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Thankful for Jesus’ Mercy!

Scripture reading for October 27th:  Luke 5-9

Key Scriptures:  Luke 9:51-56  “As the time approached for Him to be taken up to heaven, Jesus resolutely set out for Jerusalem.  And He sent messengers on ahead who went into a Samaritan village to get things ready for Him; but the people there did not welcome Him, because He was heading for Jerusalem.  When the disciples James and John saw this, they asked, “Lord, do you want us to call fire down from heaven to destroy them?”  But Jesus turned and rebuked them, and they went on to another village.”

Jesus was heading for Jerusalem and went through Samaria.  He sent messengers ahead to prepare a place to stay, but was not welcomed there because of the racial strife between Jews and Samaritans.   The disciples felt that this was an affront worthy of God’s fiery judgment but Jesus rebuked them!  Followers of Jesus must leave all judgment to God alone!  Mercy must be shown to those in ignorance and unbelief.

Thankful God knows when to judge:  “Then he (King Ahaziah of Samaria) sent to Elijah a captain with his company of fifty men.  The captain went up to Elijah, who was sitting on top of a hill, and said to him, “Man of God, the king says, ‘Come down!'”  Elijah answered the captain, “If I am a man of God, may fire come down from heaven and consume you and your fifty men!”  Then fire fell from heaven and consumed the captain and his men.”  (2nd Kings 1:9-10)

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