Something entirely new: Numbers 16.30

“But if the Lord does something entirely new, and the earth opens its mouth and swallows them up along with all that they have, and they go down alive to the grave, then you will know that these men have despised the Lord!”

Numbers 16.30

The Lord not only knows those who are his, but he shows who belongs to him and who doesn’t. He destroyed Korah and all those who rebelled with him against the Lord.

God often does “something entirely new,” showing again and again who his true people are. What must we do to keep from being swallowed up?

#rebellion #submission #VOTD

Mar. 23. The Twelve Apostles Return from Preaching Mission

Mt. 14:13; Mk. 6:30-32; Lk. 9:10; Jn. 6:1

About the time Jesus heard of John’s death, the apostles returned from the preaching mission that He had sent them on. They reported to Him about all the things that they had done and taught.

Since Jesus was tired and grief-stricken because of the death of John, His human side began to show. At His suggestion, they all went across the sea to a deserted place near Bethsaida to rest.


Single-minded purpose of following Jesus

If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. (Colossians 3:1 ESV)

Отож, коли ви воскресли з Христом, то шукайте того, що вгорі, де сидить Христос по Божій правиці. (колоссян 3:1 Ukrainian)

O LORD my God, thank you for once again blessing all people in the world with the opportunity to turn back to you the only true and living God. Remind leaders in every local congregation to be bold and take drastic measures that will stimulate dying churches to rise up and live for Christ. Help all Christians to live with the single-minded purpose of following Jesus in all details of this life. Help me to see myself as others see me, but most importantly as Christ sees me on this day. Use me today to bring glory to Christ by imitating His goodness. In the precious name of Jesus, Amen.

David Binkley, Sr. Gospel Minister

Cedar Key Church of Christ


Answer the knock at the door by opening minds

I had another recent visit from the local Jehovah’s Witnesses.

This time it was two teenage-aged boys inviting people to the special Passover observance and lesson broadcast being held at the local Kingdom Hall.

The young men were, as usual, well-dressed, kind, eager to share their material, and ready to discuss some biblical topics. They got more from our conversation than they were expecting!

After listening to their introduction and invitation, I began a conversation with a tie-in to what their broadcast lesson was going to talk about: “Who is Jesus?”

I asked them why their New World Translation called Jesus “a god” in John 1, but in John 20 it called him “God.” Jesus wasn’t afraid to rebuke his disciples after his resurrection (Mark 16:14). If Thomas was wrong for referring to Jesus as “God” such a mistake would have been corrected.

That point led to the next – Jesus never refused worship. He didn’t come to be the “center of attention” (Philippians 2:5-8; John 5:23, 8:28), but he did not reject or correct anyone who offered it to him (Matthew 28:9, Mark 5:6, Luke 24:52, John 9:38).

My final point (after several minutes of exchanging supplemental thoughts too in-depth for a short post) combined my first two points to prove that the NWT is wrong when it comes to John 1:1 and right when it comes to John 20:28.

As usual, they agreed that what I was saying was something new to them, and that they would like to get back to me with an answer … they haven’t been back with one, yet.

Many people have a bad attitude toward answering the door when Jehovah’s Witnesses knock. I say answer the door by opening minds. Introduce thoughts about Jesus that they will not hear at the Kingdom Hall! And be kind – do not bash someone for doing something with what they believe to be true if you’re not willing to do the same.

My hope and prayer is, for those two young men, from now on, every time they hear John 1:1 being read, their mind will go John 20:28. Maybe it will, maybe it won’t. But it would have had no chance (at least for now) of entering their mind without the conversation we had because of the knock at my door.

Mar. 22. Herod Supposes that Jesus Is John the Baptist

Mt. 14:1-13; Mk. 6:14-29; Lk. 9:7-9

Several months earlier, John the Baptist had been arrested and put into prison because he had said that Herod should not have his brother Philip’s wife.

When John had first been arrested, Herod wanted to kill him, but he was afraid of the people because they thought that John was a prophet. As time went on, Herod began to listen to him and to respect him somewhat.

At Herod’s birthday party, his wife’s daughter danced before him. He was so pleased with her, that he made an oath that he would give her anything she wanted, even half of his kingdom. Her mother told her to ask for John’s head on a platter.

Herod regretted that he had made such a rash promise, but because of the “honor” in fulfilling an oath and because of the others with him, he had John beheaded. If we make a rash promise that fulfilling would cause us to commit sin, we should renege on that promise.

John’s disciples took his body and buried it and then told Jesus what had happened.

When Herod later began to hear about the things that Jesus was doing, he started having severe problems with his conscience. He thought that Jesus maybe was John or even Elijah raised from the dead and was now performing these signs and miracles. Herod began seeking to see Jesus for himself.


Help us to love our enemies

Jude, a servant of Jesus Christ and brother of James, To those who are called, beloved in God the Father and kept for Jesus Christ: May mercy, peace, and love be multiplied to you. (Jude 1-2 ESV)

Иуда, раб Иисуса Христа, брат Иакова, призванным, которые освящены Богом Отцем и сохранены Иисусом Христом: милость вам и мир и любовь да умножатся. (Иуда 1-2 Russian)

Almighty God, dear Father in heaven ~ Thank you Lord for the dawning of another wondrous day on which we who know Jesus as Master and Teacher, anticipate more helpful blessings along with challenges. Grant us your wisdom so that we will more fully appreciate the work of the apostles chosen by Christ the Lord. Silence the mouths and influence of those who attempt to deceive people you have called to be saints. Help us to love our enemies enough to at least tell them why we have chosen to follow Christ. In the precious name of Jesus, Amen.

David Binkley, Sr. Gospel Minister

Cedar Key Church of Christ


Mar. 21. Jesus Commissions the Twelve

Mt. 10:1-11:1; Mk. 6:7-13; Lk. 9:1-6

The apostles had been with Jesus for several months observing His miracles and hearing His teaching. It was time for them to go out on their own and to work independently in teams of two.

Jesus called them and gave them the power to cast out unclean spirits, heal all kinds of sickness and disease and to raise the dead.

The apostles were sent to only the lost sheep of Israel (Jews) and their message was, “The kingdom of heaven is at hand.”

They were to travel lightly and to take no provisions with them. The house that was “worthy” in which they stayed would provide for their needs.

Jesus pointed out to them that they would be rejected and persecuted at times, but “…it will be more tolerable for the land of Sodom and Gomorrah (Old Testament cities destroyed by God) in the day of judgment than for that city!”

After instructing His disciples, Jesus also went into the cities teaching and preaching.


When you are frustrated with life … read this book

The book of Ecclesiastes is not void of any beneficial advice to young people:

Rejoice, O young man, in your youth, and let your heart cheer you in the days of your youth; walk in the ways of your heart, and in the sight of your eyes; but know that for all these God will bring you into judgment.” (Ecclesiastes 11:9 NKJV)

But even that advice is given from the perspective of someone who recounts youth as a potential disaster for one’s outlook on life:

Therefore remove sorrow from your heart, and put away evil from your flesh, for childhood and youth are vanity.” (Ecclesiastes 11:10 NKJV)

Ecclesiastes is the book to read when one reaches that “frustrating” time in his or her life. This frustrating time doesn’t necessarily have to be any sort of “mid-life crisis”. Times (experiences) have a tendency to come and go throughout our life (remember Ecclesiastes 3:1-8?).

Frustrated with work? Frustrated with the behavior of evil getting away with its deeds? Frustrated with the thought of the immature inheriting what you have worked hard for? Frustrated with the arrogance of others? Frustrated with the unfairness of life in general? Frustrated with politicians? Frustrated with your health? Ecclesiastes has advice for it all!

Humanity has not changed since the day we walked out of the garden, since the day we walked off of the ark, since the day we walked through the wilderness land heading toward Canaan … or since the day one wise man decided to record his experiences as he walked in and through the frustrations of life.

When you’re frustrated with life listen to the advice given in Ecclesiastes, and don’t let the frustrations keep you from remembering the conclusion that will keep us on the right track.

Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God and keep His commandments, for this is man’s all. For God will bring every work into judgment, including every secret thing, whether good or evil.” (Ecclesiastes 12:13-14 NKJV)

#daily-living, #ecclesiastes, #frustrations