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The Supreme Court's Decision - Part III

Just because it is legal does not mean it is right

Just because it is legal, does not make it right. There are a lot of things in this world that are legal, but these do no make it right. In Malachi 2:16 we read “The man who hates and divorces his wife,” says the Lord, the God of Israel, “does violence to the one he should protect,” says the Lord Almighty. So be on your guard, and do not be unfaithful. God is clearly against divorce. The courts allow for divorce for every and any reason. Does that make it right? NO. So while the courts allow certain behavior, does not mean that it is right. The court's approval of homosexualism does not mean that it is okay in God's eyes.

The Supreme Court's Decision - Part II

What is the legal basis for laws?

What is the legal basis for laws? Is it majority rule? Then the minorities will have no rights. A majority can vote that a certain type of people can be discriminated against, and since a majority ruled it, it would be legal. No, the basis of decisions must be based on the Bible. Is polygamy wrong? According to the Bible yes. But this illegal activity has no basis if the Supreme Courts logic is followed.

Lord, forgive us of our sin of ignoring Your laws.

The Supreme Court's Decision - Part I

The Supreme Court put their stamp of approval on what used to be considered immoral, the approval of "homosexual marriages." That which was once evil, is now considered moral. I wonder if they will do the same for murder. But wait, they have already approved the murder of the helpless little ones, the unborn.

     Lord, forgive us of our sins.

The Roof is Falling In

How do you respond to murder? After Dylann Roof shot those studying the Word of God at the Emmanuel African Methodist Episcopalian church in Charleston, there were no riots, no burning down of the city. Instead of looting and burning, the congregants forgave the shooter. According to Breakpoint, "In an interview with the BBC, the children of Sharonda Singleton, one of the victims, told the reporter 'We already forgive [Dylann Roof] and there's nothing but love from our side of the family.' ” Lord, help me to have such compassion.

Father's Day - Part II

     Role models.  It is so important to have a good role model.  My father was an excellent role model for me.  I do remember him loving my mother and he never hit or yelled at my mother or even raised his voice against her.  They did not always  see eye-to-eye, but he always treated her with dignity and respect.  He learned that from his parents.  I remember my grandparents loving each other and never physcially fighting or raising their voices.  I have tried to be as good a father as possible, and I see that my children have shown only love to their children.
     But when you have poor role models, then evil is often passed from one generation to the next as the children imitate what they saw.
     May we fathers love our wives as ourselves.

Father's Day - Part I

The Wall St. Journal published an interesting article titled Moms, Let Dad be Dadhttp://www.wsj.com/articles/what-dads-play-does-for-kids-1434476561   The whole point of the article is that dads are not moms and they approach the development of their children in a different and unique way from the moms.  It states that "New parents also exhibit differences in bonding behavior. In a study of 100 mothers and fathers interacting individually with their five-month-old infants, mothers tended to gaze into their babies’ eyes, mimic their babbling and touch them affectionately, according to a 2013 study in Attachment & Human Development. Fathers were more likely to arouse the babies, using quick motions to get them to laugh or encourage them to explore."
     That dads are different than moms is no big discovery.  What the social scientists are finally figuring out is that dads and moms are both required to develop the best in the children. 
     It is great that that is the way God made marriage - a male and a female - and both help with the development of children.

 

The Blind in Matthew - 6 - The Blind in the Temple - Part II

The real blindness is of the chief priests and the teachers of the law.  They are the ones who refuse to accept who Jesus really is.  Jesus performed miracles to prove that He was God.
Mohammad never performed a single miracle.  Buddha never performed a single miracle.  Only God can perform miracles.

The Blind in Matthew - 6 - The Blind in the Temple - Part I

The last blog discussed Jesus healing of the two blind men outside of Jericho.  Jesus then walked up hill to Jerusalem and again He heals the lame and the blind.  This is plural - not an individual person, but plural, the blind.  Exactly how many we don't know. 
Once again, this is incontrovertible.  The chief priests and the teachers of the law don't dispute that Jesus has healed.  They just don't like that he did heal.

The Blind in Matthew - 5 - Part IV - Two Blind Men at Jericho

My wife had cataract surgery.  One week prior to surgery, she began to put drops in her eyes in preparation for the surgery.  She needed those three different drops for healing that had to be taken up to five weeks after surgery.  And she has to use one set of drops for three months after surgery. 
Jesus heals both blind men.  Instantly.  No drops in the eyes before the healing.  No drops in the eyes after the healing.  Just healing.  Instantly they can see. 
I don't know for sure, but I suspect that Jesus did a little extra for these men.  I don't know and the Bible does not say, but I just wonder if Jesus did not heal them to 20/10 just to prove that who He is.

The Blind in Matthew - 5 - Part III - Two Blind Men at Jericho

Two more things to note:
1.)  "Jesus had compassion on them."  (Matthew 20:24).  Jesus had healed so often that the people came in swarms about them.  But He took time to heal each person as an individual.  This was not some waving of the hand and many were healed.  Rather, Jesus gives individual, personal attention to the blind men.  He has compassion on them.  He does not treat them as a mass, but as individuals.  He was on his way, the crowds are rebuking them, but Jesus stops and talks to them and then heals them.
2.)  Jesus touches them.  The blind, to make up for their lack of sight, rely on touch much more than those blessed with sight.  Jesus stops and heals them with touch.  He touches their eyes. 

The Blind in Matthew - 5 - Part II - Two Blind Men at Jericho

Several more things to notice in this passage:
1.  Their persistence:  They were shouting "Lord, Son of David, have mercy" and the crowds response was to rebuke the two blind men.  Instead of being cowed, they shouted all the louder.  They were not going to be hushed by some crowd.  Why?  Because they were blind.  This was the one chance they had at seeing.  They had to shout louder to get Jesus's attention.
2.  Jesus question to them - "What do you want me to do for you?"  In some ways curious.  They were clearly blind and Jesus knew that, so why the question?  I think Jesus wanted them to state exactly what they wanted.  He wanted them to be specific in prayer.
Practical application:  We need to be specific in our request to God.  Not some general request but a specific request. 

The Blind in Matthew - 5 - Part I - Two Blind Men at Jericho

     In Matthew 20:29-34 we read of two blind men at Jericho receiving their sight.  (Note in Mark 10 one man is mentioned and he is called Bartimaeus.  In Luke 18 it is one unnamed man.)   In all three accounts, the blind men call out to be healed.  In all three accounts they call out to "Lord, Son of David."  They understand the Jesus is the Christ, the Messiah, the Anointed.
     It is amazing to me that sometime the blind have more spiritual insight than those who can physically see.  Just like the children had more faith than the adults.

The Blind in Matthew - 4 - Part II: The Lame, the Blind, the Crippled

    How many people came to see the miracles?  In vs. 38 we read that 4,000 men came.  In a subsistence economy, people are not going to give up a day's wages just to go and pretend to be healed.  No, they went because Jesus was in fact healing.
    Once again, there is no dispute if the miracles occurred.  If the miracles had not occurred, then 4,000 people would have stayed at home.  No, Jesus was performing lots and lots of miracles and the people voted with their feet.  They left their work and went to Jesus.
    Unlike the Pharisees who thought that Jesus was the Prince of Demons, they went from saying "Could this be the Son of David?" to belief.  "They praised the God of Israel."  They really did believe that God was the author of these miracles.

The Blind in Matthew - 4 - Part I: The Lame, the Blind, the Crippled

    In Matthew 15:30-31 we have another case of Jesus healing the sick, including the blind.  "Great crowds came to Him, bringing the lame, the blind, the crippled, the dumb, and many other . . . and He healed them.  The people were amazed when they saw the dumb speaking, the crippled made well, the lame walking, and the blind seeing.  And they praised the God of Israel." 
      If Christ was not healing, they would not have brought the sick to Him.  But success brings the crowds.  If a person is not going to be healed, why would a blind man walk ten miles?  But they came because Christ was healing.

The Blind in Matthew - 3 - Demon Possessed, Blind, & Mute

   In Matthew 12:22-23 Jesus healed "a demon-possessed man who was also blind and mute.  Jesus healed him so he could both talk and see.  All the people were astonished and said 'Could this be the Son of David?' [i.e., the Christ]." 
     Once again, they believed that Jesus had performed the miracle.  They did not think that it did not happen.  But their question revolved around HOW could this happen, not if it could happen.  Because they saw it happen, the people thought that the healing may have been performed by the Son of David.  The Pharisees did not dispute the fact of the miracle, but the attributed it to Beelzebub, the Prince of Demons.  However, demons don't heal people.
     Praise God that Jesus healed the blind man.  May He also heal those who are spiritually blind.