I WILL BLESS THEM THAT BLESS THEE – PART 2

 

Luke 7 Roman Centurion and his servant

Now when he had ended all his sayings in the audience of the people, he entered into Capernaum.  And a certain centurion’s servant, who was dear unto him, was sick, and ready to die.  And when he heard of Jesus, he sent unto him the elders of the Jews, beseeching him that he would come and heal his servant.  And when they came to Jesus, they besought him instantly, saying, that he was worthy for whom he should do this:  For he loveth our nation, and he hath built us a synagogue.  Then Jesus went with them. And when he was now not far from the house, the centurion sent friends to him, saying unto him, Lord, trouble not thyself: for I am not worthy that thou shouldest enter under my roof:  Wherefore neither thought I myself worthy to come unto thee: but say in a word, and my servant shall be healed.  For I also am a man set under authority, having under me soldiers, and I say unto one, Go, and he goeth; and to another, Come, and he cometh; and to my servant, Do this, and he doeth it.  When Jesus heard these things, he marvelled at him, and turned him about, and said unto the people that followed him, I say unto you, I have not found so great faith, no, not in Israel. And they that were sent, returning to the house, found the servant whole that had been sick.              -Luke 7:1-10

Another biblical story that demonstrates this wonderful promise is found in the above book of Luke in the New Testament or covenant.  In this scripture, the history of Israel has changed.  They are no longer under Babylonian dominion but under Roman captivity.  This was a very painful and harsh time in the life of the Nation of Israel.  The people were still looking for their Messiah or king to come forth and deliver them from Roman tyranny.

 

The Lord Jesus Christ was now on the scene. He did many wonderful works and miracles of healings, but His message was different.  He made claims that He was the Son of God, meaning He was equal with God the Father.  With all His power and ability Jesus made no moves against the Romans.  In fact as far as the religious leaders were concerned He broke the Mosaic Laws especially when He performed miracles of healing on the Sabbath day.  There continued to be friction between Jesus and the Jewish religious leaders and elders.  Jesus was not doing what they felt a king of Israel or their Messiah was supposed to do; and therefore; they rejected Him and His message.  They sought to destroy Him and constantly looked for a way to do it.

 

What is interesting to note is that this story is about a slave, a servant.  This servant was very sick and in deep pain.  His master loved him and did not want him to die.  His master was a Roman Centurion who heard about the many wonderful works, miracles, and healings that Jesus performed.  He was afraid to come to Jesus on his own because he was not a Jew. By rights he would be considered an enemy of the Jews because he was a Roman with power and authority over them. Desperate to get help for his servant who he loved, the Centurion went to the Jewish elders in his district that he was responsible for. He asked them to approach Jesus to see if He would come to help his servant.  Although they were at odds with Jesus, the elders approached Him on behalf of the Centurion’s servant.  They stated that the Centurion was worthy of this because he had shown a certain love for the Jewish nation and had built them a synagogue.  Remembering the ancient promise, Jesus immediately started walking to the home of the Roman Centurion.

 

The Roman Centurion knew about power and authority because he exercised his power and authority everyday over the soldiers as well as his servants.  He related this understanding to Jesus recognizing the authority Jesus had.  Still feeling unworthy to ask Jesus to come under his roof he asked Jesus to speak the word only and my servant will live. Needless to say Jesus was astonished at the faith of this Roman Centurion.

 

When the elders got back to the home of the Centurion they found the servant perfectly whole. The love the Centurion had previously shown the Jews by building them a synagogue brought about the healing of his servant. God always honors His word.

 

If we as African Americans in this country hope to get much needed help, it must be supernatural.  God is the only one who can do it.

 

Your comments are most welcome.

 

Lucy

 

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I WILL BLESS THEM THAT BLESS THEE

I will bless them that bless thee

“…I will bless them that bless thee…” – Genesis 12:3

One of the best stories in the Holy Scriptures that illustrates the truth and the reality of the above scripture is found in the book of Jeremiah the prophet chapters 38 and 39.  Jeremiah was called and ordained a prophet of the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob before he was born.  God used him to convey His messages to the nation of Israel; specifically the tribes of Judah and Benjamin.  Jeremiah prophesied that they had broken the original covenant with God by worshipping idols. He further prophesied that they would be conquered by Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon, taken into captivity and their cities destroyed, especially Jerusalem.  The king, princes and other leaders did not like the message Jeremiah was prophesying.  They said he was discouraging the people and weakening the soldiers.  They treated Jeremiah harshly for his message.  The leaders brought in false prophets to say that the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob was pleased with them and that Jeremiah was not prophesying the truth.  

It was not until the King of Babylon; Nebuchadnezzar came with his mighty military and besieged them that they finally believed Jeremiah.  They came to him and asked him for a word from the Lord.  They wanted to hear that God would drive away Babylon and save them.  Jeremiah’s message to them was if they wanted to be saved from death they must surrender to the King of Babylon and their lives and the lives of their children would be spared.  However, if they refused to surrender they would die by the sword, famine and pestilence.  This made the people hate Jeremiah even more.  They were so angry that they took Jeremiah and threw him in a deep pit, which contained mire hoping he would die of starvation, etc.

But there was in the king’s court a black man, an Ethiopian eunuch by the name of Ebedmelech.  He was a slave having no rights at all.  He believed Jeremiah’s prophecies from the beginning and he was terribly afraid. He knew if the King of Babylon would do this to the Jewish citizens, his life was worth next to nothing.  When he heard of what the princes had done to Jeremiah the Lord’s prophet, he went to the king and begged for the life of Jeremiah.  The king told Ebedmelech to take 30 men with him and get some cloths and get him out of the pit. The eunuch did just that, thus saving the life of God’s prophet.

The God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob did not forget what this black man did.  He sent a special message to Ebedmelech via of Jeremiah the prophet stating He understood his fear of the Babylonians in regards to his own personal life. God also said that He would not let anything happen to his life.  He would give him his life as a prey or spoil of war.  He respected Ebedmelech for saving the life of Jeremiah.  Even in the midst of war and cruel actions, God demonstrated His ability to honor His word to a black man, a slave, a nobody.

Your comments are welcome

Lucy Payne

Lucy

MY PASSION

 

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For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil to give you an expected end (a future and a hope.) Then shall ye call upon me and ye shall go and pray unto me and I will hearken unto you. And ye shall seek me and find me when ye shall search for me with all your heart.

-Jeremiah 29:11-13

 And call upon me in the day of trouble, i will deliver thee and thou shalt glorify me.

-Psalms 50:15

 And I will bless them that bless thee…

-Genesis 12:3

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The scriptures above are the foundation of my blog and my passion. I believe that the answer to the African American dilemma past, present, and future are engrained in these verses. Through our enslavement we have been a blessing to the descendants of Abraham, but not just to Abraham’s descendants. We have been more than a blessing to this entire world. We have yet to fully experience and enjoy what we have made possible for so many others.

I believe the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob already has a plan for our deliverance and to our satisfaction. My passion is to see the manifestation of His plan in our everyday lives to our complete satisfaction.  He did it before for a group of slaves who could not deliver themselves.

Your comments are always welcome.

Lucy

Lucy Payne