January 09, 2020: SOAP #3689:  Genesis 23-24; Luke 9 Scripture:  Luke (NIV) 9:1  When Jesus had called the Twelve together, he gave them power and authority to drive out all demons and to cure diseases, 2 and he sent them out to preach the kingdom of God and to heal the sick. 3 He told […]

January 09, 2020: SOAP #3689:  Genesis 23-24; Luke 9

Scripture:  Luke (NIV) 9:1 When Jesus had called the Twelve together, he gave them power andauthority to drive out all demons and to cure diseases, 2 and he sent them outto preach the kingdom of God and to heal the sick. 3 He told them: “Takenothing for the journey"no staff, no bag, no bread, no money, no extra tunic. 4Whatever house you enter, stay there until you leave that town. 5 If people donot welcome you, shake the dust off your feet when you leave their town, as atestimony against them.”

Observation:  In thesecond verse above there is a word that always catches my attention.  It is commonly used to describe Jesus.  Most of the times it is Jesus describing Himself.  This is clearly how Jesus saw, or consideredHimself.  It is the word 'sent.' 

In the passage above we find the 'Sent' One sending His disciples.  The One sent from the Father was sendingthem.    

Application:  For ten years I was sent by the US Navy.  I went where they sent me and fulfilled the responsibilitiesthey assigned me.  When I was in Viet Nam,the US Navy provided everything I needed: food, clothing, transportation,supplies, my schedule, for housing a poncho or tent, etc.  

God had specifically sent me to leave Bible College and join the Navy, so Iconsidered the assignments from the Navy to be from Him. 

In my life, I have found God to be a better Sender than the US Navy.  I have also found God to be a better Providerthan the US Navy.

Prayer:  Jesus, when I called you Lord, I gave youpermission to send me wherever you decided would be best.  I am discovering that what you see as bestfor the kingdom is also best for me.  Youare the Sender and I am the sent.   Amen

Pastor Leon
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