Friday, March 22, 2013

God First, Man Second: Jesus and the Word Just

If you've been wondering what has happened to my God First, Man Second series, I have an explanation. My blogging is subject to my whimsy.

For some of my readers, you had no idea that I even had a blogging plan, much less enough focus to provide series. For others, I lost you when I mentioned whimsy.

Either way, the God First, Man Second series is where I point out scriptures that clearly put God first and man second. Yes, I'm a wizard when it comes to naming things. But the absence of this series has not been due to any lack of my reading scripture. It's just been due to....

Whimsy.

Nevertheless, here's what I read recently.

The next Sabbath he began teaching in the synagogue, and many who heard him were amazed. They asked, “Where did he get all this wisdom and the power to perform such miracles?” 3 Then they scoffed, “He’s just a carpenter, the son of Mary and the brother of James, Joseph, Judas, and Simon. And his sisters live right here among us.” They were deeply offended and refused to believe in him.
4 Then Jesus told them, “A prophet is honored everywhere except in his own hometown and among his relatives and his own family.” 5 And because of their unbelief, he couldn’t do any miracles among them except to place his hands on a few sick people and heal them. 6 And he was amazed at their unbelief. ~Mark 6
Anyone who has ever tried to go home again and show just how different they are than when they were last there probably has a feeling what Jesus went through. That is, except Jesus is exactly who He said He was and we can often be blinded by who we think we are.

The people mocked and said Jesus was just a carpenter. Sadly, they were missing the fact that Jesus wasn't just anything. The people were amazed by His teaching. Then they were offended. Then it was Jesus' turn to be amazed.

This unbelief didn't stop Jesus from moving forward, from doing what He did. Jesus was still God. He knew that. It took people a bit of time to catch up. It still does.

That's why God comes first.

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