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O Foolish Men

September 26, 2017

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O Foolish Men

On the first day of the week  after Jesus’ crucifixion,  all of His followers  were having a hard time realizing  that He actually was resurrected.     So,  they remained sad  and puzzled  about His disappearance  from the tomb.

When two of His followers  were walking to Emmaus,  Jesus joined them  and visited  along the way,  but they did not recognize Him.    ( That is an amazing thing! )     After they explained  to Jesus  how their mighty prophet friend  had been crucified  and how confused they were  about His missing body,  Jesus started  to explain God’s word  to them.     He began by saying  in Luke 24:25-27,

O foolish men  and slow of heart  to believe  in all that the prophets have spoken!     Was it not necessary  for the Christ  to suffer these things  and to enter  into His glory?

And beginning  with Moses  and with all the prophets,  He explained to them  the things concerning Himself  in all the Scriptures.

These men were sincere  in their love  for Jesus,  but they were foolish  because they were not wise enough  to piece together everything  the Old Testament prophets said  with all that they had actually seen happening  to Jesus.

They were  slow of heart  to believe,  even though they had spent a lot of time  for several years  with Jesus  and listened to all  that He had taught them  about His being the Savior.     They only recognized Jesus  as a mighty prophet,  great teacher,  and a powerful worker  of many miracles,  but they could not connect all that  with everything they knew  in the Old Testament.

Jesus does not want us  to be foolish either.     The Old Testament is filled  with prophecies  about the coming  of a Savior  from all sin.     The New Testament shows  the exacting fulfillment  of all those prophecies  in Jesus Christ.

It would be foolish  if we did not piece it all together  and see the powerful working  of God  down through the ages,  in bringing salvation  to each and every one of us.

It would be foolish  to not see a picture  of God’s love  and faithfulness  to each of us,  since the beginning  of time.

It would be foolish  to not see God’s absolute,  almighty power  to keep His word  over thousands  of years  —  down to the tiniest minute detail  in Jesus’ life.

It would be foolish  to refuse  to trust God’s loving intent  for each believer’s life.     He has promised  to be with us  through every trial.     God has proven  He definitely keeps  His promises.

When Jesus’ followers  finally pieced all  of these truths together,  they joyfully had the courage  to live the rest  of their lives  in Jesus’ resurrection glory.     They gladly shared the gospel  with everyone they met.     They remembered God’s promises  in their every trial  and temptation,  and had the strength  to persevere  in love  for their Savior.

What a change this made  in their lives!     Now God’s love  was seen  down through the ages.     It’s the greatest love ever  —  far beyond man’s imagination.

Now,  with open eyes,  they didn’t have to live  in foolishness  any longer.     Foolishness had robbed them  of faith,  trust,  and the knowledge  of a real love.     But now,  with open eyes  —  their faith grew strong  —  they were able  to love one another  the way God wants us  to love one another  —  they had the courage  to talk to others  about their Lord  and Savior.

What a difference!     Jesus wants us  to have that difference also.

Then,  with open eyes  and a deep appreciation  of God’s eternal love  and power,  we will say,  “Hallelujah!     I know  that my Redeemer lives!”

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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