The Weekend Word

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  1. JD says:

    He shall be called a Nazarene, even by Nazarenes.

  2. Jean says:

    The rejection of Jesus at Nazareth strongly brings home the point (which is not lost elsewhere in the gospels) that Jesus was fully man who had (by human standards) no kingly or otherwise important persona. He wasn’t even qualified to preach in the synagogue of a backwater village!

    He gets hungry, tired, suffers and ultimately dies for our sins. His kingdom is not of this world and it seeks citizens who would be disciples of its King. If we don’t get Christ right, then we will create a Christ in our own image and follow him/me. Without naming our celebrity christs, I think we get the picture.

  3. surfer51 says:

    The Greek word “apistia” is unbelief.

    unfaithfulness, faithless
    want of faith, unbelief
    weakness of faith

    The reason a lot of Christians are missing out on the supernatural aspects of a walk with God.

    They mentally acknowledge the Holy Spirit academically but don’t honestly expect Him to interact with them as a living active person.

    Moving in and through them in spiritual gifts that He gives to them for the benefit of the Body of Christ and themselves.

    And miracles of healing and changing of circumstances through His capabilities as God Almighty.

    I can only wonder how many of us actually are aware of His presence in our lives beyond our mental gymnastics of knowledge and stored minutia that we banter back and forth in our thoughts?

    Kathryn Kuhlman used to ask her crowds, “Do you know Him, do you really really know Him?”

    The Nazarene’s missed Jesus because they really did not know Him at all.

    They had apistia in their hearts.

    And it cost them dearly.

    Here are a few places where apistia appears in Scripture:

    Mark 6:6
    And He wondered at their unbelief. And He was going around the villages teaching.

    Mark 16:14
    Afterward He appeared to the eleven themselves as they were reclining at the table; and He reproached them for their unbelief and hardness of heart, because they had not believed those who had seen Him after He had risen.

    Romans 11:20
    Quite right, they were broken off for their unbelief, but you stand by your faith. Do not be conceited , but fear;

    Romans 11:23
    And they also, if they do not continue in their unbelief, will be grafted in, for God is able to graft them in again.

    Hebrews 3:12
    Take care, brethren, that there not be in any one of you an evil, unbelieving heart that falls away from the living God.

    Hebrews 3:9
    So we see that they were not able to enter because of unbelief.

    This is a very real issue that we must be on guard against in our own hearts lest we miss out.

  4. dusty says:

    Why do they sort the fish but leave the weed?

  5. Martin Luther's Disciple says:

    Dusty, very good question.
    I think we need to look at the timing. For the weeds, when the discussion comes up it is not the right time – it is not at the end of the age – but at the end, then the weeds will be destroyed.

    The fish story I think is happening at the end of the age – the net is full – the net has dragged everyone one in for judgement .. and the separation takes place.

  6. dusty says:

    Thank you MLD

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