Mark 7:1-2… “Then came together unto him the Pharisees, and certain of the scribes, which came from Jerusalem. And when they saw some of his disciples eat bread with defiled, that is to say, with unwashen, hands, they found fault” (KJV). These people came all the way from Jerusalem to hear Jesus and to see His healing power at work. The first thing they did was to pick out flaws. They found fault. They couldn’t see that Jesus was the greatest movement of redemption that ever touched this planet, a movement that cleansed the minds, souls, and physical bodies of men, women, and children. All they saw was an infringement on their own ritualistic way of doing things. Their eyes were open to nonessentials and blind to things that were essential. So history forgot them and left them behind. They left a criticism; Jesus left a conversion. They picked flaws; Jesus picked followers.
It seems that some folks are better at hating than they are at loving. They are better at picking out flaws than they are of being constructive. Paul says in Philippians 2:14, “Do all things without murmurings and disputings” (KJV). In other words, “Seal your lips to flaw-finding and unseal your lips to faith and trust when you see Jesus working amongst you.” Leave off the negatives, but announce the positives. Paul accentuated the positives. Note 2 Corinthians 4:7-12, “But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us. We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; Persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed; Always bearing about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our body. For we which live are always delivered unto death for Jesus’ sake, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our mortal flesh. So then death worketh in us, but life in you.” “Life works in you,” Paul testified. This ought to be every believer’s testimony. “Life works in me–not death, negatives, or fault-finding.”
THE BURDENSOME STONE
Zechariah 12:3… “And in that day will I make Jerusalem a burdensome stone for all people: all that burden themselves with it shall be cut in pieces, though all the people of the earth be gathered together against it” (KJV).
The words “burdensome stone” refer to the lifting of stones as an exercise of strength. One of the customs of the young men of Judah was to lift huge stones showing the greatness of their strength. The strength of wrestlers was proved by lifting heavy stones before they entered a wrestling match. A heavy stone was placed at the entrance to the arena to see if the men were strong enough. In the end times, Jerusalem is this heavy stone. The world is watching. The New Living Translation reads, “On that day I will make Jerusalem a heavy stone, a burden for the world. None of the nations who try to lift it will escape unscathed.” The New Century Version reads, “One day all the nations on earth will come together to attack Jerusalem, but I will make it like a heavy rock; anyone who tries to move it will get hurt.” Right now Israel has become a burden to the world, a heavy boulder. Some nations are touching Israel with great hatred; others stand back fearful of helping her. The Bible exhorts us, “Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: they shall prosper that love thee” (Psalm 122:6, KJV).
Pastor George Belobaba
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