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Do You Suppose

September 8, 2017

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Do You Suppose…

To suppose something is  to imagine  or assume it  to be true.     There are a lot of things  we believe are true,  even though  they are not true  in reality.     Jesus spoke  about our mistaken assumptions  when He was speaking  to a multitude  of people.     Luke 13:1-5  describes the situation,

Now on the same occasion  there were some present  who reported to Him  about the Galileans  whose blood Pilate  had mixed  with their sacrifices.     And Jesus said  to them,  “Do you suppose  that these Galileans  were greater sinners  than all other Galileans  because they suffered  this fate?     I tell you,  no,  but unless you repent,  you will all  likewise perish.     Or do you suppose  that those eighteen  on whom the tower  in Siloam fell  and killed them  were worse culprits  than all the men  who live in Jerusalem?     I tell you,  no,  but unless you repent,  you will all  likewise perish.

We assume a lot,  don’t we.     We assume  we’re rather good people,  worthy of heaven  because we’ve been rather nice  and right  in our dealings  in this life.     We’re so sure  we’re right  in all  of our opinions  —  so we judge others  because we imagine  we’re more right  than they are.

That might even be very true  in many cases.

But,  in the same breath,  we are still  all sinners,  in serious need  of God’s forgiveness  through faith  in Christ Jesus alone.

So,  when Pilate  had some Galileans killed  at the same time  that heathen sacrifices  were being made,  in God’s eyes,  those Galileans  were not  “greater sinners  than all other Galileans  because they suffered  this fate”.     We all need  repentant hearts,  just like all of them  —  or otherwise,  we will “perish”.

Jesus then mentioned the “tower  in Siloam”  that killed eighteen people.     Those people were not “worse culprits”  than any of us are.     We might  “suppose”  that we are better  in God’s eyes  — but,  our chances  of meeting disaster  are just as great as theirs.

No matter what this life brings us,  we all need  honestly repentant hearts.     It is God Almighty  that we are sinning against  with our every sin.     Our sins are not just  against  a person  —  they are against  our LORD,  and CREATOR,  and JUDGE.     So,  how can any  of us sinners  “suppose”  we are better  than anyone else?     We need more respect  for God’s eternal word.

Leaning on Jesus’ mercy  and grace,  we humbly say,  “Hallelujah!     LORD,  keep us in Your word.”

Love,
Margaret

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A Christian devotional  to glorify  the LORD of lords  and GOD of gods.

Pray for our country.

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The LORD  made this day, let us rejoice  and be glad  in Him.

Psalm 118:24

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The word of the LORD is tried;

He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.

Psalm 18:30

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Sing for joy  in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;

Praise is becoming  to the upright.

Psalm 33:1

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How blessed are those  who dwell  in Thy house!

They are ever praising Thee.

Psalm 84:4

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Just as a father  has compassion  on his children,

So the LORD  has compassion  on those who fear Him.

Psalm 103:13

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O give thanks  to the LORD,  for He is good;

For His lovingkindness  is everlasting.

Psalm 107:1

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Glory in His holy name;

Let the heart  of those who seek the LORD  be glad.

Psalm 105:3

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Not that I have already obtained it,  or have already  become perfect,   but I press on  in order that  I may  lay hold  of that  for which also  I was laid hold of  by Christ Jesus.

Philippians 3:12

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