Get Up!

Scripture

Jesus said to him, “Get up, pick up your pallet and walk.”  John 5:8

Observation

Here is this man, crippled, and lying by the pool Bethesda. He wants to get in the pool that he may get healing for his being crippled. But, because he is crippled, whenever the angel stirs the water, he can’t get in. He is dependent on having others put him in. But he doesn’t have anyone.

He is despairing. He is alone.

Jesus comes along and sees all this. He asks the man, “Do you wish to get well?”

I imagine in my mind while reading this, that the man starts whining. “Sir, I have no man to put me into the pool when the water… But while I am coming another steps down before me.”

Jesus’ response? “Get. Up.” Just do it He implies. It’s as if He challenges the man to stop wallowing around making excuses. “Pick up your pallet.” Get off your rear end and stop waiting for others to rescue you. “And walk.” Look around and tell people about Me. You need to move about.

Application

I need to hear, and obey, Jesus telling me to get up. Far too long, I have been just wallowing around in my own despair waiting to be rescued. I know what to do. Get up. Tell someone about Him.

Prayer

Lord, command me to get up. Help me to find someone to tell about You.

In Jesus’ Name… Amen.

This Mystery

Scripture

For no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, just as Christ also does the church, because we are members of His body. FOR THIS REASON A MAN SHALL LEAVE HIS FATHER AND MOTHER AND SHALL BE JOINED TO HIS WIFE, AND THE TWO SHALL BECOME ONE FLESH. This mystery is great; but I am speaking with reference to Christ and the church. Ephesians 5:29-32 (NASB)

Observation

Marriage between one man and one woman is a reminder of the relationship that exists between Jesus Christ and His bride the Church.  Any other type of arrangement destroys what God has created.

If two men were to “marry” then there would be two Christ figures.  They would both claim the headship of Christ thereby denigrating Jesus Christ and His ministry.  They become pictures of anti-Christs thereby denying both Jesus Christ and God the Father.

If two women were to “marry” then there would be two Churches.  They would be picturing two false religious systems.  These systems would not exist for the saints to worship God but rather to enslave and destroy them instead.

And if a man and his wife divorce…?

They were one flesh when married.  Divorce tears painful gashes in the picture of Jesus Christ and His bride.  God is not glorified.  The world only laughs.  This not God’s will. Marriage exists as a perfect example of the fellowship that exists between the Son and the Church.  It is an intimate relationship.  To seek divorce is blasphemous.

Application

There is only one Christ that gave His life that I might have eternal life.  I worship as a part of His Church.  The two joined together is a glorious thing that witnesses to the world.  Never seek divorce from that which is meant to show that relationship.  Let God be glorified.

Prayer

Lord, help me to part of that which You created to show the world Your Son and Your Church in relationship.

In Jesus’ name, amen.

Be Very Courageous

Scripture

Therefore be very courageous to keep and do all that is written in the Book of the Law of Moses, lest you turn aside from it to the right hand or to the left.  Joshua 23:6

Observation

Joshua gives his farewell speech to Israel before he dies.  He tells them to uphold what the LORD has instructed.  It’s written down so it should be easy.  He challenges them to be courageous.  That’s the nice way  of telling them, “Don’t be a coward.  Don’t do whatever you want.”

Application

It’s cowardly not to obey God.  I may ask why I should follow the Law of Moses.  Simple…Jesus came to fulfill the Law (Matthew 5:17).  That means  by obeying and following Him that the world will hate me, persecution is likely, and I will have a cross to bear daily.  In general, I will need to “be very courageous.”   Or, I can do whatever is easier, live the “good”life,  disobey God, and be a coward.

Prayer

Lord, it is difficult to be courageous.  Help me to be brave.  Thank You.

But as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.  Joshua 24:15b

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