Daily email Number 279 – from the Vicar

Welcome to Monday as we continue through Holy Week.
Our passage today is Luke Chapter 23 verses 6 to 12, ‘The foxlike king’, a reference to a previous word Jesus used about Herod in Luke Ch.13 v.32.
This Herod is Herod Antipas, the one who had John the Baptist killed after a rash outburst during a drunken banquet (Mark Ch.6 vs.21-29), and the son of Herod the Great, who had tried to get the young child Jesus killed after the visit of the Wise Men (Matthew Ch.2 vs.16-18).
Herod had wanted to see Jesus, and in particular one of His miracles, but despite his many questions and in the presence of the hostile Jewish religious leaders, Jesus stayed silent and serene.In his devotional, Sinclair Ferguson points us back to the words of Isaiah the prophet, as well as pointing us forward to words of prayer of the early church, as they realised all this was part of God’s sovereign plan.
‘He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth; like a lamb that is led to the slaughter, and like a sheep before its shearers is silent, so he opened not his mouth.’ (Isaiah Chapter 53 verse 7).
‘Indeed Herod and Pontius Pilate met together with the Gentiles and the people of Israel in this city to conspire against your holy servant Jesus, whom you anointed.  They did what your power and will had decided beforehand should happen.’ (Acts Chapter 4 verses 27-28)
So to reflect today:’God can weave even human wickedness into his sovereign plan of salvation.  Have you seen that in your own experience in the past?  How does that strengthen you to face trouble in the future?’

In our extended church address list, we remember in our prayers today those who used to come to Here 4 You when it was open, who we haven’t mentioned already,- Tracey- Melanie- Chris- Mikala and family

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