Roman legionaries – Are you hearing? Mark 4:9

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Morning

“O ye sons of men, how long will ye turn my glory into shame?”
Psalm 4:2

An instructive writer has made a mournful list of the honours which the blinded people of Israel awarded to their long expected King.

1. They gave him a procession of honour, in which Roman legionaries, Jewish priests, men and women, took a part, he himself bearing his cross. This is the triumph which the world awards to him who comes to overthrow man’s direst foes. Derisive shouts are his only acclamations, and cruel taunts his only paeans of praise.

2. They presented him with the wine of honour. Instead of a golden cup of generous wine they offered him the criminal’s stupefying death-draught, which he refused because he would preserve an uninjured taste wherewith to taste of death; and afterwards when he cried, “I thirst,” they gave him vinegar mixed with gall, thrust to his mouth upon a sponge. Oh! wretched, detestable inhospitality to the King’s Son.

3. He was provided with a guard of honour, who showed their esteem of him by gambling over his garments, which they had seized as their booty. Such was the body-guard of the adored of heaven; a quaternion of brutal gamblers.

4. A throne of honour was found for him upon the bloody tree; no easier place of rest would rebel men yield to their liege Lord. The cross was, in fact, the full expression of the world’s feeling towards him; “There,” they seemed to say, “thou Son of God, this is the manner in which God himself should be treated, could we reach him.”

5. The title of honour was nominally “King of the Jews,” but that the blinded nation distinctly repudiated, and really called him “King of thieves,” by preferring Barabbas, and by placing Jesus in the place of highest shame between two thieves. His glory was thus in all things turned into shame by the sons of men, but it shall yet gladden the eyes of saints and angels, world without end.

Evening

Psalm 122:6

“Deliver me from bloodguiltiness, O God, thou God of my salvation; and my tongue shall sing aloud of thy righteousness.”
Psalm 51:14

In this solemn confession, it is pleasing to observe that David plainly names his sin. He does not call it manslaughter, nor speak of it as an imprudence by which an unfortunate accident occurred to a worthy man, but he calls it by its true name, bloodguiltiness. He did not actually kill the husband of Bathsheba; but still it was planned in David’s heart that Uriah should be slain, and he was before the Lord his murderer. Learn in confession to be honest with God. Do not give fair names to foul sins; call them what you will, they will smell no sweeter. What God sees them to be, that do you labour to feel them to be; and with all openness of heart acknowledge their real character. Observe, that David was evidently oppressed with the heinousness of his sin. It is easy to use words, but it is difficult to feel their meaning. The fifty-first Psalm is the photograph of a contrite spirit. Let us seek after the like brokenness of heart; for however excellent our words may be, if our heart is not conscious of the hell-deservingness of sin, we cannot expect to find forgiveness.

Our text has in it an earnest prayer–it is addressed to the God of salvation. It is his prerogative to forgive; it is his very name and office to save those who seek his face. Better still, the text calls him the God of my salvation. Yes, blessed be his name, while I am yet going to him through Jesus’ blood, I can rejoice in the God of my salvation.

The psalmist ends with a commendable vow: if God will deliver him he will sing–nay, more, he will “sing aloud.” Who can sing in any other style of such a mercy as this! But note the subject of the song–“Thy righteousness.” We must sing of the finished work of a precious Saviour; and he who knows most of forgiving love will sing the loudest.

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Lord will they have EARS  to HEAR?

Jeremiah 28:7 | View whole chapter | See verse in context Nevertheless hear thou now this word that I speak in thine ears, and in the ears of all the people;

Matthew 13:43 | View whole chapter | See verse in context Then shall the righteous shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father. Who hath ears to hear, let him hear.

Jeremiah 5:21 | View whole chapter | See verse in context Hear now this, O foolish people, and without understanding; which have eyes, and see not; which have ears, and hear not:

Luke 14:35 | View whole chapter | See verse in context It is neither fit for the land, nor yet for the dunghill; but men cast it out. He that hath ears to hear, let him hear.

Luke 8:8 | View whole chapter | See verse in context And other fell on good ground, and sprang up, and bare fruit an hundredfold. And when he had said these things, he cried, He that hath ears to hear, let him hear.

Acts 28:27 | View whole chapter | See verse in context For the heart of this people is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes have they closed; lest they should see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and understand with their heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them.

Matthew 13:15 | View whole chapter | See verse in context For this people’s heart is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes they have closed; lest at any time they should see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and should understand with their heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them.

Matthew 11:15 | View whole chapter | See verse in context He that hath ears to hear, let him hear.

Matthew 13:9 | View whole chapter | See verse in context Who hath ears to hear, let him hear.

Mark 4:9 | View whole chapter | See verse in context And he said unto them, He that hath ears to hear, let him hear.

Isaiah 6:10 | View whole chapter | See verse in context Make the heart of this people fat, and make their ears heavy, and shut their eyes; lest they see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and understand with their heart, and convert, and be healed.

Psalms 115:6 | View whole chapter | See verse in context They have ears, but they hear not: noses have they, but they smell not:

Psalms 135:17 | View whole chapter | See verse in context They have ears, but they hear not; neither is there any breath in their mouths.

Isaiah 32:3 | View whole chapter | See verse in context And the eyes of them that see shall not be dim, and the ears of them that hear shall hearken.

Matthew 13:16 | View whole chapter | See verse in context But blessed are your eyes, for they see: and your ears, for they hear.

Mark 8:18 | View whole chapter | See verse in context Having eyes, see ye not? and having ears, hear ye not? and do ye not remember?

Job 13:17 | View whole chapter | See verse in context Hear diligently my speech, and my declaration with your ears.

Ezekiel 12:2 | View whole chapter | See verse in context Son of man, thou dwellest in the midst of a rebellious house, which have eyes to see, and see not; they have ears to hear, and hear not: for they are a rebellious house.

Mark 4:23 | View whole chapter | See verse in context If any man have ears to hear, let him hear.

Mark 7:16 | View whole chapter | See verse in context If any man have ears to hear, let him hear.

Deuteronomy 29:4 | View whole chapter | See verse in context Yet the LORD hath not given you an heart to perceive, and eyes to see, and ears to hear, unto this day.

Zechariah 7:11 | View whole chapter | See verse in context But they refused to hearken, and pulled away the shoulder, and stopped their ears, that they should not hear.

Romans 11:8 | View whole chapter | See verse in context (According as it is written, God hath given them the spirit of slumber, eyes that they should not see, and ears that they should not hear😉 unto this day.

1 Samuel 15:14 | View whole chapter | See verse in context And Samuel said, What meaneth then this bleating of the sheep in mine ears, and the lowing of the oxen which I hear?

2 Samuel 22:7 | View whole chapter | See verse in context In my distress I called upon the LORD, and cried to my God: and he did hear my voice out of his temple, and my cry did enter into his ears.

Ezekiel 3:10 | View whole chapter | See verse in context Moreover he said unto me, Son of man, all my words that I shall speak unto thee receive in thine heart, and hear with thine ears.

Psalms 130:2 | View whole chapter | See verse in context Lord, hear my voice: let thine ears be attentive to the voice of my supplications.

Deuteronomy 5:1 | View whole chapter | See verse in context And Moses called all Israel, and said unto them, Hear, O Israel, the statutes and judgments which I speak in your ears this day, that ye may learn them, and keep, and do them.

Isaiah 30:21 | View whole chapter | See verse in context And thine ears shall hear a word behind thee, saying, This is the way, walk ye in it, when ye turn to the right hand, and when ye turn to the left.

Ezekiel 8:18 | View whole chapter | See verse in context Therefore will I also deal in fury: mine eye shall not spare, neither will I have pity: and though they cry in mine ears with a loud voice, yet will I not hear them.

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