The One Who Hears You – Luke 10-11

The Holy Spirit depicted as a dove, surrounded...

The Holy Spirit depicted as a dove, surrounded by angels, by Giaquinto, 1750s. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

It is sometimes the case that we find ourselves to talk to someone about the Lord, only to find that their hearts and minds are closed? Should we have said something different? And many times, we will no doubt think of something we should have said later. Or maybe we will analyze the conversation and decide that we just took the wrong approach. There is nothing wrong with this sort of analysis.

We should always work to improve ourselves and to be able to better speak to others about the kingdom of God. But ultimately, we must remember that it is not us — not our words or our delivery of the message that saves people. It is the Lord. All we can do is to try to plant some seeds. As Jesus told the seventy-two disciples that he sent out in Luke chapter 10:  “The one who hears you hears me, and the one who rejects you rejects me, and the one who rejects me rejects him who sent me.” It is not us they reject, but the Lord Himself.

 

Verses 9-10 of chapter 11 are often quoted, and widely misinterpreted:

 

And I tell you, ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.  For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened.

It is true that God wants to give us good gifts. But that does not mean that He will give us anything we want. We must keep in mind the whole of the scriptures when reading these verses — including James 4:3. We ask according to His will, not according to our passions. That does not make it wrong to ask for material things. Nor does it mean that God will not grant those things to us at times. But He is not obligated to do so at our every whim, nor would it likely be in our best interest for Him to do so. Keep in mind also that Jesus does qualify this in verse 13: “…how much more will the heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!”

 

/Bob’s boy

 

Bible Reading Schedule for this month
Click links below to read or listen to audio of one of this week’s chapters in Colossians and Luke

 

Luke 7, Luke 8, Luke 9, Luke 10, Luke 11

 

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The Love of Jesus

English: Jesus healing the sick by Gustave Dor...

English: Jesus healing the sick by Gustave Dore, 19th century Source: http://www.morethings.com/god_and_country/jesus/healing-jesus-240.jpg (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

This week, we read Mark 6-10 as we go through the entire New Testament this year. I took at peek at Mark 6, just to refresh my memory of where we are currently. As you read that chapter, notice the last verse, verse 56. Jesus is healing the sick in Gennesaret, and the text reads:

And wherever he came, in villages, cities, or countryside, they laid the sick in the marketplaces and implored him that they might touch even the fringe of his garment. And as many as touched it were made well.

There was nothing special about Jesus’ clothing. It was the same clothing that anyone there in that place and time could have been wearing. But there were so many people bringing their sick in the hope of being healed. Jesus, though He was the Son of God was here also as a man. There simply was not time to personally interact with each one of these. But knowing what they were coming for, He also knew their hearts. These people believed that His healing power was so great that a mere touch of His garment could heal.

They were right of course. But it wasn’t the garment. Jesus made it so because He wanted them to have what they came for. It was their faith that enabled them to receive the gift that He wanted them to have. Jesus said in Matthew 7:11:

If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask him!

The Lord wants to give us what we need. Sometimes that is in conflict with what we think we want. But we “touch His garment” in manner of speaking when we pray because we know that if it is His will, He can make it so. What a blessing it is to have a “High Priest” (Hebrews 4:14-16) that loves us so much!

Bible Reading Schedule for this month
Click here to read or listen to audio of this week’s chapters in Mark

/Bob’s boy
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All of my comments in this blog are solely my responsibility. When reading any commentary, you should always refer first to the scripture, which is God’s unchanging and unfailing word.