Saturday, April 29, 2017

Matthew 12:1-2 (KJV) When Conflict Comes

Matthew 12:1-2 (KJV)
At that time Jesus went on the sabbath day through the corn; and his disciples were an hungred, and began to pluck the ears of corn, and to eat.But when the Pharisees saw it, they said unto him, Behold, thy disciples do that which is not lawful to do upon the sabbath day.
This passage is filled with all the elements of the Christian life:
  • There is fellowship with the Lord
  • There is fellowship with other believers
  • There is spiritual truth and responsibility
  • There is real life need and
  • There is conflict concerning that need
Jesus was there. It was a Sabbath day and the disciples were busy about business.They were in travel with the Lord. The Sabbath involved spiritual truth. Jesus did not come to deny that truth but to bring it into better focus. There were also responsibilities for believers on the Sabbath. Jesus Did not come to remove those responsibilities but to bring them back into alignment.
It was the Sabbath and the disciples were in living fellowship with the Lord. But they still became hungry.Believers have real life daily needs. (One preacher said that when he gets to heaven one of the first questions he wants to ask the Lord is, “Why did you, mix ministry with money?”) Faith in Christ does not remove the need to work, the fact of illness and other events of normal life on this earth.
It was the Sabbath and there were those who disagreed with the disciples’ actions in meeting those real needs.Christians frequently find themselves in conflict with those who have misunderstandings about what should be true of the Christian. Some of those who misunderstand are unbelievers. Many of the misunderstanding are with people who claim to be believers but have differing ideas of what that belief means.
Jesus said that it is impossible but that offenses will come. Usually the offense will involve the interlacing between the supernatural faith of the believer and the natural needs of the believer.
When conflict comes, the best way to handle it is to leave it in the hands of the Lord. Keep your faith in Christ and your eyes on Him. In the end you have no responsibility to answer the critics but only to follow the Lord.

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Matthew 12:1-2 (KJV) When Conflict Comes

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