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Do You See The Light?

 

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1 Samuel 16:1-13
Ephesians 5:8-14
John 9:1-41
Psalm 23

Theodore of Heraclea (died 355 AD) He calls himself light both because he enlightens the souls of those who believe and because he was about to open the eyes of the one who was blind from birth.

King Saul had a problem with open eyes.  In Chapter 15, we read that Saul not only failed to do God’s bidding, he tried to lie by saying he had done as commanded.  God turned to David to replace him.  God had Samuel say to Saul, Does the Lord delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices as much as in obeying the voice of the Lord?  To obey is better than sacrifice, and to heed is better than the fat of rams.

From all the sons of Jesse, God chose the youngest and smallest, saying, Man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.

Jesus was himself a son of Jesse, born in the same city.  By listening to God, his Father, Jesus brought the Light of God into the world.

Irenaeus (died 202 AD) He healed others by a word…. But the Lord bestowed sight on the one who was blind from birth—not by a word, but by an outward action…. He did it this way in order to show it was the same hand of God here that had also formed man at the beginning….He did this so that the works of God might be evident in him, and so that we would now seek for no other hand than that through which humanity was formed.

Paul reminds us to, Live as children of light (for the fruit of the light consists in all goodness, righteousness and truth) and find out what pleases the Lord.

Saul is someone we can relate to.  He took the word of God and mostly followed it, making only a couple of changes that seemed reasonable.  Much like Adam and Eve thinking the fruit looked reasonable.  We today think it is reasonable that God would hate _____  (fill in the blank), therefore, we should hate them.  It is reasonable that God would want every human immersed in water as a sign of faith.

The Lord leads me

The Lord guides me

The Lord comforts me

The Lord prepares for me

The Lord anoints me.

Be righteous and do good.

Mike Lawrence

Why Have We Fasted?

Isaiah 58:1-9a
1 Corinthians 2:1-12
Matthew 5:13-20
Psalm 112

Fasting is not something Americans do willingly nor is it common outside of a few religious orders.  Religious fasting has a long history in most religions, including Christianity.  The purpose is to draw closer to God.  At best, by fasting a person gives up worldly demands and concentrates on God and the Word of God.

Traditionally, food is the center of fasting, but we may fast just about any material items.  Americans could consider fasting from TV and/or all electronic media.  Park the car for a week and walk everywhere.  Buy nothing for a week.  You get the idea.  Whatever you spend the most time on is probably worth considering for a fast, including the JOB.

There is no magic time period for a fast; a day, three, week, month.  You can even do a ten-hour fast each day for a week.

So, what problem was Isaiah concerned with?  Fasting for the wrong reasons.  If I stop eating for five days, taking only water and a few supplements to stay healthy, and I spend all my time complaining about being hungry, I will end up, ‘exploiting my workers, quarreling and striking them with wicked fists.’   The purpose is to get right with God; anything that detracts from that is not fasting.

“You are the salt of the earth.  But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again?”  Perhaps by fasting.

Be righteous and do good.

Mike Lawrence