Being known

A few weeks ago, I had a moment with my husband where, for a moment, I knew what he was thinking. It happens when people know each other very well, and if you’ve spent a lot of time together. You start to recognize situations, or you remember a previous conversation or circumstance, and sometimes, you just know what the other person is thinking as a situation occurs.

In a second, God drew my attention to Himself.

There are a few passages in the Bible when Jesus answered the scribes and Pharisees’ thoughts without them having to say a word. I’ll highlight a few for you:

“But Jesus, knowing their thoughts, said, ‘Why do you think evil in your hearts?’ ” – Matthew 9:4 (ESV)

“When Jesus perceived their thoughts, He answered them, ‘Why do you question in your hearts?’ ” – Luke 5:22 (ESV)

I had always thought that Jesus knew their thoughts because He is God, simply because He is all-knowing and He knew all their darkness and evil motives. But, in that moment, I realized something incredibly beautiful.

Jesus knew their thoughts because these individual persons were indescribably loved by Him. He knew these people as individuals, loving their personality traits and quirks and knowing their concerns. In spite of their attitude towards Him, Jesus had an immensely deep love for these persons, just as He loves every human He ever created (again, in spite of what they do / don’t do).

He knew their thoughts, because He knew them.

Suddenly, I don’t read these passages of Scripture with a smug attitude, as if Jesus answered their thoughts out of pride or to show Himself off to them*. Instead, I read these with a sense of Jesus’ deep compassion and love, and I imagine Him with care asking them these questions so that they can realize how unreasonable they were being. (Refer to the passages in context at the bottom of this post.) He was helping them out of love, guiding them to a better understanding of what God’s Law was really about.

I thank God for the compassionate love He has for each of us. I am grateful that Jesus knows and loves me and all about me, in spite of my flaws and failures, and that He will take the time to address my thoughts so that I can realize my need for (more of) Him.

May you also realize His immeasurable love for you today. May you meditate on the fact that God loves you as you are, He delights in you because of who He made you to be, graciously forgiving your mistakes, knowing all about you more intimately than anyone ever can.

Praise be to God!

* Notice how, in both passages below, Jesus was not drawing attention to Himself, but God was glorified through His miracles. Although Jesus is part of the God-head, it was not clear to the scribes and Pharisees at this point in time (perhaps some realized it later).

I’d love to hear if you find some more passages where Jesus knew their thoughts!

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Matthew 9
1  And He entered into a ship, and passed over, and came into His own city.  2  And, behold, they brought to Him a man sick of the palsy, lying on a bed: and Jesus seeing their faith said unto the sick of the palsy; “Son, be of good cheer; thy sins be forgiven thee.”  3  And, behold, certain of the scribes said within themselves, ‘This man blasphemeth.’  4  And Jesus knowing their thoughts said, “Wherefore think ye evil in your hearts?  5  For whether is easier, to say, “Thy sins be forgiven thee”; or to say, “Arise, and walk?”  6  But that ye may know that the Son of man hath power on earth to forgive sins,” (then saith he to the sick of the palsy,) “Arise, take up thy bed, and go unto thine house.”  7  And he arose, and departed to his house.  8  But when the multitudes saw it, they marvelled, and glorified God, which had given such power unto men.

Luke 5
17  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.  18  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.  19  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.  20  And when He saw their faith, He said unto him, “Man, thy sins are forgiven thee.”  21  And the scribes and the Pharisees began to reason, saying, “Who is this which speaketh blasphemies? Who can forgive sins, but God alone?”  22  But when Jesus perceived their thoughts, He answering said unto them, “What reason ye in your hearts?  23  Whether is easier, to say, “Thy sins be forgiven thee”; or to say, “Rise up and walk?”  24  But that ye may know that the Son of man hath power upon earth to forgive sins,” (He said unto the sick of the palsy,) “I say unto thee, Arise, and take up thy couch, and go into thine house.”  25  And immediately he rose up before them, and took up that whereon he lay, and departed to his own house, glorifying God.  26  And they were all amazed, and they glorified God, and were filled with fear, saying, “We have seen strange things to day.”

Luke 7
36  And one of the Pharisees desired Him that He would eat with him. And He went into the Pharisee’s house, and sat down to meat.  37  And, behold, a woman in the city, which was a sinner, when she knew that Jesus sat at meat in the Pharisee’s house, brought an alabaster box of ointment,  38  And stood at His feet behind Him weeping, and began to wash His feet with tears, and did wipe them with the hairs of her head, and kissed His feet, and anointed them with the ointment.  39  Now when the Pharisee which had bidden Him saw it, he spake within himself, saying, ‘This man, if He were a prophet, would have known who and what manner of woman this is that toucheth Him: for she is a sinner.’  40  And Jesus answering said unto him, “Simon, I have somewhat to say unto thee.” And he saith, “Master, say on.”  41  “There was a certain creditor which had two debtors: the one owed five hundred pence, and the other fifty.  42  And when they had nothing to pay, he frankly forgave them both. Tell me therefore, which of them will love him most?”  43  Simon answered and said, “I suppose that he, to whom he forgave most.” And He said unto him, “Thou hast rightly judged.”  44  And He turned to the woman, and said unto Simon, “Seest thou this woman? I entered into thine house, thou gavest Me no water for My feet:  but she hath washed My feet with tears, and wiped them with the hairs of her head.  45  Thou gavest Me no kiss:  but this woman since the time I came in hath not ceased to kiss My feet.  46  My head with oil thou didst not anoint:  but this woman hath anointed My feet with ointment.  47  Wherefore I say unto thee, her sins, which are many, are forgiven;  for she loved much:  but to whom little is forgiven, the same loveth little.”  48  And He said unto her, “Thy sins are forgiven.”  49  And they that sat at meat with Him began to say within themselves, ‘Who is this that forgiveth sins also?‘  50  And He said to the woman, “Thy faith hath saved thee; go in peace.”

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Sparrows

Matthew 6:26 & Matthew 10:29-31

Matthew 6:26 & Matthew 10:29-31

You can’t add a single day by worrying –
you’ll worry your life away…
Oh, don’t worry your life away!
You can’t change a single thing by freaking out,
it’s just gonna close you in;
Oh, don’t let the trouble win!

You may feel alone,
but you’re not on your own!

(La-la-la, la-la-la-la)
If He can hold the world, He can hold this moment!
(La-la-la, la-la-la-la)
Not a field nor flower escapes His notice…
Oh, even the sparrow
knows He holds tomorrow…

Lean in and it’s hard to miss: everything can change
when you make it His –
oh, He wants to carry it…
Carefree in the care of God, when you let it go
you’ll find that He’s enough!
Oh, you never leave His love…

You don’t walk alone!

Chorus

There’s not a single star that’s out of place,
there’s nothing broken He can’t remake…
If you long for hope when you’re afraid,
oh, look at the sparrow,
look at the sparrow…

Chorus

~ Performed by:  Jason Gray
Written by: Jason Gray, Mia Fieldes and Jonathan Smith ~

Long live

If you’re playing that drum, but you got no rhythm;
If you’re a little out of key, but you’re always singing…
If you’re so carefree, but so not careless
Such a wreck, but ain’t love wreck-less?
If you’re listening I hope you hear this:

Long live the young at heart –
you know who you are!
With your spirit burning;
Take a risk and take a chance – carry on!

Long live the soul set free –
don’t be afraid to dream!
While the world’s still turning,
every moment, make it happen…
With two left feet, keep on dancing!

Beat by beat
Breath by breath
Walking hand in hand
Step by step…

With a drop of faith and childlike wonder,
you can weather the lighting, you can brave the thunder!
No road map, but keep on running;
No parachute, but keep on jumping!
Oh, I think you might be onto something…

Chorus
Beat by beat
Breath by breath
Walking hand in hand
Step by step
Here and now
Day by day
Won’t let this memory slip away

~ Written by:  Luke Smallbone, Joel Smallbone, Seth Mosley & Blair Daly
Performed by:  for King & Country ~

Matter

All of the dreams that haven’t come true,  (Ps. 38:9, Ps. 119:49, Prov. 13:12)
and all of the hurt that happened to you –  (Jer. 10:19)
it matters, I hope you know it matters…

You felt the pain of a bitter defeat  (Bible verses)
where the weight of the grief is more bitter than sweet –  (Lam. 3:32)
it matters, I’m telling you it matters

to the One Who spoke and set the sun ablaze;  (Gen. 1:14-19, Ps. 8:3)
to the One Who stopped the storm and walked the waves;  (Mark 4:39, Matt. 14:25)
to the One Who took the tree so He could say:  (1 Pet. 2:24, John 15:13, John 10:18)
You matter, I hope you know you matter!  (Matt. 10:29-31)

I know it’s not easy, not saying it’s fair,  (John 16:33)
but close as a prayer, Somebody cares –  (Matt. 28:20, Heb. 13:5, 1 Pet. 5:7)
you’re a treasure, I hope you know you’re treasured!  (Ex. 19:5)

So hold your head high, wait for the dawn;  (Ps. 27:14)
keep hanging on, your sadness will turn into laughter!  (Ps. 126:5-6, Is. 61:3)
Watch it turn into laughter…

Chorus  (Rom 8:31-32)

Let the water spill from your eyes;  (Ps. 56:8, Mark 9:24, Heb. 5:7, 2 Kings 20:5)
let it wash the wounds of those lies…
Oh, let the water spill from your eyes…
All that you are, all that you’ll be –
Someone put the beat in your heart so that you’ll see
you matter…  (Matt. 10:29-31, Is. 43:4)

Chorus

~ Written by:  Luke Smallbone, Joel Smallbone, Seth Mosley
Performed by:  for King & Country ~

I’m gonna keep on

Well it’s as old as the Bible: the folks, they keep on searching…
They’re discouraged, downhearted and worried ’bout their destiny.
But there are too many answers to keep on asking the same old questions…
I found Jesus, and let me tell you:  brother, that’s enough for me!

I’m gonna keep on singing and telling folks about Jesus!
I’m going keep on writing mainly in the Major keys…
I’m gonna keep on loving and pointing folks to Calvary:
I’ve found Jesus, and let me tell you: brother, that’s enough for me!

I know people who are frightened about the future of our country…
And they ask me if I’m worried about the market or the economy.
But I’ve a Pilot Who has weathered every storm that ever happened,
and if He sees that little sparrow, I know He’ll take good care of me!

Chorus

~ Written by: Bill Gaither ~

Matthew 10
29  Are not two sparrows sold for a farthing? and one of them shall not fall on the ground without your Father. 30  But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. 31  Fear ye not therefore, ye are of more value than many sparrows.

Sparrows

Two sparrowsMatthew 6

26  “Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they?”

Matthew 10

29  “Are not two sparrows sold for a farthing? and one of them shall not fall on the ground without your Father.  30  But the very hairs of your head are all numbered.  31  Fear ye not therefore, ye are of more value than many sparrows.”

Luke 12

24  “Consider the ravens: for they neither sow nor reap; which neither have storehouse nor barn; and God feedeth them: how much more are ye better than the fowls?  30 … your Father knoweth that ye have need of these things.  31  But rather seek ye the kingdom of God; and all these things shall be added unto you.  32  Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.”

Looking for a city

Here among the shadows
(Living) in a lonely land (with strangers)
We’re a band of pilgrims on the move
(Through dangers) burdened down with sorrows
(And we’re) shunned on every hand
(But we are) looking for a city built above

(Oh yes, we’re looking here and there) Looking for a city (looking for a city)
(Yonder where we’ll never die) Where we’ll never die (never die, no never)
(And up there there with all the saints) There the sainted millions (yes with all the millions)
(We will never say goodbye) Never say goodbye (say goodbye, no never)
(Yes and when we gather there) Where we’ll meet our Saviour (we’ll meet Christ our Saviour)
(Glory and we know we’ll meet) And our loved ones, too (friends and all our loved ones)
(Now we pray thee quickly come) Come oh Holy Spirit (Sprit, come, oh Spirit)
(Come oh, come on thee we call) All our hopes renew (all our hopes renew)

In this land of dangers
(We are) going here and there
(We’re simply) trusting in the blessed Savior’s love (with mercy)
Though we may be stangers
(Living) in this world of care
(We’re always) looking for a city built above

~ Written by:  Unknown
Performed by:  Gaither Homecoming Friends ~

Hebrews 11
8  By faith Abraham, when he was called to go out into a place which he should after receive for an inheritance, obeyed; and he went out, not knowing whither he went.  9  By faith he sojourned in the land of promise, as in a strange country, dwelling in tabernacles with Isaac and Jacob, the heirs with him of the same promise:  10  For he looked for a city which hath foundations, whose Builder and Maker is God.
13  These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off, and were persuaded of them, and embraced them, and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth.  14  For they that say such things declare plainly that they seek a country.  15  And truly, if they had been mindful of that country from whence they came out, they might have had opportunity to have returned.  16  But now they desire a better country, that is, an heavenly: wherefore God is not ashamed to be called their God: for He hath prepared for them a city.

See previous post:  Heavenly Perspective

Count your blessings

When upon life’s billows you are tempest-tossed,
when you are discouraged, thinking all is lost…
Count your many blessings, name them one by one,
and it will surprise you what the Lord hath done.  (Psalm 143:5)

Count your blessings, name them one by one,
Count your blessings, see what God hath done!
Count your blessings, name them one by one,
and it will surprise you what the Lord hath done.

Are you ever burdened with a load of care?  (Matthew 11:28, 1 Peter 5:7)
Does the cross seem heavy you are called to bear?  (Matthew 16:24)
Count your many blessings, every doubt will fly,
and you will keep singing as the days go by.

When you look at others with their lands and gold,  (Proverbs 11:28)
think that Christ has promised you His wealth untold.  (Matthew 6:20, John 14:2-3)
Count your many blessings:  Wealth can never buy  (Acts 8:18-20, Ephesians 2:8)
your reward in heaven, nor your home on high.

So, amid the conflict whether great or small,
do not be disheartened, God is over all…  (Ephesians 1:21-23)
Count your many blessings:  angels will attend,  (Psalm 91:11)
help and comfort give you to your journey’s end.

~ Words:  Johnson Oatman, Jr.
Music:  Edwin O. Excell ~

Reach out and touch the LORD

If your heart is sad and lonely, there’s no joy anywhere.
If there’s no one left to comfort, and there’s no one left to care.
Just cast your cares on Jesus and upon His arms rely,
And reach out and touch the Lord as He walks by.

Though a stranger to the Master and His wonderful grace.
If you’ve never had the pleasure in beholding His face.
Would you lay aside earth’s treasures for a home in the sky,
Then, reach out and touch the Lord as He walks by.

Reach out and touch the Lord as He goes by.
You will find He’s not too busy to hear your heart’s cry.
He’s passing by this moment, your needs He’ll supply,
Just reach out and touch the Lord as He walks by.

All along a dusty roadside, on His way to raise the dead.
Mighty was the crowd that followed, hungry for that Living Bread.
“I must touch Him”, cried a woman, “I must touch Him or I’ll die.”
So, she reached and touched His garment as he passed by.

~ Words and Music by:  Bill Harmon ~

Mark 5 (see also Matthew 9:20-22 and Luke 8:43-50)

25  And a certain woman, which had an issue of blood twelve years,  26  and had suffered many things of many physicians, and had spent all that she had, and was nothing bettered, but rather grew worse,  27  When she had heard of Jesus, came in the press behind, and touched his garment.  28  For she said, “If I may touch but His clothes, I shall be whole.”  29  And straightway the fountain of her blood was dried up; and she felt in her body that she was healed of that plague.  30  And Jesus, immediately knowing in Himself that virtue had gone out of Him, turned Him about in the press, and said, “Who touched my clothes?”  31  And His disciples said unto Him, “Thou seest the multitude thronging Thee, and sayest Thou, ‘Who touched me?’ ”  32  And He looked round about to see her that had done this thing.  33  But the woman fearing and trembling, knowing what was done in her, came and fell down before Him, and told Him all the truth.  34  And He said unto her, “Daughter, thy faith hath made thee whole; go in peace, and be whole of thy plague.”

Heavenly Perspective

Colossians 3
1  If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God.  2  Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth.  3  For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God.  4  When Christ, Who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with Him in glory.

Hebrews 12
1  Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us,  2  Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; Who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.  3  For consider Him that endured such contradiction of sinners against Himself, lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds.

2 Corinthians 4
16  For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day.  17  For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory;  18  While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.  (See also 2 Corinthians 5:7  “For we walk by faith, not by sight…”)

Hebrews 11
8  By faith Abraham, when he was called to go out into a place which he should after receive for an inheritance, obeyed; and he went out, not knowing whither he went.  9  By faith he sojourned in the land of promise, as in a strange country, dwelling in tabernacles with Isaac and Jacob, the heirs with him of the same promise:  10  For he looked for a city which hath foundations, whose Builder and Maker is God.
13  These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off, and were persuaded of them, and embraced them, and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth.  14  For they that say such things declare plainly that they seek a country.  15  And truly, if they had been mindful of that country from whence they came out, they might have had opportunity to have returned.  16  But now they desire a better country, that is, an heavenly: wherefore God is not ashamed to be called their God: for He hath prepared for them a city.

Hebrews 13
14  For here have we no continuing city, but we seek one to come.  15  By Him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to His Name.

John 14
1  “Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in Me.  2  In My Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.  3  And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto Myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.  4  And whither I go ye know, and the way ye know.”  5  Thomas saith unto Him, “Lord, we know not whither thou goest; and how can we know the way?”  6  Jesus saith unto him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by Me.”

2 Peter 3
11  Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness,  12  Looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat?  13  Nevertheless we, according to His promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness.

Titus 2
11  For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men,  12  Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world;  13  Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ;  14  Who gave Himself for us, that He might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto Himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works.

Romans 8
24  For we are saved by hope: but hope that is seen is not hope: for what a man seeth, why doth he yet hope for?  25  But if we hope for that we see not, then do we with patience wait for it.
28  And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to His purpose.

1 Peter 2
19  For this is thankworthy, if a man for conscience toward God endure grief, suffering wrongfully.  20  For what glory is it, if, when ye be buffeted for your faults, ye shall take it patiently? but if, when ye do well, and suffer for it, ye take it patiently, this is acceptable with God.  21  For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow His steps…

1 Peter 5
7  Casting all your care upon Him; for He careth for you.  8  Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:  9  Whom resist stedfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world.  10  But the God of all grace, Who hath called us unto His eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you.

Matthew 6
31  “Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed?  32  (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things.  33  But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and His righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.”

1 Timothy 6
6  But godliness with contentment is great gain.  7  For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out.  8  And having food and raiment let us be therewith content.
17  Charge them that are rich in this world, that they be not highminded, nor trust in uncertain riches, but in the living God, Who giveth us richly all things to enjoy;  18  That they do good, that they be rich in good works, ready to distribute, willing to communicate;  19  Laying up in store for themselves a good foundation against the time to come, that they may lay hold on eternal life.

Philippians 3
7  But what things were gain to me, those I counted loss for Christ.  8  Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for Whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ,  9  And be found in Him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith:  10  That I may know Him, and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, being made conformable unto His death…

See also http://www.shepherd.to/heaven/contents/How_live.htm