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Don’t Mess With Jesus!

Today’s Verse: While Pilate was sitting on the judge’s seat, his wife sent him this message: “Don’t have anything to do with that innocent man, for I have suffered a great deal today in a dream because of him” (Matt 27:19 NIV).

Have you ever had a preacher tell you, “Don’t have anything to do with Jesus?” I haven’t! But I will tell you this! Here is a man who was given power from on high to execute Jesus or to release Him as a free man. His decision on that fateful day is forever etched in the minds of humankind as the most cowardly, most heinous and the most self-serving act in history. It will, to use Roosevelt’s words, live on in infamy. But he had his warnings. Jesus appealed to his common sense, his wife appealed to him to avoid any action relative to this innocent man. God still appeals to our common sense.


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“Practice Random Acts of Kindness and Senseless Acts of Beauty”

Today’s Verse: ‘Truly I say to you, to the extent that you did it to one of these brothers of Mine, even the least of them, you did it to Me” (Matt 25:40 NASU).

Recently, a photo went viral. It is a picture of a New York police officer kneeling down putting a pair of boots on a homeless man’s feet. The officer, seeing a homeless man sitting on the sidewalk in the freezing cold without any shoes, went to a department store and bought him a pair of seventy five dollar boots and thermal socks and took them to the man. The officer’s actions would not have been known if it hadn’t been for a tourist from Arizona who saw what was happening and took the picture with her cell phone and then posted it on the NYPD web page. From there it spread all over the Internet.


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A Medley Of Verses from Psalm 119 (2)

 

In Psalm 119:2, the psalmist declares, “How blessed are those who observe His testimonies, who seek Him with all their heart.” The Hebrew word for “observe” is a word that is used for the watchman on the city tower who keeps his eye out for an approaching enemy to warn the city of impending attack. Observing the Lord’s testimonies, His word, demands the attentive eye of a watchman who would never dare sleep on the job. Are we as attentive to the attacks of Satan as a watchman is focused for the safety of his city?

In verse 4, the author knows that God demands diligence in serving Him. “You have ordained Your precepts, that we should keep them diligently.” The Hebrew word for “diligently” has the idea of “muchness” about it, suggesting magnitude or degree. Unfortunately, some Christians only do whatever they feel gets them by. One might as well drive as close to the cliff as possible. Sooner or later that will get a person to the bottom of the hill quicker than he anticipates, which is equally true spiritually.

In verse 60, the writer points out the urgency of obeying God. “I hastened and did not delay to keep Your commandments.” Interestingly, the Hebrew word for “hastened” in the Psalms more often refers to the pleas of distressed believers calling on God to come to their aid. I don’t want to be among those who expect more out of God than I am willing to give. If I want God not to delay in answering my prayers, I should hasten to obey His word.

There is a another reason not to delay our obedience. “It is appointed for man once to die and then the judgment” (Heb. 9:26). Add to this, “Yet you do not know what your life will be like tomorrow. You are just a vapor that appears for a little while and then vanishes away” (James 4:14 NASU).

Finally, most of us are familiar with verse 105: “Your word is a lamp to my feet And a light to my path.” I can’t tell you how many times I’ve gotten up in the middle of the night and stubbed my toe or worse because I didn’t turn the light on. Today, I have a light on my cell phone and it works perfectly. Without the light of God’s word we will do worse than hurt a toe; we will go off a cliff spiritually to our destruction. Today, many people are going their own way doctrinally and morally, following the culture of the world as if that is light. But the whole world is in darkness, and we need the light of Christ (Col. 1:13; Jn. 8:12).
Song: “Send The Light”

Dear Father, Your word tells us to be vigilant in our obedience, not to be selective but inclusive in heeding Your word, without any delay, and to recognize the dark world in which we live that demands the divine light of Your Word and Your Son. Give us a willing heart to obey. In the name of Jesus, amen.
Rob Redden, Arroyo Grande, CA
rredden604@aol.com