Sunday, August 19, 2012
Welcome to Day 231 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
Jeremiah 45 records God’s promise to Baruch, son of Neriah… v 5 “I will bring disaster on all people, declares the Lord, but wherever you go I will let you escape with your life.’”
Jeremiah chapters 46-51 are a series of judgment oracles against surrounding nations. 46 concerns Egypt.
Jeremiah 47 is an oracle of judgment against the Philistines.
Psalm 105:3b, “Let the hearts of those who seek the Lord rejoice. 4 Look to the Lord and his strength; seek his face always.”
John 21:7, “As soon as Simon Peter heard him say, “It is the Lord,” he wrapped his outer garment around him (for he had taken it off) and jumped into the water. 8 The other disciples followed in the boat…”
I love that Peter went for it, jumping right into the water to get to Jesus as fast as he could.
“As soon as Simon Peter heard him say, “It is the Lord,” he wrapped his outer garment around him (for he had taken it off) and jumped into the water. 8 The other disciples followed in the boat…”
Yet again, Peter is the only one to get out of the boat. (Remember when Peter walked on the water? He was the one who said, “Jesus, if it is really you, tell me to come to you.” “Come,” Jesus said…
Peter got out of the boat and began walking on the water toward Jesus.
In this instance, he knew that Jesus, now the risen Christ, was a mere 100 yards away on shore.
Keep in mind that the last time they had spoken was in the upper room the night Jesus was betrayed. Jesus had told him then that he would deny knowing him three times that night, before the rooster crowed.
Luke 22:60 records their last encounter, “Peter replied, “Man, I don’t know what you’re talking about!” Just as he was speaking, the rooster crowed. 61 The Lord turned and looked straight at Peter. Then Peter remembered the word the Lord had spoken to him: “Before the rooster crows today, you will disown me three times.” 62 And he went outside and wept bitterly.
Even though Jesus had appeared to the disciples after the resurrection, there’s no record of a direct exchange between Peter and Jesus (or Jesus and any other specific disciple…).
Here they are alone on a beach, while the other disciples are rowing toward shore.
I would really like to know what was said in that moment.
Jesus asked them to bring some of the fish they had caught, and they shared a meal together…
Then Jesus addresses Peter directly… “Peter, do you love me more than these?” Three times he asked Peter.
(Peter must have been feeling horrible about denying Jesus, the one he proclaimed as the Christ!)
Jesus simply invited him to “take care my sheep.”
Just days later, on the day of Pentecost, Peter preached his first message about Jesus and three thousand people were saved! (Acts 2:40).
God used Peter right where he was at. Peter was… impetuous? Imperfect. Flawed. (Not enough time to go into all of Peter’s antics…)
But he loved Jesus and God used him to ignite the early church!
Thank you Lord that you still use imperfect people!