Thursday: 31st October, 2019

Reference text: Luke 13:31-35

Luke 13:31 The same day there came certain of the Pharisees, saying unto him, Get thee out, and depart hence: for Herod will kill thee.

When countries begin to act in a way that is against a general consensus, they are sanctioned in many ways common ones being economically and diplomatically. The degree of sanctions are often incremental with the intention of forcing them to align with the norm. While some retreat at this point, for others, even the prospect of war and its associated casualties isn’t enough of a deterrent.

The Pharisees on many occasions wanted Jesus out of their district, in fact they wanted him out of their lives entirely. Yet, he was unperturbed by their probing and tricky questioning. So today seemed a good day to use knowledge of a ‘possible assassination attempt’ to nudge him to leave. Little did they know that He had knowledge they didn’t.

For Him, death was not big enough of a threat to cause the abandonment of his mission. In reality, they did not tell a lie, but used a truth to prompt him to leave. Beloved, an enemy does not always need to make up an implausible story to get you to give up. On many occasions, your present situation, your reality, presents the perfect reason- and that will be a truth.

Therefore, unless you know otherwise, like Jesus did that He had the power to lay down his life and to take it again (John 10:18), you could find yourself in big trouble. Don’t allow your reality, which is trumped by a higher truth knock you down.


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