Today’s Old Testament chronological reading is in Exodus 9 and 10.
The Psalms/ Proverbs reading is in Psalm 51.
The New Testament reading is in Mark 9.
I have been thinking about the teaching embedded in this structure. The Kingdom of God coming with power is of course a reference to the second coming, when the kingdoms of this world become the kingdoms of our Lord and of His Messiah, and He reigns for one thousand years, before He reigns for ever and ever. And the disciple who was standing there, who saw that Kingdom come with power, was John. Yes, he saw it in a vision, recorded in Revelation, but that does not make its events any less true.
But I have been thinking about the gospel that Yeshua preached: Repent, for the Kingdom of God (Heaven) is at hand. And we saw that in His Kingdom, the lost are saved, the blind have their sight restored to them, the sick are healed, the unclean spirits are cast out. Storms are calmed. The Word of God is taught with authority. All these things happened by the power of Holy Spirit, who had descended on Yeshua, anointing Him, and stayed. And Yeshua has baptized us with that same Spirit, or, as it is put in the epistles:
But if the Spirit of Him who raised Yeshua from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Messiah from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you. Rom 8:11
The very same Spirit who raised Yeshua from the dead dwells in us, if we have been baptized with the baptism of Messiah (Luk 3:16). Let that sink in. There are some in this generation who operate in the power of the Spirit, who raise people from the dead, and heal every sickness and disease, just as Yeshua did. Do they have more of the Spirit of God than we? No – it is the same Spirit, who raised Yeshua from the dead, who dwells in us.
And the glory of the Father, in the name of Messiah Yeshua, surrounds that Kingdom, that working, and that power, as in the structure. It envelops it. But what envelops the glory, is suffering many things. Why? Because people who think so highly of themselves that they rebuke Yeshua, or argue about who is greatest, cannot wield that kind of power without it ruining them or tarnishing the glory of the Father. When we walk in gentleness and lowliness of heart, as Yeshua walked, then I think we will see the power of the Spirit unleashed and the Kingdom of God mightily proclaimed among us.
Links to previous studies.
Exo 9:1-7, The fifth plague on livestock
Exo 9:8-21, Two warnings
Exo 9:22-35, The plague of hail
Exo 10:1-11, The plague of locusts warning
Exo 10:1-20, The plague of locusts
Exo 10:21-29, The plague of darkness
Exo 10:1-29 Chiastic structure
Exo 9 and 10, The paragraph divisions teach
Psalm 51 Chiastic structure
Mark 9, The causes of sin
Mark 9, Elijah preceding His return
Mark 9, The transfiguration
Mark 9 Chiastic structures