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2021_07_28 Insight Post- Rusty Coram

This week's reading- Luke 5-6

I try to be very careful in all of my communication. Each week, as I prepare my message, I pray that when I speak, I won’t misrepresent my Savior and Lord, and that God will help me use wisdom and discernment as I work to teach what is right, and true, from the Bible. I also try to be very careful in my written communication, whether its email, texts or teaching like this. Like many of you, I have had people take something I have said, or written, and use it to misrepresent me or New Hope, or twist my meaning to bolster an idea that is not what was intended. The truth is that we all need to be careful. Imagine Jesus’ situation... as He gained attention and respect from crowds who were eager to hear and learn, the religious establishment is increasingly nervous that Jesus will erode their positions, prestige and livelihoods. In order to discredit Him, they set out to catch Him saying or doing something that could be used (actually, misused) against Him. In chapter 6 of Luke we see them in action:

“The Pharisees and the teachers of the law were looking for a reason to accuse Jesus, so they watched him closely to see if he would heal on the Sabbath.” 6:7

Frustrated that Jesus handled their accusations with wisdom and truth, they continued looking :

“As Jesus was leaving, the teachers of religious law and the Pharisees became hostile and tried to provoke him with many questions. 54 They wanted to trap him into saying something they could use against him.” 11:53,54

Ultimately, His adversaries manufactured false evidence against our Lord to try and justify their aim to eliminate Him.

Jesus is the supreme example of how to operate openly and honestly. He was careful to weigh His words, and guard His actions so no legitimate claim that He was a hypocrite or unfaithful to God could be made. Those of us who follow Him, need to carry the same commitment in our words (spoken or written) and actions. Our integrity may not stop those whose intentions are to do harm, but it will leave a legacy of good, and at the same time make it harder for our detractors!

“In view of this, I also do my best to maintain always a blameless conscience both before God and before men.” Acts 24:16 (NASB)

Rusty Coram

Senior Pastor