Is Jesus weeping with you or for you?

Jesus weeping

I’ve been reading a weekly devotional book called The Joshua Code by O.S. Hawkins. It’s a little gem of a book. There are 52 short chapters. Each one focuses on one of 52 verses every Christian should know.

Jesus weeping

This weeks verse is John 11.35, “Jesus wept.” The shortest verse in the Bible and certainly an easy one to memorize.

Hawkins points out that there are two references to Jesus weeping. Here in John 11 Jesus is approaching Lazarus’s tomb. When he sees Mary and Martha’s grief, He weeps with them. He didn’t weep because of His friend’s death. He knew Lazurus would soon be restored to life. He wept because of the sisters’ sorrow.

In Luke 19 we find the other reference to Jesus weeping. It was Palm Sunday and Jesus was nearing Jerusalem. Verses 41-44:

41 Now as He drew near, He saw the city and wept over it, 42 saying, “If you had known, even you, especially in this your day, the things that make for your peace! But now they are hidden from your eyes. 43 For days will come upon you when your enemies will build an embankment around you, surround you and close you in on every side, 44 and level you, and your children within you, to the ground; and they will not leave in you one stone upon another, because you did not know the time of your visitation.”

He wept because they had rejected truth.

He wept because they didn’t recognize their Messiah.

Jesus weeps over our sorrow and suffering. He also weeps over our sin, blindness, hardness of heart, and rejection of the Gospel.

When He weeps for you, is He crying with you or for you?


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April 22 “Polygamy & acceptable sins”

“Why did God allow polygamy in the Old Testament?” I’ve heard that question many times. The truth is, it has always been sin, but at that time it was an acceptable sin by most people’s standards. What sin have you allowed to become acceptable?

acceptable sins

Today’s Readings:
Judges 9 & 10
Psalm 50.1-6
Proverbs 14.25-27
Luke 16.1-31

Judges 9 & 10:

Acceptable sins

In Judges 8.30-31 we saw that Gideon fell into the sin of polygamy. Though it was tolerated in that society, it never was God’s intent. It always led to trouble and often outright evil as it did here in chapter 9. Sin always spirals downward unless repented of and forsaken. We meet Abimelech his son by another relationship (Gideon didn’t even marry this woman). Abimelech, not only conspired to become king of Shechem, but then went and killed all his brothers—70 of them—all except one who hid from him.

What is God saying to us through this story? What principles can we learn? Possibly about the dangers of compromise? If we trace this story back to 8.27, we see Gideon went from his great victory to making an ephod and setting it up in his hometown. An ephod generally referred to a sacred garment worn by a priest. Matthew Henry suggests this may have also included some kind of oracle to try to divine God’s will. Remember that the place of worship at this time was at Shiloh not here in Ophrah. The end of verse 27 says, “But soon all the Israelites prostituted themselves by worshiping it, and it became a trap for Gideon and his family.” Continue reading