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John 18:37

Pilate said to Him, Then You are a King? Jesus answered, You say it! [You speak correctly!] For I am a King. [Certainly I am a King!] This is why I was born, and for this I have come into the world, to bear witness to the Truth. Everyone who is of the Truth [who is a friend of the Truth, who belongs to the Truth] hears and listens to My voice. (John 18:37 AMP)

I will peak through the curtains of the New Testament and for this moment leave behind my comments on the Old Testament reading today, at least for now. In reading the above verse, which Mike has mentioned in his comments today, I want to deal with this “thing” called “Truth” and the presenting of truth.

Believers, Christians, are commanded to go into all the world, the kosmos—as per Thayer: 1) an apt and harmonious arrangement or constitution, order, government
2) ornament, decoration, adornment, i.e. the arrangement of the stars, ‘the heavenly hosts’, as the ornament of the heavens, to preach and teach and make disciples. We as a people of God have wrestled with how that looks. Do we stand on the street corner, the marketplace, in our front and back yards to do this? Do we cross the seas heading off to other countries, becoming missionaries to give out the gospel? Do we support those who do and thus, by our support and through them present the gospel?

Jesus has stated to Pilate that those who desire Truth will hear and listen to His voice, thus receive the Word that is truth. I wonder if our job is to cultivate the love for the truth in our own lives, our families’ lives, as well as our distant relatives and neighbors. If someone has the heart for truth then it follows, they will receive Truth. The problem with truth is this: It is confrontational, especially the truth about ourselves. We just loved to be lied too. We think that if we deal in truth and hurt people’s feelings who want to be lied too, then we are operating out of something other than love. In today’s slang vernacular, we become “haters.”

In using Jesus “salt and light” image, how do we live our lives in Truth in such a way that we cause those around us to become thirsty for the Truth, not stopping to quench that thirst on substitutes, and cultivate a desire to come out of darkness into the Light showing up every piece and speak of sinful dust?

Just some things to think about and go, “Hmmmmm.”

Grace and peace,
Ramona

Love 2nd Samuel 15:23-16:23..not for its message but the commentary of Tom's verbal reading..so we have 4 labels today: Ziba, the liar, Shemei: the accuser, Abishai, the avenger, and Ahithophel: the traitor. David really has some challenges he is going through. You know I wonder if he ever thought or regretted ever being picked or chosen as King. I truly believe he had humility and was a man of sorrow over Saul and his son Jonathan's life. He had several kids as I've said before and they are 50 shades of messed up, a daughter who was raped by one of his sons who is dead and killed by another son who is seizing the throne and sleeping with his father's wives! Sick..oh well his sin will catch up very soon

Then the sadness of Jesus brought before Anna then Caiuphus then Pilate for sentencing. If only the people would have opened their blinded eyes to see truth The Truth right before them. All so blind..accusers , cursers, willing to curse and take punishment to 2nd and 3rd generation and so on..sad!

Psalm 119 never disappoints

I love your law!
Your word is my source of hope
LORD, SUSTAIN ME AS YOU PROMISED..
I meditate continually on your decrees
Give discernment
Lord I love u more than silver or gold..

Proverbs 16
The Lord gives fairness in every business deal.

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