When my sister died, just before her 13th birthday, I stared at the promise with stunned disbelief. “With long life will I satisfy [her]…” it said [Psalm 91:6 italics added]. My sister had an amazing relationship with Yahshua, baptised in water at the age of seven and, later, filled with the Holy Spirit, she fulfilled all the criteria of verses 14 and 15, so why didn’t this promise work for her? Have you ever wondered about the unpredictability of some scriptures, some Biblical promises?
Salome, wife of Zebedee and mother of James and John, went to Yahshua with a startling request, “In your kingdom, please let my two sons sit in places of honour, next to You…” [Matthew 20:21] In His wisdom, Yahshua answered gently that such an honour was not His to give, and pointed out that she didn’t understand what she was asking. Then He asked the brothers, “Are you able to drink from the bitter cup of suffering I am about to drink?” “Oh yes,” they replied, “we are able!” I wonder how Yahshua felt as He responded, “You will indeed drink My cup, and be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with” [20:23 New King James]. Two men, one promise; and yet what a contrast in the outworking.
We are very familiar with the ‘bitter cup of suffering’ handed out to Yahshua, Gethsemane, the Judgement Hall and Calvary; a summary execution. As the work of the Kingdom began to grow, King Herod had the apostle James summarily executed ‘with the sword’ [Acts 12:2], but the apostle John was destined to walk the long road of life. Both drank the cup, both were baptized with the baptism, but there is no comparison in the way it worked out for them. It was unpredictable!
Have you been wondering about some of Yahweh’s promises and how they relate [or not] to your own life? Deciding that they aren’t working, as I did? My sister had a quick release, while I have lived to serve, and I have learned not to try to second-guess the promises for I realised that Margaret’s ‘long life’ is eternal life; Yahweh’s promises always hold true!
Photo "Valerie with her sister, Margaret - 1963", copyright Valerie Warsop