Holy Spirit Part 7
Short and sweet and to the point this week….
This is my question. Are we getting ready for the Spirit to move in this class? Are we getting ready for the Spirit to move in this church? In this town? In this country? Many will miss it. Many are so afraid that they might look a little silly if the Spirit really got loose. I hope that is not us. I think too many in the church in general today are so concerned with how that looks that they quench the Spirit just because they might look bad. I heard a preacher say it this way. They would rather look right and be wrong than look wrong and be right. Let me say that again...we would rather look right and be wrong that look wrong and be right. We are so concerned that we appear the way we perceive that others want us to look that we might just be missing what God has for us in the process. What would we do if some shouting or prophesying happened? Would we get it or would we be so set in our prim and proper ways that we would miss what God might be saying just because of some people acting in a way that we don't like or understand.
Let's look at some verses...
1The Pharisees and some of the teachers of the law who had come from Jerusalem gathered around Jesus and 2saw some of his disciples eating food with hands that were "unclean," that is, unwashed. 3(The Pharisees and all the Jews do not eat unless they give their hands a ceremonial washing, holding to the tradition of the elders. 4When they come from the marketplace they do not eat unless they wash. And they observe many other traditions, such as the washing of cups, pitchers and kettles.)
5So the Pharisees and teachers of the law asked Jesus, "Why don't your disciples live according to the tradition of the elders instead of eating their food with 'unclean' hands?"
The Pharisees and teachers had traveled 100 miles from Jerusalem to where Jesus was in Galilee, specifically in the town of Gennesaret. Obviously they either walked or rode an animal. 100 miles to us is nothing, an hour and a half drive. But in that day 100 miles was a journey. They were the religious leaders and teachers of that day. They had taken this journey into the presence of the greatest preacher. The greatest teacher that would ever be on this earth. When they finally arrived what did they do? What did they see? They got all bent out of shape because Jesus’ disciples were eating with dirty hands. They missed the message of Jesus because of the actions of His followers. I don't want that to be us.