Well, the damage has been done, and it has only just begun. The bad report has been made, and now the people respond! “Why have you brought us and out children out here to die?” “Their walled cities are just too big!” “There’s some terrible people up in them there hills!” “We won’t stand a chance!” “The enemy’s too big” “I just can’t figure it out” “We don’t have a five-year plan” “But we just don’t have time” “We can’t afford to do that in this kind of economy” “It costs too much” “How am I going to take care of my family?” “But God! Be reasonable!” “Why do we need to do that. We haven’t needed to do it that way before.” “What about the separation of church and state?” “We could lose our tax-exempt status!” “Someone else will do it” “I’m just not ready”
There is always a reason why we can’t do what God / YHWH has called us to do. The people sinned because they rejected what YHWH was doing. It didn’t matter that God was in control. What matters is what we can think / worry about. We look at how big the enemy is, and we forget about how much bigger our YHWH is.
What promised land had YHWH already promised to give to you? Are you pursuing it under God’s direction, or are you running from it because the problems look too insurmountable? Will you lose out on the promise that YHWH made to you because of your own fears and lack of faith, or will you proceed under YHWH’s direction and pursue the work and will of God?
LORD, give me the ability to see these concerns and these problems through your eyes. YHWH, continue to give me guidance and direction. I do not want to be a foolish builder, but then neither do i want to be an Israelite rejecting the promised land for fear of the Canaanites. Guide and direct me today. In Jesus name I pray, AMEN (that it be done).
John J. Camiolo Jr.
“When Jesus had finished giving instructions to His twelve disciples, He departed from there to teach and preach in their cities.” When i read this, I take it as Jesus instructing and sending out the disciples and while they are sent out to do the work of ministry, He is going to their home cities to teach and preach. It seems almost like a mentality of, “You go take care of these places and meanwhile I have your back. I am going to make sure your families and friends are taken care of. ” It’s like His reaction to their stepping out is to take care of those they care about.
Meanwhile, John the Baptist, the one who recognized Jesus conception from the womb and leapt in his mother’s womb at His presence, the one who prepared the way for Jesus, the one who told Jesus that he couldn’t baptize Him because he was not even worthy to untie His sandals, the one who heard the voice of God (YHWH) speaking and the Spirit like a dove descending upon Jesus, the one who said, “He must increase, and I must decrease”, that John; He has set for too long and has come to the point of wondering and doubting that which He had previously known beyond a shadow of a doubt. So he sends his disciples, the ones that are left, to Jesus to ask if He is the one. Jesus reaction is not one of disgust that John is even asking such a thing and reacting in such a way, but His reaction is to tell them to observe and report. That that is the answer for John’s doubt. There is no criticism of John, only comfort.
Meanwhile, Jesus begins to respond to the reaction of the cities He has already been to. He had preached, and taught, and healed, and done miracles, and called them to repentance, yet they had not. They had continued doing what they knew was wrong and treating Jesus teaching like a passing fad. So Jesus pronounces “Woe” on them. They rejected the message, so that reaction is going to affect their standing on the judgment day.
Finally, Jesus calls for a reaction from the people. The conclusion to the chapter is, “Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and YOU WILL FIND REST FOR YOUR SOULS. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”
So what is your and my reaction to His message?
John J. Camiolo Jr.