SCRIPTURE OF THE DAY (MARK 14:32-42 “THE PRAYER IN THE GARDEN”)

MARK 14:32-42 – 32 And they came to a place which was named Gethsemane: and he saith to his disciples, Sit ye here, while I shall pray.

33 And he taketh with him Peter and James and John, and began to be sore amazed, and to be very heavy;

34 And saith unto them, My soul is exceeding sorrowful unto death: tarry ye here, and watch.

35 And he went forward a little, and fell on the ground, and prayed that, if it were possible, the hour might pass from him.

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BIBLE CUSTOMS AND CURIOSITIES (DISTURBANCE AT THE THEATER)

The riot inspired by Demetrius spilled over into the entire city. The people gathered at the amphitheater to join in the demonstration.

The Roman theater at Ephesus has been unearthed by archaeologists. Built similar to a modern stadium, it had row upon row of tiered seats built of stone. It could seat about twenty-five thousand people.

The Roman theater in ancient Ephesus. The citizens of this city rioted when Paul confronted them with God’s Word.

Huge amphitheaters like this were built by the Greeks and Roman throughout the ancient world. Others have been discovered at Athens, Corinth, Miletus, Pergamos, and Philippi.

ACTS 19:29 – 29 And the whole city was filled with confusion: and having caught Gaius and Aristarchus, men of Macedonia, Paul’s companions in travel, they rushed with one accord into the theatre.

WILL GOD ELIMINATE ALL TROUBLE FROM OUR LIVES?

Some Christians actually preach this idea, and many people become disillusioned when their experience turns painful. The only people who can claim to live trouble-free are those who redefine “trouble” into a word that describes absolutely nothing. Only with this kind of word play (theology run amok) can Christians claim that their life experience is trouble-free.

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DEFINITION OF DAY (LAYING ON OF HANDS)

Symbolic ceremonial act used to invoke a divine blessing or establish a connection for the purpose of sacrifice, ordination, or to impart spiritual gifts.

OLD TESTAMENT: A primary used of laying on of hands in the OT was sacrifices. In Lev 16 the Lord instructed Moses and Aaron concerning the Day of Atonement. At a particular point Aaron was told to place his hands upon a live goat and “confess over it all the wickedness and rebellion of the Israelites-all their sins-put them on the goat’s head” (Lev 16:21), transferring the sins of Israel to the goat.

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DEFINITION OF THE DAY (MESSENGER)

One sent with a message. Messenger is often used in the literal sense (Gen 32:3,6; Num 20:14; 24:12; Deut 2:26). In an extended sense, the prophets (2 Chron 36:15-16; Isa 44:26; Hag 1:13) and

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MANNERS AND CUSTOMS OF THE BIBLE (PRIESTS AND LEVITES)

The priests and Levites were about their work in New Testament times. They are familiar in the story of the Good Samaritan (Luke 10:31).

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BIBLE CUSTOMS AND CURIOSITIES (THE BITE OF THE WICKED)

Psalm 58 declares that wicked people may seem to be flaunting the Lord and getting by with it, but eventually they will pay for their evil deeds.

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