Friday, October 14, 2011
Our Pastor’s wife presents the lessons at our Ladies Meetings quite often. And, she does such a good job of teaching from the Bible. This week’s lesson had to do what what we see.
She started with:
Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God. (Matthew 5:8 KJV)
That’s our goal – to see God. To do so, we must work to be pure in heart. There are several Bible verses that talk about that: Psalm 19:8, Psalm 24:4, 1 Timothy 1:5, 2 Timothy 2:22, 1 Peter 1:22. We also have to believe in order to see:
I had fainted, unless I had believed to see the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living. (Psalms 27:13 KJV)
When we believe, we can see God’s goodness here on earth. Think of the ones you see. Which ones are your favorites? Do you see Him in individuals? How about seeing ‘this woman’:
And he turned to the woman, and said unto Simon, Seest thou this woman? (Luke 7:44a KJV)
Look up the full story. Christ uses her as an example for what she is doing for Him that His host is not. Christ calls her a sinner and He forgives her sins. Those watching don’t see the lesson, they don’t see their own sins. Instead, they ask:
And they that sat at meat with him began to say within themselves, Who is this that forgiveth sins also? (Luke 7:49 KJV)
Do you ask that question? “Who is this man that thinks he can forgive sins? Just who does he think he is?” You see, they firmly believed the scriptures, the Tanakh:
Why doth this man thus speak blasphemies? who can forgive sins but God only? (Mark 2:7 KJV)
Well, He’s given us the answer, hasn’t He?
Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. (John 14:6 KJV)
The woman saith unto him, I know that Messias cometh, which is called Christ: when he is come, he will tell us all things. Jesus saith unto her, I that speak unto thee am he. (John 4:25-26 KJV)
What do we do for the one who has openly forgiven sins – knowing that we commit them ourselves? The best answer for us is to simply ask for His forgiveness while it is available to us.