Week 35   Day 6

 

The message of the Gospel is that

            we need to repent and change

            so that the kingdom of heaven

            can come into our lives 

It is there for the taking for anyone who will receive it

 

Yet there were and are many people

            who cannot

            or will not 

                        see

                        understand

                        accept           

                        believe.

 

 

Who were the enemies of Jesus?

Who were those who opposed his ministry?  

            not the masses of people who watched him daily 

            but the religious leadership of his day!

 

The religious authorities were so intent

            on protecting

            the purity of their

                        laws 

                        rituals

                        traditions

that they could not recognize

            the goodness

            and grace of God

 

They were so blind

            that they called good evil

            and evil good                        

They would not have been able to see a sign from God

            if it had hit them

            in the face

            right between their eyes.

 

 

 

                             AN IMPORTANT QUESTION

     Child of God?  Child of Satan?  Can we always know?

                                             Matthew 12

 

    22One was brought to Him who was demon-possessed, blind

and mute; and He healed him.  23All the multitudes were amazed

and said, "Could this be the Son of David?"

    24When the Pharisees heard it they said, "This fellow does not

cast out demons except by Beelzebub, the ruler of the demons."

    25Jesus knew their thoughts, and said:  "Every kingdom divided

against itself is brought to desolation, every city or house divided

against itself will not stand.  26 If Satan casts out Satan, how then

will his kingdom stand?  27And if I cast out demons by Beelzebub,

by whom do your sons cast them out?  28But if I cast out demons

by the Spirit of God, surely the kingdom of God has come upon

you.  29Or how can one enter a strong man's house and plunder

his goods, unless he first binds the strong man?  And then he will

plunder his house.  30He who is not with Me is against Me, and

he who does not gather with Me scatters abroad.

    33"Either make the tree good and its fruit good, or make the

tree bad and its fruit bad; for a tree is known by its fruit.  34Brood

of vipers!  How can you, being evil, speak good things?  For out

of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks.  35A good man

out of the treasure of his heart brings forth good things, and an

evil man brings forth evil things.  37By your words you will be

justified, and by your words you will be condemned."

    38Some of the scribes and Pharisees answered, "Teacher, we
want to see a sign from You."
39He answered, "An evil and
adulterous generation seeks
after a sign, and no sign will be
given to it except the sign of
the prophet Jonah.  40As Jonah was
three days and nights in the
belly of the great fish, so will the Son
of Man be three days and
three nights in the heart of the earth. 
41Nineveh repented at the
preaching of Jonah; and indeed a
greater than Jonah is here. 
42The queen of the South will rise up
in the judgment with
this generation and condemn it, for she
came from the ends of
the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon;
and indeed a greater
than Solomon is here."

    46While He was talking, His mother and brothers stood

outside, seeking Him.  47Then one said to Him, "Your mother

and brothers are seeking to speak with You."  8He answered,

"Who is My mother; who are My brothers?"  9He stretched out

His hand toward His disciples and said,  50"Whoever does the

will of My Father in heaven is My brother and sister and mother."
                 This Bible passage was condensed from the NKJV

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