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What Shall I Do, Lord? part 3
The Bible says that men love darkness because it provides a covering for their sin. The covering is type of a betrayal. Rather than having our weaknesses exposed by the Light of the Son of God, we look for the covering of darkness. Job 24:13-17 “Others have been with those who rebel against the light; They do not want to know its ways, nor abide in its paths. 14“The murderer arises at dawn; He kills the poor and the needy, and at night he is as a thief. 15“And the eye of the adulterer waits for the twilight, saying, ‘No eye will see me.’ And he disguises his face.16“In the dark they dig into houses, they shut themselves up by day; they do not know the light.17“For the morning is the same to him as thick darkness, for he is familiar with the terrors of thick darkness.”
Verse 13 raises an interesting thought by speaking of “those who rebel against the light.” Some forms of self-preservation could be called “rebellion against the light.” Whereas self-denial could be called, “Living in the Light.”
Luke 2:25-30 “And behold, there was a man in Jerusalem whose name was Simeon; and this man was righteous and devout, looking for the consolation of Israel; and the Holy Spirit was upon him. 26 And it had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not see death before he had seen the Lord’s Christ. 27 And he came in the Spirit into the temple; and when the parents brought in the child Jesus, to carry out for Him the custom of the Law, 28 then he took Him into his arms, and blessed God, and said, 29 “Now Lord, Thou dost let Thy bond-servant depart in peace, according to Thy Word; 30 For my eyes have seen Thy salvation.”
In verse 29 Simeon speaks of himself as the Lord’s servant. In fact he calls himself a bond-servant of the Lord. Paul the apostle often used the same phrase when he would introduce himself as the Bond-Servant of Jesus Christ. Simeon looked upon himself as the Lord’s bond-servant or even slave. To consider yourself a servant you must live in a “death-to-self” mentality.
When Simeon says, in verse 29, “Now Lord,” it is the Greek word “despotes” which is where we get the word “despot” from. “Despot” has some connotations that we don’t particularly care for. That word, for us, has an unsavory element in it. Usually, when we think of a despot, we think of a demanding, unbending, ruler. However, the word he used comes form his own perspective. This is not saying so much that Jesus is a despot but rather that Simeon saw himself committed to Him in that way. This is dealing with the conception Simeon had of himself as a servant, and of the Lord as in the position of complete mastery over him.
Medication: A Merry Heart
A Texan was taking a taxi tour of London and was in a hurry. As they went by the Tower of London the cab driver explained what it was and that construction of it started in 1346 and was completed in 1412.
The Texan replied, “Shoot, a little ol’ tower like that? In Houston we’d have that thing up in two weeks!”
Next they passed the House of Parliament – started in 1544 and completed in 1618. “Well boy, we put up a bigger one than that in Dallas and it only took a year!”
As they passed Westminster Abbey the cab driver was silent. “Whoa! What’s that over there?” asked the Texan.
The driver replied, “I don’t know, it wasn’t there yesterday.”
God Bless, Press On!
New Beginnings Church, New Ulm
Verse of the Week: Acts 1:8 CSB
Today’s readings: Proverbs 13 – 15