April 12, 2017

The seasons of life are appointed by God

"The only power you have over ME is the power given to you by GOD. The man who gave ME to you is guilty of a greater sin...." 
John 19:11

Dictionary of Bible Themes:

4971 seasons, of life

Appropriate or appointed periods of time which are part of the variety and development of human life and experience and which influence human affairs. The times and seasons for individuals and nations are set by God, who works all things together towards the final fulfilment of his purposes.

The seasons of life are appointed by God

The seasons of individual lives Ecc 3:1-8Ps 31:15 See also Job 14:5Ps 139:16Ecc 3:11Ro 8:28Jas 4:13-15
The seasons of nations and the world Da 2:21Ac 17:26 See also Da 4:17Da 7:25Ac 1:7

A time to die

The transience of human life Ps 103:15-16 See also Job 7:6-8Job 14:1-2Ps 37:2Ps 102:11Ecc 6:12
Death comes at its appointed timeJob 5:26 See also Ge 47:291Ki 2:1Lk 12:20

Times of sadness and joy

A time to mourn Ge 27:41Ge 37:34Ge 50:3-4Dt 34:8Jer 4:28
A time to rejoice Jn 16:21-22 See also Dt 28:47Est 9:22Isa 61:2-3

A time to speak

Pr 15:23Pr 25:112Ti 4:2 Christians are to be always ready to share the gospel.

Times appointed for the world

The rise and fall of nations Da 2:37-45Da 8:19-25Da 11:2-4,24-27Lk 21:24
The time to receive God’s salvation2Co 6:2 See also Isa 49:8Isa 55:6Heb 4:7
The time of God’s judgment Dt 32:35Eze 30:3Zep 2:2Ac 17:31

Times appointed for God’s people

Times for worship Lev 23:4 See alsoEx 34:18Nu 9:2-3Nu 10:10
Times of blessing Ps 102:13 See also Eze 34:26Ac 3:19Ac 7:17
A time of vindication Da 7:21-22 See also Ac 1:6Ro 8:181Pe 5:6
Times of testing Ps 66:10Eze 21:3Mt 13:21 pp Mk 4:17 pp Lk 8:131Pe 1:6-7Rev 2:10
Times for withdrawal or solitude Mk 1:35 See also 1Ki 17:2-6Mk 6:30-32Gal 1:17
Waiting for God’s appointed timeHab 2:3 See also Ro 8:23-25Heb 9:28Heb 11:13

Times appointed for Jesus Christ

The appointed time of his birth Gal 4:4
The appointed time of his death Jn 12:23 See also Mt 26:18Mk 14:41Lk 9:51Jn 2:4Jn 7:6-8Jn 12:27Jn 13:1
The appointed time of his return Lk 21:8Ac 3:20-21Ac 17:311Co 4:5Rev 1:3

See also

1115God, purpose of
1130God, sovereignty
4016life, human
4817drought, spiritual
8678waiting on God
9021death, natural
9140last days
9210judgment, God’s
9220day of the Lord


John 19:11Amplified Bible (AMP)

11 Jesus answered, “You would have no authority over Me at all if it had not been given to you from above. For this reason the sin and guilt of the one (murderers/haters....)who handed Me over to you is greater [than your own].”

Then Simon Peter having a sword drew it, and smote the high priest's servant, and cut off his right ear. The servant's name was Malchus.  Then said Jesus unto Peter, Put up thy sword into the sheath: ☛☛the cup which my Father hath given Me, shall I not drink it?☚☚ (■CUP: one's lot whether favourable or unfavourable, are likened to a cup which God presents one to drink: so of prosperity and adversity)
John 18:10‭-‬11

If you LIVE by the sword you will DIE by the sword!!!!
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'Hate, it has caused a lot of problems in the world, but has not solved one yet.'

John 19:11 “Jesus answered, Thou couldest have no power at all against me, except it were given thee from above: therefore he that delivered me unto thee hath the greater sin."
Jesus’ statement here indicates that even the worst evil cannot escape the sovereignty of God. Pilate had no real control (verses 10-11), yet still stood as a responsible moral agent for his actions. When confronted with opposition and evil, Jesus often found solace in the sovereignty of His Father.
“He that delivered me unto thee hath the greater sin”, could refer either to Judas or Caiaphas. Since Caiaphas took such an active part in the plot against Jesus (11:49-53), and presided over the Sanhedrin, the reference may center on him (18:30, 35).
The critical point is not the identity of the person but guilt because of deliberate high handed and coldly calculated act of handing Jesus over to Pilate, after having seen and heard the overwhelming evidence that He was Messiah and Son of God.
Notice that Jesus does not back down from Pilate. Jesus reminds Pilate that God was actually the one who arranged for Pilate to be the ruler here at this time. Jesus adds to this that these religious people (who should know better from the Scriptures), have committed a greater sin.

I personally believe these priests knew that this was Messiah, but they did not want to give up their authority in the church. At any rate, they should be guiltier, because they are sinning in full knowledge. Pilate was not a religious man and did not have the books of the law.

Resources » Asbury Bible Commentary »Part III: The New Testament » JOHN »Commentary » IV. Passion And Resurrection (18:1–20:29) » A. Arrest and Trial (18:1–19:16) » 4. Flogging and sentence (19:1–16)
4. Flogging and sentence (19:1-16)
Pilate, caught between his sense that Jesus was innocent of any crime and the clamor for his blood, had Jesus flogged (v. 1). He may have hoped that a punishment less severe than execution might both restrain Jesus and satisfy his accusers. Even so, the penalty was vicious, and the soldiers added their own refinements of torture and humiliation (vv. 2-3).
If this was Pilate's motive, then his further action was an attempt to placate the crowd with the spectacle of a man marred by harsh treatment but not worthy of death (vv. 4-5). His presentation of Jesus was heavy with unconscious irony (v. 5). Jesus was God's own Son and was indeed King of Israel, but he was believed by both Pilate and the Jews to be a mere man and a pretender to the kingly office.
The Jews, far from being pacified, cried out even more vehemently for Jesus' death (v. 6). By naming crucifixion, they acknowledged that the affair had passed irrevocably into Roman hands. Pilate responded with a taunt. He knew well that capital punishment was beyond their jurisdiction (cf. 18:31). In any case, stoning, not crucifixion, was the Jewish punishment for blasphemy.
The further accusation that Jesus had claimed to be the Son of God persuaded the superstitious Pilate to delve into the matter more deeply, but he had no success (vv. 7-10). To his plea for some response, Jesus told him that ultimate authority in his case came from beyond Pilate (v. 11). Jesus was amenable to God's will and God's timing, and God was the real mover in the events of that day. Even Pilate, acting for Rome, had no real autonomy in the case.
After further questioning, Pilate was of a mind to release Jesus, but the Jews wanted a conviction on the capital charge of sedition (v. 12). With their veiled threat to convey the tale of an unsatisfactory result to Caesar, the outcome was assured. Pilate's standing at the imperial court was already shaky, and he had no wish to face further scrutiny. So he capitulated, and about noon on the Friday of Passover week he condemned Jesus to death by crucifixion (vv. 12-16). The Jews revealed their spiritual condition by rejecting their true King and pledging allegiance to Caesar.