GOSPEL MEDITATION # 223

Mark 13:14-23

The Abomination of Desolation

 

See also Matthew 14:15-28 and Luke 21:20-24

1.    Find a quiet place, alone and apart from distractions.

2.    Be comfortably alert, still and at peace.

3.    Say the Lord's Prayer. Sing or cant the Jesus Prayer

4.    Pray for family, friends, neighbors, and yourself.

5.    Slowly and carefully read the passages of Scripture.

6.    Reread them. From memory, determine the central points.

7.    Jesus continues to answer the questions posed by His disciples as to when the temple will be destroyed and what are signs pointing to that event.

8.    Integral to Jesus’ explanation and the need to be on guard.

9.    The “abomination of desolation” – Jesus adopts the language and imagery from Daniel 9:27, 11:31, and 12:11. The abomination would be anything worshipped other than Yahweh in the temple. This occurred in the early 2nd century BC by Antiochus IV and sparked the Maccabean revolt. The Feast of Hanukkah is related to this event.

10.  Jesus is now speaking of the Romans who would, in AD 70, destroy the temple. It would not then come as a surprise to those Christians then, a generation away.

11.  Jesus clearly speaks of the destruction of the temple and of Jerusalem as a truly horrific event, employing a common literary device, that of hyperbole.

12.  Amidst the devastation however, God is present to save and defend the elect, those whom He has chosen.

13.  Efforts to deceive arise at the same time, feed by the miraculous false Messiahs and prophets who would likely  be preaching false comfort.

14.  Once again, Jesus warns, “be on guard.”

 

SEVENTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST

July 10, 2016

MILLER AVENUE BAPTIST CHURCH

 

The Gloria Patri

 

Morning Hymn # 87 Fairest Lord Jesus

 

Call to Worship:

Sh’ma Yisrael Adonai Elohenu Adonai echad

“Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one.”

 

Leader: Let the people praise God;

People: LET ALL THE PEOPLE PRAISE GOD.

Leader: Let the nations be glad and sing for joy.

People:             FOR GOD JUDGES THE PEOPLE WITH EQUITY

             AND GUIDES THE NATIONS UPON THE EARTH.

Leader: Let the people praise God;

People: LET ALL THE PEOPLE PRAISE GOD.

                                                                --adapted from Psalm 67:3-5

 

Morning Prayer—Prayers of the Church--Silent Prayer

 

Collect of the Day:

GOD OF GLORY, FATHER OF LOVE, PEACE COMES FROM YOU ALONE. SEND US AS PEACEMAKERS AND WITNESSES TO YOUR KINGDOM, AND FILL OUR HEARTS WITH JOY IN YOUR PROMISE OF SALVATION; THROUGH YOUR SON, JESUS CHRIST OUR LORD. AMEN.

 

We Confess our Faith--The Apostle's Creed

 

Scripture: Daniel 9:20-27; Matthew 24:15-28; Luke 21:20-24; John 8:39-47; Revelation 13:11-14, 16:12-15.

Memory Verse: And no wonder, for even Satan disguises himself as an angle of light. 2 Corinthians 11:14

Reflection:  Indeed, this is shocking.

 

Psalms, Hymns, Spiritual Songs, and Praise Reports

 

Offertory Theme: The time honored commitment

Receiving of Tithes and Offerings

The Doxology

 

Announcements: Birthdays, Sunday evening Gathering 6pm; Bible Study Tuesday 7pm; Sunday breakfast 8:45am & class 9:30am; Choir practice 9:30am. The Bible Study, TV, Fridays  8pm, & Why We Are Christians, Sunday 10:30am, on 26.

 

Bible Exposition: Daniel 11:1-13, Katie Preaching

Second Hymn: # 342 Rock of Ages

The Sermon: The Gospel of Mark # 54

Mark 13:14-23

The abomination of Desolation or

The Great Tribulation

 

Receiving Jesus in the bread and the cup

 

The Confessional:

“For there is no distinction: for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” Romans 3:23

 

The Jesus Prayer: (sung)

 “Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner.”

 

The Promise of acceptance and forgiveness

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our

sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” 1 John 1:9

 

Individual, silent prayers of confession-The Lord’s Prayer

 

The Confirmation:

“There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in  Christ Jesus.” Romans 8:1

 

The Assurance:

“Those whom he predestined he also called, and those whom he called he also justified, and those whom he justified he also glorified.” Romans 8:30

 

Everyone is invited to Receive the Bread and the Cup

 

Benediction Hymn # 343 Amazing Grace

 

The Benediction: The Aaronic Benediction, Nu. 6:24-26

MAY THE LORD BLESS YOU AND KEEP YOU;

 MAY THE LORD MAKE HIS FACE TO SHINE UPON YOU AND BE GRACIOUS TO YOU;

MAY THE LORD LIFT UP HIS COUNTENANCE UPON YOU AND GIVE YOU PEACE. SHALOM. AMEN.

 

Everyone is invited to Lunch in Spangler Hall.

 

Monthly Budget                                                            $4000

Giving for July                                                   $

 

EVEN SONG-6PM—1 Cor. 8:1-13, Carl Preaching

 

Church website: www.milleravenuechurch.org