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This forum IS NOT for debate or to correct each other, but to share our insights and observations. (Actually, I will be keeping a pretty tight rein on the comments section, and I will have the ability to block trolls, spammers or those who just want to stir the pot.)
Before you comment or read what I have posted, read today’s passages for yourself and complete your own S.O.A.P. exercise… (If you read mine first, it may taint what you think.)
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Here is my SOAP for today, Friday, December 21, 2018
John 9 25 He [the man born blind whom Jesus had healed by putting mud on his eyes and telling him to go wash]replied, “Whether he is a sinner or not, I don’t know. One thing I do know. I was blind but now I see!” 26 Then they asked him, “What did he do to you? How did he open your eyes?” 27 He answered, “I have told you already and you did not listen. Why do you want to hear it again? Do you want to become his disciples too?” 28 Then they hurled insults at him and said, “You are this fellow’s disciple! We are disciples of Moses! 29 We know that God spoke to Moses, but as for this fellow, we don’t even know where he comes from.” 30 The man answered, “Now that is remarkable! You don’t know where he comes from, yet he opened my eyes. 31 We know that God does not listen to sinners. He listens to the godly person who does his will. 32 Nobody has ever heard of opening the eyes of a man born blind. 33 If this man were not from God, he could do nothing.” 34 To this they replied, “You were steeped in sin at birth; how dare you lecture us!” And they threw him out.”
John 10:10 “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.”
11 “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.”
27 “My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. 28 I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one will snatch them out of my hand. 29 My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all; no one can snatch them out of my Father’s hand. 30 I and the Father are one.”
John 11:41 “Then Jesus looked up and said, “Father, I thank you that you have heard me. 42 I knew that you always hear me, but I said this for the benefit of the people standing here, that they may believe that you sent me.” 43 When he had said this, Jesus called in a loud voice, “Lazarus, come out!” 44 The dead man came out, his hands and feet wrapped with strips of linen, and a cloth around his face. Jesus said to them, “Take off the grave clothes and let him go.”
47 “Then the chief priests and the Pharisees called a meeting of the Sanhedrin. “What are we accomplishing?” they asked. “Here is this man performing many signs…
48 If we let him go on like this, everyone will believe in him, and then the Romans will come and take away both our temple and our nation.”
No one or nothing can snatch us from the Father’s hands! We are safe and secure!
Every time I read that particular passage, the image of a hamster being held comes to mind… very gently, but securely, tenderly but in such a way so as to not hurt the hamster either by holding to tightly or by letting him fall or jump out.
We think it is about holding on to Him, but I really think it’s more about Him holding on to us!
It would be easy to focus on the unbelief of the Jewish leaders, or their insults toward the man Jesus healed, or Jesus raising Lazarus from the dead… or the healing of the man born blind… (I have to admit I love how the (blind) man Jesus healed turned it around on the Pharisees!)
But how amazing is it that we are secure in the hands of our heavenly Father!
Thank you Lord that I am secure in Your hands!