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Liver and Lima Beans

Liver and Lima Beans

Pastor Scott Olin, SW Washington


Mark 14:32-40 AND they came to a PLACE, WHICH was named Gethsemane: and he saith to his disciples, Sit ye here, while I shall pray. And he taketh with him Peter and James and John, and began to be sore amazed, and to be very heavy; And saith unto them, My soul is exceeding sorrowful unto death: tarry ye here, and watch.  And he went forward a little, and fell on the ground, and prayed that, if it were possible, the hour might pass from him. And he said, Abba, Father, all things are possible unto thee; take away this cup from me: nevertheless not what I will, but what thou wilt.  And he cometh, and findeth them sleeping, and saith unto Peter, Simon, sleepest thou? couldest not thou watch one hour?  Watch ye and pray, lest ye enter into temptation. The spirit truly is ready, but the flesh is weak. And again he went away, and prayed, and spake the same words. And when he returned, he found them asleep again, (for their eyes were heavy,) neither wist they what to answer him.


“If it were possible, let this cup pass from me.  Nevertheless, Your will, and not mind.”


Let me tell you a story: I was 6-7 years old…. My mom called me home, “Time for Dinner Scott”… I ran home… Before I even opened the door… his terrible odor met me! I’ve had never smelled anything quite so gross!  I went to the kitchen, looked into the frying pan on the stove, and asked my mom what this awful stuff was!! She introduced me to “fried liver.”  I then asked her what I would be eating; she assured me that I WOULD be eating the liver! 


  Not ONLY did she set a plate of liver in front of me… she added some little green things called ‘lima beans’. Setting at the table, in tears, I asked this question: “Why do I have to eat this stuff??”  My mother explained that it was “because it is good for you!”


  I am convinced that God had no hand in liver or lima beans!!  I am of the same opinion today, as I was then; it’s gross!


Sometimes, from time to time, as a loving Father, God serves up some liver & lima beans!  He begins to dish up some stuff and serves it to us.  It looks awful, tastes terigble, and we don’t want anything to do with it! And God says: “eat this, it’s good for you.”


There are tests and trials in this world that we would really rather not experience, but they come.  John 16:33 says it like this:


 33: These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.”


Not all tests and trials are from the enemy… sometimes God knows what we need…. Just like a loving Father does. Heb 12:6 “For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth.”


To chasten means: “to educate”

To scourge: “to flog; To make contact”

Gethsemane: “An oil press”


They are in the garden, just hours away from Jesus being crucified.  (John 12:32. 32: And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me.”)


People had waited for years for this time… just hours away… and they were asleep!


I’d like to parallel this event, with the church today.


I believe we are close to seeing God glorified once again.  My question is: Are we asleep?


I Chronicles 12:32 32: “And of the children of Issachar, which were men that had understanding of the times, to know what Israel ought to do; the heads of them were two hundred; and all their brethren were at their commandment.”


This speaks of Men who understood what Israel should do at that time.  They had heard from God; they had a prophetic insight, they knew what God had in mind.


I believe we need that kind of insight today. I also believe God is raising the prophetic up again, in the church.


There is a chance, because of the weight of the press, that people will sleep. Most people sleep at night… when there is an absence of light.


Mosses led the children of Israel following a cloud by day, and a fire by night. 


Cloud: “A covering”

Fire: “illumination”


Not every place the cloud and the fire led the children were desirable. But there was a covering. And in the absence of light, He gave them illumination.


 When we simply follow God, no matter where He is leading, there is still a covering.  When it seems like we are in a dark place, He gives us illumination; An insight and an understanding of what he’s up to.


He may draw you away from friends and family; it might feel like he’s sent you into isolation, into a desert… but it is simply a time that He wants to teach you, to prepare you, to cover you and to give you insight and understanding of His plans.


When the unpleasant times come we immediately blame it on the enemy.  I know that some do not agree, and many do not want to hear it, but I believe that: sometimes it is God, applying a little pressure.  The “press” is to bring out the pure oil on the inside!


Mat 5:13-14 “Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? It is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men.

14: Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hid.”


God wants us to be like Jesus.  So we go through some times of pressing.


Are we asleep? Are we not seeing what God is doing today?

Are we Dull to the things He is up to? 


It’s too bad, that we can get to the place of being Numb, or cold to the things of God, As in the garden of Gethsemane.


“Olive Oil” Comes from olives. The oil is clear, pure, and costly. To get that oil, the black olives have to be broken, crushed, bruised.  Then the paste is pressed, to get the   oil.  


We can liken the olive oil to the Holy Spirit. The spirit of God that lives within the heart of the believer.  It’s the thing inside of you that God wants.  The things that man can’t see. Perhaps the things that even you do not see.


Olives are pretty easy to come by, and inexpensive to buy. Olive oil, on the other hand is several times that amount.   You can’t even see that oil!  It does not have a pleasant odor or taste. Yet, it is the product most sought out. 


There is a greater cost on what is inside of us, and this is what God is after.


I believe that God allows some of these times, to develop us, to form us, to direct us, and to mold us into the image of His Son, Jesus.


It is the weight, the press that causes some to ‘sleep’.  They can’t handle it – so they tune out, and sleep through it. 


We can Turn a deaf ear, spiritually, or be numb to the things of God.  The disciples did that in the garden, just before Jesus was going to be glorified.


If God is getting ready to release His Glory on the church, and I believe He is, it will effect those who need the Lord. Is the church ready to minister to them?  We have to be ready; God is busy getting us ready!


Vs 40: “when He returned they were asleep, because their eyes were heavy (waited down). 


Eyes = “Vision” or the insight God has given you.


Because things are not going the way we want them to go; Because we want OUT of boot camp; Because we don’t like the weight of the press... We sleep!  We have a choice. 


Jesus takes the disciples to the place of the press…. Jesus said: set here, wait, and endure it.  Don’t let that weight affect the thing God has planted into your life.


When I ate the liver & lima beans, the only way I could eat the nasty stuff, was with a lot of water to wash it down!  (haven’t eaten it again!!)


The Word of God is like that “Water” we need a LOT of it, especially in the times are ‘eyes are heavy’ and we want to sleep.


The way to handle what is going on…. Is with the Word!  Get at the feet of Jesus, know the Word, Depend on it - Trust it!


God bless you,

Pastor Scott