Tuesday, August 7, 2012
Welcome to Day 219 of our Life Journal!
Before you comment or read what I have posted, please read the following passages for yourself and complete your own S.O.A.P. exercise… How does this work?
S.O.A.P = Scripture, Observation, Application, Prayer
Zephaniah follows a similar format as Habakkuk. Just 3 chapters, Zephaniah uses the phrase “the day of the Lord” more than any other book! In their near future, captivity and restoration. In the distant future, restored by the Messiah.
Zephaniah 1, judgment…
Zephaniah 2, more judgment…
Zephaniah 3:17, “The Lord your God is with you, he is mighty to save. He will take great delight in you, he will quiet you with his love, he will rejoice over you with singing.”
John 9:30, “The man [who Jesus healed/was born blind] answered, “Now that is remarkable! You don’t know where he comes from, yet he opened my eyes. 31 We know that God does not listen to sinners. He listens to the godly man who does his will. 32 Nobody has ever heard of opening the eyes of a man born blind. 33 If this man were not from God, he could do nothing.” 34 To this they replied, “You were steeped in sin at birth; how dare you lecture us!” And they threw him out.”
40 “Some Pharisees who were with him heard him say this and asked, “What? Are we blind too?” 41 Jesus said, “If you were blind, you would not be guilty of sin; but now that you claim you can see, your guilt remains.”
Matthew 22:29 says, “Jesus replied, “You are in error because you do not know the Scriptures or the power of God.”
Whenever I read a passage like today’s, with the Pharisees (Sadducees and the Teachers of the Law) who are, as Jesus said, blind… it’s almost embarrassing that they refuse to believe in Jesus and accuse him of breaking the Sabbath because he healed someone. (Healing was considered “work.)
Makes me want to say, “Seriously??”
I love how they guy calls them out by simply stating the obvious that no “sinner” could do what Jesus did…
They rebut with, “You were steeped in sin at birth! How dare you lecture us!”
Their own pride blinded them from seeing the One they were waiting for.
Except for Nicodemus… who had a private conversation with Jesus in John 3… when Jesus talked about being born again. (Even then, Nicodemus didn’t get it…)
I’m sure I don’t get or haven’t gotten it so many times… if Jesus were standing here right now, he could put me in my place if he wanted to…
Still, one thing I know… Just as Peter proclaimed, I know that Jesus is the Christ. The Son of the Living God.
That much I do know!
I may not have it all figured out, but I don know that Jesus came to show us the Father… (John 14:9)
How cool is that?
Thank You Lord that you still heal the blind… both literally and figuratively!