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9/2 Matthew 4-6

Chapter 5 starts the Sermon on the Mount.  Wow if that was a sermon today I doubt that we could gather it all in at one sitting.  It’s almost as if Jesus is letting the people know were God stands on all these topics. So they will know where his ministry is coming from.  The salt and light section really brings to bear a question for us, which are we.  Are we still salty or have we lost some of our saltiness?  Are we a bright shining light or are we a dull bulb? Do we hide our light when others are looking?

The last chapter has a very powerful verse “But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.”  How hard do we seek God’s kingdom?  Everyday? Only on Sunday’s?  This is something that I will need to ponder more.  So many questions and so little RAM to compute the answers.  I think I need an upgrade.

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Human Emotion #3 Surprise

The definition of Surprise from Wikipedia is

Surprise is a brief emotional state that is the result of experiencing an unexpected relevant event. Surprise can have any valence; that is, it can be neutral, pleasant, or unpleasant. Accordingly, some would not categorize surprise in itself as an emotion.

Surprise is expressed in the face by the following features:

  • Eyebrows that are raised so they become curved and high.
  • Stretched skin below the eyebrows.
  • Horizontal wrinkles across the forehead.
  • Open eyelids: the upper lid is raised and the lower lid is drawn down, often exposing the white sclera above and below the iris.
  • Dropped jaw so that the lips and teeth are parted, with no tension around the mouth.

Some of the words associated with surprise are astonish, astound, amaze, revelation, wonder, and startle.  It seems today that we are often surprised by the behavior of others.  Some of the things people do in their lives, truly surprise us.  But what should not surprise us are the things that Jesus did.  Below we read of  the surprise people had when they encountered Jesus.

Matthew 9:8

When the crowd saw this, they were filled with awe; and they praised God, who had given such authority to men.

Matthew 27:14

But Jesus made no reply, not even to a single charge—to the great amazement of the governor.

Mark 7:37

People were overwhelmed with amazement. “He has done everything well,” they said. “He even makes the deaf hear and the mute speak.”

Mark 9:15

As soon as all the people saw Jesus, they were overwhelmed with wonder and ran to greet him.

Luke 2:33

The child’s father and mother marveled at what was said about him.

Luke 5:26

Everyone was amazed and gave praise to God. They were filled with awe and said, “We have seen remarkable things today.”

Luke 7:16

They were all filled with awe and praised God. “A great prophet has appeared among us,” they said. “God has come to help his people.”

Luke 8:25

He got up and rebuked the wind and the raging waters; the storm subsided, and all was calm. “Where is your faith?” he asked his disciples. In fear and amazement they asked one another, “Who is this? He commands even the winds and the water, and they obey him.”

Luke 9:44

While everyone was marveling at all that Jesus did, he said to his disciples, “Listen carefully to what I am about to tell you: The Son of Man is going to be betrayed into the hands of men.”

John 5:20

For the Father loves the Son and shows him all he does. Yes, to your amazement he will show him even greater things than these.

Even His Apostles caused surprise in the people.  They were able to do that because they allowed the Holy Spirit to work in their lives.

Acts 2:6

When they heard this sound, a crowd came together in bewilderment, because each one heard them speaking in his own language.

Acts 2:43

Everyone was filled with awe, and many wonders and miraculous signs were done by the apostles.

Acts 3:10

they recognized him as the same man who used to sit begging at the temple gate called Beautiful, and they were filled with wonder and amazement at what had happened to him.

Isn’t it surprising that people today who have encountered Jesus don’t live an amazing, awesome, surprising, wonder filled, life?  Thoughts, comments, please post on Facebook.  Have a surprisingly great day.

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