Now the tax collectors and sinners were all drawing near to hear him. 2 And the Pharisees and the scribes grumbled, saying, “This man receives sinners and eats with them.”
3 So he told them this parable: 4 “What man of you, having a hundred sheep, if he has lost one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the open country, and go after the one that is lost, until he finds it? 5 And when he has found it, he lays it on his shoulders, rejoicing. 6 And when he comes home, he calls together his friends and his neighbors, saying to them, ‘Rejoice with me, for I have found my sheep that was lost.’ 7 Just so, I tell you, there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who need no repentance.
8 “Or what woman, having ten silver coins,[ drachma was a Greek coin approximately equal in value to a Roman denarius, worth about a day's wage for a laborer] if she loses one coin, does not light a lamp and sweep the house and seek diligently until she finds it? 9 And when she has found it, she calls together her friends and neighbors, saying, ‘Rejoice with me, for I have found the coin that I had lost.’
10 Just so, I tell you, there is joy before the angels of God over one sinner who repents.”
So the time frame is that even the last Herod had the idea that something was going on with God. Luke's first and second chapters tell us that the activity level of God was huge and people saw this. Luke 3 tells us the government and power to control the Temple were scrambling like we all do when there is a threat.
If we look at Jesus, He is not abandoning the Temple and He is there for the people who want to come see Him. The fruit around Jesus is so majestic and abundant, the Nation clamors to surround Jesus.
Jesus tells the Samaritan woman right away He is God. And then he goes to the people low in the ranks of doing the Roman Empire's dirty work. The tax collectors are not getting much approval from anyone but each other.
Jesus is being Living Water. Jesus is going where He is asked and unasked. And He says He is so eager to save the World, He is not going to let one Sheep of His escape.
Jesus says that He is alive today and working. We can expect Life to show us signs Jesus is eager for us. The Bible says we can be joyous to God and His Plans or we can be led like an old vehicle of travel with a rope. A Bit and a bridle.
David teaches us this.
7 You are a hiding place for me;
you preserve me from trouble;
you surround me with shouts of deliverance. Selah
8 I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go;
I will counsel you with my eye upon you.
9 Be not like a horse or a mule, without understanding,
which must be curbed with bit and bridle,
or it will not stay near you.
10 Many are the sorrows of the wicked,
but steadfast love surrounds the one who trusts in the Lord.
11 Be glad in the Lord, and rejoice, O righteous,
and shout for joy, all you upright in heart!
God surely calls us to be in the World to the extent we are. Some people are at home with children, some people are at home with the elderly, some are at home with the ill.
Jesus, is the man who receives sinners and eats with them. Which is great, because some people truly dislike their jobs and just haul themselves there. And some with children have no idea how to provide and are angry at what they wanted to be a good plan. And some at home with the elderly, would rejoice to be out of employment and helping a parent who helps them and wonders at their place in the world. And Florida reports being with the ill, is the most depressing thing when you love them.
It's all about being who we are really to God. God puts a plan in front of us. Like the Georges of England knew, like Absalom, the wealth was theirs eventually. And they plotted and planned and - this is exactly what it is to inherit money. Everyone says that's amazing. But it's difficult to plan for the some days.
The people who eventually get the plush job they worked their lives for - find out that the guppies behind them turn into sharks. And they are up to their own tails in alligators to drain the swamp.
Or the great life, the good job and last Tuesday - was just like this Tuesday.
So if life is Difficult -
What the HECK is Jesus doing sitting with the people who can't keep Him Safe? And what are we going to do with THIS?
OH COME ON. Jesus is the SON OF GOD.
Look at the Bible.
Mary writes about in Luke 1, prophecy and reality. She tells how hard it is to be a Child of David and impoverished to middle class. David is honest - he writes about a horse or a mule. James, the child of Mary, the Brother of God, writes about horses. Isaiah 7 says Jesus is blessed with a few milking cows and goats, but he does not say that there are horses. He is saying they are blessed to sell milk and cheese, curds and buy and have honey. With land enough to support themselves. And prosperous enough, to live in Egypt and return home to see that the Roman/Assyrians have the wealth of nations and nations. David, really made do with donkeys.
What they learn through time, is not to be particular to any one class.
Jesus calls Matthew and Matthew calls together his friends and his neighbors. Jesus has chosen someone who is open hearted.
The woman, she calls together her friends and neighbors. She is open hearted.
Jesus was criticized for being with the wrong crowd because Proverbs tells us several times what Corinthians repeats......
1 Corinthians 15:33
Do not be deceived: “Bad company ruins good morals.”
Jesus reaches out to sinners. We have our hearts warmed by the thought of Jesus finding a lamb. What do the Scriptures tell us of our lives, how does God search for us in our stage from childhood, adulthood and all stages. He does tell us.
your prayer has been heard
Jesus reached out his hand and touched the man. “I am willing,” he said. “Be clean!”
When Jesus saw their faith, he said, “Friend, your sins are forgiven.”
Jesus answered them, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. 32 I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.”
Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven. 38 Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.”
Jesus is part of our lives
So Jesus went with them.
When the Lord saw her, his heart went out to her and he said, “Don’t cry.”
Hearing this, Jesus said to Jairus, “Don’t be afraid; just believe, and she will be healed.”
But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion for him; he ran to his son, threw his arms around him and kissed him.
When you look at the hard work of the Bible. People expect God to step in and part the Red Sea.
Mr God Fix Us.
And Really God, being Creator of the Universe could have flown the People to Israel. He sent horses for Elijah. 500 years of slavery and God provided sustenance miracles to let them know God had not forgotten. Like the midwives incredibly risking their lives for slaves. John tells us God's miracles would fill the world, we don't know all of them.
God sent rules for Kosher to keep the People of Israel alive to give guidance and wisdom to the generations. God did not eliminate germs, He gave work to improve. And then He gave the miracle to make the nations more equal.
Joshua, we know he lived 40 years in the desert, waiting upon the Lord. And when he finally was put in charge of the many, many Children of Israel - A Realistic God said: "Don't be afraid. Don't go too far to the right, nor to the left." That same Realistic God said expect God to Be There.
Jesus is inviting. He is healing, He is loving.
But the story is correct that Jesus came back, He lived. 500 people saw Him. He spent time with the people who would have a meaningful joy and reaction to Jesus.
His Disciples wrote more of God's Word, their Books of the Bible said this about Not being the Son of God and Still seeking to do His Will.
What to do when you are Not God :
1 Timothy 4
7 Have nothing to do with irreverent, silly myths.
Rather train yourself for godliness;
8 for while bodily training is of some value, godliness is of value in every way, as it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come.
9The saying is trustworthy and deserving of full acceptance.
10 For to this end we toil and strive, because we have our hope set on the living God, who is the Savior of all people, especially of those who believe.
This is when God says to flee being open hearted and kind:
18 Flee from sexual immorality.
Every other sin a man can commit is outside his body, but he who sins sexually sins against his own body. 19 Do you not know that your body is a temple
of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have received from God?
You are not your own; 20 you were bought at a price. Therefore glorify God with your body
1 Corinthians 6
This sounds like tripe. And tripe is fish. We live in an era of try this one. And I have sat with so many grieving people who left relationships, spouses and were used like roller coasters. This changes people from being "Yes" people, to broken people. It's important not to be broken, when Jesus loves us this much and wants us to be "Yes" people. It's important to have self-restraint and not hurt others.
Not to be a Joy taker. Not to be a soul crusher.
Now the works of the flesh are evident:
sexual immorality, impurity, sensuality,
idolatry, sorcery, enmity,
strife, jealousy, fits of anger, rivalries,
dissensions, divisions, envy,
drunkenness, orgies, and things like these.
I warn you, as I warned you before, that those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God. Now in this Post, this is an indication of Spiritual Hunger. Time to get to Church - The Soul aches to be fed nourishment from the Words of Life from God.
“A man or a woman who is a medium or a necromancer shall surely be put to death. They shall be stoned with stones; their blood shall be upon them.”
Why? The people who practice magic - harm people, practice flattery. Practice control over people. And sincerely will look and pray and hope for bad things to happen to others. Their concern is self gain. The Bible says there are powers and principalities. We are able to go straight to Abba in the Name of Jesus. We do not want evil to lurk near us. We want God's Goodness and Love. A place of framework where love, peace, joy will give Longevity. A place for God to dwell to be our Hope and Future.
But I have a few things against you: you have some there who hold the teaching of Balaam, who taught Balak to put a stumbling block before the sons of Israel, so that they might eat food sacrificed to idols and practice sexual immorality.
Our God speaking from Heaven, says more than eight times, actually 9 times, to avoid sexual immorality. Balaam, is known throughout the Middle Ages from his time in 1200 B.C. for being able to be near God. And he used this knowledge of God to try to prosper. We are told he used his knowledge to try to trip people up and have success. This is when life becomes unpredictable, unsustainable, and still the Children of God continue on God's good path. With His Blessing.
God wants us all to have our best lives. And realistically, that is a life with adversity, joy, difficulty, and hope. The Bible tells us to expect adversity. Taking what He provides and having gratitude, joy and a desire to keep going down the Path HE has given us.
Let's not get the saints live behind the wall.
We have heard for so long to say yes, we need to look at the whole message of balance. The Roman Empire changed over time. And this was because some people said no to suffering and ran for their lives, taking with them the Gospel of Goodness, Love and Peace. These people, who love God, had different parts of the Body and usefulness to God.
But... the important caveat here ... is important. They confessed faith with their mouths and added Light and Salt to the people around them. Being the Preachers God has called us to be.
Finding the balance of being open hearted,
and not being pushed down and over.
Having Wisdom and Strength to be able to have the joy of each day and the hope, faith and love to pray with expectation.
Being able to take chances and see good outcomes. Jesus said Yes a lot in life. We want to say Yes into our lives and the lives of others, pleasing Jesus.
In all days, of cold, cloud, overwhelming summer warmth, the week of rain, the glory of fair weather and surprising fall days - the days that are full of joy, of dullness, of brightness and favor, of love and of battling on alone, in health and illness.
We will find Joy in Pleasing You. You make us complete in every good work to do Your plan, Your Path, Your Hope for us Your Children. We are pleased to have You working in us what is well pleasing in Your sight, through Jesus Christ.
Enable us to be in Your Wisdom, to know Your Spiritual Fruit and Harvest. That we may so abide in You and Your Words, we do not need bit and bridal. Seeing difficulty in expectation of Your teaching us another aspect of Life to hold up to Jesus in ourselves and to Others.
Please give us the ability to tell with grace, graciousness, joy the Love You bring in our heart, mind and soul. Bless those we love. Help our communities and Churches to be a Light to our Nation and to all those around the World praying in belief, love and expectation of Jesus. Abba to whom be glory forever and ever. Jesus our Joy and Hope. Amen.
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