Happy Saturday. I hope you have a great weekend planned. Maybe you’re resting after the holidays, or perhaps, like us, you’re on the move and getting out for new adventures. This weekend we are going to be seeing some very special friends, some great prayers have been answered and we are so full of happiness for them. I got up very early today to get my Bible time in and it was worth it, as always. I have a new coffee pot (my old one died last month), and I love the timer feature on my new mr coffee. I usually wake up to the sound of it letting me know my coffee is ready to go. This morning was a little different, I was sleeping very deep and my alarm confused me when it went off… but somehow I still managed to get up and going!
We are going through the Bible together this year and I am SOAP journaling my journey. I am following The Divine Mentor Bible Reading Plan. (If you’re wanting to jump in to Bible Reading, check out my Blog Post with 15 Bible Reading plans to choose from.
My verse today is:
Luke 7:23 NKJV
And blessed is he who is not offended because of Me.
When you see the definition of the word “offend”, it gives a better understanding to why other translations may say the verse this way.
Luke 7:23 NIV
Blessed is anyone who does not stumble on account of me.
John the Baptist has sent his disciples to go see of who this Jesus was. He wanted to know if Jesus was the one who he had been waiting for. The verse before this says, (Jesus speaking to the disciples),
Jesus answered and said to them, “Go and tell John the things you have seen and heard: that the blind see, the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, the poor have the gospel preached to them. 23 And blessed is he who is not offended because of Me.”
The disciples had their answer for John. This is the Messiah they had been waiting for.
We live in a world that is fallen and looking for a savior. For some, they will look to anything except Jesus to find something worth living for. People are looking around and they know there is something more they need. Jesus said it himself in this context: I’m what you’re looking for. Blessed are those who are not offended by me. Or, in other words, blessed are those who do not stumble because of me. Why would Jesus cause someone to stumble or take offense? Is it because He is the key to salvation? That He tells us, “leave everything and follow me”? Is it because He is proving to the Pharisees (religious law abiders that missed the heart of Jesus) that religious laws with cold hearts is not ever enough to be pardoned?
Another way to apply this is to take a different insight to the word offend. Take it somewhat out of context, but go down a different road of thought. As Christians in a very fallen world and ever growing anti-Christian society, the world embraces the opposite values of Christianity. Why follow Jesus when you can follow your heart? Is sin really that sinful? Yes, it can be offensive to the world. But our actions should never be offensive, to an unbeliever especially. It’s one thing to address a fellow Christian, but unbelievers aren’t the same protocall. We need to search our hearts, our we purposely offending those we should be loving? Just different thoughts as I consider the word.
Thank you for your word and for promising to draw near when we draw near to you. Thank you for the words of Jesus, for salvation and the promise of Heaven. Help us to understand your Word, to discern what you are telling us and to apply it to our lives. Let us first love You and others around us. Let us not offend when we are looking to love, but also help us to be obedient withou worry of pleasing the world.
In Jesus’ name,