by Mike Ratliff
4 καὶ ἔλεγεν αὐτοῖς ὁ Ἰησοῦς ὅτι οὐκ ἔστιν προφήτης ἄτιμος εἰ μὴ ἐν τῇ πατρίδι αὐτοῦ καὶ ἐν τοῖς συγγενεῦσιν αὐτοῦ καὶ ἐν τῇ οἰκίᾳ αὐτοῦ. 5 καὶ οὐκ ἐδύνατο ἐκεῖ ποιῆσαι οὐδεμίαν δύναμιν, εἰ μὴ ὀλίγοις ἀρρώστοις ἐπιθεὶς τὰς χεῖρας ἐθεράπευσεν. 6 καὶ ἐθαύμαζεν διὰ τὴν ἀπιστίαν αὐτῶν. Καὶ περιῆγεν τὰς κώμας κύκλῳ διδάσκων. (Mark 6:4-6 NA27)
4 And Jesus was saying to them, “A prophet is not dishonored except in his hometown and among his relatives and in his house.” 5 And he was not able to do any miracles there except a on few sick person having laid his hands on them, he healed them. 6 And he was amazed because of their unbelief. And he was going around the villages in a circuit teaching. (Mark 6:4-6 Possessing the Treasure New Testament V1)
The joy of the Lord is a tremendous gift to God’s people from him. Without it we would be left to deal with far more evil, disappointment, tragedy, distress, and despair than we could ever do on our own. We have prayer and the promise that we can always come boldly to the Throne of Grace.
14 Ἔχοντες οὖν ἀρχιερέα μέγαν διεληλυθότα τοὺς οὐρανούς, Ἰησοῦν τὸν υἱὸν τοῦ θεοῦ, κρατῶμεν τῆς ὁμολογίας. 15 οὐ γὰρ ἔχομεν ἀρχιερέα μὴ δυνάμενον συμπαθῆσαι ταῖς ἀσθενείαις ἡμῶν, πεπειρασμένον δὲ κατὰ πάντα καθ᾽ ὁμοιότητα χωρὶς ἁμαρτίας. 16 προσερχώμεθα οὖν μετὰ παρρησίας τῷ θρόνῳ τῆς χάριτος, ἵνα λάβωμεν ἔλεος καὶ χάριν εὕρωμεν εἰς εὔκαιρον βοήθειαν. (Hebrews 4:14-16 NA27)
14 Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has gone through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to the confession. 15 For we do not have a high priest who is not able to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every way was tempted as we are yet without sin. 16 Therefore, let us approach with boldness to the Throne of Grace that we may receive mercy and may find grace for timely help. (Hebrews 4:14-16 Possessing the Treasure New Testament V1)
Yet, I am contacted quite often, probably because of the nature of our investigative posts into the NAR, Postmodernism, Emergent Christianity, and the like from folks who have friends and loved ones, people they care deeply care about, who have become part of that “darkness” and because of that, they will no longer listen to reason. They will no longer listen to clear Biblical evidence that “the way” they are on only leads to destruction. I offer no panaceas or bland promises that I cannot keep that “everything is going to be all right” for them. Continue reading