suffer many things, and be rejected by the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and be raised the third day.”

Take Up the Croos and Follow Him

The he said to them all,”Anyone who intends to come with me has to let me lead. You’re not in the driver’s seat – I am. Don’t run from suffering; embrace it. Follow me and I’ll show you how. Self-help is no help at all. Self-sacrifice is the way, my way, to finding yourself, your true self. What good would it do to get everything you want and lose you, the real you? If any of you is embarrassed with me and the way I’m leading you, know that the Son of Man will be far more embarrassed with you when he arrives in all his splendor in company with the Father and the holy angels. This isn’t, you realize, pie in the sky by and by. Some who have taken their stand right here are going to see it happen, see with their own eyes the kingdom of God.”

Psalms 8

1 God, brilliant Lord, yours is a household name. 2 Nursing infants gurgle choruses about you; toddlers shout the songs That drown out enemy talk, and silence atheist babble.

3 I look up at your macro-skies, dark and enormous, your handmade sky-jewelry, Moon and stars mounted in their settings. 4 Then I look at my micro-self and wonder, Why do you bother with us? Why take a second look our way? 5 Yet we’ve so narrowly missed being gods, bright with Eden’s dawn light. 6 You put us in charge of your handcrafted world, repeated to us your Genesis-charge, 7 Made us lords of sheep and cattle, even animals out in the wild, 8 Birds flying and fish swimming, whales singing in the ocean deeps. 9 God, brilliant Lord, your name echoes around the world.

Genesis 15:

1 After all these things, this word of God came to Abram in a vision: “Don’t be afraid, Abram. I’m your shield. Your reward will be grand!”

2 Abram said, “God, Master, what use are your gifts as long as I’m childless and Eliezer of Damascus is going to inherit everything?” 3 Abram continued, “See, you’ve given me no children, and now a mere house servant is going to get it all.” 4 Then God’s Message came: “Don’t worry, he won’t be your heir; a son from your body will be your heir.” 5 Then he took him outside and said, “Look at the sky. Count the stars. Can you do it? Count your descendants! You’re going to have a big family, Abram!” 6 and he believed! Believed God! God declared him “Set-Right-with-God.”

7 God continued, “I’m the same God who brought you from Ur of the Chaldees and gave you this land to own.” 8 Abram said, “Master God, how am I to know this, that it will all be mine?” 9 God said, “Bring me a heifer, a goat, and a ram, each three years old, and a dove and a young pigeon.” 10 He brought all these animals to him, split them down the middle, and laid the halves opposite each other. But he didn’t split the birds. 11 Vultures swooped down on the carcasses, but Abram scared them off.

12 As the sun went down a deep sleep overcame Abram and then a sense of dread, dark and heavy. 13 God said to Abram, “Know this: your descendants will live as outsiders in a land not theirs; they’ll be enslaved and beaten down for 400 years. 14 Then I’ll punish their slave masters; your offspring will march out of there loaded with plunder. 15 But not you; you’ll have a long and full life and die a good and peaceful death. 16 Not until the fourth generation will your descendants return here; sin is still a thriving business among the Amorites.”

17 When the sun was down and it was dark, a smoking firepot and a flaming torch moved between the split carcasses. 18 That’s when God made a covenant with Abram: “I’m giving this land to your children, from the Nile River in Egypt to the River Euphrates in Assyria – 19 the country of the Kenites, Kenizzites, Kadmonites, 20 Hittites, Perizzites, Rephaim, 21 Amorites, Canaanites, Girgashites, and Jebusites.”

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