With COVID disrupting the three races I use to motivate myself to stay in shape, I’ve come up with a work around. I am going to stretch myself a little this year and chart a virtual run back to my home town of McClure, Ohio to the house I grew up in.
I finally made it up past Tramway, sort of a line to cross before getting to the mountain. It looks a lot closer and bigger than here.
Have you ever tried to talk to someone but had to stop because they were not ready to hear the more that you had to say? I had to turn for help on what to do. I found John 16:12 where Jesus said,
“I have many more things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now.”
Hope Deferred or Sick Hearts
Jesus taught that He was King and that idea became the disciples’ future. But now He says He is “going away” and the world was coming behind and will kill them! This sounds like the despair you would feel if you put a lot of stock and hope in a President to turn the country around only to find your country so corrupt that we can’t even hold simple elections and your man doesn’t succeed. What do you do?
Similarly, what were these disciples to do when things seemed so dark? How does one comfort such troubled hearts? What does one say in light of this and in light of the fact that they were not ready to hear any more about it? What a conundrum.
Well, miraculously Jesus continues. We see His Father provided for Him everything He needs to complete His ministry and with this powerful example we can rest assured we too will have everything we need for our ministry as well.
This is definitely one of my favorite MacArthur sermons as it brings to life the Word of Life.
“I have many more things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now. “But when He, the Spirit of truth, comes, He will guide you into all the truth; for He will not speak on His own initiative, but whatever He hears, He will speak; and He will disclose to you what is to come. “He will glorify Me, for He will take of Mine and will disclose it to you.
Assyria also has joined with them; They have become a help to the children of Lot. Selah. Psalms 83:8
Wait. The complaint against their enemies has been lodged, names have been given. A breath or a pause is now exercised to maintain control of thought and wits. Sort of like the shock upon learning the condition of Job. (Job 2:13) This might be a good practice in these troubling days.
The following is taken directly from The Treasury of David by Spurgeon.
Assur is also joined with them. It was then a rising power, anxious for growth, and it thus early distinguished itself for evil. What a motley group they were; a league against Israel is always attractive, and gathers whole nations within its bonds. Herod and Pilate are friends, if Jesus is to be crucified. Romanism and Ritualism make common cause against the gospel.
They have holpen the children of Lot. All these have come to the aid of Moab and Ammon, which two nations were among the fiercest in the conspiracy. There were ten to one against Israel, and yet she overcame all her enemies. Her name is not blotted out; but many, nay, most of her adversaries are now a name only, their power and their excellence are alike gone.
Selah. There was good reason for a pause when the nation was in such jeopardy: and yet it needs faith to make a pause, for unbelief is always in a hurry.
EXPLANATORY NOTES AND QUAINT SAYINGS
Assur also, etc. This determines the date of this Psalm to the latter times of the Jewish kingdom; for the other nations here mentioned had molested them before, but the Assyrians not till towards the end. — William Wall, 1645 or 1646-1727-8.