Sometime we have a belated Message and sometime an ontime message, now we have an early bird Message! Examining Luke 14, we've spoken about it before, but there's more glint to the matter. And we ask how unconventional is God to pull out of a pit, a son or an ox, even if it cost us our holiness. Is mercy more potent than obedience? Wasn't obedience everything? When I go to Church that is all I hear about, obedience and repentance and progessive sanctification... And who would give all their gain sactification points of holiness to save a son, an ox or who would think a stranger. In the Parable of the Good Samaritan, the priest would not defile himself touching and apparent dead body! The Levite went on the other side of the road to avoid delay to his Moses Class! But the Samaritan who do not know any better and don't have ministry to protect or holiness to defile, did not think twice about helping this stranger who happened to be in peril... And how much does one go out of our comfort zone to help one in need in an urgent matter? And if it was a family member or our own life we would not think twice about being unconventional to save ones skin! But what about obedience? Isn't obedience everything? Where do we take off the coat of obedience and put on the cloak of mercy? Certainly God did not think twice sacrificing this Jesus for us and saving us from trouble!... And how much importance would God put on our life that he accursed his only begotten Son to die shamefully on a wooden stake? And far more, who do we learn about conventionalism and following the rules and laws and even those in the bible? And certainly Jesus took no thought of the diligence of Martha while Mary took it easy and chose to just enjoy Jesus and listen! We would think that the Pharisees would we those who are bent on obedience!... And why does God not commend obedience or maybe he does. The Good Samaritan obeyed the law of mercy, but perhaps was one who broke most the laws of Moses. Now where is this all going? Where is the reasoning in this? And God says in Luke 10 to not exalt yourself in my obedience to the law like the Levitical Priest and to not exalt myself in my diligence like Martha. We really have to learn to hit two birds with one stone with this matter... And the only way to do that, we impossible for man and me, but God in the holy spirit knows when to listen and then the time to act, when to forbear sins and when to sustain judgement...And only the holy spirit of God can guide you and me to do these two thing simontenously. It is impossibe for the human mind to obey God to heaven. God has to create the circumstance by which you can come through the door and still stand before him blameless... May you be blessed. Amen. thbg
Thank you 'ptl2008' for you kind communion in this message. We turn to Luke 22:18-23,
["...18 For I tell you, from now on I will not drink of the fruit of the vine until the kingdom of God comes."
19 And He took bread, gave thanks, broke it, gave it to them, and said, "This is My body, which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of Me."
20 In the same way He also took the cup after supper and said, "This cup is the new covenant [established by] My blood; it is shed for you. 21 But look, the hand of the one betraying Me is at the table with Me! 22 For the Son of Man will go away as it has been determined, but woe to that man by whom He is betrayed!"
23 So they began to argue among themselves which of them it could be who was going to do this thing..."]
And if we really come to undestand what Jesus did for us on the Cross, then we realize that we should always look to him to make us right with God and not trust on our own strength and much less try to exalt ourselves trying to glory in how obedient we can be are, have been or will be. We should never trust ourselves for anything and make the sacrifice of Jesus of no avail. We must understand to be saved, how helpless we are in God sight and the demands of the law! Give it up! Take in and accept Jesus and his work on the Cross...!
May you be blessed. Amen.