Dipping Hyssop

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When the four evangelists wrote the Gospels, they often found connections with stories of our Hebrew ancestors. This was especially true of the Exodus. It was like connecting a tin-can telephone from events in the Exodus, to what happened in the life of Jesus.

St. John was especially tuned into this. An incident from the Exodus was “speaking” through the tin can and string to the other can pressed against our ear. What happened to Jesus was listened to in connection with God speaking and acting centuries earlier in our sacred history.

St. John did this with hyssop. This is a wild flower that has fine hairs at the tip. Moses told the Hebrews to dip hyssop into the blood of the Paschal Lamb and spread it on their doorways so that the Angel of Death would pass over. St. John said that hyssop was dipped into sour wine and spread it on Jesus’s lips. Right after this, he died. His death meant that death would “pass over” us! St. John wanted the death of Jesus to be listened to as connected to the story of Passover. Alleluia!

Exodus 12:21-51

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Saturdays are dedicated to the Torah Portions
read along with synagogues throughout the world.


This is a sample of a new version of The Bible Through the Seasons as a daily family devotion.  An ebook is planned. I’ll keep you posted! –Pastor Nick

 

 

The Day Jesus Died

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Here is a plan to make this day very special as we all recall the hour-by-hour events that led to Jesus’ death. Jesus died for you and me that we might live. There are two chapters in the Gospel of St. John that tell about the trial, crucifixion and death of Jesus. So that you can read and pray over these events a little at a time, I have divided the events into four parts of the day. In this way, you can be close to Jesus, because the scenes in the trial and death take place about the times of the day when we are reading them.

Since the first disciples ran far from Jesus and left him very much alone, your thinking about what happened to Jesus will keep you close to him. Pray also for all those throughout the world who continue to suffer and die at the hands of evil people. Your prayer will help to apply God’s love and grace to them which comes from Jesus’ great love for all of us on the cross.

1) Rising: The Arrest of Jesus, His Trial and the Denial of Peter.
John 18:1-27
2) 9 am: Jesus and Pilate   John 18:28-40
3) 12 Noon: Scourging, Crowning with Thorns, Crucifixion John 19:1-30
4) 3 pm: Death and Burial of Jesus John 19:31-42

John 18:1-19:42
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For a one-page pdf file of Bible Breaths for the first four weeks of Lent, with four examples for each day, touch here.


Fridays are dedicated to the Gospels.
During Lent and Easter, we read the Gospel of John.


This is a sample of a new version of The Bible Through the Seasons as a daily family devotion.  An ebook is planned. I’ll keep you posted! –Pastor Nick

All About Love

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This is a very famous chapter in the Bible. Many times it is read at weddings. It is about what true love is like. It’s also interesting to notice that the name of God is never mentioned. That is because God is love!

To understand the thought of St. Paul here, you have to read slowly—not just with the mind, but with the heart. If you ask God to help you understand, God will surely do that.

Today is called Holy or Maundy Thursday. It is the day that Jesus’s love comes through, even though it’s the day when Jesus was betrayed by Judas. We remember the Last Supper when Jesus gave us the precious gift of his body and blood present by faith in the bread and wine. The Apostles became scared and ran away when Jesus was betrayed in the garden. Knowing that this was going to happen, Jesus still gave them the sacred food of his own life. He gives us this same food so that we can know that even when we turn away from God, the love of Jesus in Holy Communion is there to welcome us back.

1 Corinthians 13

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Thursdays are dedicated to the New Testament except the Gospels.
In the season of Lent this year,
we read St. Paul’s letter to the Colossians and 1 Corinthians 11:23–13:13.


This is a sample of a new version of The Bible Through the Seasons as a daily family devotion.  An ebook is planned. I’ll keep you posted! –Pastor Nick