Be Forewarned

Jesus, quite often, spoke out against injustice and racism (Parable of the good Samaritan, woman at the well, healing the centurion’s servant, etc.)  As our perfect example we need to be striving to emulate him. But be forewarned. Everyone will not appreciate your actions, in fact they may react very strongly against you. 
In Luke chapter 4 we see what can happen; Jesus was preaching in his home town. The people were gladly receiving his message; ‘All spoke well of him and were amazed at the gracious words that came from his lips. ‘ (:22) They liked him until he said; “I assure you that there were many widows in Israel in Elijah’s time,  when the sky was shut for three and a half years and there was a severe famine throughout the land. Yet Elijah was not sent to one of them, but to a widow in Zarephath in the region of Sidon. And there were many in Israel with leprosy in the time of Elisha the prophet,  yet not one of them was cleansed – only Naaman the Syrian. ”  (:25-27) 
Jesus told them something historically accurate but it was something they didn’t want to hear. “God loves, and will use or heal, foreigners equally, or ahead of, Israelites???” “How dare he.”
‘All the people in the synagogue were furious when they heard this. They got up, drove him out of town, and took him to the brow of the hill on which the town was built,  in order to throw him from the cliff. ‘ (:28-29)
Wow! They are told something historically accurate, that they know to be true, and they want to kill the speaker. I hope we can all agree that this is an outrageous and ungodly response. 
Sometimes we will hear things that we don’t want to hear. But if they are true we must react in a godly fashion, if, in fact, we belong to him.
Be strong in Christ. Keep the faith. 

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