May 29 / Proverbs 29 / Luke 15

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Proverbs 29:25

Being afraid of people can get you into trouble, but if you trust in the LORD, you will be safe.

Do you believe this?

What is meant here by “safe”?

Didn’t Stephen, the first Christian martyr, trust in the LORD?

Was he safe? Is he safe?

Living in fear of anyone or anything is crippling. It makes for bad choices, weak choices, godless choices. God alone can deliver us ultimately. There is nothing here that can take us away from Him, that can destroy us in totality. The three dudes that got thrown into the fiery furnace knew YHWH could deliver them, yet they said that even if He chose not to, they still would not bow to the false god. They lived in fearlessness and reality.

Some have been delivered, some have been martyred. But are they not all safe?

In what or whom will you trust?

Is God good?

Does He know what He’s doing?

Are you going to put stock in only what is seen? The tiny portion of reality we can sense with only our eyes and ears?

Or will you trust in what is much larger?

We are not to live in fear. This is clear from the NT throughout.

At the same time, I’m not going to allow my daughters around any pit bulls any time soon. That’s just wisdom, like Proverbs speaks of. I don’t live in fear of pit bulls attacking my daughters. Yet I heed seriously the stories I’ve heard from those who work at Riley Children’s Hospital of which there are many. Jesus even told some of the disciples that when you get persecuted in certain towns, to flee that town. We are not here advocating to sit in the middle of a dangerous crowd, not be afraid, and just trust YHWH for deliverance. He has put the fight or flight instinct within us.

Possibly there will come a moment when fight or flight will not be viable options. And you will have but one option, to call on the Lord. This can be the best thing in your life. As the old saying goes, “You don’t know Jesus is all you need, until Jesus is all you have.”

Do

not

live

in

fear!

Live in the victory that is ours thru Christ alone!!!

Luke 15:8-10

The lost coin was of great value, which is why it was diligently sought after.

It was not worthless, just lost.

While lost, it could not fulfill its purpose for which it was made.

There is joy in the presence of the angels of God when one sinner changes his heart and life.

This joyful celebration is juxtaposed against the grumbling of the religious leaders. They should’ve been joining in the celebration for all those Jesus was reaching out to invite into His fold!

A little cultural background you may find interesting:

It would not be difficult to lose a coin in a Palestinian peasant’s house, and may take quite a while to find it. The Palestinian houses were very dark, for they were lit by one little circular window not much more than about eighteen inches across. The floor was beaten earth covered with dried reeds and rushes; and to look for a coin on a floor like that was very much like looking for a needle in a haystack. The woman swept the floor in the hopes that she might see the coin glint or hear it clink.

There are two reasons why she may have been so eager to find this coin.

(1) Sheer necessity. The coin mentioned here in this parable was worth a little more than a whole days’s wages for a working man in Palestine. These people always lived on the edge of things, and very little stood between them and real hunger and starvation. It could’ve been that her search was diligent out of real concern that her family could not eat.

(2) But there may be a more romantic reason. In Palestine the mark of a married woman was a head-dress made of ten silver coins linked together by a silver chain. For years maybe a girls would scrape and save to amass her ten coins, for the head-dress was almost the equivalent of her wedding ring. When she had it it was so inalienably hers that it could not even be taken from her for debt. It may well be that it was one of these coins that the woman in the parable lost, and she searched for it as any woman would search if she had lost her marriage ring.

In either case, it is easy to imagine the joy of the woman when she at last found her elusive coin. Jesus said that God the Father is like that. The joy of God, and of all the angels, when one sinner comes home is like the joy of a home when a coin which stood between them and starvation was found after being lost; it is like the joy of a woman who has lost her most precious possession, worth far more to her than money, when she finds it again. No Pharisee had ever dreamed of a God like that. A great Jewish scholar has admitted that this is the one absolutely new thing which Jesus taught men about God–that God actually sought and searched for men. The Jew might have agreed that if a man came crawling home to God in self-abasement and knelt before God asking for pity he might find it; but the Jew never would have conceived of a God who went out to search for sinners. It is our glory that we believe in the seeking love of God, because we see that love incarnate in Jesus Christ, the Son of God, who came to seek and to save that which was lost.

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