Sunday, January 17, 2010

Fighting Through Rebuke

Matthew 20:31
(31)  The crowd rebuked them, telling them to be silent, but they cried out all the more, "Lord, have mercy on us, Son of David!"

(31)  ὁ δὲ ὄχλος ἐπετίμησεν αὐτοῖς ἵνα σιωπήσωσιν· οἱ δὲ μεῖζον ἔκραξαν λέγοντες, Ἐλέησον ἡμᾶς, κύριε, υἱὸς Δαυίδ.

This is an encounter that two blind men on the street had with Jesus.  They were crying out for His mercy and others tried to keep them quiet.  However, they were so desperate for mercy that they would not be silenced.  In fact, they use an imperative in Ἐλέησον as they ask Jesus to have mercy on them.

Of course, in His mercy Jesus does heal them.  How could He not given their persistence?  This begs a question for our own lives.  How desperate are we for mercy?  Do we realize that we even need it?  Or do we think that we are basically OK and can just tack Jesus on as an addition to our lives?

My prayer is that you would realize your deep need for His mercy.  Cry out to Him.  He will take care of you. 


tom sheepandgoats said...

Or do we think that we are basically OK and can just tack Jesus on as an addition to our lives?

I like this, Jason. We have an observation about those who say "it's fine to have your religion - just keep it in its place." Invariably, they mean last place.

Jason said...

Amen. As in the recent case of Britt Hume, it is unthinkable for someone who truly understands grace to keep quiet about it. Following Jesus is an all-consuming passion.

I recently finished a class on discipleship. The professor made a comment that "most Christians don't read their Bibles." Personally, I would qualify that as saying, "Most professing Christians don't read their Bibles." How can anyone claim to have fellowship with God and not spend time trying to know Him better through His special revelation to His people? The professors initial statement seems like a contradiction in terms.

Obviously we all have mountains and valleys in our walks with the Lord. However, as a general rule I am wary of anyone who says that he cannot find a way to spend regular time reading God's Word.