Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Notes to the Lord:Collateral Damage

Scripture Reflection:Matthew 21

14The blind and the lame came to him at the temple, and he healed them.15But when the chief priests and the teachers of the law saw the wonderful things he did and the children shouting in the temple area, "Hosanna to the Son of David," they were indignant.16"Do you hear what these children are saying?" they asked him.

Lord Jesus--Healing was an essential part of your ministry . It was a validation of the work of God within you. As I write this Lord Jesus I am seeking clarity. I am stinging from a loss that I didn't see coming and really don't understand. As I look at this pasage, I see that there were results that happened in your ministry that just happened. The healing of the blind and lame in the house of the Lord should have been a matter of praise and was to the children that surrounded you.
"Yes," replied Jesus, "have you never read, " 'From the lips of children and infants you have ordained praise'?"17And he left them and went out of the city to Bethany, where he spent the night.

Lord Jesus-- Praise would come from those who were able to see for the first time...they did not filter the outcomes of your work in the temple. Praise ordained...is praise that the Father sent as affirmation and blessing in the middle of conflict.

The very people who should have rejoiced and kicked up their heels in their sanctified dancing shoes only had questions even as the lame danced for the first time in the temple courts for the first time right in front of them.

Lord Jesus--Help me to see you at work and be a part of those who praise the work that you are doing...help me to be like these children who just saw you work and jumped for joy.

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