Be not offended

The Sunday sermons that I get to hear are often just scriptures presented from many different sources but the verses Speak for them selves.  There will be very little additional material added to the verses and the citations of which version of the English language Bible referenced is presented.  I hope this format blesses you as much as it blesses me.  Some great men of God worked diligently to put them together to illustrate a point or two of the great tapestry that is God’s Word.

Ps 119:165 KJV – Great Peace have they which love Thy law: and nothing shall offend them.

Ps 119 :165 Holman Christian Standard Bible- Abundant peace belongs to those who love Your instruction; nothing makes them stumble.

Ps 119 :165 New English Translation- Those who love your law are completely secure; nothing causes them to stumble.

Ps119:165  New International Readers Version- Those who love Your law enjoy great peace.  Nothing can make them trip and fall.

Ps. 119:165 JB Rotherham- Blessing in Abundance have the lovers of Thy law, and nothing to make them stumble.

Ps 119:165 The New English Bible – Peace is the reward of those who love Thy law; no pitfalls beset their path..

Ps 119:165 The Message- For those who love what You reveal, everything fits; There is no stumbling around in the dark for them.

Mt 18:7 KJV- Woe unto the world because of offences!  for it must needs be that offences come; but woe to that man by whom the offence cometh!

Mt 18:7 Amplified Bible- Woe to the world for such temptations to sin and influences to do wrong.  It is necessary that temptations come, but woe to the person on whose account or by whom the temptation comes.

Mt 18:7 The Message- Doom to the World for giving these God -believing children a hard time!  Hard times are inevitable, but you don’t have to make it worse- and it is doomsday to you if you do.

Mt 18:1-7 KJV – 1 At the same time came the disciples unto Jesus, saying, Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven? 2 And Jesus called a little child unto him, and set him in the midst of them, 3 and said, Verily I say unto you, except ye be converted and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven.  4 Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven.  5 And whoso shall receive one such little child in my name receiveth me 6 But whoso shall offend one of these little ones which believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea.  7 Woe unto the world because of offences! for it must needs be that offences come; but woe to that man by whom the offence cometh!

I JN 4:18-21 KJV- 18 There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment.  He that feareth is not made perfect in love.  19 We love him, because he first loved us.  20 If a man say, I love God, and hateth his brother, He is a liar:  for  he that loveth not his brother, whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen?  21 And this commandment have we from him, That he who loveth God love his brother also.

I Jn 4:18-21 Working translation: A Journey through the Acts and  Epistles 2013 @Walter J Cummins –  18 There is no fear [of that day] in the love, but perfect love casts out the fear [of that day] (because fear has to do with punishment [in that day], and he who fears has not been perfected in the love).  19 We [are able to] love because He first loved us.  20 If someone would say “I love God,” and [at the same time] would hate his brother, then he is a liar.  In fact, he who does not love  his brother whom he has seen is not able to love God whom he has not seen.  21 Moreover, we have this commandment from Him: That he who loves God should love his brother also.

Comments added from the notes in the working translation cited above.  The Greek word translated torment in verse 18 in the text refers to punishment meted out on the day of Judgment see Mt 25:46 the related verb is used Acts 4:21 and II Pe 2:9 passages to be compared to Ro 8:14-17. 

God is the source and originator of the true information.  These little Children (I Jn 3:24 – 4:19) were to prove the information that they heard in order to know what was information from the truth and what was information from the delusion.  God is also the Source and Originator of love in that He sent His son to be the atonement, or expiation, for mankind’s sins.  The little children in turn may love and abide in that love because God first loved them.  (Remember From Mt 18 we are to be like the little children)

now back to the scriptures:

I Co 13:13 The working translation cited above – However, there now abides believing, hope, love, these three, and the greatest of these is [the right kind of] love.

I Co 13:1-8a The Amplified Bible – 1 If I [can] speak in the tongues of men and [even] of angels, but have not love (that reasoning,intentional, spiritual devotion such as inspired by God’s love for and in us), I am only a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. 2 And if I have prophetic powers (the gift of interpreting the divine will and purpose), and understand all the secret truths and mysteries and possess all knowledge, and if I have [sufficient] faith so that I can remove mountains, but have not  love (God’s love in me), I am nothing  (a useless nobody).  3 Even if I dole out all that I have [to the poor in providing) food, and if I surrender my body to be burned {or in order that I may glory}, but have not love (god’s love in me), I gain nothing.  4 Love endures long and is patient and kind; love never is envious nor boils over with jealousy, is not boastful or vainglorious, does not display itself haughtily.  5   It is not conceited, (arrogant and inflated with pride); it is not rude (unmannerly) and does not act unbecomingly.  Love (God’s love in us does not insist on it’s own rights or on it’s own way, for it is not self-seeking; it is not touchy or fretful or resentful; it takes no account of the evil done to it[it pays no attention to a suffered wrong].   6 It does not rejoice at injustice on unrighteousness, but rejoices when right and truth prevail.  7 Love bears up under anything and everything that comes, is ever ready to believe the best of every person, its hopes are fadeless under all circumstances, and it endures everything [without weakening]. 8a Love never fails [never fades out or becomes obsolete or comes to an end].

Ro 5:5 Working translation 2006 Walter J Cummins all rights reserved. – and the hope does not disgrace [by disappointed expectations] because God’s love has been poured out in our hearts by means of holy spirit, which has been given to us.

Lk 24:49 KJV – And, behold, I send the promise of my Father upon you; but tarry ye in the city of Jerusalem, until ye be endued with power from on high.

Mt 15:21-28 KJV –  21 Then Jesus went hence, and departed into the coasts of Tyre and Sidon.  22 And, behold, a woman of Canaan came out of the same coasts, and cried unto him saying, have mercy on me O Lord, thou son of David; My daughter is grievously vexed with a devil.  23 But he answered her not a word.  And his disciples came and besought him saying send her away; for she crieth after us.  24 But he answered and said I am not sent but unto the lost sheep of the house of Israel.  25 Then came she and worshipped him, saying, Lord, help me.  26 But he answered and said, It is not meet to take the children’s bread and to cast it to dogs.  27 And she said, truth, Lord: yet the dogs eat of the crumbs which fall from their master’s table.  28 Then Jesus answered  and said unto her, O woman, great is thy faith: be it unto thee even as thou wilt.  And her daughter was made whole from that very hour.

Comments : This last passage from Matthew will be the basis for illustrating and tying together all the rest of the scripture shared this Sunday.  There were four opportunities for the Woman to be offended and reject the Word of God that Jesus spoke unto her by words and deeds

1) Initially Jesus answered her not a word. vs 23    2) The disciples begged Jesus to send her away. they complained that they were tired of her wailing for they were offended by her presence.  She was right there, and she heard them, for they did this right in front of her. vs 23    3) Jesus responded to his disciples and made a statement to his disciples that again she overheard.  He pointedly did not address her yet.  What is the point?  There is a master plan in place in this.  A very distinct order to Jesus ministry is being illustrated here for all to see as was prophesied vs 24   4)Jesus finally addresses her and calls her a dog.  vs 26.

The woman does not get offended, she demonstrates an attitude as if she was one who loved the law from Ps 119:165.  She did the exact opposite that we would expect a hurt and offended person would do vs 25 She worships (shows deferral and honor) towards him, Jesus and calls him Lord and despite his ignoring her earlier requests repeats her request for help.  She acknowledges his lineage and thus his cultural position that he is not sent to minister to her.  She does not flinch at being called a dog, instead she does something so humble and faith filled that God had it recorded in the scriptures that we are still talking about it today: yet the dogs eat of the crumbs which fall from their master’s table  vs 27.  This response changed everything.  What made this woman different from most people of the world?  1) she lived above offense and she had the will to seize the moment.  2) She made a quality decision to keep doing the right thing in spite of conflict and cultural barriers.  3) she refused to act like most people may have by walking away in anger at not being included in Jesus ministry.  4) In her opinion a crumb was better than nothing. 

This is quite the contrast of the attitudes demonstrated by the disciples.  Jesus uses the situation to assess His disciples learning the messages He had been trying to communicate.  Their holier than thou attitude was not In keeping with His teaching.  She was much more in tune to entreating The message of His ministry with respect than they were.  She demonstrated a belief that even dogs can draw on the power of God when the belief that it is the Word of God that brings the deliverance.  It is possible that Jesus did not respond initially because Jesus was observing how they would handle it.  He used the occurrences in their daily lives to teach His disciples.  This we need to learn to be thinking the Word to make decisions on how we respond to life’s challenges.  Believing is the Key and Jesus confirmed for the Woman that she was believing correctly and thus told her that her believing was rewarded and this confirmation was what she needed and the results were then realized for her daughter was healed once she got her confirmation. 

People today are too easily offended and not humble to receive from God  the deliverance that they desire.  The Bible shows us that if we want to receive from God we have got to let go and press on in believing in the love and power of God.  We need to set as a goal that in our minds that God’s word carries so much weight in our thinking and decision process that no matter what others might say and no matter what is going on around us that we will not allow these things to enter into our thinking process.  We profess that God’s word will carry the weight of the actions that we take and in the words we speak.  We profess that We recognize that God is at work behind the scenes on our behalf! The word of God is at work all the time.  This is the stayed mind That we need to see God work in our lives.  It is stayed on the word of God, the revelation of God, the truth of God.  When we do this we are going to have peace and see results in our lives that prove to us that God is active in our lives.

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