Monthly Archives: October 2018

The Jealous Jews

Fascinating passage, first we see part of the problem from the Jews in Antioch was “Jealousy” and I find that sort of amusing, because at first glance I would think the text may have blamed unbelief or aggravation- but the text specifically says “They were filled with jealousy” and the Jews seemed to envy the attention that they got from this new message that had been revealed through the early Apostles- and when the grew sorderly and stubborn and aggressive, the disciples left to go elsewhere.

Yet not long later this event happens:

Then some Jews came from Antioch and Iconium and won the crowd over. They stoned Paul and dragged him outside the city, thinking he was dead. But after the disciples had gathered around him, he got up and went back into the city. The next day he and Barnabas left for Derbe.

(Acts 14:19-20)

These agitators actually went out of their way to follow them from that city if Antioch all the way to Iconium. They were so bent on putting an end to this teaching they went out of their way and poisoned the minds of Gentiles in Iconium against them- and created a mob.

Yet Paul, get this, “He got up and wenf back into the city. The next day he and Barnabas left for Derby”

Haha as if nothing happened, and that same Holy Spirit that filled these men in Acts with power is the same Spirit that carries us through life today. Supernaturally enabling us to do whatever God has planned and giving us great boldness to face whatever we encounter. We must though receive God’s continual graces into our hearts and minds and let Him do all the heavy lifting. The disciples and Paul did not sit around feeling sorry for themselves, and feeling bad that they nearly got stoned to death. Paul, shook it off like nothing happened and powers on in the Lord’s strength. We too must have this same resolve because we serve a God and Lord that is far greater then whatever we face. His power can enable us with might on the inside even when stones are thrown from the outside!

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Blessings From Repentence.

God was angry and chastening his people, but still loved them and was trying to restore them to Himself. Often people associate anger with hate, but God’s anger is pure and righteous. He hates sin but still loves those who sin. He wont leave sinful ways unpunished or undealt with, but he leaves the open door for His people to turn from their sins back to Him.

God invites us all to do the same thing when we have truly blown it, when we realize how we have sinned against him (and we all have) but he gladly welcomes us back when we truly acknowlege our sin. Thats why the Gospel is such good news, because in the eyes of Holy God we “all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23)

Romans also says “The wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Jesus Christ our Lord”

We all earn God’s just anger and seperation from him by our sins, but Jesus Christ took the place our sins deserve and makes a way for God to restore a broken relationship!

Humble Yourself

Often there is a temptation to grumble, yes whine and get angry at the Lord even when he does not remove a struggle or trial- yet thats why it says in James 4:7 “Submit yourself then to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.” Because the tempter would try to incite anger and complaining by saying “God is indifferent to your pain, he just wants to squash you down and be all high and mighty and show who’s boss.”

That is a half truth and half lie- sure God deserves the right to do whatever He pleases because God is God and we are not. The lie is that God is capricious in his intentions or just likes to rule over people in oppressive power just to squash is low like worms! Liar you are O devil. As a non Christian that was how I saw the Lord.

Yet the Word of God says

He will not always accuse, nor will he harbor his anger forever; he does not treat us as our sins deserve or repay us according to our iniquities. For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his love for those who fear him; as far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us. As a father has compassion on his children, so the Lord has compassion on those who fear him; for he knows how we are formed, he remembers that we are dust. (Psalm 103:9-14)

For no one is cast off by the Lord forever. Though he brings grief, he will show compassion, so great is his unfailing love. For he does not willingly bring affliction or grief to anyone. To crush underfoot all prisoners in the land, (Lamentations 3:31-34)

Let us take note, Lamentations was written by Jeremiah the prophet who saw Israel and Judah suffer the chastening hand of God for years of rebellion- though these people reaped the consequences of sin, God still was desiring for them to turn from their sin in that land of the oppressor and receive His grace and mercy and be restored to the promise land he gave them and then had them uprooted from

Isaiah 30 says:

“Yet the Lord longs to be gracious to you, he rises to show you compassion. For the Lord is a God of justice, blessed are all who wait for him” (Isaiah 30:18)

And before this he said, “In repentence and rest is your salvation, in quietness and trust is your strength”

That is to say “Turn from your sins and submit to me and wait patiently and trustingly”

The Lord is good to those whose hope is in him, to the one who seeks him; it is good to wait quietly for the salvation of the Lord. It is good for a man to bear the yoke while he is young. (Lamentations 3:25-27)

The Healing Touch

So Jesus went with him. A large crowd followed and pressed around him. And a woman was there who had been subject to bleeding for twelve years. She had suffered a great deal under the care of many doctors and had spent all she had, yet instead of getting better she grew worse. When she heard about Jesus, she came up behind him in the crowd and touched his cloak, because she thought, “If I just touch his clothes, I will be healed.” Immediately her bleeding stopped and she felt in her body that she was freed from her suffering. At once Jesus realized that power had gone out from him. He turned around in the crowd and asked, “Who touched my clothes?” “You see the people crowding against you,” his disciples answered, “and yet you can ask, ‘Who touched me?’ ” But Jesus kept looking around to see who had done it. Then the woman, knowing what had happened to her, came and fell at his feet and, trembling with fear, told him the whole truth. He said to her, “Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace and be freed from your suffering.” (Mark 5:24-34)

This woman was most likely not just suffering physical bleeding, but her heart was also most likely bleeding, isolated and rejected because of her condition. Yet Jesus had compassion and love for her. He asks “Who touch my clothes?” – sounds like a normal response, yet Jesus most likely knew already who did so, and was wanting her to have faith to step forward to acknowlege she was the one. 

The disciples were kind of oblivious and basically said “Jesus we are like in a crowd, why do you ask such a thing?” But he asks again, and she steps forward, then Jesus says something interesting “Daughter” and most often women in Jesus time were not treated too well, yet Jesus endearingly bestows on her the title “Daughter” as if he was her very own father.

The compassion of Jesus and the love he showed. The tenderness and meekness. Her fears may have caused her to shrink back and hide, yet he welcomed her like she was a “Daughter” and he was not like the Teachers of the Law or Pharisees who would have shoved this woman cruely aside and called unclean – Jesus healed her health and heart that day and treated her with dignity and kindness.

He saw her need, and she who had probably been for long starved in her heart of love felt the power of Jesus enter her life!