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Jesus and Saint Peter, Gospel of Matthew 4.18-...

Jesus and Saint Peter, Gospel of Matthew 4.18-20 Français : Jésus et Saint Pierre, Évangile selon Matthieu 4.18-20 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Matthew 9:36 (NIV)

36 When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them,  because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd.

Matthew 13:2  (NIV) 2 Such large crowds gathered around him that he got into a boat and sat in it, while all the people stood on the shore.

When the word spread through the villages and towns that Jesus was coming, they flocked en mass to where ever he was to hear what he had to say.  The words spoken and lessons taught caused people to literally drop what they were doing to hear this man from Galilee speak .  As I watched American Idol last night there were remarks about the audience of 7,000 people packed into the Nokia stadium.  A stadium with comfortable seats, air conditioning and restrooms.   This to hear two gifted young people sing for a title.

Christ packed a shoreline with folks so tight, he had to sit on the water in a boat to teach.  There were no restrooms, no comfortable seats or concession stands.  Physical comfort was not a concern, the desire to hear what the Master was teaching was the objective and sole purpose for being in that place, at that time.  I have witnessed crowds losing their minds over this celebrity or that celebrity whose ultimate goal is merely to entertain and not necessarily uplift.

Give me Jesus!  I would take the discomfort, heat and crowd just to have been able to hear Him speak the words that have on so many occasions provided salve for my soul.  He still speaks today and I yearn to hear and obey each and every word.

Making His praise glorious!

Ree

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“At that time the kingdom of heaven will be like ten virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom.   Matthew 25:1 (NIV)

Monday night I watched the reality program, “The Bachelor”.  I confess to also watching it last season, when the current gentleman had his hopes of love happily-ever rudely and openly smashed.  I did not enjoy my front row seat to his very public and humiliating heartbreak.   So I was glad to see he was going to be the “one” this year.  I acknowledge more than mild curiosity regarding the senior citizen repeatedly showed getting out of the limo during the teasing pre-show commercials enticed me to watch.  Whew, I relieved to learn she was there to put in for a bid for her grand-daughter and not herself.   Twenty-five young women all vying for the attention of one mortal man of decent pedigree and background, all hoping to spend enough time and garner adequate favor to get that last rose and marriage proposal on the season finale. That young man is not the only bachelor to have his dream of being a bridegroom delayed.

That show made me think of Biblical bridegrooms.  There a total of 22 mentions of the word in the Bible, each time engendering for me a level of regal expectation, purpose and excitement.  The bridegroom in Matthew 25 was late, so late the virgins fell asleep.  I imagine one beyond nervous bride.  I see flower petals torn and strewn as she said “he loves me, he loves me not, he loves me….” The pacing the angst as she wondered if this wedding was ever going to take place.  I see him strolling up, unhurried, confident and excited knowing that now that he had arrived, the wedding would take place.

The church as Christ’s bride has on many levels been pacing and questioning like the bride in the parable.  Often questioning whether everything has been done to help move things along more swiftly.  The Bible clearly states in Matthew 25:13 “Therefore keep watch, because you do not know the day or the hour. We are to be like the virgins with the extra oil, prepared, ready and ready to shout “…Here’s the bridegroom! Come out to meet Him!

Making His praise glorious!

Ree

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