“They sailed to the region of the Gerasenes, which is across the lake from Galilee. When Jesus stepped ashore, He was met by a demon-possessed man from the town. For a long time this man had not worn clothes or lived in a house, but had lived in the tombs.” Luke 8:26-27
Who got out of the boat? As the boat finally reached the eastern edge of the Sea of Galilee and the bow wedged into the stony shore, we need to carefully read Luke’s account of this journey. It seems Luke is telling us that only Jesus got out of the boat! This is re-enforced later when Luke refers to only Jesus getting back into the boat (8:37). Mark’s account likewise suggests that only Jesus got out of the boat 5:2&18).
Did they vote with their feet and stay put in the boat? While in theory we would all say we are willing to travel closely with Jesus, there are times when our fears can cause us to stay put in our own boats.
When the parents brought in the child Jesus to do for him what the custom of the Law required, Simeon took him in his arms and praised God, saying: “Sovereign Lord, as you have promised, now dismiss your servant in peace. “For my eyes have seen your salvation, which you have prepared in the sight of all people, a light for revelation to the Gentiles and for glory to your people Israel.”(Luke 2:27-32)
Six weeks after the birth of Jesus, his parents took him to Jerusalem to consecrate him to God. As soon as Simeon held him, he knew that he was holding the promised Messiah and he praised God for fulfilling his hope.
That is why we labor and strive, because we have put ourhope in the living God. (1Tim 4:10)
Strengthened by the Spirit and assured by the Spirit’s word, our hope is sustained. The result of sustained hope is the strength to endure difficulty and continue to labor and strive in doing the work of God. As Hudson Taylor wrote, “God’s work done God’s way will never lack God’s provision.”
“Hold on to instruction, do not let her go; guard her well, for she is your life.” Proverbs 4:13
Wisdom also has a twin sister, Instruction. (The words are often used synonymously in Proverbs.) She too, is to be held onto and held in high esteem. These girls must be guarded for they are such an important source of life.
We’ve installed four new activities outside each of our lodges and meeting halls. They’re as much fun to watch as they are to play—hillbilly golf, corn-bag toss, one-on-one stump tug of war, and traditional horseshoes.