Tuesday, October 30, 2012
Welcome to Day 303 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
Job 21:3, “Bear with me while I speak, and after I have spoken, mock on.”
34 “So how can you console me with your nonsense? Nothing is left of your answers but falsehood!”
Mark 5:39, “‘Why all this commotion and wailing? The child is not dead but asleep.’ 40 But they laughed at him.”
Mark 6:2b, “‘Where did this man get these things?’ they asked. ‘What’s this wisdom that has been given him? What are these remarkable miracles he is performing? 3 Isn’t this the carpenter? Isn’t this Mary’s son and the brother of James, Joseph, Judas and Simon? Aren’t his sisters here with us?’ And they took offense at him.”
The saying, “Familiarity breeds contempt.” comes to mind…
The origin of that phrase comes from one of Aesop’s fables… the Fox and the Lion.
When first the Fox saw the Lion he was terribly frightened, and ran away and hid himself in the wood. Next time however he came near the King of Beasts he stopped at a safe distance and watched him pass by. The third time they came near one another the Fox went straight up to the Lion and passed the time of day with him, asking him how his family were, and when he should have the pleasure of seeing him again; then turning his tail, he parted from the Lion without much ceremony.
In the end, we are all just human… but especially now, in our society, everyone is out for the 15 minutes of fame (coined by Andy Warhol!), on YouTube or some reality show.
(Have you heard of Honey Boo Boo?)
Everyone had heard of Jesus, his teachings, the miracles he was performing. People everywhere were amazed!
Except those who knew him… They were like, “Wait a minute… isn’t this Jesus, the carpenter’s son?? We know his family!”
Scott translation: “Who does he think he is??”
Because of their lack of faith, (and their attitude toward him) he could only do a few miracles there.
I remember the first time I heard my daughter Natalie was learning to draw blood. (She was training as an EMT in the Air Force.) I thought, “She’s never going to draw blood from me…”
Then I had a friend tell me she had assisted him in surgery…
Wait… My 20-year-old daughter is… assisting you in surgery??
Imagine being Jesus… the Son of God… the Messiah… with the ability to heal everyone around you…
But they won’t let you.
Lord may my heart always set you apart as holy, as the Son of God, the King of Kings and Lord of Lords… who calls me friend.