Jesus Weeps With You

Written by: Amanda Chilcoat
December 13th, 2018
 
I was taking my husband to work the other morning and received a text message from our church prayer chain letting us know that we had lost another member of our church. That makes 3 in less than a week & 8 total I believe for this year. Though I have never lost someone close to me, my heart still grieves with each of them. I began praying for this family and for the families who have lost a loved one recently. As I was praying, God laid John 11 on my heart. Jesus was in another town and was brought word that one of his good friends was very ill and Mary and Martha wanted him to come right away. Jesus did not come right away. In fact, He stays two more days in the place where he was. When he heard that Lazarus was sick he says, “This sickness will not end in death. No, it is for God’s glory so that God’s Son may be glorified through it.” (John 11:4) 
 
Jesus knew that Lazarus would die. Thats why he prolonged where he was. He knew that his friends death had a purpose. Jesus even said this to his disciples in John 11:14-15, “Lazarus is dead. And I am glad for your sakes that I was not there, that you may believe. Nevertheless let us go to him.” I cannot imagine how hard it was for Jesus to stay where he was. This man was one of his best friends yet he knew that his Fathers plan had to be carried out so that those who witnessed the miracle ahead would believe. Jesus knows whats going to happen and He knows how every situation we go through will bring glory to Him and impact other peoples lives. Will it hurt? Yes. Will it be hard? Yes. He never promised that this life would be easy but He did promise that He would always be there with us. Right there in the middle of the storm where it seems like all hope is lost. Though we may not see or feel him there. He is there. And He is working ALL things out for our good (Romans 8:28). 
 
Often times we forget that Jesus truly cares and knows how we feel when we lose someone in death. We forget that he was man as well as God. We forget that he felt everything that we feel today. Thats why he came so that he could understand and be the ultimate sacrifice for our sins. He is our intercessor between us and God. But we get in our feelings and we question if this is really apart of Gods plan. We say why would God allow my loved one to die? If He foreseen this then why did He not prevent it? Martha says something similar to Jesus in verse 21 “Lord, if You had been here, my brother would not have died.” She was hurting and grieving the loss of her brother. Mary didn’t even come to meet Jesus on the road until He called for her. She fell at Jesus’ feet and said the same thing her sister said (verse 32). Jesus seen the sorrow that everyone was feeling and he groaned in the spirit and was troubled (verse 33). Then, in verse 35, Jesus wept. Who knew that the shortest verse in the Bible could say so much about our Lord. This verse tells me that Jesus was feeling what Mary and Martha were feeling. It tells me that He struggled to let his friend die. It tells me that Jesus weeps with us when we experience loss ourselves and that He truly and deeply understands what its like to lose someone close to us. Thank you Jesus for being close to us. Thank you for understanding us. Thank you for knowing how we feel in times like these.
 
We can have peace in knowing that our loved ones are with Jesus now. Jesus says in John 11:25-26, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live. And whoever lives and believes in Me shall never die. Do you believe this?” We can take comfort in this scripture. That our loved ones are no longer hurting. No longer suffering. No longer struggling. That they are healed and made whole! They have new bodies and are rejoicing and praising! Getting to see Jesus face to face as He embraces them! Oh how heaven rejoices for another has come home! 
 
Jesus wept for his friend Lazarus and everyone knew how much he loved him. Even though He knew what was fixing to happen next, He took the time to mourn his friend. Jesus weeps with you right where you are. And though you can’t see past this pain you are feeling right now, joy is coming. Sometimes when we pray for someones healing, the healing may be that they come home. God sees our hearts and He knows what each of us can handle. He also knows how this situation will impact and help others. When Jesus called Lazarus forth out of the grave that day, several believed. Others went to the Pharisees and told them what happened. That moment right there set events in motion for Jesus to be crucified. This moment brought people to Him and caused others to be against Him but all for a purpose He knew He had to fulfill. 
 

Sweet friend, I know your heart hurts and its grieving. Jesus weeps with you. He has his arms around you for He is near to the broken hearted and binds up their wounds (Ps. 147:3, Ps. 34:18). Lean into Him. Talk with Him and pour your heart out to Him. He knows and He is the only one who truly knows and will heal your heart. I am leaving you with these beautiful lyrics written by the band, Fireflight. Praying for each of you today.

Love & Blessings,

Amanda Chilcoat

 
He Weeps By Fireflight
 
Where is God when the rain falls
And takes the car off the road
Is He standing in the storm
Where is God when the child cries
And no one bends to pick her up 
Could someone tell me what He does
 
He weeps, He weeps with you
He weeps with me
When I’m on my knees 
And I taste defeat
He weeps, He weeps
 
Where is God when she won’t eat 
When her bones start to show
Is He there when she’s lost control 
Where God when a father
Turns his back on his son 
Can someone tell me what He does
 
He weeps, He weeps with you 
He weeps with me
When I’m on my knees 
And I taste defeat
He weeps, He weeps
 
If today’s your darkest day 
And you can’t escape the pain
Don’t be afraid 
He will never walk away
 
He weeps, He weeps with you 
He weeps with me
When you’re on your knees 
And you taste defeat
He weeps, He weeps 
He weeps with you
He weeps with me 
When you’re on your knees 
And you taste defeat 
He weeps, He weeps
 
 

*In loving memory of the amazing members of our church family we have lost this year and in honor of their families. 

Jack & Shirley Kramer 
Donald Birge
Jay Hefner
Kristina Latham
Charles Hudson 
Esther Foshee 
George Harris
 
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Disciple’s Devotional for Sunday November 18,2018
Psalms 51:11-19
THE SACRIFICES GOD ACCEPTS
It is not enough to be forgiven;
the true penitent longs to be kept from breaking out into the old sins.
He desires a clean heart that abhors the least taint of sin;
a right or steadfast (R.V., margin) spirit, influenced by God’s holy Spirit,
and therefore a willing spirit as well.
Then shall follow the joy of salvation,
success in soul-winning,
humility of soul,
the blessing of Zion,
and the upbuilding of the Church.
What glorious results are these-like the fair colors extracted from coal-tar!
There are no sacrifices so dear to God as broken hearts;
no offerings so precious as contrite spirits.
It would be impossible to compute all the walls that have been built;
all the “Jerusalems” that have been blessed,
all the congregations that have been moved,
all the revivals that have resulted
because sinful men and women have been loved back from the pit of corruption
and reinstated
into the clear shining of God’s forgiveness and favor.
Do not be content with forgiveness;
seek restoration to the old place and then strive for a better.
F. B. Meyer
 
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Disciple’s Devotional Sunday October 21, 2018
FEAR NOT
Life happens to us all.
We take a bad fall, have an accident, even run into opposition at work.
We are not perfect (yet!) and sometimes say the wrong thing or make a stupid decision.
 
It seems we are hardest on ourselves in these moments.
The children of Israel failed God over and over, yet when they asked forgiveness,
He was faithful to forgive their indiscretions and failures. He even declared this over them:
Isaiah 43:1 (TLV) But now, thus says Adonai—the One who created you, O Jacob, the One who formed you, O Israel:
“Fear not, for I have redeemed you, I have called you by name, you are Mine.
2 When you pass through the waters, I will be with you, or through the rivers, they will not overflow you.
When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned, nor will the flame burn you.
3 For I am Adonai your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior.
I have given Egypt as your ransom, Ethiopia and Seba in your place.
4 Since you are precious in My eyes, honored, because I love you, I will give a man in exchange for you,
and other peoples for your life. 5 Do not fear, for I am with you.
I will bring your offspring from the east and gather you from the west.
6 I will say to the north, ‘Give them up!’ and to the south, ‘Do not hold them back.’
Bring My sons from far and My daughters from the ends of the earth.
7 Everyone who is called by My Name, whom I created for My glory. I formed him—yes, I made him!”
We who are today’s disciples of Christ have this great promise from our Savior.
Read his promise to us from the Good News translation. John 16:33 I have told you this so that you will have peace by being united to me.
The world will make you suffer. But be brave! I have defeated the world!”
 
                                      So when trials, tribulation and suffering comes, remember you are in Christ and fear not
He’s already won the victory for you!
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Blessed are the Meek
Last week we talked a little about the fact that meekness is not weakness using the example of our Savior who embodied meekness. When Jesus preached His famous sermon on the Mount, he began to teach about meekness, and just how strong it is!
Matthew 5:5 “Blessed are the meek, because they shall inherit the earth.
But did you know that our Lord was quoting David?
 
Also last week we saw King David’s frustration at those who were falsely accusing him and saying they were witnesses to his crimes. But we also saw him refocus on the greatness of his God, who was greater than his problems.
This week we are going to look at one of David’s Hebrew acrostic psalms, which is only found in certain of our English translations. In this study, the translation used is from the version entitled “ THE SCRIPTURES, 2009”.

He Will Not Forsake His Saints
Psa 37:1 Aleph Do not fret because of evil-doers, Do not be envious of the workers of unrighteousness. :2 For they soon wither like grass, And fade like green plants.
 
In our English translations, we do not see the Hebrew letter for “A” but in the Hebrew scrolls, since Hebrew is read from the right to the left, the first letter is the aleph.
אַל

This Hebrew word אַל means not, nothing: – nay, neither, + never, no, nor, not, nothing worth, rather than. David began this psalm with a word he assumed his readers would understand that something they were not to do would follow it! What is it that they were not to do?

Fret over evil doers~ when we define the word ‘fret’ in English it means to rub away at, be irritated. But the Hebraic root word David used is khaw-raw’ which is defined as:
to glow or grow warm; figuratively (usually) to blaze up in anger, zeal, jealousy: – be angry, burn, be displeased, earnestly fret self, grieve, wax hot, be incensed, kindle wrath.
What was it that this man after God’s heart understood about human nature, and the tendency we all have when we burn with anger at those who do evil? Wrath leads to vengeance and passionate violence!
David also used the aleph to lead into his second statement, do not be envious of workers of unrighteousness. He used another Hebrew root which means ‘be provoked to jealousy’. God knows and these evildoers will have to face Him on judgement day!
Remember the verse that says in Hebrews chapter 10: 30 For we know Him who has said, “Vengeance belongs to Me, I will repay, says the Lord.” And again, “The Lord shall judge His people.” :31 It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.
 
Psa 37:3 Bět Trust in יהוה, and do good; Dwell in the earth, and feed on steadfastness. :4 And delight yourself in יהוה, And let Him give you the desires of your heart.
Bet is the letter “B” in Hebrew, which we again do not see in our English translations. What does the bet have to do with these verses? David used the Hebrew word בָּטַח baw-takh’ which means; properly to hie for refuge; figuratively to trust, be confident or sure: – be bold, confident, secure, sure, put confidence, (make to) hope, (put, make to) trust. This is more than just trusting for it is a place of refuge, a hiding place within Yahweh where one is protected from all evil! This holds true for today’s disciple as well!
Col 3:2-3 Be mindful of things above, not on things on the earth. :3 For you (that old sinful nature) died, and your life has been hidden with Christ in God.
When we live our lives do we show our neighbors, our family, coworkers what it is to steadfastly do what is good? Or do we habitually fall back into that old human nature and give them reason to doubt our Christianity by our behavior?
When we delight ourselves in God, are we soft or pliable in His hands? Because that is also in the Hebrew word definition for delight.
Psa 37:5 Gimel Commit your way to יהוה, And trust in Him, and He does it. :6 And He shall bring forth your righteousness as the light, And your right-ruling as midday.

Gimel is “G” and David used the Hebrew  word,  גָּלַל gaw-lal’
: to roll : – commit, roll away, roll down, roll together, seek occasion, trust, wallow.
This lets us know that the key to God giving us illumination which produces
His righteousness in us is when we let go, let GOD work!
Rom 8:28-29 And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose. :29 For whom He foreknew, He also predestinated to be conformed to the image of His Son, for Him to be the First-born among many brothers.
 
Psalm 37:7 Dalet “D” Rest in יהוה, and wait patiently for Him;
Do not fret because of him who prospers in his way, Because of the man doing wicked devices.
דָּמַם
daw-mam’ to be dumb; to be astonished, to stop; also to perish:
– cease, be cut down (off), forbear, hold peace, quiet self, rest, be silent,
keep (put to) silence, be (stand), still, tarry, wait.

Psa 37:8 Hě (H) Abstain from displeasure, and forsake wrath; Do not fret, also to do evil. :9 For evil-doers are cut off; But those who wait on יהוה, They shall inherit the earth.
הרף
This is very interesting for the root word for ha-rawk’ means to slacken
– abate, cease, draw toward evening, forsake, leave, let alone, (be) slack, stay,
be still, be slothful, weaken.
 
David was sharing a very awesome spiritual truth here,
for he was telling his readers to forsake displeasure and wrath at the ungodly behavior of the “unsaved”.
That those who wait expectantly:
-who gather (together), look for, patiently tarry) on Yahweh (Father God)
shall occupy and possess the earth!
What? David clarified his point:
 
Psa 37:10 Vav (Letter V, used also as the conjunction “and”)
Yet a little while and the wrong is no more;
And you shall look on his place,
But it is not.
:11 But the meek ones shall inherit the earth,
And delight themselves in plenty of peace.

David began these verses with a word that started with vav
and is the Hebrew conjunction for “and”.
ועוד
The Young‘s Literal translation stays true to the Hebraic thought:
Psa 37:10 (YLT) And yet a little, and the wicked is not,
and thou hast considered his place, and it is not. :
11 And the humble do possess the land,
and they have delighted themselves in the abundance of peace.

When Christ preached his sermon on the mount,
it is clear that David’s 37th psalm was foremost on his mind!
Psa 37:12 Zayin (letter Z) The wrong plots against the righteous,
And gnashes his teeth at him. :13 יהוה laughs at him, For He sees that his day is coming.

זָמַם
zaw-mam’ is the first word of this thought and is a primitive root;
to plan, usually in a bad sense: – consider, devise, imagine, plot, purpose, think (evil).
 
Psa 37:14 Khet (letter KH) The wrong have drawn the sword And have bent their bow,
To cause the poor and needy to fall, To slay those who walk straightly.
Psa 37:15 Their sword does enter into their own heart, And their bows are broken.

חֶרֶב
kheh’-rev = drought; also a cutting instrument (from its destructive effect), as a knife, sword,
or other sharp implement: – axe, dagger, knife, mattock, sword, tool.
It has been proven that, politically, many choose their political agenda
over the welfare of those who truly need to be upheld,
and it will be done by any means necessary.
The standards they hold others to do not seem to apply to themselves.
Human nature has not changed much with time.
 
Psa 37:16 Tet (a form of the letter T)
Better is the little of the righteous one, Than the riches of many wrongdoers.
:17 For the arms of the wrongdoers are broken, But יהוה sustains the righteous.
 

טוֹב
tove  is good in the widest sense;
the good, goods or good things, good men or women), also as an adverb (well):
– beautiful, best, better, bountiful, cheerful, at ease, (be in) favour, fine, glad, good deed,
graciously, joyful, kindly, kindness, liketh (best), loving, merry, X most, pleasant,
pleaseth, pleasure, precious, prosperity, ready, sweet, wealth, welfare, (be) well ([-favoured]).
Psa 37:18 Yod יהוה knows the days of the perfect, And their inheritance is forever. :19 They are not ashamed in a time of evil, And in the days of scarcity of food they are satisfied.
יָדַע
 
yâda‛ to know; – acknowledge, acquaintance (-ted with), be aware, comprehend,
consider,
(can, cause to) discern, discover, endued with, have knowledge, (
be, make, make to be, make self) known, perceive, privy to, regard, have respect, b
e sure, can tell, understand, have understanding.
 
The New Testament says the same:
2Timothy 2:19 Nevertheless the foundation of God standeth sure, having this seal,
The Lord knoweth them that are his.
And, Let every one that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity.
 
Psa 37:20 Kaph (K) But the wrongdoers shall perish;
And the enemies of יהוה,
Like the splendor of the meadows they vanish,
Like smoke they vanish away.
 
כִּי
kee the Hebrew word for ‘forasmuch, inasmuch, but, certainly, doubtless, + else, even,
+ except, for, how, (because, in, so, than) that, + nevertheless, now, rightly, seeing, since, surely, then, therefore’.
 
Psa 37:21 Lamed (L) The wrongdoer is borrowing and does not repay,
But the righteous one shows favor and gives.
:22 For His blessed ones inherit the earth,
But those cursed by Him are cut off.

לָוָה
law-vaw’
properly to twine, that is, to unite, to remain; to borrow or to lend: – abide with, cleave, join (self), lend (-er).
This shows that those who take but do not give will have no part in God’s covenant relationship for the words,
cut off, mean to be removed from covenant~This thought carries over into the New Testament as well!

Luke 6:37 Judge not, and ye shall not be judged: condemn not, and ye shall not be condemned:
forgive, and ye shall be forgiven: 38 Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down,
and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom.
For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again.
 
Psa 37:23 Mem (M) The steps of a man are ordered by יהוה, And He delights in his way.
:24 Though he falls, he is not cast down, For יהוה is supporting his hand.
 
In Hebrew, David began these verses with the word
מִצְעָד mits-awd’   a step; figuratively companionship: – going, step.
Psa 37:25 Nun (N) I have been young, and now I am old; Yet I have not seen the righteous forsaken,
Or his seed begging bread. :26 All day long he is showing favor and lending; And his seed is for a blessing.
 
The beginning Hebrew word here is 
נַעַר nah’-ar  a boy, from the age of infancy to adolescence; 
 
Psa 37:27 Sameḵ  (S) Turn away from evil, and do good; And dwell forever.
:28 For יהוה loves right-ruling, And does not forsake His lovingly-committed ones; They shall be guarded forever,
But the seed of the wrongdoers is cut off.
:29 The righteous shall inherit the earth, And dwell in it forever.
This passage begins with 
H5493     סוּר sûr, a primitive root; to turn off (literally or figuratively)
: – be [-head], bring, call back, decline, depart, eschew, get [you], go (aside), X grievous, lay away (by),
leave undone, be past, pluck away, put (away, down), rebel, remove (to and fro), revolt,
X be sour, take (away, off), turn (aside, away, in), withdraw, be without.
Psa 37:30 Pě  (P or PH) The mouth of the righteous speaks wisdom, And his tongue talks of right-ruling.
:31 The Torah of his Elohim is in his heart; His steps do not slide.
Here the word David used is פֶּה peh which is  the mouth (as the means of blowing), whether literally or figuratively (particularly speech); 

Psa 37:32 Tsadi (TS) The wrong one is watching for the righteous, And is seeking to slay him.
:33 יהוה does not leave him in his hand, Or let him be declared wrong when he is judged.
The root word for this passage chosen by David is
The word here is
צָפָה tsâphâh  another  primitive root;
properly to lean forward, that is, to peer into the distance; by implication to observe,
await:  – behold, espy, look up (well), wait for, (keep the) watch (-man).

Psa 37:34 Qoph (Q) Wait on יהוה and guard His way, And He shall exalt you to inherit the earth
– When the wrongdoers are cut off, you shall see it.
קָוָה qâvâh A primitive root; to bind together (perhaps by twisting), that is, collect;
(figuratively) to expect: – gather (together), look, patiently, tarry, wait (for, on, upon).
Psa 37:35 Rěsh (R) I have seen the wrongdoer in great power,
And spreading himself like a native green tree.
:36 Yet he passed away, and see, he was not;
And I sought him, but he was not found.
רָאָה râ’âh A primitive root; to see, literally or figuratively (in numerous applications, direct and implied,
transitively, intransitively and causatively): – advise self, appear, approve, behold, X certainly, consider,
discern, (make to) enjoy, have experience, gaze, take heed, X indeed, X joyfully, lo,
look (on, one another, one on another, one upon another, out, up, upon), mark, meet, X be near,
perceive, present, provide, regard, (have) respect, (fore-, cause to, let) see (-r, -m, one another),
shew (self), X sight of others, (e-) spy, stare, X surely, X think, view, visions.
Psa 37:37 Shin(SH or S) Watch the perfect, and observe the straight;
For the latter end of each is peace.
:38 But the transgressors shall be destroyed together;
The latter end of the wrong shall be cut off.
What word did David choose that began with shin? 
H8104 שָׁמַר shaw-mar’ A primitive root; properly to hedge about (as with thorns),
that is, guard; generally to protect, attend to, etc.: – beware, be circumspect,
take heed (to self), keep (-er, self), mark, look narrowly,
observe, preserve, regard, reserve, save (self), sure, (that lay) wait (for),
watch (-man).

Psa 37:39 Tav  (T) But the deliverance of the righteous is from יהוה, Their strength in time of distress.
:40 And יהוה does help them and deliver them; He delivers them from the wrongdoers and saves them,
Because they took refuge in Him.
 
David chose carefully his final Hebrew word that began his final thoughts in this Psalm.
The word is  תְּשֻׁעָה    teshû‛âh    which is defined as
rescue (literally or figuratively, personal, national or spiritual):

– deliverance, help, safety, salvation, victory.

What a beautiful word picture of our Messiah!
Is it any wonder that Jesus chose this psalm as the main text of his sermon on the mount?