Luke 10: 36: “Which of these three do you think proved to a neighbor to the man who fell into the robber’s hands?” What’s in a name? Of the characters in this story, one would expect the priest or the Levite to win the title ‘neighbor’ rather than the Samaritan, who would usually be cast as the antagonist. But their labels don’t matter. A priest or Levite who doesn’t love doesn’t get to be called neighbor. Only the act of love, helping those who need help, will get you t
Luke 10: 18: “And Jesus said to them, ‘I was watching satan fall from heaven like lightning.” Verb tense can be a trial for every English student, but even a grade schooler can tell you that “was watching” is past tense, something that happened before. Back then satan, the accuser of the brethren, used to accuse you before God right to His face. But that was then. Past tense. Now his accusations originate from a place much further away, and are filtered through the blood
Hebrews 6: 18, 19a: “By two unchangeable things, in which it is impossible for God to lie, we may have strong encouragement, we who have fled for refuge in laying hold of the hope set before us. This hope we have as an anchor of the soul, a hope both sure and steadfast.” You’ve seen the old fashioned ship’s anchor, with its two flukes to hold a ship securely. So had the writer of Hebrews. In context these two flukes, the two unchangeable things in which God can’t lie, are
Ezekiel 7: 23, 27: “For the land is full of bloody crimes, and the city is full of violence … The king will mourn, the prince will be clothed with horror, and the hands of the people of the land will tremble. According to their conduct I will deal with them, and by their judgments I shall judge them. And they will know that I am the Lord.” Undeniably, society is getting bloodier and more violent. Almost weekly we hear of another mass shooting, another senseless bombing.