Gino (10 Mar 2024)
"Jesus blessed them also"

(I was challenged to put this together, for an encouragement.

It was a totally different topic than I would have considered.)


(Pharaoh wanted the male Hebrew infants to be done away with, so Moses’ mother hid him for a while, but then:)


Exodus 2:3 And when she could not longer hide him, she took for him an ark of bulrushes, and daubed it with slime and with pitch, and put the child therein; and she laid it in the flags by the river’s brink.


(Baby Moses had an older sister named Miriam, who really cared for Moses, and could not just let him drift down the Nile:)


  4 And his sister stood afar off, to wit what would be done to him.


(But Pharaoh’s daughter discovered the ark, and the Hebrew baby boy inside.

Miriam, though a child herself, overcame the fear of directly approaching Pharaoh’s daughter.

What if there had been guards, like our Secret Service, who could have perceived her to be a threat to Pharoah’s daughter?

Regardless, Miriam, went right up to her and asked her:)


  7 Then said his sister to Pharaoh’s daughter, Shall I go and call to thee a nurse of the Hebrew women, that she may nurse the child for thee?


(Before anyone else might have suggested to Pharaoh’s daughter, to turn the child over to those who would harm him,

Miriam proposes an astonishing thing, not only would the child be spared, but nursed “for” Pharaoh’s daughter,

and even more than this, that the child would be nursed by an Hebrew nurse.)


  8 And Pharaoh’s daughter said to her, Go. And the maid went and called the child’s mother.


(Then when given permission by Pharaoh’s daughter, Miriam set out to accomplish what she clearly had faith to seek and to do all along.

She intervened to save her brother’s life, and even ended up convincing Pharaoh’s daughter to have the child cared for.

But even more so, miraculously to have their own mother nurse her brother on the behalf of Pharaoh’s daughter!)


(The LORD remembered, and blessed, Miriam, for what she did, I think, as recorded nearly a thousand years later:)


Micah 6:4 For I brought thee up out of the land of Egypt, and redeemed thee out of the house of servants; and I sent before thee Moses, Aaron, and Miriam.


(There was another young girl, who could have kept her mouth closed, but instead, she courageously spoke up for the LORD.

She had been living in Israel, when the Syrians attacked, and instead of being killed, like others there, she was taken captive.

Possibly her village, and maybe even her whole family, didn’t survive the attack, and she, all alone was taken to Syria.)


II Kings 5:1 Now Naaman, captain of the host of the king of Syria, was a great man with his master, and honourable, because by him the LORD had given deliverance unto Syria: he was also a mighty man in valour, but he was a leper.

  2 And the Syrians had gone out by companies, and had brought away captive out of the land of Israel a little maid; and she waited on Naaman’s wife.


(This girl was not imprisoned, nor sold to a slave master, but was taken home by the captain of the hosts, Naaman.

No doubt she knew that she had been miraculously spared, not only still alive, but not in the hands of evil people.

She found herself living in the home of a very honourable man, with a prestigious job, waiting on Naaman’s wife.

She saw that Naaman was a leper, and like Esther, realized that for such a time as this, she was there with that family.

So, by faith, with great courage, this girl spoke up, to give glory to the God of Israel, but also to help Naaman:)


  3 And she said unto her mistress, Would God my lord were with the prophet that is in Samaria! for he would recover him of his leprosy.


(She would have known, that to suggest something as extreme as that, especially if nothing came of it, would be the end of her.

Someone working for Naaman, recognized this great thing that this girl had said:)


  4 And one went in, and told his lord, saying, Thus and thus said the maid that is of the land of Israel.


(Unless this mighty captain of the host was so moved by her faith & courage, he might never had gone to Elisha, but he did go.)


II Kings 5:14 Then went he down, and dipped himself seven times in Jordan, according to the saying of the man of God: and his flesh came again like unto the flesh of a little child, and he was clean.


(It doesn’t say it, but I think that the moment he saw his flesh become like that of a little child,

Naaman immediately thought of that little child back home, who risked everything to tell him about this.

Also, I think that when he got home, he gladly treated her as a daughter, and loved her as his own.)


(Another young lady was part of the early church, and with them, praying for Peter, who had been imprisoned")


Acts 12:1 Now about that time Herod the king stretched forth his hands to vex certain of the church.

  5 Peter therefore was kept in prison: but prayer was made without ceasing of the church unto God for him.

  7 And, behold, the angel of the Lord came upon him, and a light shined in the prison: and he smote Peter on the side, and raised him up, saying, Arise up quickly. And his chains fell off from his hands.

  11 And when Peter was come to himself, he said, Now I know of a surety, that the Lord hath sent his angel, and hath delivered me out of the hand of Herod, and from all the expectation of the people of the Jews.

  12 And when he had considered the thing, he came to the house of Mary the mother of John, whose surname was Mark; where many were gathered together praying.


(Peter had been miraculously delivered, & the last one he was with was the angel, but, now, the first person he encounters is this young lady:)


  13 And as Peter knocked at the door of the gate, a damsel came to hearken, named Rhoda.


(In addition to being a person of prayer, she clearly had a servant's heart.

No one else got up when they heard the knocking, and it doesn't say that anyone told her to get up and go to the door.

It seems that she did it to serve, to allow the others to continue praying without interruption.)


  14 And when she knew Peter’s voice, she opened not the gate for gladness, but ran in, and told how Peter stood before the gate.


(When she realized it was Peter, for whom they were praying for his deliverance, she must have been overwhelmed with gladness.

She must have been so excited by the miracle, that she ran in to tell them all that their prayers had been answered!

In all that excitement, she forgot to open the gate.)


  15 And they said unto her, Thou art mad. But she constantly affirmed that it was even so. Then said they, It is his angel.


(How different it was with the others, who were adults, and were also Christians.

Instead of gladness, by faith, that their prayers were answered, they rebuked her cruelly, by saying she was mad.)


  16 But Peter continued knocking: and when they had opened the door, and saw him, they were astonished.


(When Peter came in, he must have seen her face beaming with joy, while the others may have been looking down, ashamed.

No doubt, all those adults learned a valuable lesson from this young lady, Rhoda.

By the way, after 2,000 years, it's still her name in the Bible, not theirs.)

(There were two sisters and a brother, Mary, Martha, and Lazarus:)


John 11:1 Now a certain man was sick, named Lazarus, of Bethany, the town of Mary and her sister Martha.

  5 Now Jesus loved Martha, and her sister, and Lazarus.


(Neither Martha or Mary are referred to as widows, yet Martha had the house, and Mary could afford an expensive gift for Jesus.

One possibility is that Martha was the eldest, and their parents had died, leaving the house in Martha's hands.

Also, there may have been some inheritance, that Mary and Lazarus were also left.

Since none of the three were said to be married, it is possible that they were still young.)


Luke 10:38 Now it came to pass, as they went, that he entered into a certain village: and a certain woman named Martha received him into her house.


(When Jesus came to the house, he may have had his disciples with him, and as he often did, he sat and taught them.

Apparently Mary had never heard anyone speak like Jesus, his words reached into her very heart, with power, love, and truth.

She just had to sit there, right at his feet, to hear each and every word that he was saying.)


  39 And she had a sister called Mary, which also sat at Jesus’ feet, and heard his word.


(But Mary and Martha had come from a culture, where they were expected to work, clean, and continue doing so.

In that culture, they would have thought that they couldn't take the time to sit and listen to Jesus, but rather only to serve the others.

The entire society seemed to think that way.

The scribes and Pharisees thought that way, considering that Jesus said to them:)


Matthew 23:25b  for ye make clean the outside of the cup and of the platter, but within they are full of extortion and excess.

  26b  cleanse first that which is within the cup and platter, that the outside of them may be clean also.


(Martha apparently was still in bondage to this way of thinking.)

And, understandably, that is exactly how Martha thought of it, surprised, and possibly angry, with her sister.)


  40 But Martha was cumbered about much serving, and came to him, and said, Lord, dost thou not care that my sister hath left me to serve alone? bid her therefore that she help me.


(Perhaps Martha had never heard Jesus say:)


Matthew 11:29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.

  30 For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.

(Mary had already figured that out, and Jesus used that moment to teach Martha about resting in him:)


  41 And Jesus answered and said unto her, Martha, Martha, thou art careful and troubled about many things:


(Martha was still holding on to her yoke, and was very stressed.

But Mary had learned to give her burden to Jesus, and to take his light burden:)


  42 But one thing is needful: and Mary hath chosen that good part, which shall not be taken away from her.


(Then, after Jesus had raised Lazarus from the dead, he came again to the house:)


John 12:2 There they made him a supper; and Martha served: but Lazarus was one of them that sat at the table with him.


(Except this time, Martha did not serve out of cultural duty, but out of the joy of her heart, for Jesus, after what happened, below:)


  3 Then took Mary a pound of ointment of spikenard, very costly, and anointed the feet of Jesus, and wiped his feet with her hair: and the house was filled with the odour of the ointment.


(Mary, again was at Jesus' feet, but this time to anoint him.

And for Martha, some days earlier, when Jesus was about to raise Lazarus, she had made an astonishing confession:)


John 11:23 Jesus saith unto her, Thy brother shall rise again.

  24 Martha saith unto him, I know that he shall rise again in the resurrection at the last day.

  25 Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live:

  26 And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believest thou this?

  27 She saith unto him, Yea, Lord: I believe that thou art the Christ, the Son of God, which should come into the world.


(Martha confessed the same thing that Peter had, when Jesus said that it was the Father that had revealed that unto Peter!)

(There was another young lady, Mary Magdalene:)


Luke 8:1 And it came to pass afterward, that he went throughout every city and village, preaching and shewing the glad tidings of the kingdom of God: and the twelve were with him,

  2 And certain women, which had been healed of evil spirits and infirmities, Mary called Magdalene, out of whom went seven devils,

  3 And Joanna the wife of Chuza Herod’s steward, and Susanna, and many others, which ministered unto him of their substance.


(“out of whom went seven devils” – before Mary came to Jesus, she had seven devils, evil spirits afflicting her.

It doesn’t say how she got them, and it’s too easy to blame her, thinking that she must have been bad to have that happen to her.

However, it is equally likely that it could have happened to her as a result of severe trauma in her life, not of her making.

Also, it was not only those with devils and evil spirits that needed Jesus to deliver them.

Others who were troubled and afflicted, either by what they may have done, or by what may have been done to them, needed deliverance too.

In those cases, it wouldn't have to have been evil spirits, but their own minds afflicting them, by conscience or memories.

This is exactly where Jesus is so wonderful - he compassionately gives a new heart and a new mind.

Mary so desperately needed this, and then she met Jesus, and decided to fully trust him.

He first did away with those things that troubled her, in her case, the seven devils.

Then he gave her a new heart, and a whole new, wonderful life.

From that point on, Mary only wanted to follow and serve Jesus)


John 19:25 Now there stood by the cross of Jesus his mother, and his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Cleophas, and Mary Magdalene.


(She clearly had the courage to stand by the cross, even if that meant being arrested for being one of Jesus’ followers.

John was the only apostle, mentioned to be at the cross - the others were not there.

What about all the people Jesus had healed, and delivered from devils – they were not there.

But Mary was there, she stood by Jesus, as he bled to death in agony.)


Luke 23:46 And when Jesus had cried with a loud voice, he said, Father, into thy hands I commend my spirit: and having said thus, he gave up the ghost.

  55 And the women also, which came with him from Galilee, followed after, and beheld the sepulchre, and how his body was laid.

  56 And they returned, and prepared spices and ointments; and rested the sabbath day according to the commandment.


(She made sure that she knew where they laid him, in order to return with spices and ointments, the first day of the week:)


Mark 16:1 And when the sabbath was past, Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James, and Salome, had bought sweet spices, that they might come and anoint him.

  2 And very early in the morning the first day of the week, they came unto the sepulchre at the rising of the sun.

  3 And they said among themselves, Who shall roll us away the stone from the door of the sepulchre?

  4 And when they looked, they saw that the stone was rolled away: for it was very great.


(How shocked she must have been, to see that the great stone had been rolled away.

This young lady, who had been delivered of 7 devils, and was not an apostle, yet had an experience that no one else had:)


Mark 16:9 Now when Jesus was risen early the first day of the week, he appeared first to Mary Magdalene, out of whom he had cast seven devils.


(Jesus made sure, that when he rose from the dead, the very first person that he would show himself to, was Mary Magdalene!

Here is how it happened:)


John 20:11 But Mary stood without at the sepulchre weeping: and as she wept, she stooped down, and looked into the sepulchre,

  12 And seeth two angels in white sitting, the one at the head, and the other at the feet, where the body of Jesus had lain.

  13 And they say unto her, Woman, why weepest thou? She saith unto them, Because they have taken away my Lord, and I know not where they have laid him.

  14 And when she had thus said, she turned herself back, and saw Jesus standing, and knew not that it was Jesus.

  15 Jesus saith unto her, Woman, why weepest thou? whom seekest thou? She, supposing him to be the gardener, saith unto him, Sir, if thou have borne him hence, tell me where thou hast laid him, and I will take him away.

  16 Jesus saith unto her, Mary. She turned herself, and saith unto him, Rabboni; which is to say, Master.

  17 Jesus saith unto her, Touch me not; for I am not yet ascended to my Father: but go to my brethren, and say unto them, I ascend unto my Father, and your Father; and to my God, and your God.


(Regardless how those evil spirits came to her, Jesus delivered her, and she dedicated her life to Jesus, to follow him.

Mary also had another experience, that of being the first one to tell others of the resurrection:)


  18 Mary Magdalene came and told the disciples that she had seen the Lord, and that he had spoken these things unto her.


(Jesus is no respecter of persons.

The good examples in the Bible are not only men, but there are some young ladies who are clearly great examples!)