Sermon 15-7-5

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Mark 6: 1 to 6:

And he went out from thence, and came into his own country; and his disciples follow him. And when the sabbath day was come, he began to teach in the synagogue: and many hearing [him] were astonished, saying, From whence hath this [man] these things? and what wisdom [is] this which is given unto him, that even such mighty works are wrought by his hands? Is not this the carpenter, the son of Mary, the brother of James, and Joses, and of Juda, and Simon? and are not his sisters here with us? And they were offended at him. But Jesus said unto them, A prophet is not without honour, but in his own country, and among his own kin, and in his own house. And he could there do no mighty work, save that he laid his hands upon a few sick folk, and healed [them]. And he marvelled because of their unbelief.

What should we believe? Is there the tendency to believe strangers who come to us with some strange, yet new knowledge, a knowledge which might help us overcome our problems and our unnhappiness? Even Jesus was not believed by his relatives and childhood friends.

So what can we do? Should we just believe or should we be critical? We should do both, we should believe and we should consider things in a respectful manner. Some of us may not feel able to consider things and they are looking for a father to care for them. These should just believe, for God’s thoughts are higher than our thoughts (Isa. 55: 9). And it is the glory of God to conceal a thing but the honour of kings is to search out a matter (Prov. 15: 2)

Nevertheless we all long for a father a father higher than our own father.

Psalm 2: 7: I will declare the decree: the LORD hath said unto me, Thou [art] my Son; this day have I begotten thee.

A father is not necessarily what we consider a biological father. He is a wise counsellor who takes care of us, even God. Believe in God! Love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy strength, and with all thy mind; and thy neighbour as thyself (Luke 10: 27).