We turn in at 10:52 PM to Judges 11:1-7 where we have an interesting incident, that happened and may happen again. It says, ["... 1Now Jephthah the Gileadite was a mighty warrior, but he was the son of a prostitute. Gilead was the father of Jephthah. 2And Gilead's wife also bore him sons. And when his wife's sons grew up, they drove Jephthah out and said to him, "You shall not have an inheritance in our father's house, for you are the son of another woman." 3Then Jephthah fled from his brothers and lived in the land of Tob, and worthless fellows collected around Jephthah and went out with him. 4After a time the Ammonites made war against Israel. 5And when the Ammonites made war against Israel, the elders of Gilead went to bring Jephthah from the land of Tob. 6And they said to Jephthah, "Come and be our leader, that we may fight against the Ammonites." 7But Jephthah said to the elders of Gilead, "Did you not hate me and drive me out of my father's house? Why have you come to me now when you are in distress?] Here we have a leader who was the son of a harlot and his family drove him out the house and he lived on the mountains. Then later they needed him to drive away their enemies because he happened to be a man of valor. Now Jesus had the same trouble with his brothers in his house. It says in John 7:1-9, ["...1After this Jesus went about in Galilee. He would not go about in Judea, because(A) the Jews[a] were seeking to kill him. 2Now(B) the Jews' Feast of(C) Booths was at hand. 3(D) So his brothers said to him, "Leave here and go to Judea, that your disciples also may see the works you are doing. 4For no one works in secret if he seeks to be known openly. If you do these things,(E) show yourself to the world." 5(F) For not even(G) his brothers believed in him. 6Jesus said to them, (H) "My time has not yet come, but your time is always here. 7The world cannot hate you, but(I) it hates me because I testify about it that(J) its works are evil. 8You go up to the feast. I am not[c] going up to this feast, for(K) my time has not yet fully come." 9After saying this, he remained in Galilee...] Jesus household did not believe in him and probably treated him like a second class citizen to say the least. Him, Jesus the Messiah, you must be joking! They must of scoffed at him. But he cross was not the beginning of insults. We have the Pharisees who accussed him of being possesed by an unclean spirit. It says in Mark 3:20-26, ["... 20Then he went home, and the crowd gathered again, so that they could not even eat. 21 And when his family heard it, they went out to seize him, for they were saying, "He is out of his mind." 22And the scribes who came down from Jerusalem were saying, "He is possessed by Beelzebul," and "by the prince of demons he casts out the demons." 23 And he called them to him and said to them in parables, "How can Satan cast out Satan? 24If a kingdom is divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand. 25And if a house is divided against itself, that house will not be able to stand. 26And if Satan has risen up against himself and is divided, he cannot stand, but is coming to an end...] But there will come a time of recogning and the day will come when Jesus will say, ["...Did you not hate me and drive me out of my father's house? Why have you come to me now when you are in distress?] But then the time of negotiating will have ended. There will be no recocialiation in the day and era to come. Today is the day of salvation. Call on the Lord while he is near. Now this is not the way to end a sabbath sunday and start a monday! Get the facts right before dawn comes. before the Son rises on the horizon of any minute and take you by surprise. Do not post-pone it any longer. Believe the gospel. Be ready and dressed before the day arises. May you be ready. Amen. thbg
Very good blog, brother. A new perspective for me. I had never put the two stories together before, nor had I seen it from that point of view. It may seem a bit harsh to the unbeliever, that when he finally realizes his need, it may be too late, but it will happen to many.
I read or saw on televion--I don't remember where I happened to see it--that a Christian was at the World Trade Centers on 09/11. People were up against a wall outside the building, and they were screaming. The man said, "Call on Jesus!" and the people there all cried, "Jesus!" together. At that moment, debris from the building and fire fell on them, and they perished, but they died with Jesus' name on their lips. "And whoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved."
Keep blogging. I enjoy your insights very much.
Thank you 'redeemed4ever' for your kind comment. Thank you for being up so late examining God's word. I called on my friends at church to pray for me and us. That God continues to reveal to us his understand of his word. And as I read your comment, who knows, the Lord did not think twice in answering that prayer. Please pray that God continues to open the door to his understanding. And thank you for remembering those of 9-11. I Hope many called on the name of the Lord that day like we urge those who pass by today or tonight. May you be
blessed and may God have all the praise and all the glory. Amen.
Thank you 'aliveintheword' for you kind comment and Amen and Kudos. We just want to thank God for turning our foolish water into wine and we just can't stop praising him. Thank you for joining the party and festivity of the gospel. May you all have the best blessings in heaven and for you loved ones and children. Amen.