Monthly Archives: August 2022

Service for the King

30 Jesus replied and said, “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell among robbers, and they stripped him and beat him, and went away leaving him half dead. 31 “And by chance a priest was going down on that road, and when he saw him, he passed by on the other side. 32 “Likewise a Levite also, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. 33 “But a Samaritan, who was on a journey, came upon him; and when he saw him, he felt compassion, 34 and came to him and bandaged up his wounds, pouring oil and wine on them; and he put him on his own beast, and brought him to an inn and took care of him. 35 “On the next day he took out two denarii and gave them to the innkeeper and said, ‘Take care of him; and whatever more you spend, when I return I will repay you.’ 36 “Which of these three do you think proved to be a neighbor to the man who fell into the robbers’ hands?” 37 And he said, “The one who showed mercy toward him.” Then Jesus said to him, “Go and do the same.”     

Luke 10:30-37

Jesus often taught using parables. Parables were stories from the natural realm that Christ used to demonstrate great spiritual truth. The Good Samaritan is one Jesus’ most famous parables.

It is important to remember that parables were not historical accounts and were used to amplify the truth that Jesus taught. Therefore, we must be careful not to over analyze or analogize them as we seek to understand the message Jesus intended. With that in mind, let us look at three simple lessons from this teaching and apply them to our lives. Jesus gives us a blueprint for how we are to interact with folks in our daily lives. Let’s not miss His message.

**First, God uses unlikely people. Jesus made the Samaritan the hero of His story and that is significant. The Samaritans were descendants of the northern kingdom of Israel who had intermarried with the nations that bordered their land centuries before. They were hated by God-fearing Jews and were considered to be half-breeds. The Jews called them dogs to demonstrate their disgust with these compromising peoples.

It is the Samaritan who stopped to aid the victim. While the priest and the Levite ignored the need, the Samaritan went to the need. Let’s be careful not to discount people. You never know who God made use for His glory. Even unlikely people find their way into His story.

**We ought to see the need around us. The priest and the Levite observed the need, yet, they didn’t really “see” the man and offer to help. This may seem simple but it isn’t always the case. We can become so busy and self-focused that we miss opportunities to comfort others. And the reason we miss them is because we don’t see them.

Let’s make it point to ask God to reveal the need around us. We can’t meet every need. We can meet some if we will keep our eyes open and listen for the Holy Spirit’s prompting.

**Service is costly but worth it. The Samaritan was willing to help physically. He bound up His wounds and took Him to the inn so He could recover. But, he also was inclined to pay a price to help this man by leaving provision for the future.

Service is costly. It is costly to us just as was for Jesus. Serving others is worth it. When we serve others we are following in Christ’s footsteps. Service is not easy but it is rewarding and Christ-like. Don’t the let the price of service keep you from meeting needs. You’ll be glad you did.    

Tony French

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God’s Judgment

2 And He said to me: “Son of man, these are the men who devise iniquity and give wicked counsel in this city,3 who say, “The time is not near to build houses; this city is the caldron, and we are the meat.’4 Therefore prophesy against them, prophesy, O son of man!” 5 Then the Spirit of the LORD fell upon me, and said to me, “Speak! “Thus says the LORD: “Thus you have said, O house of Israel; for I know the things that come into your mind.6 You have multiplied your slain in this city, and you have filled its streets with the slain.”7 Therefore thus says the Lord GOD: “Your slain whom you have laid in its midst, they are the meat, and this city is the caldron; but I shall bring you out of the midst of it.8 You have feared the sword; and I will bring a sword upon you,” says the Lord GOD.9 “And I will bring you out of its midst, and deliver you into the hands of strangers, and execute judgments on you.10 You shall fall by the sword. I will judge you at the border of Israel. Then you shall know that I am the LORD.

Ezekiel 11:2-10

The Old Testament prophets prominently trumpeted the theme of God’s judgement to the nations. Ezekiel is no different in this respect as his prophecy foretells the judgement and exile of Judah. A familiar pattern emerges in these prophecies and is apparent in the Bible passage for this week. An examination of this sequence is in order.

First, God reveals the sin of His people (or that nation receiving the judgement). The Lord lays out His case against them in no uncertain terms. The Almighty reveals what sin is in the New Testament age as well in passages such as Romans 3, Hebrews 2:2, 1 John 3:4, and James 4:17. People may not believe the Lord, but, they can’t say they weren’t warned.

Also, God confronts sin in His people. He sent prophets who preached and warned the people. The Lord gave messages to Ezekiel and others and commanded them to write them down. Yahweh safeguarded these message of judgement and preserved them so that future generations could be cautioned about going astray. Our Lord not only reveals sin, He confronts people and calls them to repent. God lovingly comes against sin so that people will repent and turn to Christ for salvation.

Finally, God judges sin when nations fail to turn away from their transgressions. God is patient and kind. He gives people space to repent and return to the Lord. If they to do not turn, however, the judgment will inevitably fall and will be swift and fierce.

As Christians, let us be glad that Christ was judged in our place. Our Savior absorbed the wrath of the Father upon the cross and paid the price for our redemption and the penalty for our sins. All who believe in Jesus and are saved and spared from the wrath of God forever.

If you are an unbeliever, will you believe in Christ and trust in His death and resurrection for the forgiveness of your sin? Be saved today and be spared the judgement of God. An eternity with Jesus awaits all who will believe on His name!

Tony French

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Waiting On The Lord

Yet those who wait for the LORD Will gain new strength; They will mount up with wings like eagles, They will run and not get tired, They will walk and not become weary.  Isaiah 40:31

Waiting is exhausting. Waiting on God is one of the most difficult experiences we will ever endure as a Believer. We know that God is able, but, He doesn’t seem to move on our time-table.

Why does God require us to wait? Why do the answers take so long to arrive? While we can never fully answer those questions, we can know that there are some good reasons that God acts as He does. Let us examine three reasons in the remainder of this article.

**God requires us to wait to increase our trust in Him. If everything arrived from God immediately our faith would stagnate and never grow. Waiting forces us to rely on God all the more.

God used a time of waiting to grow Joshua’s faith. Joshua waited forty years for God’s ultimate plan in His life to unfold. Joshua’s trust in God grew and allowed him to effectively lead God’s people through the Canaanite conquest. 

**God asks us to wait so He can prepare us for the future. Joseph is a good example of this principle. God was preparing Joseph for leadership each step of the way. First in slavery and latter in prison his skills and acumen were being honed and refined. Joseph learned to serve and this lesson prepared him for the time that he would lead the nation of Egypt.

God is preparing you today for something greater tomorrow. God is using your waiting as a time of preparation. Learn from it and grow as a result.

**God uses our times of waiting to remind us that He is in control. Though we have free will, we do not have ultimate dominion over our circumstances. And God reveals that fact to us in the time of waiting.

Perhaps you are in a season of waiting. It’s not an easy place to be. My counsel to you may seem trite. Nevertheless, here it is–trust God, learn from your present circumstances, and give thanks for God’s ultimate sovereignty. When God reveals His path and His glory, it will be worth the wait!

Tony French

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Bless The Lord

We, as God’s people, are commanded in the Bible to bless the Lord. What does it mean to “bless the Lord?” It means to give gratitude and admiration to God —it is defined as speaking well of His goodness and greatness. We have the awesome privilege to bless the Lord.

How are we to do this? The Scriptures shows us the path. Let’s look at three ways we are to bless the Lord!

  1. Bless the Lord, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless his holy name.

(Psalm 103:1)  We should bless the Lord in the deepest part of who we are.
The soul refers to the center of being. It is the mind, the will, and the emotions within us. We are to bless His name fully and completely. Let our praise not only be external, but, let it engage our inward person as well.

  • I will bless the Lord at all times: his praise shall continually be in my mouth.

(Psalm 34:1) We ought to bless the Lord in everything. In all times, let us bless His name. It good times let us bless the Lord. And in difficult times may we bless the Lord as well. His praise shall continually be in our mouths and on our hearts.

  • The Lord gave, and the Lord has taken away; Blessed be the name of the Lord.”

(Job 1:21) Bless the Lord when the Lord gives. Bless the Lord when He takes away. This principle is not always easy to follow. It’s not simple to traverse this path when we suffer a loss. If Job can bless the Lord after all he lost, so can we.

May God richly bless you and you bless the Lord!

Tony French

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