Compassion

Jesus feeds 4000 with 7 baskets leftover - Mark 8:1 – 8:9 (commentary)

Jesus and His disciples again move back to the east-side of the Sea of Galilee and are surrounded by a large crowd with nothing to eat (vv. 1-5). As usual the Lord saw a need and He wanted to supply the need. From the wording here it would seem that the disciples had soon forgott …

The secret of heart to heart ministry - Romans 1:8 – 1:15 (commentary)

There are three prevailing myths concerning the ministry:1. Ministry requires money and education. - Professionalism - The success of your ministry will depend on the size of your budget and the degrees you have after your name.2. Ministry is primarily the imparting of knowledge …

Mary Anoints Jesus’ Feet - John 12:1 – 12:11 (commentary)

Six days before Passover Jesus went back to Bethany, where he had raised Lazarus from the dead (v. 1). He had come to Bethany, the city of Martha, Lazarus and Mary and there He attended a dinner in Simon the Leper’s home (Mark 14:1-11) (v. 2). Martha, Lazarus and Mary were there. …

A Canaanite Women With Great Faith - Matthew 15:21 – 15:28 (commentary)

Jesus went into Tyre and Sidon, which is(present Lebanon) Gentile country (v. 21). As far as the Jews were concerned the Gentiles were “unclean” and they referred to them as “dogs”. Jesus wanted His disciples to have a compassion for Gentiles as well as Je …

The Two Blind Men - Matthew 20:29 – 20:34 (commentary)

As Jesus and His disciples crossed the Jordan and traveled toward Jerusalem, they passed through Jericho. As they traveled along a huge crowd of Passover pilgrims joined them (v. 29). As they were leaving Jericho two blind men, who had heard that Jesus was passing by, appealed to …

Visions of Judgment - Amos 7:1 – 7:17 (commentary)

One of the secrets of being an effective communicator is to have compassion for those we hope to reach. We may not like everything that they do but we must care about them. The compassion Amos felt toward those to whom he had been sent permeates this passage. When the Lord show …

The Rich Man and Lazarus - Luke 16:19 – 16:31 (commentary)

This is a parable of a rich man who feasted in luxury and a poor man (Lazarus) who was a beggar that was covered with ulcerated sores; and so helpless that he could not even ward off the street dogs which pestered him (vv. 19-22). (This Lazarus should not be confused with t …

God Will Remember Jerusalem - Isaiah 49:14 – 49:26 (commentary)

In this passage the Lord assures Israel of His love by comparing Himself to a compassionate mother (vv 14-23). The people of Jerusalem say, “The Lord has turned away and forgotten us” (v. 14). Isaiah pictures Israel as a nursing child totally dependent on the Lord who w …

Consideration of the Past - Isaiah 63:7 – 63:19 (commentary)

This passage consists of a review of Israel’s relationship with the Lord (vv. 7-10) and a call for Israel to remember who He is (vv. 11-14). Isaiah announced that he would reflect on the loyal love of the Lord toward His people Israel (v. 7). God had elected Israel as His …

A Compassion For Those Who Are Lost and Backslidden - Jeremiah 4:19 – 4:31 (commentary)

Jeremiah responded to the news of the Babylonian invasion by crying out in anguish. His heart pounded and he could not keep silent as he thought of the approaching battle and the disaster it would bring Judah (vv. 19-21). He concluded that the people of Judah were fools and …