Show Love, Mercy, Grace
2 Kings 1:9-10
“Then the king sent to him a captain of fifty men with his fifty. He went up to Elijah, who was sitting on the top of a hill, and said to him, “O man of God, the king says, ‘Come down.’” But Elijah answered the captain of fifty, “If I am a man of God, let fire come down from heaven and consume you and your fifty.” Then fire came down from heaven and consumed him and his fifty.”
2 Kings 1:11-12
“Again the king sent to him another captain of fifty men with his fifty. And he answered and said to him, “O man of God, this is the king’s order, ‘Come down quickly!’” But Elijah answered them, “If I am a man of God, let fire come down from heaven and consume you and your fifty.” Then the fire of God came down from heaven and consumed him and his fifty.”
There have been times, probably many times, when people have seen God do something, some miraculous act, perhaps do it more than once, and figured God will always do that now, so let’s start a ministry with that particular act / miracle / healing as the basis for it. Man’s plans are not the plans of God, unless God instills His plan in man’s heart, and man listens.
Or at times a person has read one portion of Scripture, saw what God said at a certain time, for one person, for one act, and has claimed it for himself to proclaim that for everyone, and then builds a following for himself, not for our God.
We see in 2 Kings that the Prophet Elijah twice stated “If I am a man of God, let fire come down from heaven and consume you and your fifty.” Followed by the statement; “Then the fire of God came down from heaven and consumed him and his fifty.”
Fast forward a few hundred years. Jesus is walking on earth, on His way to Jerusalem. He sent some messengers ahead to Samaria to prepare a place to stop over for the night, as they travelled. Because Jesus was going to Jerusalem, which Samaria considered to be a bitter enemy, the entourage was not welcomed there.
When Apostles James and John heard this, they became angry, and knowing the Scriptures, they probably thought of Elijah calling down fire to kill the 50 plus 1 who came after him twice.
At this, Jesus became upset with James and John. Jesus came to save souls, not destroy them. If people are killed for turning against Jesus one time, they will never have the opportunity to learn of His Love, and know Him as Saviour.
Luke 9:53-56 NCV
“But the people there would not welcome him, because he was set on going to Jerusalem.
When James and John, followers of Jesus, saw this, they said, “Lord, do you want us to call fire down from heaven and destroy those people?” But Jesus turned and scolded them. [And Jesus said, “You don’t know what kind of spirit you belong to. The Son of Man did not come to destroy the souls of people but to save them.” ] Then they went to another town.”
God has perfect plans, we need to seek His Will and Way always before doing things. As mentioned earlier, because God directed something to be done previously, regardless of the number of times, unless He has said it is permanent, we need to check with Him. The Spirit of God will lead us the right way always, and the right way will always line up with the Written Word of God. And the written Word of God always directs us to the Living Word of God, Jesus Christ.
While writing this post, Holy Spirit brought to my mind the horrible incident in Orlando last week.
Actually, it was a disgusting incident after the killing at Pulse that came to mind again, as it has disturbed me for a week.
There were two Pastors I heard making very disgusting non-Christ like comments about the incident. Also members of one congregation, led by their pastor, walking around the site holding up disgusting, derogatory signs and comments.
None of those people represent my Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. They don’t live by the Bible, the Holy Word of God, that I live by.
When people turned against Jesus personally, He still loved them. When those in Samaria would not let Him stay there, He moved on to another town, He didn’t kill them, and He is our Judge.
We are all sinners, those of us who are Christians, are only Christians because of the grace and mercy of a Loving God. We all shunned Christ before we knew and loved Him, yet He still Loved us. I know I turned away from Jesus at one point in my life also, but by His Love, Grace, and Mercy, His Spirit drew me back into His Loving arms, and allowed me to serve Him, and serve others in His Precious Name.
None of us are perfect yet, and will not become perfect until we are with our Lord Jesus in Glory.
Rather than showing hate to some who have not embraced Jesus as Saviour and Lord yet, we need to show the Love of Jesus, praying others will hear the voice of the Spirit of Jesus drawing them unto the King of kings and Lord of lords.