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Here is my SOAP for today, Monday, October 29, 2018
Job 20 Zophar’s response to Job.
29 “Such is the fate God allots the wicked, the heritage appointed for them by God.”
Mark 3:1 “Another time Jesus went into the synagogue, and a man with a shriveled hand was there. 2 Some of them were looking for a reason to accuse Jesus, so they watched him closely to see if he would heal him on the Sabbath. 3 Jesus said to the man with the shriveled hand, “Stand up in front of everyone.” 4 Then Jesus asked them, “Which is lawful on the Sabbath: to do good or to do evil, to save life or to kill?” But they remained silent. 5 He looked around at them in anger and, deeply distressed at their stubborn hearts, said to the man, “Stretch out your hand.” He stretched it out, and his hand was completely restored. 6 Then the Pharisees went out and began to plot with the Herodians how they might kill Jesus.”
Mark 4:39 “He got up, rebuked the wind and said to the waves, “Quiet! Be still!” Then the wind died down and it was completely calm. 40 He said to his disciples, “Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?” 41 They were terrified and asked each other, “Who is this? Even the wind and the waves obey him!”
It’s hard to imagine that Jesus’ critics were waiting to see if he would heal on the Sabbath… so that they could accuse him… rather than celebrate a person being healed or God’s greatness.
Why are people are always looking for a reason to accuse, not to celebrate. Rather than recognizing God’s healing power that was in Jesus… rather than investigating to see if possibly… maybe… Jesus could be the Messiah. They were jealous, ready to kill him… for healing on the Sabbath??
Lord, I want to be a person who celebrates what you are doing in and through other people!