Birds, Blood and a Covenant To Die For
Joseph & Nicodemus Protect and Honor Jesus Body
After these things Joseph of Arimathea, being a disciple of Jesus, but a secret one for fear of the Jews, asked Pilate that he might take away the body of Jesus; and Pilate granted permission. So he came and took away His body.
Nicodemus, who had first come to Him by night, also came, bringing a mixture of myrrh and aloes, about a hundred pounds weight.
So they took the body of Jesus and bound it in linen wrappings with the spices, as is the burial custom of the Jews.
Abraham And You
7 Know then that it is those of faith who are the sons of Abraham.
29 And if you are Christ’s, then you are Abraham’s offspring, heirs according to promise.
Genesis 15:11 ESV
11 And when birds of prey came down on the carcasses, Abram drove them away.
After these things the word of the LORD came to Abram in a vision: “Fear not, Abram, I am your shield; your reward shall be very great.”
But Abram said, “O Lord GOD, what will you give me, for I continue childless, and the heir of my house is Eliezer of Damascus?”
And Abram said, “Behold, you have given me no offspring, and a member of my household will be my heir.”
And behold, the word of the LORD came to him: “This man shall not be your heir; your very own son shall be your heir.”
And he brought him outside and said, “Look toward heaven, and number the stars, if you are able to number them.” Then he said to him, “So shall your offspring be.”
Could this be the most important sentence in the Bible?
And he believed the LORD,
and he counted it to him as righteousness.
Faith in God constitutes the highest worship, the prime duty, the first obedience, and the foremost sacrifice. Without faith God forfeits His glory, wisdom, truth, and mercy in us. The first duty of man is to believe in God and to honor Him with his faith. Faith is truly the height of wisdom, the right kind of righteousness, the only real religion . . . Faith says to God: ‘I believe what you say.’
There is doubt and then there is doubt! I doubt this is doubt.
But he said, “O Lord GOD, how am I to know that I shall possess it?”
And Jesus said to him, …”All things are possible for one who believes.”
Immediately the father of the child cried out and said, “I believe; help my unbelief!”
… I will make them like the calf that they cut in two and passed between its parts—
And I will give them into the hand of their enemies and into the hand of those who seek their lives. Their dead bodies shall be food for the birds of the air and the beasts of the earth.
As the sun was going down, a deep sleep fell on Abram. And behold, dreadful and great darkness fell upon him.
… there were thunders and lightnings and a thick cloud on the mountain … all the people in the camp trembled.
Now Mount Sinai was wrapped in smoke because the LORD had descended on it in fire. The smoke of it went up like the smoke of a kiln, and the whole mountain trembled greatly.
As for you, you shall go to your fathers in peace; you shall be buried in a good old age.
When the sun had gone down and it was dark, behold, a smoking fire pot and a flaming torch passed between these pieces.
On that day the LORD made a covenant with Abram, saying, “To your offspring I give this land, from the river of Egypt to the great river, the river Euphrates,
Now from the sixth hour there was darkness over all the land until the ninth hour.
And about the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying, … “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”
…. he was taken away; and as for his generation, who considered that he was cut off out of the land of the living, stricken for the transgression of my people?
For all who rely on works of the law are under a curse; for it is written, “Cursed be everyone who does not abide by all things written in the Book of the Law, and do them.”
Now it is evident that no one is justified before God by the law, for “The righteous shall live by faith.”
But the law is not of faith…
Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us—for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who is hanged on a tree”—
so that in Christ Jesus the blessing of Abraham might come to the Gentiles, so that we might receive the promised Spirit through faith.
9 After this I, from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne looked, and behold, a great multitude that no one could number, from every nation and before the Lamb, clothed in white robes, with palm branches in their hands,
10 and crying out with a loud voice, “Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb!”