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Three men and zero women have been

executed in the United States in 2019.

3 Killed in Utrecht, Netherlands
Three individuals have been killed, and five others injured, after a shooting on a tram in the city of Utrecht, Netherlands. Police are calling the incident a terrorist attack and are have arrested a suspect. Please pray for the families of the deceased. Please pray for healing for the injured.
180 Killed in Africa
At least 180 individuals have been killed across southern Africa, including 84 in Mozambique, from Cyclone Idai. The official death toll is expected to rise drastically, with President Filipe Nyusi speculating that over 1,000 have been killed. Please pray for the families of the deceased. Please pray for those who are missing. Please pray for all affected.
5 Killed in Mumbai, India
At least five individuals have been killed, and over 30 others injured, when a footbridge to Mumbai’s main train station collapsed. The reason for the collapse is under investigation. Please pray for the families of the deceased. Please pray for healing for the injured.
8 Killed in Sao Paulo, Brazil
Eight individuals were killed at a school in Sao Paulo, Brazil after two former students opened fire inside the school. Five of those killed were students. The two gunman killed themselves as police arrived. Please pray for the families of the deceased. Please pray for the community.
73 Killed in Papua
At least 73 individuals have died from a surprise flood in Papua, a province of Indonesia. The flash flooding was caused by torrential rain, which also caused mudslides and landslides. Over 60 others are missing. Please pray for the families of the deceased. Please pray for the safety of the missing. Please pray for all those affected.
24 Killed in Democratic Republic of Congo
At least 24 individuals were killed, and over 30 others injured, when a train overturned in Kasai province in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Most of those killed were children. The cause of the accident is believed to be unmaintained tracks. Please pray for the families of the deceased. Please pray for healing for the injured.
Protests Turn Violent in Paris, France
For the past four months, “yellow vests” protests have occurred in France, initially as an protest against the increase of fuel taxes. For the most part, the protests have been peaceful, however, they have now turned violent, with protestors smashing shops on the famed Champs-Élysées in Paris. Please pray for those affected. Please pray for peace.
2 Israelis Killed in West Bank
An Israeli soldier and a rabbi were killed by an unknown Palestinian attacker in the West Bank. The soldier was stabbed to death and then his rifle was used to kill the rabbi. Please pray for the families of the deceased. Please pray for peace.
3 Killed in Midwestern Flooding
At least three individuals have been killed due to severe flooding in the midwestern part of the United States. Rain, along with melting of snow has caused the flooding. Please pray for the families of the deceased. Please pray for the safety of all affected.
49 Killed in Mosque Shootings
At least 49 individuals have been killed, and 20 others injured, in two shootings at mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand. Four suspects have been arrested in connection with the shootings. Police also discovered explosive devices nearby. Officials has designated this incident as a terrorist attack. Please pray for the families of the deceased. Please pray for healing for the injured. Please pray for peace.

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Tuesday - Three days.  Some people entering Jerusalem today commented on an oddly withered fig tree.  Was this Jesus fellow responsible?  His teachings today in the Temple!  Most present had never heard such clarity in teachings.  Jesus spoke in ways that related to them, ways that they could easily understand!

 

 

Matthew 21:23-25:46; Mark 11:27-13:37Luke 20:1-21:36

 

On the way to the temple, the disciples noticed that the fig tree Jesus had cursed the previous day had already withered.  They were surprised that it had happened so quickly.  The fig tree was again serving as a physical parable.  The fig tree, which stood for Israel, had rapidly withered and been destroyed, just as Israel would be destroyed in approximately 40 years time.  In AD 70, future Roman emperor Titus, along with his second-in-command Tiberius Julius Alexander seized and conquered Jerusalem, the holy city of Israel, and destroyed the temple of the Lord.

 

Jesus and his disciples arrived in the city and went to the temple, where Jesus began to preach.  His actions caused religious leaders to question by whose authority did He do such things?  Jesus agreed to answer their question, but only if they first answered His.  Jesus knew that they would not answer His question, nor would they be willing to acknowledge from where His authority came.

 

Jesus continues to teach, telling several parables.  Parables are stories with a lesson attached to them.  Jesus was teaching to people who were, mostly unable to read or write.  Very little was recorded outside of government.  By teaching in this way, people were more likely to remember the lesson.  It also got people talking and thinking!  Jesus did not expressly tell the crowds the meaning of the parable; it was for them to figure out!  The parables were built on common and well-known activities which would resonate with the listener.  Jesus was preaching to the common person and did so in a way that would be entertaining, familiar, and easily remembered so that they could be shared with others.

 

The parables were also used to avoid getting into trouble with the Sandhedrin, the executive, legislative, and judicial branch of the Jewish government.  Frequently in His parables, Jesus would not portray the religious leaders of the day in the best light.  He called them out on their false actions and refusal to accept God's blessing and His Son.  Jesus' teaching infuriated the Pharisees because Jesus was upsetting the status quo.  Jesus had also managed to avoid being trapped by their various questions, making them look unwise.

 

This day was no different.  In a debate over whose son is the Christ, Jesus was able to silence the Pharisees, for they could not say anything else, without acknowledging the truth of Jesus Christ.  Jesus was not finished though.  He continued to teach to any who would listen, before returning to Bethany.

 

 

The time of Jesus’ death is rapidly approaching, yet He is not finished teaching.  He must prepare the disciples must be prepared to carry on after His death.  The people need to be told the truth, even if they do not yet understand.  Until the end, He will continue to teach all who are willing to listen.

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