Today is August 5, 2019

Verse of the Day — Luke 22:14

When the hour had come, He reclined at the table, and the apostles with Him.


THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

It was an honor to lie down and eat in Jesus’ day.


MINI BIBLE STUDY FOR THE DAY

The famous picture by Leonardo da Vinci of Jesus and His 12 apostles sitting upright while eating at the Last Supper is not scripturally correct. Feasts, banquets, and special dinners were usually served on a table which was only six to twelve inches high. The guests would lie around the outside edges on cushions, leaning on their left elbow and eating with their right hand. This was to remind the Israelites that they didn’t have to be ready to leave at a moment’s notice—like they did on the first Passover in Egypt.

This is why a woman could wash Jesus’ feet at dinner (Luke 7) as she wasn’t under the table! This also makes sense of the verse (John 13:23) about John leaning on Jesus’ breast at dinner. There are some 30 verses referring to this eating style including:

. . . a Pharisee asked Him to have lunch with him; and He went in, and reclined at the table. —Luke 11:37

. . . as Jesus was reclining at the table in the house, behold, many tax collectors and sinners came and were dining . . . —Matthew 9:10

And as they were reclining at the table and eating . . . —Mark 14:18

. . . Lazarus was one of those reclining at the table with Him. —John 12:2


QUESTION FOR THE DAY

Dear Compass,

In Acts 1:18, Peter said Judas’ death was caused by a fall and his insides spilled out. But in Matthew 27:5, it says that Judas hanged himself. Also, Matthew said the priests bought the field while Acts says Judas bought it. So much for inerrancy of Scripture, huh?


ANSWER:

Both descriptions of Judas’ death could be true. There are many trees even today that have branches hanging over the edge of those cliffs alongside the Hinnom Valley. Judas could have easily hanged himself at the top causing the limb to break, sending him crashing to the valley below. Or, if after hanging himself, the deterioration of his corpse could have caused the rope to sever his head, allowing his body to fall to the valley below.

Regarding the purchase of the field, the priests could not take back the 30 pieces of silver paid to Judas to betray Jesus’ location in the Garden of Gethsemane. The priests didn’t want to have the appearance of having anything to do with Judas’ money. So the obvious thing to do was to use the money to buy a field in Judas’ name.

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QUESTION

Dear Compass:

For the first time I am stressed as to where my position is with God. My husband of 36 years decided he wanted a younger woman. He said he knew he was shallow, but God loves him anyway for he is “once saved, always saved.” He said he loves me, but the “flesh is weak.” He divorced me. I said and did everything I could to work it out. Our Christian counselor told me after four weeks that I might as well realize that my husband was not going to change. He had had many affairs during our marriage that I didn’t know about until the end. He married a girl the age of our first-born and is now seeing someone else behind her back. Am I held accountable for a divorce I didn’t want and didn’t initiate? What can I do now? I know I am not to re-marry, and I don’t want to . . . but I do want to be right with God. Thank you.

ANSWER

We are so sorry! But, rest assured, many reading this know of similar situations with friends or family. There are many things on this earth that we won’t understand until we get to heaven. And even though you may not get what you perceive to be a satisfactory answer in this life, you can move forward and your future looks bright!

Brethren, I do not regard myself as having laid hold of it yet; but one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead —Philippians 3:13

Regarding your husband’s theology, the “last days” apostasy continues to grow in our churches and scriptural distortions abound.

Let no one in any way deceive you, for it will not come unless the apostasy comes first, and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the son of destruction —2 Thessalonians 2:3

This may have contributed to your husband’s not taking the whole counsel of God (the whole Bible) and instead feeling comfortable to cherry-pick scriptures to fit his personal beliefs and/or fleshly desires.

For they exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, —Romans 1:25

Your husband is not serving God but is deceived. Satan has deceived him into making himself his own god. That will look pretty silly on judgment day.

Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, this he will also reap. —Galatians 6:7

. . . For we will all stand before the judgment seat of God. For it is written,

“AS I LIVE, SAYS THE LORD, EVERY KNEE SHALL BOW TO ME,
AND EVERY TONGUE SHALL GIVE PRAISE TO
GOD.”
So then each one of us will give account of himself to God. —Romans 14:10b-12

For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one may be recompensed for his deeds in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad. —2 Corinthians 5:10

Don’t forget that when you took your wedding vows, you married for “better or worse.” You unfortunately got “worse.” But God understands your hurts and, through Jesus, you can get through this. You can even grow stronger in the Lord by keeping your eyes on the future, not on the present. Never lose sight of the fact that God is fully aware of what you’re going though and loves you 24/7.

The LORD is near to the brokenhearted
And saves those who are crushed in spirit.
—Psalm 34:18

He heals the brokenhearted,
And binds up their wounds.
—Psalm 147:3

Once you fully embrace the fact that God is in control and that He promises all things will work out for your good (“God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God” —Romans 8:28), you can begin to move on. Although at the moment that may seem impossible to do, in time you will be able to lean on Him Who is the source of strength and gives you the strength and ability to forgive and forget.

Forgetting what lies behind and reaching forward to lies ahead. —Philippians 3:13

You need to be careful not to think that you are less a sinner than your husband. That mindset comes from pride. Except by the grace of God, you would be just like the worst sinner on earth.

Regardless of your situation, you never need to doubt your position in Christ. Your victory came when Jesus died on the cross, before you were born.

When you were dead in your transgressions and the uncircumcision of your flesh, He made you alive together with Him, having forgiven us all our transgressions, having canceled out the certificate of debt consisting of decrees against us, which was hostile to us; and He has taken it out of the way, having nailed it to the cross. —Colossians 2:13-14

When you truly understand the above verse, you will realize that regardless of the circumstances that God has allowed in your life, there is nothing you can do, or not do, to make yourself any more, or less, acceptable to God. In other words, you are already “right with God.” That happened when you trusted Jesus as your Lord and Savior. No circumstances on this earth can change that fact.

Since your husband divorced you and remarried, you are not under bondage to him.

If the unbelieving one leaves, let him leave; the brother or the sister is not under bondage in such cases, but God has called us to peace. —1 Corinthians 7:15

We’re praying for you!

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