December 20, 2019: SOAP #3669:  John 7-8 Scripture:  John (NIV) 7:32 The Pharisees heard the crowd whispering such things about him. Then the chief priests and the Pharisees sent temple guards to arrest him. 45 Finally the temple guards went back to the chief priests and Pharisees, who asked them, “Why didn't you bring him […]

December 20, 2019: SOAP #3669:  John 7-8

Scripture:  John (NIV) 7:32 The Pharisees heard the crowdwhispering such things about him. Then the chief priests and the Pharisees senttemple guards to arrest him.
45 Finally the temple guards went back to the chief priests and Pharisees, whoasked them, “Why didn't you bring him in?” 46 “No-one ever spokethe way this man does,” the guards declared. 47 “You mean he hasdeceived you also?” the Pharisees retorted. 48 “Has any of the rulersor of the Pharisees believed in him? 49 No! But this mob that knows nothing ofthe law"there is a curse on them.”

Observation:  Theguards were sent to arrest Jesus.  Butthey returned without him.  The guards, justby hearing the words of Jesus, were convinced that Jesus spoke truth andcould not bring themselves to arrest Him. The Pharisees, without hearing the words of Jesus, judged thatJesus was an imposter and not keeping the law of Moses.  The Pharisees, without having heard thewords of Jesus, judged that the guards had been deceived! 

Personally hearing the words of Jesus makes a difference! 

Application:   It isimportant to 'hear the words of Jesus' for myself.  I cannot rely on others.  God may use others to bring me a message, butthe Holy Spirit will help me recognize it is His message, and it is forme! 

Prayer:    Holy Spirit, stir my heart and spirit whenJesus is talking to me.  Jesus, I never wantto miss what you are saying to me.  Amen

Pastor Leon
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