The Consequences of Forgetting the Lord
When a new king arose over Egypt who did not know the work of Joseph, and hence did not know the work of the Lord, Israel suffered for it, and later Egypt suffered worse.
So, you would think that the Israelites would never forget the Lord, but, unfortunately, that did not happen, for the whole Book of Judges shows Israel forgetting Him repeatedly, and suffering each time.
The first time they forgot Him, “the anger of the LORD was hot against Israel, and He sold them into the hand of Cushan-rishathaim king of Mesopotamia; and the children of Israel served Cushan-rishathaim eight years” (Jdg 3.8).
Then when the people turned back to the Lord, and cried to Him for help, He raised up a judge who delivered them, and gave the land rest forty years, at least until they strayed from Him again.
How many nations today have problems, because they have forgotten the Lord? DR
If Jesus Were a Prophet
When a woman went to the home of where Jesus was having a meal, and washed and anointed His feet, the host criticized Jesus for allowing her to touch Him, “Now when the Pharisee who had invited Him saw this, he spoke to himself, saying, ‘This Man, if He were a prophet, would know who and what manner of woman this is who is touching Him, for she is a sinner’” (Luke 7.39).
The Pharisee did well to show hospitality to Jesus, but did not do so well by rejecting the woman.
The Pharisee did well by concluding that Jesus was a prophet, but did not do so well by concluding that meant Jesus should have nothing to do with sinners.
The woman did well by showing her love for Jesus, and by not letting the self-righteous Pharisee turn her off to the Lord.
Are you the Pharisee or the woman? DR
- Bulletin Articles from March 24, AD 2013: Following the Lord’s Orders & Massive Temptation (grantspasschurchofchrist.com)
- The Book of ‘The Words’ (theoldtestamentandthenewtestament.com)