Luke 8:16 Supernatural Light

Luke 8:16 (KJV)
No man, when he hath lighted a candle, covereth it with a vessel, or putteth it under a bed; but setteth it on a candlestick, that they which enter in may see the light.

Genesis 1:2 (KJV)
And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.

Revelation 22:5 (KJV)
And there shall be no night there; and they need no candle, neither light of the sun; for the Lord God giveth them light: and they shall reign for ever and ever.

Darkness is the absence of light. Darkness is the natural thing. Light must be introduced. It is the unnatural, rather, the supernatural thing.

Lights in the day of Christ were less likely to fill a room. I envision those who enter and see the light witnessing it being surrounded by darkness. The shadows that we imagine are the product of light are really the tenacious stragglers of darkness. In a dark room with a small light the darkness would appear to be the overpowering one. The light, no matter how small, would be welcome, as it stands alone in the darkness.

This world is naturally dark spiritually. Christians are but tiny lights standing against the darkness. We shine more brightly when we shine together but we are always surrounded by darkness.

This is why Revelation 22:5 is so significant. The new earth will have no darkness. It will be, just as evil will be, defeated and done away.

As hard as it is to imagine a world where the natural thing is light (because it is Christ), imagine that same world where the natural thing is righteousness.

 

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Luke 8:16 Supernatural Light

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Micah 7:19 What Hope!

Micah 7:19 (KJV)
He will turn again, he will have compassion upon us; he will subdue our iniquities; and thou wilt cast all their sins into the depths of the sea.

One of the most hopeful things I see in the Bible is that God always “turns again.”  As long as we breathe judgment is never eternal. There is always the promise of new mercy.

This chapter is one of judgment but the chapter doesn’t end in judgment. It ends in hope.

  • God will turn again
  • God will have compassion
  • God will subdue our iniquities

Subdue-that’s a good word, isn’t it?
Sometimes we feel like we have been subdued by our sins. They seem to have the better of us. They are in charge and not we ourselves.

But when God turns again, when God pours out His compassion, He:

  • Subdues
  • Conquers
  • Dominates

those iniquities. He gives victory over what is surely our worst enemy, our flesh.

What hope!

 

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Micah 7:19 What Hope!

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Micah 6:6-8 Christ Says, “Done!”

Micah 6:6-8 (KJV)
Wherewith shall I come before the LORD, and bow myself before the high God? shall I come before him with burnt offerings, with calves of a year old?
Will the LORD be pleased with thousands of rams, or with ten thousands of rivers of oil? shall I give my firstborn for my transgression, the fruit of my body for the sin of my soul?
He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the LORD require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God?

The sin nature leads men to either ignore God altogether or invent ways to please Him.

The question is, “What must we do to enter God’s presence?”

  • Man says, Shall i off him the best of my product?
  • Man says, Shall I give him more and more of my goods?
  • Man says, Must I give him my child to atone for my sin?

The Bible says, “He hath shown thee, Oh man…”

Our great trouble is that we don’t look where God answers or we don’t like God’s answer.

  • Do justly
  • Love mercy
  • Walk humbly

With thy God.

Each of these must be applied in the full truth of Jesus Christ.

  • He is the Just One
  • God is merciful toward us because of Christ
  • Humility leads us to accept from Him our pardon

Religion says, “Do.”  Christ says, “Done!”

 

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Luke 7:2-5 Human Error

Luke 7:2-5 (KJV)
And a certain centurion’s servant, who was dear unto him, was sick, and ready to die.
And when he heard of Jesus, he sent unto him the elders of the Jews, beseeching him that he would come and heal his servant.
And when they came to Jesus, they besought him instantly, saying, That he was worthy for whom he should do this:
For he loveth our nation, and he hath built us a synagogue.

This passage has a happy ending. The servant is healed and Jesus lauds the faith of the Centurion. Nevertheless there are some very human elements is the account.

The first is that, he sent someone else to get Jesus
This could have been on account of his servant’s condition and not wanting to leave him. More likely it is because this centurion is used to sending others to do his bidding. We always miss out when we miss seeing Jesus personally.

Secondly, he sent elders of the Jews
Did he believe they would have some influence over Jesus? Jesus came in direct contradiction to the traditions these elders had established in Israel. Religion had no influence with God.

Thirdly the Jews cited his worth
He loved their nation and he had built them a synagogue. Why is it we put God and country together so tightly? That is a Catholic/Protestant concept, the marriage of church and state, and has been the justification of the martyrdoms of countless faithful believers.

Despite all of these very human faults, however, his request was answered.

I suppose that it is the case of every one of us that there is a lot of human fault in the passage of our life;

  • We miss Jesus personally when we could have seen Him
  • We expect Jesus to be impressed with things that matter little to God or
  • We base our own worth on things of insignificance

I do not want to lessen the importance of obedience and sound doctrine, but I do mean to highlight the importance of faith.

To trust God without reservation, this is the root of successfully living for Christ.

 

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Luke 7:2-5 Human Error

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Luke 6:21 The Value of Laughter

Luke 6:21 (KJV)
Blessed are ye that hunger now: for ye shall be filled. Blessed are ye that weep now: for ye shall laugh.

A merry heart doeth good like a medicine.[1] The beatitudes (later on in the passage) express a kind of laughter that is not good. There are those who blindly party away their goods, not realizing they have nothing to assure them of eternity.

But laughter is a thing of great benefit. When one is able to laugh he lets go of whatever is negative and hurtful and, for the moment, is in complete liberty.

The future, for the believer, is filled with this liberating joy. Whatever the pressures of this life have been, heaven is unbridled freedom, happiness and laughter. Heaven is unbridled freedom, happiness and laughter

If you can get hold of that, you can endure now.

[1] Proverbs 17:22

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Luke 5:39 Older Is Better

Luke 5:39 (KJV)
No man also having drunk old wine straightway desireth new: for he saith, The old is better.

The commentaries tend to ascribe the old to the Jewish law and the new to the gospel. Hence, they interpret the parable in the negative, “No man wants to do the right thing.”

I go back to Jeremiah 6:16 Thus saith the LORD, Stand ye in the ways, and see, and ask for the old paths, where is the good way, and walk therein, and ye shall find rest for your souls. But they said, We will not walk therein.

I see the old as the right thing.

I see the Scribes and Pharisees as those who had introduced the new and Jesus as the sustainer of the old.

The old truth of the Messiah is better. The

  • Old doctrines,
  • Old standards,
  • Old promises of God

are better than the new things introduced by those who make faith relevant. The gospel isn’t new. It is the promise of the old.

The old is better. Anyone who has tasted it knows it to be true.

 

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Luke 5:39 Older Is Better

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Luke 4:22 Gracious Words

Luke 4:22 (KJV)
And all bare him witness, and wondered at the gracious words which proceeded out of his mouth. And they said, Is not this Joseph’s son?

Exactly what were those gracious words, we are not told. Whatever Jesus says is gracious.

  • When Jesus preached His purpose in coming it was gracious
  • When Jesus expounded the meaning of Scripture it was gracious
  • When Jesus prophesied future events it was gracious
  • When Jesus pronounced coming judgment it too was gracious
  • Gracious in that He cared about His subject
  • Gracious in that He cared about His audience

Mostly

  • Gracious in that He, God, would speak to man at all.

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Micah 3:11 Difficult Days

Micah 3:11 (KJV)
The heads thereof judge for reward, and the priests thereof teach for hire, and the prophets thereof divine for money: yet will they lean upon the LORD, and say, Is not the LORD among us? none evil can come upon us.

Micah preached in difficult days, nearing the end of what would be the heyday of ancient Israel. Some would say their heyday had passed. Three offices are examined and condemned:

The princes
Or heads of state.

The priests
Or representatives of religion.

The prophets
Or those who are supposed to be spokesmen for God.

The commonality in each condemnation is money. These positions ought to be examples of high character. These are the ones who should do their work for the good of the people. But look. They have degenerated their offices into mere jobs. They do what they do for hire and not for good.

Perhaps we could understand this if they were for profit businessmen. They are not.

We too live in the last days. I believe we have long crossed the threshold of our heyday. We see the same problem among those who serve today:

  • Government officials who seek wealth
  • Christian professors who use faith for advantage and
  • Preachers of every denomination who serve to get gain

God help us to hear the warning and repent.

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Micah 1:5 Turning the Things of God into Idols

Micah 1:5 (KJV)
For the transgression of Jacob is all this, and for the sins of the house of Israel. What is the transgression of Jacob? is it not Samaria? and what are the high places of Judah? are they not Jerusalem?

Astonishing!

Judah had turned the very center of godly worship into an idolatrous place, even the place where Christ was crucified. That which should have pointed the way to eternity became the very obstacle to it.

The lesson is a sober one. We have within us the capability of turning the very things of God into idols detestable to God. Those gifts God gave to point us to salvation and build us in our most holy faith may, if not guarded against, become stumbling stones over which we cannot make our way to salvation.

  • Corrupting the Bible to make it more palatable to the academic mind
  • Changing church to make it more friendly to the lost
  • Converting preaching into self help lessons

These and a host of other offenses have turned what was the heart of godliness into the seat of unholiness.

 

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Micah 1:5 Turning the Things of God into Idols

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Jonah 3:1-2 Nothing changed

Jonah 3:1-2 (KJV)
And the word of the LORD came unto Jonah the second time, saying,
Arise, go unto Nineveh, that great city, and preach unto it the preaching that I bid thee.

Nothing changed.

The will of God for Jonah was the same in chapter three as it was in chapter one. That was:

  • After he found a ship to flee from God
  • After he had been thrown overboard
  • After he had been swallowed and spit up
  • After he had prayed

God never changes. Yet we think that, just because our circumstances have changed God’s will must have changed too.

We somehow have the impression that time, culture and the opinions of men influence the will of God.

Not so

He is the same yesterday and today and forever. His will is the same the second time as it was the first.

It will be the same:
The third time and the fourth

Just learn His Word and obey it.

 

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Jonah 3:1-2 Nothing changed

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