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The Power to Forgive Sins - by Michael Phillips
Study in Luke - Part 14 of 94
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Luke 5:17-26
Apr 07, 2002 am - What do you think of a man who picks a fight? I don't mean one who fights when he has to. David said, "I am for peace, but when I speak, they are for war". No, I mean someone who starts a fight on purpose or goes out of his way to make other people mad. What do you think of that kind of man? I don't think much of him. It seems to me that starting fights is a proud thing to do; it means you're impatient and very much lacking in love and common sense. That's what I think of a man who picks a fight. Are you with me on this one? If you're wrong. That is exactly what the Lord Jesus Christ is doing in our story. He is picking a fight--going out of His way to antagonize the people around Him. He touches the rawest nerve in Judaism. Every Bible-believing Jew at the time must have winced at what He said-and what He meant by it. The Scribes and Pharisees, of course, were looking for something to accuse Him of. And He handed it to them on a silver platter! I wonder what the disciples thought? Were they like the President's PR men? When the boss says something wrong, they explain it away. If left to themselves, what kind of spin would they have put on the Lord's words? We have no ... More >>>

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