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Why another blog?

Looking at the world of internet, some may question whether there really needed to be another blog out there. Maybe the internet didn’t NEED another blog, but I do. God is simply laying things on my heart that I just need to share with as many people as I can possibly reach.

As the name of this blog implies, what you will find here is a study of the Word of God. What may be different from other blogs will be the all out attempt to be absolutely sure the Word is studied IN CONTEXT.

It is actually relatively easy to pull words out of the Bible and then twist them to mean just about anything the human mind can conjure up. This is not OK!!! The study of God’s Word MUST be an exercise in attempting to understand what God is telling us, and that can only be done by studying the words within the context in which they are written. Consider the following example:

1 Timothy 6:10 reads, “Money is a root of all sorts of evil”. This can preach! This thought can be expounded to explain why living in poverty is the only Christian way to live! It can even be supported by other biblical accounts. For example, Jesus told a rich young man that in order to follow after Him, he would first have to sell all his possessions and give to the poor!

Problem is, a sermon manufactured in this way would most assuredly have to be targeting people of means. It basically carries a false message that people need to be  poor before they are worthy of salvation. (The truth is, no one is worthy of salvation. Reference Romans 3:23.)

Now, if we do the right thing and place the selected quote back within its context (in other words put in the stuff in front and following it), it really says: “For the love of money is a root of all sorts of evil, and some by longing for it have wandered away from the faith, and pierced themselves with many a pang.” 1 Timothy 6:10 Yep, that’s actually the whole verse, and what does it really say?

Does it say money is evil? NO, money can’t be evil. It is an inanimate object.

Does it imply that people who have money are evil? Nope! When you consider the whole verse, it is easily applicable to all people, rich or poor.

This verse tells us that the LOVE OF MONEY gives root to evil in our lives. It does not matter whether you have none, a little, some, or a great amount, to avoid evil, one thing you definitely must do is abstain from the LOVE OF MONEY! The message here is that when you are obsessed with what you have or what you don’t have, you simply set your self up for grief (“many a pang”)!

What about the rich young man? Oh, yes, refer to Mark 10:17-27. Jesus was not actually concerned with the material wealth of this individual, but here, as we have seen with other accounts in the Bible, He was concerned with the condition of the young man’s heart. Jesus did tell him to sell ALL his possessions. (In other words, let them go.) Jesus did tell him to “give to the poor”, but Jesus did not say the young man had to give it ALL away.

The bottom line is, while Jesus does not call us to vow poverty, He does want to be more important to us than anything and everything we do or do not have in this world!

I hope you will continue to follow this blog, and I surely welcome your insights and/or questions.

Please know that my postings will not necessarily follow a regular schedule, as they will be inspiration driven. (Each time the Lord gives me an “AHA!” moment, I hope to share it here.)

Thank-you for reading!

Praying Numbers 6:24-26 for you!

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What really happened in the synagog in Nazareth?

Today I found something really cool and profound in Luke chapter 4.  I came to a new understanding of the account recorded in verses 16 – 30. Not a new revelation. The information was there all the time, and I just hadn’t processed it correctly. As I pondered this in my own mind, I wondered how many others had the same misunderstanding I had, and decided I needed to share my new understanding with others, so here we go…

As the scripture records, Jesus, who had started His traveling preaching ministry, came to His hometown of Nazareth. Taking His usual approach, He went into the synagog on the Sabbath and stood up to read. The reading He selected was from the book of Isaiah. (In modern Bible translations it is filed as chapter 61, verses 1 and 2) “THE SPIRIT OF THE LORD IS UPON ME. BECAUSE HE HAS ANOINTED ME TO PREACH THE GOSPEL TO THE POOR. HE HAS SENT ME TO PROCLAIM RELEASE TO THE CAPTIVES, AND RECOVERY OF SIGHT TO THE BLIND, TO SET FREE THOSE WHO ARE DOWNTRODDEN, AND TO PROCLAIM THE FAVORABLE YEAR OF THE LORD.”

After Jesus read the passage He said, “Today, this Scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing.”

All of this prompted a question from those in attendance, “Is this not Joseph’s son?”

Now here is where a new understanding begins. You see, I previously understood that the question from the people was a raised as a challenge to the Lord’s proclamation that the Scripture had been fulfilled. I have heard it preached and taught, and I am sure I have taught it myself, that the people were challenging Jesus based on the fact that He was only the son of a carpenter, but that is not what went on there that day!

When we look further to the word’s of Jesus recorded in Luke 4 verses 23, 24, 25, 26 and 27 and examine the question fully within the context, we find that the people were not challenging the authority of Jesus. The Lord knew and spoke against not what the people said, but the condition of their hearts, and what they were about to ask.

By their question, the people in that meeting were recognizing Jesus as the son of Joseph (and Mary). The one who performed the miracle of turning water to wine in Capernaum. By His reading from Isaiah and proclamation they were  suddenly enlightened as to whose presence they were in.  Their problem was not that they refused to recognize Jesus, but that they DID!

Their problem was that because of the condition on their hearts, their enlightenment did not result in a time of praise, adoration and worship for the Lord. Jesus immediately knew that the condition of their hearts was about to turn them to the selfish objectives and ambitions of seeking the miracles He could perform.

What occurred that day in Nazareth happens to this day, and is something we must be careful to guard ourselves against. Enlightenment in Jesus is not supposed to be about seeking the miracles He may work for us. Enlightenment in Jesus is supposed to be about seeking Him and having fellowship with Him through praise, adoration and worship!

Yes, God is a God of miracles, but if what we are seeking is miracles, we have missed the message.

(Note: All excerpts are from the NASB published by Holman in Nashville, TN.)

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