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When the Bible Interprets Us

I am convinced that there is truth to what someone said about the Bible interpreting us.  You can read your Bible everyday, study until your eyes ache, read it for comfort or knowledge of reproving or correcting but there is always something that jumps out when you least expect it and grabs you even though you have read it before.

This from Acts 22

12When we heard this, we and the people there pleaded with Paul not to go up to Jerusalem. 13Then Paul answered, “Why are you weeping and breaking my heart? I am ready not only to be bound, but also to die in Jerusalem for the name of the Lord Jesus.” 14When he would not be dissuaded, we fell silent and said, “The Lord’s will be done.”…

Luther was stopped by friends on his way to Worms and the same thing happened and almost the same words used.  “Why are you weeping – I am going to Worms no matter what for the confession of the Gospel even if I go to my death.  I will go even if there be as many devils there as shingles on the roofs”.

And just this week I heard from someone that their loved one is dying and told them that the worst thing they could do was cry and “break his heart”.  He knew in whom he believed and his only fear was the grief of those he loved.

This is a grace – to know that our loved one trust in Christ and are ready for the final summons.  The only thing that can bother and discomfort them are our tears.

 

 

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