Jesus Took The Bait, They Got Caught

P.S. I finished this post kinda late last night and I didn’t get to put a praise or worship song that I thought related to it. This morning when I got up, I looked at the time, 4 am. I thought, “it’s been quite a while since I woke up and saw 3:33 on the clock, something that for a season of time use to happen so often. I prayed and asked God to give me a song for this post, then opened my laptop to Youtube. I was determined not to get distracted by the recommended videos which is easy to do and went to my history to find an old secular song I heard in Walmart early Friday morning that might relate if you spelled sun, Son instead. What I saw was this and I was “overwhelmed” by God’s Spirit again.

Isn't He

3:33, the length of the video, jumped off the screen saying, it hasn’t been that long. I had only missed it. Yesterday morning I woke up with this song playing so clearly in my head, every word, every note, just like it sounds in the video, even the same singer. When I was fully awake I looked it up on Google even before getting out of bed using the words to find the title, then found it on Youtube. Listening to the video I knew it was the exact song. There’s only one problem, I don’t have “That Song” in my collection of worship music to know it that well. I looked for it again this morning, through every folder of all my collection, it’s not there but Jesus “IS EVERYTHING” this song says He Is.

Proverbs 26:27 NKJV   Whoever digs a pit will fall into it,
And he who rolls a stone will have it roll back on him.

Many times in the 3 ½ years Jesus ministered on the earth the Pharisees and Sadducees went about setting traps to catch Jesus in. You would think that over time they’d have given up because every time Jesus saw it coming, even when it was only a thought in their mind. Jesus would always get the Victory over their plot but their failed attempt to trap Jesus only fueled the fire to “make a better trap.”

In today’s daily devotional reading from Luke 14, another equation enters  into the mix. Jesus’ omniscience always made Him aware of their heart and plots to trap Him but He’d  “take the bait” and in the end, He was the “angler” and NOT the fish. The Pharisees always ended up looking like Wile E. Coyote trying to catch Roadrunner, either falling into the pit or the Rock landing on them, like Proverbs 26:27 says.

DailyPlan : one-year-tract : 2019-08-17 #Bible https://www.mydailybible.org/dp/esv/one-year-tract/2019-08-17.htm

Luke 14  –  Healing of a Man on the Sabbath

14:1 One Sabbath, when he went to dine at the house of a ruler of the Pharisees, they were watching him carefully. 2 And behold, there was a man before him who had dropsy. 3 And Jesus responded to the lawyers and Pharisees, saying, “Is it lawful to heal on the Sabbath, or not?” 4 But they remained silent. Then he took him and healed him and sent him away. 5 And he said to them, “Which of you, having a son or an ox that has fallen into a well on a Sabbath day, will not immediately pull him out?” 6 And they could not reply to these things.

Dropsy is Strong’s G5203 – Suffering from edema. Medically, Edema is caused by extra fluid that builds up in the tissues of your body. There is a couple things not mentioned here that we can almost assume as the chapter alludes to it.

This person with edema probably wasn’t an invited guess because the Pharisees seemed to always distance themselves from diseased people. Verse 2 says, “And BEHOLD,” so suddenly this person seems to appear before Jesus.  The Edema this person had must have been more than swelling in the ankles or calf of the legs, it was bad enough to be really obvious. His healing had to be dramatic and really obvious as well that they should notice it.

The healing of this man is one of 7 (seven) times that Jesus performed a miracle on a Sabbath.  3 (three) times they were in a synagogue and 4 times they weren’t but on a Sabbath just the same. Jesus usually used these miracles to try to show the Pharisees the undue burdens that they were putting on the people to observe the “law” and yet disregard the “spirit of the law” as well as revealing the “hardness of their heart.”

To make the case that the Pharisees probably hadn’t invited this man with an evident case of dropsy, after healing the man, Jesus tells a parable to the “invited” guests.

The Parable of the Wedding Feast

Luke 14:7-11 Now he told a parable to those who were invited, when he noticed how they chose the places of honor, saying to them, 8 When you are invited by someone to a wedding feast, do not sit down in a place of honor, lest someone more distinguished than you be invited by him, 9 and he who invited you both will come and say to you, ‘Give your place to this person,’ and then you will begin with shame to take the lowest place. 10 But when you are invited, go and sit in the lowest place, so that when your host comes he may say to you, ‘Friend, move up higher.’ Then you will be honored in the presence of all who sit at table with you. 11 For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.”

5 times in this parable Jesus says “invited” making me think the man with dropsy probably wasn’t invited. Jesus seems to be rubbing the word “invited” in their face like, “you’d have never invited this ill man, would you,” well that’s my take on it after thinking about it. The parable also points out the attitude of some of the Pharisees, they are arrogant snobs, looking down their noses, even on their peers, how much less did they think of the common person on the street.

Well just in case some of them wasn’t paying attention about who should be invited Jesus tells another parable on exactly that,

The Parable of the Great Banquet

12 He said also to the man who had invited him, “When you give a dinner or a banquet, do not invite your friends or your brothers or your relatives or rich neighbors, lest they also invite you in return and you be repaid. 13 But when you give a feast, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind, 14 and you will be blessed, because they cannot repay you. For you will be repaid at the resurrection of the just.”

At this point, in only a few verses “invite” has been mentioned 9 times, a number relating to judgment. Then one of the guests listening to Jesus speaks up and talks about eating bread in the “kingdom of Heaven.” Looks like this time he only added fuel to the fire burning in Jesus and He continues on the subject of those “invited” to eat bread in the Kingdom of Heaven in a parable. The guests at this diner probably didn’t get that point either.

Have you ever been in an argument and before you know it you’re off the original subject of the argument and it’s turned into, “while I’m at it let me get this off my chest, and this, and this.” Like a snowball or a big rock rolling downhill. Jesus is about to give them a prophetic view of what will happen to them, they will reject Jesus’ offer to accept Him as their Messiah. When they do, the Holy Spirit will be busy bringing God’s invitation of Salvation to the gentile nations and Israel for the most part will be put on the shelf for 2,000 years.

15 When one of those who reclined at table with him heard these things, he said to him, “Blessed is everyone who will eat bread in the kingdom of God!” 16 But he said to him, “A man once gave a great banquet and invited many. 17 And at the time for the banquet he sent his servant to say to those who had been invited, ‘Come, for everything is now ready.’ 18 But they all alike began to make EXCUSES. The first said to him, ‘I have bought a field, and I must go out and see it. Please have me EXCUSED.’ 19 And another said, ‘I have bought five yoke of oxen, and I go to examine them. Please have me EXCUSED. 20 And another said, ‘I have married a wife, and therefore I Cannot Come.’ 21 So the servant came and reported these things to his master. Then the master of the house became angry and said to his servant, ‘Go out quickly to the streets and lanes of the city, and BRING IN the poor and crippled and blind and lame.’ 22 And the servant said, ‘Sir, what you commanded has been done, and still there is room.’ 23 And the master said to the servant, ‘Go out to the highways and hedges and Compel people to COME In, that my house may be filled. 24 For I tell you, None of those men who were invited shall taste my banquet.’”

In hindsight we know that the “Master of the house” is Jesus, the “servant” is the Holy Spirit, drawing and compelling people to become children of Father God and siblings of Jesus.

If the 7 miracles Jesus performed on a Sabbath interests you, these are their descriptions and where they are found.

1st The first of three synagogue miracles (and his first recorded casting out of a demon) takes place in Capernaum (Luke 4:16 – 30).

2nd The Lord’s second of three synagogue miracles takes place in an unnamed city shortly after Passover in 28 A.D. (Luke 6:6 – 10, Matthew 12:9 – 13, Mark 3:1 – 5). It is the first that records religious leaders actively watching to see if Christ violated proper Sabbath observance (Matthew 12:10).

3rd Jesus’ third of three recorded synagogue miracles, is mentioned only in Luke. A woman, suffering from an affliction that caused her to be bent forward for eighteen years, is healed at Sabbath services.

And when He saw her, Jesus called her to Him and said to her, “Woman, you have been loosed from your infirmity.” Then He laid His hands on her; and immediately she was made straight, and she glorified God (Luke 13:12 – 13). The man who was the head of the synagogue was not at all pleased with how Jesus behaved and sought to correct him in public.

There are six days in which men are obligated to work; therefore, during those days come and be healed, but not on the SABBATH DAY (Luke 13:14).

The above angry reply by the synagogue ruler about the miracle once again shows how distorted the Jews understanding of God’s commandments had become. Jesus rebukes the religious leaders for upholding traditions they said represented God’s will, summing up his criticism of them by saying

But they worship Me in vain, teaching for doctrine the commandments of men (Matthew 15:9, see also chapter 23)

4th After the 1st synagogue miracle that’s also recorded in Mark chapter 1:21-26, after leaving the synagogue, Jesus and some of the disciples go to Peter’s house where He’s told Peter’s mother in law is sick and He heals her.  “And they spoke to Him at once about her. And He came to her, and took her by the hand and raised her up. And immediately the fever left her, and she served them (Mark 1:30 – 31, see also Matthew 8:14 – 15, Luke 4:38 – 39). Peter’s mother in law “serving them” on a Sabbath probably ruffled the feather of the Pharisees too!!!

5th This Sabbath healing, is mentioned only in one gospel account (John 5:1 – 18), is of a man who had been disabled and unable to walk for thirty-eight years.

Jesus said to him, “Arise, take up your bedroll and walk.” And immediately the man was made whole; and he took up his bedroll and walked. Now that day was a Sabbath (John 5:8 – 9)

6th Jesus’ next Saturday miracle outside of a synagogue took place at Jerusalem’s Siloam pool (John 9).

A man, born blind, is healed after he washes away clay placed on his eyes. He is then brought before the Pharisees who ask how he received his sight. “THIS I KNOW.  I WAS BLIND BUT NOW I SEE.” Everyone knew he was sightless from birth, being healed by the Lord caused a great stir. According to the Bible Background Commentary, kneading dough (broadly applied to Jesus “kneading” clay into someone’s eyes). It was one of thirty-nine classes of work Jewish tradition forbad on Saturday. John Gill’s Exposition states that while the Jews permitted placing a salve or plaster on the eyes if it was for pleasure, such an act was not allowed on the Sabbath for healing! Can you hear Jesus saying, “Hypocrites, Hypocrites!!!”

7th The fourth of the Saturday miracles not in a synagogue was recorded only in Luke. It’s the miracle when Jesus heals the uninvited guest who “appears” who had “dropsy.”

It seems Jesus went out of His way to teach us that the Sabbath certainly is a special day to Father God and to Him because He said, “For the Son of man is Lord even of the sabbath day.” Matthew 12:8. It’s a day we should “Set Apart” ourselves to God and NOT doing our own thing. That’s the meaning of keeping something “Holy,” Setting it Apart. Make it different than our regular, busy, often self centered lives, making it special unto God.

For years now, a scripture has really penetrated my heart, and impacted my life of what God really thinks about how we should observe the Sabbath Unto Him saying this,

Isaiah 58:13-14 “If you turn away your foot from the Sabbath,
From doing your pleasure on My holy day,
And call the Sabbath a delight,
The holy day of the Lord
 honorable,
And shall honor Him, not doing your own ways,
Nor finding your own pleasure,
Nor speaking your own words,
14 
Then you shall delight yourself in the Lord;
And I will cause you to ride on the high hills of the earth,
And feed you with the heritage of Jacob your father.

The mouth of the Lord has spoken.”

I don’t know about you but I’ll try to do whatever it takes to be in a position where God desires to give me “mountain top experiences.”

Did you know there are 66 chapters in the book of Isaiah, just like there are 66 books in the Bible. Did you know Isaiah in Strong’s Concordance is H3470 – Jah has saved; {Jeshajah} {Isaiah} {Jesaiah} Jeshaiah.

It’s from H3467 (yasha) – to be safe, deliver, preserve, rescue. And from H3050 – Contracted for {H3068} and meaning the same; {Jah} the sacred name.

 

Isaiah FactsIsaiah is known as “The Evangelical Prophet,” “One of the Greatest Prophets in the Bible,” he was “A Political Prophet.” He lived about 700 years before Jesus was born on earth. Many astounding prophecies of Isaiah have come true. Even naming a non Jewish ruler with a non Jewish name, Cyrus, and of exactly what he would do for the Jewish people.

Isaiah foretold the details of Jesus’ birth, Jesus’ message and ministry on earth, and of Jesus’ Second Coming. If you see a painting of him holding a “saw” it because it believed he died being “sawn in two” during the reign of Manasseh.

Isaiah is venerated in Judaism, Christianity and Islam.

In case you wanted to know the other song I heard in Walmart that could be a worship song if you spelled sun, “SON” instead. When I heard it I stopped in my tracks and just listened instead of shopping and Googled it. It was a song Stevie Wonder made famous back in 1966 when I was only about 10 years old. It was his 3rd Top Ten hit in 3 years, and was #3 on the R&B charts, there’s that number 333 again.

Stevie Wonder – A Place In The Sun, Wikipedia

Listening to it in Walmart, the first 3 Bible verses below came to mind. I was thinking, “this could be a Christian song.”

There’s A Place “IN The SON” Where There’s “HOPE For Everyone” –  2 Corinthians 5:17 KJV
Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.

Moving ON, Moving ON – From Glory to Glory  2 Corinthians 3:18 KJV
But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.

Like A Branch On A Tree – John 15 – The True Vine
“I am the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser. 2 Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit He takes away; and every branch that bears fruit He prunes, that it may bear more fruit. 3 You are already clean because of the word which I have spoken to you. 4 Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me.

5 “I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing. 6 If anyone does not abide in Me, he is cast out as a branch and is withered; and they gather them and throw them into the fire, and they are burned. 7 If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you. 8 By this My Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit; so you will be My disciples 

If you “seek God with all your heart and in all you do,” He Will let you find Him, even in an old secular song in Walmart.

I Get Weary From The Load – Matthew 11:28-30 KJV  Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.

Like This Tired Troubled Earth – Romans 8:22 NKJV
For we know that the whole creation groans and labors with birth pangs together until now.

 

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