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THE FISH GATE-PART 9

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Sreedhar Jeshurun | Wednesday, May 09, 2012 | | | | | | Best Blogger Tips Be the first to comment!

THE NOBLE”S RELUCTANCE-THE NOBLE BUSINESMAN SIMON THE CYRENE.

Simon of  cyrene carrying cross-Matt 27:32

"As they were going out, they met a man from Cyrene, named Simon, and they forced him to carry the cross"(Matt 27:32).


Simon of Cyrene had always been to Jerusalem to celebrate the festivals of Passover, firs fruits, The Feast of unleavened bread and Pentecost which lasted for the period of 50 days...He is the citizen of Libya and from the city of Cyrene. While Jesus was carrying the cross with an excruciating pain as he was so badly beaten and tortured so that Jesus was staggering to carry the burden of the cross to the hill of Golgotha. As the procession is being going on towards to Golgotha,Simon the cyrene was standing on the street while looking at the spectacle with utter amazement. Immediately the Roman soldiers grabbed him and forced him to carry the cross."A certain man from Cyrene, Simon, the father of Alexander and Rufus, was passing by on his way in from the country, and they forced him to carry the cross"(Mark 15:21).


The blood of Jesus cleanseth us from every sin-1John 1:7
This was a surprising event as a dignified Jew and a Noble Businessman from a Roman Province in North Africa from Libya was suddenly caught up in the middle of the Procession of Jesus carrying the cross staggering up to the hill of Golgotha. He knew no the Jesus before all of a sudden he got the opportunity to carry or to take part in the sufferings of the Lord Jesus Christ.is he rejected to carry the cross? He could have lost the opportunity of being saved on that day. It was God’s plan for Simon Cyrene to bear the cross on that day and be experienced with saving knowledge of Lord Jesus Christ and take the good news to Libya. He obeyed to God’s plan, it was in His obedience to take part in the sufferings of Jesus He along with his family got regenerated and became a blessing to the nation of Libya. He carried the cross it was a blessing for him, his family and to a nation. He further went up to the cross and saw Jesus crucified as he expressed positive volition in Christ God the holy spirit started the convincing ministry –that Jesus Christ was the son of the living God, “The lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world” (John 1:29).Simon understood"The blood of Jesus His son cleanses us from all sin” (I John 1:7) and there itself accepted Jesus Christ as His personal savior.
The Lamb slain from the foundation of the world-Rev 5:6

Had Simon retreated in taking part in the suffering of Christ how many eternal blessings he could have lost? He because of his dignity, status, influence and fear of the people had not been identified in the suffering ministry of Jesus, what could he have earned with his worldly richness?

He made a wonderful decision to carry the cross of a suffering Christ for the sins of Humanity.
Mark identified Simon’s two sons when he wrote his account after thirty years of crucifixion. Simon wife is also mentioned being a great believer in Lord Jesus Christ."Greet Rufus, chosen in the Lord, and his mother, who has been a mother to me, too"(Rom 16:13).

Are you like the noblemen of Nehemiah’s time? Like Pontius Pilate who had negative volition lacking the moral courage to free Jesus and stand for the truth?
Carry one another like Simon the Cyrene-Mark 15:21
Or
Are you like the Simon Cyrene who stood for the truth and took part in the sufferings of Christ?
To stand for Jesus is to stand for his great Commission of the Fish gate.

Are you like the men of Issachar, they knew the times. They lived with a greater understanding of what God was doing.
Stand like the men of Issachar-1 Chronicles 12:32

“And of the sons of Issachar, men who understood the times, with knowledge of what Israel should do, their chiefs were two hundred; and all their kinsmen were at their command” (1 Chronicles 12:32).




(To be continued.............)

Bibliography:
  1. http://www.jesusplusnothing.com/studies/online/nehem3.htm
  2.  http://koti.phnet.fi/petripaavola/Jerusalemgatesspiritualmeaning.html 
  3.  http://www.bible-exposition.co/spiritual_truths_from_the_gates_of_jerusalem_by_n_patel.
  4. http://kzlam36.wordpress.com/2010/08/25/end-times-witnessing-rebuilding-your-fish-gate-why-are-men-made-like-fish-of-the-sea/
  5. “What is reverse tithing” By Rick warren http://bigthink.com/ideas/3015
  6. “Witnessing” by late Colonel Rb Thieme jr.pg1, 3-6, 25,
  7. “The Divine outline of history Dispensations and the church” by late Colonel RB Thieme Jr Pg 75-76
  8. http://www.foundationsforfreedom.net/References/OT/Historical/Nehemiah/Nehemiah03.1_32HopeGates.html
  9. Today Handbook of Bible Times and Customs by William Coleman Page 13 of Bethany House publishers.
  10. Support raising by Author Steve Shadrach:http://www.thetravelingteam.org/articles/support-raising
  11. http://www.prophecyinthenews.com/articledetail.asp?Article_ID=17   
  12. Living Waters from the River of Life by Pastor Jim Feeney, Ph.D.http://www.jimfeeney.org/livingwaters-riveroflife.html  
  13. The other Arab Spring by Thomas L.Friedman DC 9/4/2012.
  14.  What does the Arab world do when its water runs out? John Vidal The Observer, Sunday 20 February 2011Article history http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2011/feb/20/arab-nations-water-running-ou
  15. King fo Kings and Lord of Lords by late Col R.B.Thieme Jr Page;8,17,22,26,27

 
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