Thursday, July 28, 2011

Throwing a fit

In Texas, that is what we say a child is doing who doesn’t get their way, and falls on the floor screaming, crying, and kicking, snot running down their face, holding their breath until we think they are turning blue, all the while looking at their parent to see if these actions are bringing them around to their way of thinking.
Kid screamed, “I don’t want that oatmeal for breakfast, I want a hamburger” Parent said, (at least most parents)   “you can’t have a hamburger for breakfast, maybe for lunch, we will see.”   The fit is on.
I have found the best way to reconcile these differences is for both parties to get their say. And finally when the fit has not gained what the child wanted, and the fit subsides, the parent reaches down and picks the child up and tells them “I love you “ you never have a child love you more than that moment, he has been rescued from himself.
Is that what it takes for some of us to come to God become a little child with snot and tears streaming down our face, it seems that it is? But usually that tear stained child knows, and loves God better than those children who insist on having that hamburger for breakfast.
Mat 18:4   Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven.
Yes when we come humbled before God, God forgives, and rescues us from ourselves.

Thursday, July 7, 2011

John the baptist's question

Why did John have doubts?

(why would John, doubt the person, or mission of Jesus)?
Mat 11:2   Now when John had heard in the prison the works of Christ, he sent two of his disciples,
Mat 11:3   And said unto him, Art thou he that should come, or do we look for another?

 (When,just a short time ago John is said to have spoken these words)
Jhn 1:29 ¶ The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.
Jhn 1:30   This is he of whom I said, After me cometh a man which is preferred before me: for he was before me 
Luk 1:41   And it came to pass, that, when Elisabeth heard the salutation of Mary, the babe leaped in her womb; and Elisabeth was filled with the Holy Ghost:
(was this an indication that John knew Jesus even in the womb, yet now doubts him in real life? )

 Why would anyone in that area doubt, did they not remember what had happened just a short 30 years before?

Mat 2:1 ¶ Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judaea in the days of Herod the king, behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem,
Mat 2:2   Saying, Where is he that is born King of the Jews? for we have seen his star in the east, and are come to worship him.
Mat 2:7   Then Herod, when he had privily called the wise men, enquired of them diligently what time the star appeared.  Mat 2:8   And he sent them to Bethlehem, and said, Go and search diligently for the young child; and when ye have found [him], bring me word again, that I may come and worship him also.
Mat 2:12   And being warned of God in a dream that they should not return to Herod, they departed into their own country another way. 
Mat 2:14   When he arose, he took the young child and his mother by night, and departed into Egypt:
Mat 2:16 ¶ Then Herod, when he saw that he was mocked of the wise men, was exceeding wroth, and sent forth, and slew all the children that were in Bethlehem, and in all the coasts thereof, from two years old and under, according to the time which he had diligently enquired of the wise men.

Did the Jews just forget all this happened, or did it happen?