Tuesday, August 3, 2021

“PUT” and “LET”

Today’s Reading: Colossians 3-4

Click scripture link to read online or HERE to listen online (then click the symbol of the audio speaker above the scripture portion).

 

The Garden Tomb in Jerusalem is believed by some to be the burial place of Jesus (but only temporarily). HALLELUJAH!!! At some point in history the door was enlarged and in so-doing they must have broken out the rock wall between the entrance and the window.  Also, notice the groove where a large circular stone could have been rolled back and forth. The rolling stone from this tomb is missing, but there is another tomb near Mt. Carmel that has a stone which would fit in this groove.

GOOGLE MAPS – To see where the photo was taken, click HERE.

 

Key Verses: Colossians 3:14-15

But above all these things PUT on love, which is the bond of perfection [completion]. And LET the peace of God rule in your hearts, to which also you were called in one body; and be thankful.

 

In today’s reading the word “PUT” is repeated four times, and the word “LET” three times. This daily blog is highlighting over two years those words or concepts that are repeated for extra emphasis. If we had heard Paul speak in person, he may have raised his voice or made dramatic body language gestures to reinforce his main points. In writing, repetition serves the same purpose. Paul is intent on getting our full attention!

(1)”PUT” to death fornication, etc. (2) “PUT” off … filthy language, etc. (3) “PUT” on the new man. (4) “PUT” on love…. (1) “LET” the peace of God rule in your hearts. (2) “LET” the Word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom… (3) “LET” your speech always be seasoned with grace.

The action word is “PUT.” The passive word is “LET.” The first, we deliberately make happen; the second, we relax and yield to the Spirit of Christ living in us. Compare Scripture with Scripture. For example, read James 4:7-8 for action, and read a statement about letting “the power that works in us” go to work. It’s not an effort. “LET” it happen as in Ephesians 3:20 (read Eph 3:14-20).

PRAYER FOR TODAY:

Lord God, I pray for grace to do all I should do to live as Your follower, and grace to rest in the knowledge that Your power is working in me. I know with absolute certainty that You are “ABLE TO DO EXCEEDINGLY ABUNDANTLY ABOVE ALL THAT WE ASK OR THINK.” Thank You that Your power is working in me now and always!!! In and through the Person of Jesus I pray, AMEN!!!

100 PERSONAL WORDS:

As part of today’s reading in Colossians 4:2-4, Paul asked for his readers to pray for him. I’m asking you to pray for me in the same way, “That God would open a door for the Word” (i.e. keep the blog going and give His favour in sharing it with others. Also pray for future opportunities to use new media, high definition web-casting online, etc.).

In reading Colossians several times over three days, I’ve thought often of a story from New York City. Norma-Jean and I visited the Teen Challenge Centre in Brooklyn, which is located in a very rough area. As we were leaving, Rev. Don Wilkerson (brother of David Wilkerson, Teen Challenge founder) said to us, “Jesus will take you safely to the subway station.” About a minute later, a Puerto Rican teenager approached us. He said, “Hi, I’m Jesus, just follow me to the subway.” We laughed with joy at the prospect of safely following Jesus. I had often heard baseball commentators talk about a great play made by “Jesus” (in Spanish, of course, it’s pronounced like “Heysoos”).

Yours for following Jesus, knowing when to “PUT” and when to “LET,”

David

P.S. Seeing that Colossians is “All about Jesus,” here’s another clip from the Matthew movie with actor Bruce Marchiano playing the part of Jesus (click here).

Inside The Garden Tomb, visitors can look through the barrier into the burial chamber. In our Israel tours Norma-Jean usually stands in the foreground shown in the picture, pointing out features of the tomb to the members of our family of travellers as they enter and marvel at the truth of the death, burial and resurrection of our Lord.

8 thoughts on “Tuesday, August 3, 2021

  1. Paul was a great man. His advice was so “right on”! It must have been awful to be in chains back then. There are no words to describe the suffering of Jesus. Thank You Lord. The greatest thanks we can give to Him is to follow Him closely. Blessings all – a beautiful day in S Ontario.

  2. Amen,Doreen.
    The day Jesus knocked Saul down to his lowest,He must have instilled in him a huge helping of grace.After his sight was restored Saul/Paul (from our perspective)seemed to live in a state of constant repentance acting out of love for Jesus and knowing just how wrong he and the Pharisees (and the Sadducees) were about Messiah.Imagine how utterly terrible he must have felt knowing he willingly help kill the Messiah and His followers.That is how the world will feel when Jesus returns.
    Even in chains Paul reached other lands through his fellow evangelists with a faith that stuck to his letters,even today.May God bless
    PS:Keep praying for Beverlee and our other prayer requests.

    • Yes William, praying for Beverlee and all who are in difficult/challenging situations. May Father God comfort you and protect you with His sheltering Wings. Amen

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