And when he was departed thence, he went into their synagogue: And, behold, there was a man which had his hand withered. And they asked him, saying, Is it lawful to heal on the sabbath days? that they might accuse him. And he said unto them, What man shall there be among you, that shall have one sheep, and if it fall into a pit on the sabbath day, will he not lay hold on it, and lift it out? How much then is a man better than a sheep? Wherefore it is lawful to do well on the sabbath days. Then saith he to the man, Stretch forth thine hand. And he stretched it forth; and it was restored whole, like as the other.
Then the Pharisees went out, and held a council against him, how they might destroy him.
They say that there will always be someone around that we do not get along with, i.e.. someone we do not see eye to eye, nor heart to heart with on things. Ok…It’s Life. But, why must an indifference turn into one starting a war, one wishing ill will upon another, and/or one plotting evil against another to destroy them? If you think deeply about it, at the heart of many indifferences lies fear; not hatred for others. Sooooo…why is fear such a strong natural practice for the human race? I don’t know for sure, but I do know that we can better prepare spiritually if we become more aware of who the real enemy is.
Off Beat Moment– I have noticed one thing about this next presidential election…It is a fear based election. That’s enough politics from me. The Pharisees…were they not a type of political group? 🙂
I don’t believe there is any bible verse stating that Jesus was fearful of any plots against Him. I did love His action plan which took place in Matt.12:15 –But when Jesus knew it, he withdrew himself from thence: and great multitudes followed him, and he healed them all;
There is a possibility that some are not aware of the two things Jesus set forth as an example to us in that passage when dealing with enemies:
(1) He removed Himself from their presence.
(2) He did not let the enemy keep Him from doing God’s will. (That deserves a Praise the Lord shout out!)
Enemies know how to work as a close knit group and they communicate very effectively amongst themselves to set a motion into action. As I was reading in Matthew 12 earlier, I was led to focus on enemy tactics. I’m so happy to be sharing them with you beloved readers. (TYHS!!!!)
- They will watch you.
- They will call a meeting(council) to order.
- They will speak against you.
- They will proceed in acts against you such as avoidance, gossip, look over their eyelids past you, try a sneak attack on you in a sermon, and walk a crooked mile behind you.
- They are behind the pulpit and in the pews aka body of Christ. Be watchful of their actions towards you and pray for them. Be like Jesus, remove yourself from them and carry on with whatever gift God has given you to minister to others in Jesus name.
- They will try to limit the use of your spiritual gifts.
- They are prone to err.