Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! because ye build the tombs of the prophets, and garnish the sepulchres of the righteous, And say, If we had been in the days of our fathers, we would not have been partakers with them in the blood of the prophets. Wherefore ye be witnesses unto yourselves, that ye are the children of them which killed the prophets. Fill ye up then the measure of your fathers. Ye serpents, ye generation of vipers, how can ye escape the damnation of hell?
Did you ever notice that Jesus held no punches when dealing with the Scribes and Pharisees?
There are Scribes and Pharisees in the Church today. These people find fault in everything and are quick to criticize anyone doing anything they don’t agree with. I don’t want to be like them.
And it came to pass on a certain day, as he was teaching, that there were Pharisees and doctors of the law sitting by, which were come out of every town of Galilee, and Judaea, and Jerusalem: and the power of the Lord was present to heal them. And, behold, men brought in a bed a man which was taken with a palsy: and they sought means to bring him in, and to lay him before him. And when they could not find by what way they might bring him in because of the multitude, they went upon the housetop, and let him down through the tiling with his couch into the midst before Jesus.
Jesus was preaching. The Pharisees and doctors of the law were in the crowd and probably had taken the best seats. Four men brought their friend to the meeting but could not get in. This did not stop them from getting their friend to Jesus!
The four men carried their paralyzed friend up on the roof. They had faith that their friend would be healed if they got him to Jesus. We see in this story that faith is persistent. It does not take “no” for an answer.
So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.
There are people who have stepped out and fallen on their face in failure. Faith does not fail because it is built on the Word of God. God’s will is revealed to us in the Word. Bold faith does not require us to learn volumes of Scripture or memorize hundreds of verses. Revelation knowledge received from just one verse will move a mountain.
It is impossible to have faith without revelation knowledge. This can only be received from time spent meditating on Scripture and fellowshipping with the Spirit.
Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come.
The Holy Spirit will guide us into truth if we will learn to look to Him.
How much time are we spending each day focused on the things of God? There are a lot of distractions that will keep us from Him if we allow them to.
Why were these me so confident Jesus could heal their friend? The Bible doesn’t tell us exactly. I believe that they had been in His meetings and heard stories of the miracles. Faith comes by hearing so they had to have “heard” before they drug their paralyzed friend up on the roof!
For the Lord GOD will help me; therefore shall I not be confounded: therefore have I set my face like a flint, and I know that I shall not be ashamed.
Faith will embolden you. The men arrived to find the meeting full. From a natural perspective it was impossible for them to get their friend to Jesus. They were looking beyond the seen and dragged their friend to the roof. What would we have done?
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