Monday, August 24, 2015

I Don't Want to Be Going in Different Directions, The Situation in a Whole Other Ball Park, Have I Become Apathetic? Posts

Since Bible Passages That Can Influence Your Life, is now on line through individual posts, I am now putting several links together for each post. I found groupings of three posts worked well for anyone interested in using these for a Bible study group.  Debbie Seiling

 For the Son of Man is Lord even of the Sabbath day.  And when He was departed thence, He went into their synagogue: And, behold, there was a man which had his hand withered.  And they asked Him, saying, Is it lawful to heal on the Sabbath days? that they might accuse Him.  And He said unto them, What man shall there be among you, that shall have one sheep, and it fall into a pit on the Sabbath day, will he not lay hold on it, and lift it out?  How much then is a man better than a sheep? Wherefore it is lawful to do well on the Sabbath days.  Matthew, Chapter 12, verses 8-12.
This was of special interest to me.  I had read in several different sections in the Bible that we aren’t to do work on the Sabbath.  This isn’t something my particular church promotes, but it’s written in the Bible in so many places that I figured God wants people to pay attention to it.  I don’t really think it matters to God whether people choose Saturday or Sunday to worship Him, as long as we choose one of the days to abstain from work while focusing on Him and relaxing.  My impression is that God realized some people are workaholics and need some down time.  If people worked on the Sabbath and didn’t have a family day to relax and worship together, each family member might be likely to go off in a different direction.
I had a dilemma a few years ago that relates to this passage.  When I went to visit my elderly grandparents after church, I wanted to do household jobs that they couldn’t do but didn’t want to go against the Bible by working on the Sabbath.  This passage solved that dilemma, because Jesus said that it was alright to help someone on the Sabbath.  After realizing this, I was able to help my grandparents and not feel like I was compromising my beliefs.
Sometimes the related passages that I list below the main entry refer to the same general topic.  Other times the related passages that are below the main entry sound almost identical.  I feel it’s important for the reader to see these even though they may sound redundant.  Many of the disciples were with Jesus and got an opportunity to see and experience some of the same things.  They shared these observations from their perspective as God led them to write portions of the Bible.  Although these accounts may differ somewhat in wording, they are especially significant because they show that Jesus really did exist and is not a figment of someone’s imagination. Click on post title to read related Bible passages.

Then was brought unto Him one possessed with a devil, blind, and dumb: and He healed him, insomuch that the blind and the dumb both spake and saw.  And all the people were amazed, and said, Is not this the Son of David?  But when the Pharisees heard it, they said, This Fellow doth not cast out devils, but by Beelzebub the prince of the devils.  And Jesus knew their thoughts, and said unto them, Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation; and every city or house divided against itself shall not stand: And if Satan cast out Satan, he is divided against himself; how shall then his kingdom stand?  And if I by Beelzebub cast out devils, by whom do your children cast them out?  therefore they shall be your judges.  But if I cast out devils by the Spirit of God, then the kingdom of God is come unto you.  Or else how can one enter into a strong man’s house, and spoil his goods, except he first bind the strong man?  and then he will spoil his house.  He that is not with Me is against Me; and he that gathereth not with Me scattereth abroad.  Wherefore I say unto you, All manner of sin and blasphemy shall be forgiven unto men: but the blasphemy against the Holy Ghost shall not be forgiven unto men.  And whosoever speaketh a word against the Son of Man, it shall be forgiven him: but whosoever speaketh against the Holy Ghost, it shall not be forgiven him, neither in this world, neither in the world to come.  Matthew, Chapter 12, verses 22-32.
I found that my students had their limits.  They may have tolerated someone calling them names and teasing them, but once someone said something hateful about their Mother, it put the situation in a whole other ballpark.  Well, I think Jesus is responding in a similar fashion.  I think He’s saying something like, “O.K. I may have put up with you saying stupid things like I must be Satan, because I am able to heal the deaf and dumb.  It really doesn’t make any sense to start with.  A house divided against itself will fall, so Satan couldn’t cast himself out.
“You’re just looking for things to confuse people and discredit the miracles that I do to prove that I’m your Savior.  Well, I may have tolerated you belittling Me, but I sure won’t tolerate you belittling the Holy Ghost.  I’m warning you now; if you continue to do that, you will live to regret it because it’s intolerable!  Although you don’t know it yet, I’m here to save you from your sins, but people who say hateful things against the Holy Ghost won’t even get a second chance.  They will lose any hope for Salvation.  Don’t say I didn’t warn you!”

Have I Become Apathetic?

And when they were come unto a place called Golgotha, that is to say, a place of a skull. They gave Him vinegar to drink mingled with gall: and when He had tasted thereof, He would not drink. And they crucified Him, and parted His garments, casting lots that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, They parted My garments among them, and upon My vesture did they cast lots. Matthew 27, verses 33-35.

I realize that I have stated on the Bible-Passages Blog that I was posting on Monday and Thursday mornings. I would be remiss as a Christian Author and Blogger if I didn't make note of this special occasion. Am I speaking of the hunting of eggs with baskets? Of course not.

After walking all that way with His cross, whether He was carrying it or had help, He had to be exhausted, but Jesus denied the drink they offered Him. I had never really thought much about this particular passage before, but Jesus didn't do anything that would have made His suffering easier. He was dedicated to giving His life for us and our sins, not minimizing the experience, no matter how painful and gut-wrenching it may be. Jesus knew in advance what was going to befall Him, yet He chose to do it anyway.

The thing I have to ask, "Do I show the same dedication for Him?" I am saddened to say, "No." I was sitting during the Good Friday service which was very moving, thinking of a purchase I want to make. I would bring myself back to focus on what Christ has done for me, only to be drawn back to the thought that maybe I could buy this thing at a local thrift shop.

I had originally planned to stop by the thrift shop after the noon church service in order to see if they had the object I wanted. I decided not to, because I had let something worldly get in between my relationship with God. I decided to go home, read the part of Matthew that related to Christ's crucifixion in order to better focus on this meaningful event.

As I read, instead of being moved as I normally am, I was just reading words. I don't want to become apathetic, feeling indifference when I'm reading how Christ gave His life for me. I want to focus on how He chose to give His life knowing that friends would betray Him, He would be spit upon, hit, taunted, and disrespected. They even cast lots for His clothing. He sacrificed His life, even for someone like me who let something worldly get in the way of embracing the gift He so freely gave me and chose to do nothing to minimize the true experience of providing for my salvation.

Because this is an example of how I’ve applied this Bible passage to my life, it doesn't necessarily reflect the whole meaning of the passage.

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This is a connection I've made from this Bible passage. Please share your connections. 
Please click on comments below to share your suggestions. Thanks! Debbie

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