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The Heart of God (Episode IV)

November 13, 2007

Luke 24:27  “And beginning at Moses and all the prophets, he expounded unto them in all the things concerning himself.   

II Peter 1:20-21  “Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation.  For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.”

The words that Jesus spake in the sermon on the mount went contrary to the convntional thinking of the day.  (and of this day for that matter)  Loving your enemies and doing good to those who wronged you were concepts that were almost unheard of.  Because of this, there may have been a temptation to think that Jesus was speaking contrary to scripture.  (Which is impossible because Jesus is the Word.)  This brings us to the next segment in the sermon on the mount.

Matthew 5:17-18  “Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil.  For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled.” 

Jesus is the Word.  He is the way, the truth, and the life.  Outside of him, there is no other way to the Father.  Far from destroying the law, he was confirming its authenticity.  The very fact that he left glory and took upon himself the form of a servant proves the integrity of Gods word as prophecy was coming to pass right before the eyes of those who dwelt on the earth during the time of his earthly ministry.   With this passage, he puts at ease those who may have loved his message, but been concerned that it wasn’t lining up with scripture.  This fear would be further energized by the religious elite who saw their traditions and standing among the people being jeopardized. 

John 1:14  “And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,)  full of grace and truth.

Matthew 5:19-20  “Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven:  but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.  For I say unto you,  That except your righteousness shall exceed the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, ye shall in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven.” 

The Pharisees were good at putting on a show to be admired by their contemporaries.  Jesus tells the crowd that it has to go beyond the superficial.  Indeed we’re to worship God in spirit and in truth; our complete faith being in him.  It’s so easy to get into a routine, especially with all of the distractions of our day.  For me, this sometimes plays out when I’m in prayer and suddenly find my mouth praying but my mind thinking about what has to be done later on, something at work, something at home, or what have you.  The distractions of our day are intense and as such, we must be careful to not fall into a religious routine.  If we look to Jesus and continually make him first in our lives, we’ll know when trouble is brewing, such as the concerns of the world entering prayer time.

Matthew 5:21-22  “Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not kill; and whosoever shall kill shall be in danger of the judgment.  But I say unto you, Thjat whosoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment: and whosoever shall say to his brother, Raca, shall be in danger of the council: but whosoever shall say, Thou fool, shall be in danger of hell fire.”

Today we often hear the term “hate crime” which is usually assigned to a racially motivated injustice.  The term does, however, identify the root of the problem; that being an intent from the heart to perform an act that’s contrary to the best interests of another.  In this passage, Jesus explains that if we think ill toward our brother, it’s the same as though we carried it out.  At that time, this seemed like a radical idea; even though the concept was in scripture.  (Such as Davids kindness to King Saul despite several attempts on his life.)  Just as we are to love God in spirit and in truth, we must also love our neighbor as ourself with all sincerety.  When we truly love another, we’ll not desire ill-will toward them. 

To love our neighbor as ourselves isn’t always easy if the neighbor is a contrary person.  To be perfectly transparent, if I had a neighbor who routinely abused his wife or was a pedifile, it would be a “real challenge” to see beyond the horrific sin down to the root of the problem; that being an eternal soul in need of a Savior.  In such a situation, I would have to love the person, however, I would also do “everything possible” to put an end to the abuse.  Loving our neighbor as ourself doesn’t entail allowing injustice to continue unabated.  In fact, lawful intervention would be the loving thing to do for all parties involved.  Get the victims to safety while praying that the prerpetrator would heed the “wake up call” come to Jesus and be a new creation.  

The previous paragraph was hard.  There’s so much abuse in the world today as the war in the spiritual world steadily intensifies.  Late last week, an 11 year old girl was killed here in Constantine.  Her name was Jodi, and she had gone to a friends house with instructions to be home by 5:30 for supper.  (A completely normal flow of events)  She never returned and finally, the police were contacted.  Everyone was searching until 10:30 when the girls mother found her in the cemetary with her bike close by.  At first there didn’t appear to be any evidence of foul play, however, the following morning it was ruled a homicide.  Nobody knows who or why.  In a village of two thousand residents, this type of atrocity is unheard of.  (Currently the FBI is involved in the investigation)   

I Corinthians 10:13  “There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.”

We all know what the two great commandments are, but when we begin to consider what the second one entails, we come face to face with our own humanity.  Yet Jesus paid for the sins of all when he could have, at any moment, called ten thousand angels.  It’s imperative to maintain an eternal perspective, however, some situations make doing so a real task.  In other words, the old song “I Need Thee Every Hour” still holds true. 

I think I should close as this post has entered into territory that’s hard to write about.  We need Jesus every hour.  This very real truth can never be neglected.  Without Christ we can do nothing, but through Christ, we can do all things.  I was going to cover the next two verses, but they are self explanatory.  Jesus explains that we need to have a pure heart when we give and not allow unresolved issues with others to linger.  So I’ll close out with those two verses.  I wish to all a blessed day in Jesus.

Matthew 5:23-24  “Therefore if thou bring thy gift to the altar, and there rememberest that thy brother hath aught against thee;  Leave thy gift before the altar, and go thy way; first be reconciled to thy brother, and then come and offer thy gift.”

This really should be covered more in-depth.  Keeping our heart with all diligence is imperative.  Currently on www.timbob2.wordpress.com is a post about knowing when time is short.  Time is indeed very short as evidenced by the hardness in the hearts of so many these days.  (Pray without ceasing!)

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Greetings again.  I just found a story that’s needful.  It’s entitled “Non-Prophet Churches” (that’s the intended spelling) and can be seen at: www.newswithviews.com/Daubenmire/dave91.htm   Please check it out if time permits.  This one, I would like to keep at the forefront as it addresses a very serious condition that’s rampant in the western church today. 

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3 comments

  1. Just dropping by to say hi Timbob – I wish I had the tikm to commment further on your many posts, but this will have to do for now 🙂 Bless you!

    Peter


  2. Lord Jesus,
    help us to love you as we ought and love one another with Your heart! To see the world through your eyes; to speak your words of life, words that bring you honor and point all men to you, this is the cry of our heart!
    Let Your Spirit arise and reign in us! May we only have eyes for you Jesus, you and you alone! We need your grace so desperately to live in this world yet be not of it. How we thank you for your mercy; your life, your love, your strength! Truly you are to be praised before all men, and in the quiet stillness when we are alone.
    Bless you Lord Jesus, bless your holy name!

    And blessings to you to timbob, and thank you for the post! The LORD, He is good and greatly to be praised! Have a wonderful week brother, filled with peace and joy.

    Susan


  3. Greetings Peter and Susan. I know how hard it can be to comment in depth with the constraints of time and all that’s going on these days. Yet it’s always to hear from the saints. Even a casual “hi” is very uplifting.

    In the situation stated in this post, it makes it all too close to home when someone is taken unexpectedly. This got me to thinking of my own household. If presented with a similar situation, would I be as forgiving as I need to be? HOW IMPORTANT IT IS FOR US TO REMAIN CLOSE TO THE LORD AT ALL TIMES.

    On Wednesday of this week, the Kalamazoo Gazette mentioned that in Jodis bible (her parents are new in the faith) she had highlighted the passage where Jesus tells the importance of loving our enemies. I pray that the family will be ever stronger in the Lord Jesus and always mindful that are time in this land is fleeting. (This entire situation is hard to comment on. Its as though no words are adequate and those which are finally chosen seem awkward.)

    Thanks so much for stopping by. Have a blessed day in Jesus.



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