01/20/19: Exodus 1-3; Matt 13:24-58
In our recent Sunday Bible Study on “Fear-less” one of the fears we discussed is the fear of trapping the Lord in a”box” and not recognizing Him for who He is and all that he can do. Can you see that fear in the people of His hometown?
Matthew 13: 54 Coming to his hometown, he began teaching the people in their synagogue, and they were amazed. “Where did this man get this wisdom and these miraculous powers?” they asked. 55 “Isn’t this the carpenter’s son? Isn’t his mother’s name Mary, and aren’t his brothers James, Joseph, Simon and Judas? 56 Aren’t all his sisters with us? Where then did this man get all these things?” 57 And they took offense at him.
Did you notice that at first the people were “amazed” at Jesus but, then, his neighbors put Jesus in the “box” of being one of their small town-boys. And while this may have made them more comfortable scripture tells us they missed-out on the opportunity to experience in power of the Lord.
A word of caution — we must not do the same in putting our box around Jesus and the Holy Spirit. We must in faith allow them to be who they are and experience their power in our lives.