On The Streets of Nazareth

IDOK DEVOTION FOR THURSDAY, MAY 14, 2009

This is so beautiful to me. I would like to have words to express the warmth and just all over good feeling I get when I read this verse.

Luke 4:22 And all spoke well of Him and marveled at the words of grace that came forth from His mouth; and they said, Is not this Joseph’s Son?

All spoke well of Him. Put on your sanctified imagination and see this with me. This scene takes place after His baptism, after the wilderness experience and while He was in the synagogue in Nazareth, look back at the verse, they marveled at the words of grace that came forth from His mouth. Can you see that He talked differently from any other man on earth? Can you see that when He spoke their minds just raced for words to explain Him . . . it was like God was speaking! And so it was. And so it is! They could not believe the manner in which He spoke. They were astounded especially since He was Joseph’s son, wasn’t He? Can you see the puzzled, dumbfounded looks on their faces? And that’s where they messed up! They refused to believe that Isaiah 61 had been fulfilled in their very presence. They refused to see Him any way other than Joseph’s son. He was only a man to them; not the God-Man. And He called them on it. In fact, He got real tight with them. He told it to them like it was and what did they do? Verse 28

28 When they heard these things, all the people in the synagogue were filled with rage. Do you see that in moments they went from being marveled to being enraged at Him? Why would they do that? I think folks do the same today. I think people who refuse to see Jesus Christ as who He is the one and only GOD-MAN, become enraged at Him.

They want him to be only a man; they don’t want to confess Him as God because to confess Him as God means they must confess themselves to be sinners.

Lets see just how enraged these folks got. Verse 29 tells us. 29 And rising up, they pushed and drove Him out of the town, and [laying hold of Him] they led Him to the [projecting] upper part of the hill on which their town was built, that they might hurl Him headlong down [over the cliff]. Can you see the scene? Can you see their faces? Can you hear their blood-thirsty shouts? Can you see them pushing, shoving, beating, biting, and kicking at Him through the streets of Nazareth? The very streets on which He had played as a child. Wonder how that felt for Him? Ponder the scene and know this: He still loved them! And He still loves the people today who hate Him so much they want to silence even the very mention of His Name. Verse 30. But passing through their midst, He went on His way. They were unable to contain Him. He slipped right through their hands and went on His way. (And a side note: do you see how easily He was NOT taken by them? Does that tell you how willingly He went to the Cross for us? He could have slipped through their hands then too. But He didn’t — because He loves us. Oh! How awesome He is!)

Is there anything sadder or more tragic than for Jesus to go on His way and the soul He invited to go with Him, refuse to go? I don’t think so. And what about us; what about you and me; when Jesus wants to lead us in a particular way, will we go or will we refuse? Paint that scene on the walls of your mind. I will too.

. . .  some updating since first published.

ABBA, and our IDOK Troops they are daily on our minds, wanting them to be safe and sound in spirit, soul and body and to come home safe and whole at the appointed time. And for the peace of Israel, that is our continued prayer and the cleansing of Washington and all 50 States and the revival of Your Saints, we pray again and again for these things. We pray too for each one listed here, for their needs to be met and for every one of us to love You more, for us to be faithful to You, for us to be different from the people in the synagogue that day. And we know we are because we have believed and know You are the Christ, the Son of God, but my concern is that we often do not walk Your way; that we often deny You Your rightful place in our hearts, our homes, our streets, businesses, schools, in all the places we go and come; forgive us. Holy Spirit create clean hearts in us so that Your purity of heart will be seen in our lives today. Amen and amen.

ABBA, I am posting this here in prayer as a daily prayer and I am praying as pure in motive as I know how today, asking that You by whatever ways and means You choose, see to the removal from office of every elected Official in Washington and all 50 States that is not sensitive to and is not inclined to work to preserve Judaeo-Christian values and the Constitution of this Nation in its Original Intent. Lord, I am so sorry that many (and thank You not all) offices of this Nation are filled with corrupt, reprobate-minded people who have no regard for You or Your Word and if I have done anything that has contributed to the election of these people, please forgive me and stop me from any further actions that will damage and bring this Nation to complete ruin. I pray Holy Spirit that You will stir the hearts and prayers of enough people to bring this Nation to repentance and will clean and cleanse the offices and the Officials of this Nation. Father God, please have mercy on us. Lord Jesus, clean Washington even as You did the Temple if need be. Amen and amen.

As I post this it is 73°F haze and smoke in Baghdad, IQ (Airport) and the time there is 6:44 AM AST on May 14, 2009.

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