Lent 2016

yellow flower

Photo by K. Davis

Who were the Pharisees (Luke 6:1-11)?  The Pharisees and the Saducees made up the ruling class of Israel. The Pharisees were middle class business men and spoke, in title, with the “voice of the people”. They were members of the Sanhedrin, the supreme court of ancient Israel. The Pharisees, along with Saducees and other members of the Sanhedrin, united to crucify Jesus. They did not like the concepts that Jesus taught; they didn’t like the vulnerability that Jesus represented, and they clung firmly to their belief that long-standing tradition and Scripture were equal.

What should we learn from the Pharisees? Not to be like them- our relationship with God should not be reduced to a legalistic set of rules and rituals- we have fellowship with God (1 John 1:6). (Saul was a Pharisee- a ringleader on a mission to make Christianity extinct, was personally converted by Jesus after His resurrection on the road to Damascus. Saul became Paul the apostle post conversion and wrote a large part of the New Testament. We’ll read more about Saul’s conversion in a few weeks…so tuck that away.)

Jesus tells the Pharisees that he is the “Lord of the Sabbath”. He is sovereign and every situation is His doing. Every situation. Even the one that you are focusing on right now. Every situation. This is His doing. It is a Glorious Unfolding.

“My child, I have a message for you today. Let me whisper it in your ear…it is only four words, but let them sink into your inner being…”This is my doing”. Have you realized that whatever concerns you concerns me too? “For whoever touches you touches the apple of my eye” (Zechariah 2:8)…Are you in difficult circumstances, surrounded by people who do not understand you..and push you aside? “This is my doing. I am the God of circumstances.” You did not come to this place by accident- you are exactly where I meant for you to be. Today I place a cup of holy oil in your hands…Anoint with it every new circumstance, every word that hurts you, every interruption that makes you impatient and every weakness you have. The pain will leave you as you learn to see me in all things. –Laura A. Barter Snow

And this is going to be a glorious unfolding
Just you wait and SEE and you will be amazed
You’ve just got to believe the story is so far from over
So hold on to every promise God has made to us
And watch this glorious unfolding.

Lyrics from Steven Curtis Chapman, Glorious Unfolding (click here to listen)

Click here to read more about blog posts about how God is in control.

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