Apostle Peter

Archeologists find evidence of St Peter’s prison

Archaeologists have discovered evidence to support the theory that St Peter was imprisoned in an underground dungeon by the Emperor Nero before being crucified.

The Mamertine Prison, a dingy complex of cells which now lies beneath a Renaissance church, has long been venerated as the place where the apostle was shackled before he was killed on the spot on which the Vatican now stands.

It been a place of Christian worship since medieval times, but after months of excavations, Italian archaeologists have found frescoes and other evidence which indicate that it was associated with St Peter as early as the 7th century.

Dr Patrizia Fortini, of Rome’s department of archaeology for Rome, said: “It was converted from being a prison into a focus of cult-like worship of St Peter by the 7th century at the latest, maybe earlier.

“It was a very rapid transformation. We think that by the 8th century, it was being used as a church. It would have been wonderful to find a document with his [St Peter’s] name on it, but of course that was always going to be extremely unlikely.”

St Peter and St Paul are said to have been incarcerated in the jail by the Emperor Nero.

Source : http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/7852507/Archeologists-find-evidence-of-St-Peters-prison.html

 

 

when were the disciples baptized?

When were the disciples baptized?

This is a topic I would like to explore.  Got this ‘idea’ while i was listening to another sermon today (Tue, 9/4/2012, 107pm).

So, will work on it as and when time permits.

Please bookmark this post and come back to it again and again if you would like to hear/read.

 

Joash – youngest king of Judah

To read 2 Chronicles 24. Compare to 2 Kings 12

We (family prayer) had this chapter for our daily meditations yesterday.

Joash was 19th king in God’s kingdom (7th in Judah) 835-796 BC.  He ruled Judah for 40 years.  He was crowned at age 7.  His mother’s name was Zibiah of Beersheba.

Another important person of note in his life was Jehoida, the priest.  He was instrumental in saving, protecting, crowning, and guiding Joash.

Joash was faithful as long as Jehoida was alive.

Joash repairs the temple.  The repair of the temple was initiated because the sons of Athaliah had defiled the temple and had taken and used sacred objects of the temple in Baal’s worship.  It is interesting to note that the people in his day gave generously to the temple repair work and the king’s men handled the money faithfully too.  They bring the temple to it’s original form.

Jehoida dies at age 130.  Two times in this chapter is a reference to the phrase or to its equivalent ‘as long as Jehoida lived.’  First one is in relation to Joash’s faithlessness to the Lord.  Second one, in relation to the burnt offerings being offered continually in the temple.  That speaks to the influence he exerted on all around him.  He had impacted both the king and the people.  The fact that he was buried among the kings shows how much people respected him, whereas Joash was not buried in the tombs of the kings.

In verses 1-15, we see the influence of Jehoida on Joash.  In verse 16, the author notes the influence of ‘officials of Judah’ on Joash.  As a result of which they abandon the temple and go after Asherah poles and idols.  Because of this guilt of theirs, the LORD’s anger came upon Judah and Jerusalem.  Yet, the LORD sent many prophets to warn them; they did not listen.

One prominent among them seems to be Zechariah, son of Jehoida; but the king commands to kill him.

Zachariah’s message to the people is noteworthy here.  “This is what God says: ‘why do you disobey the LORD’s comands?  You will not prosper.  Because you have forsaken the LORD, he has forsaken you.'”  24:20

Conclusion:  “Prosperity of kings and their subjects in God’s kingdom depended on their faithfulness and obedience to the LORD and the LORD’s covenant than anything that is their own.”

Question: is it anyway different for us as 21st century believers and members of the new testament/covenant?

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I read this article on Grace Gems today and I thought it would profit you too.

So, here is the link to this article on Grace Gems

The Lord Sends Down More Fire For Elijah

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In this chapter, we see that the Lord sends down fire from heaven two more times other than the one we saw earlier in Mount Carmel.  Many people stop at mount Carmel but today we go further to the rule of Ahaziah, Ahab’s son.

Here is the Lord’s question to king Ahaziah thorough Elijah “Is it because there is no God in Israel that you are sending men to consult Baal-Zebub, the god o Ekron?”

Ahaziah sends two captains with fifty men.  Each time Elijah calls fire from the Lord and the fire consumes them both: 51 die each time, totalling 102.

Both times, the captains present a command from their king to which Elijah replies with a firy command from the Lord.  The third commander (a wise one) instead of commanding Elijah, he pleads for his life and his 50 men and the angel tells Elijah not be fear and go to see the king this time.

Here again we see that Elijah was fearful and yet called fire from again two moe times.  First time the fire consumed the sacrifice and the altar; this time (2 times) it consumed real people who had rebelled against the Lord and had gone after other gods.

Ahaziah never seemed to have learned the lesson: Seek the Lord, the God of Israel instead of any other and he dies a sick man as per the words of Elijah.

In a time of apostacy (the period of the kings of Israel and Judah), the Lord showed Himself to be what He is in many ways through the judges and prophets, but the people did not see or failed to understand.

Elijah is taken up alive

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For more on Elijah’s bringing ‘more fire’ from heaven, please see this article.

This chapter is quite dramatic but real.  The first verse starts like this “when the Lord was about to take Elijah up to heaven in a whirlwind,’ and that is what is this chapter all about: Elijah being taken up alive to the presence of the Lord without facing or tasting physical death like any a human.

Elijah keeps moving from place to place and Elisha (whom the Lord aointed to succeed him) keeps following him wherever he went:  Bethel, Jericho, and finally Jordan where Elijah was taken up after a chariot of fire and horses seperates them both from each other as they cross the Jordan afoot.

Elisha had no doubts whatsoever about this miracle of being taken alive though the company of the prophets still suspected that Elijah would be in some other place, verse 16.

jehoshaphat advises first seek the counsel of the lord

The greatest advise by a king of Judah – First seek the counsel of the LORD.