Matthew 9:2-3 And, behold, certain of the scribes said within themselves, This man blasphemeth. And Jesus knowing their thoughts said, Wherefore think ye evil in your hearts?
Have you ever gone through a haunted house at the Fair or some Amusement Park? As you come around a corner, something suddenly jumps out and scares you half to death. It is scary and yet at the same time it is fun because we know it was planned this way. This frightening experience was designed not to hurt us, but for our enjoyment. As they designed it, they knew how our mind would react to what they did. This type of planning is not really mind reading; it simply knows the nature of people. The idea of someone actually being able to read our minds moment by moment seems rather intimidating. This means EVERY thought we have they would know.
Well, the Bible passage we read above teaches us Jesus can do just that. He knows every thought we have. That means our harsh thoughts toward someone, and the “get even” mindset we sometimes have. He knows everything. Some would probably say, “I don’t like it.” However, this means Jesus can also hear those good thought in our hearts. He can hear our praise toward Him and our worship of Him. I guess that would be the reason why Paul wrote in 2 Cor. 10:5, “Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;” We should bring even our thoughts into captivity and use them to praise and honor our God.
CARRYING THAT THOUGHT THROUGH THE DAY:
As you go through the day from time to time, think about this. If what you were thinking were being played over a loud speaker or displayed on a big screen for all to see, would it be pleasing to those around you? Here is something else to ponder. Consider the thoughts you are thinking right now… are also running through the mind of Jesus. It might change the way we think on things.
THROUGH THE BIBLE ACCELERATED READING (O.T.-1/N.T. & PS.-2/Prov.-Monthly)
Genesis 11,12 / Psalm 6 / Proverbs 6 / Matthew 9
THROUGH THE BIBLE OLD & NEW TESTAMENT DAILY
Genesis 6-8 / Matthew 3
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… and the Word of God into people.”
Dr. Franklin J. Senters Th.D.
Founder and Executive Director