Pomp or Purpose

Read Mark 10:46-52
And they came to Jericho: and as he went out of Jericho with his disciples and a great number of people, blind Bartimaeus, the son of Timaeus, sat by the highway side begging.  And when he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to cry out, and say, Jesus, thou son of David, have mercy on me. And many charged him that he should hold his peace: but he cried the more a great deal, Thou son of David, have mercy on me. And Jesus stood still, and commanded him to be called. And they call the blind man, saying unto him, Be of good comfort, rise; he calleth thee. And he, casting away his garment, rose, and came to Jesus. And Jesus answered and said unto him, What wilt thou that I should do unto thee? The blind man said unto him, Lord, that I might receive my sight. And Jesus said unto him, Go thy way; thy faith hath made thee whole. And immediately he received his sight, and followed Jesus in the way.

     Religious people don’t want you to disrupt their ceremonies, conferences, gospel celebrity events and the like with your needs.  They want you to act dignified and have control over yourself even when your need is a matter of life or death .  But isn’t that the one of the reasons why you are there crying out in the first place?  Your earnest cry becomes uncomfortable to some as it pierces their dull ears and stony hearts in a way that challenges them to be reminded of what the real reason for event should be.  Your cries also annoys others who just want to continue their religious country club gathering.  But when Jesus slips in because someone is spiritually pulling on the hem of his garment, all of a sudden, the atmosphere changes because a breakthrough is about to happen (Matt 9:19-22).  It is then that God becomes the focal point and the religous celebrities are moved behind the background.  And you can be sure that flesh and pride are not going to take too kindly to that.  Flesh and pride will never accept the fact that all must decrease for God to increase (John 3:27-31).

     When the presence of God becomes the focal point in a service,  those who wanted you to be quiet and suffer with dignity want to act as though they always cared about you and your needs.  But it is all really just a part of their religious posturing, traditions, denominational protocol and attempts to impress the world that has rejected them (as Jesus said it would).  However, much of the church is still in love with the world and still trying to fit in and continue the love affair with the world only now with Jesus as the ‘chick on the side’ (John 15:19; 1 John 2:15) .

     Beloved, when you get delivered in the midst of religious people and the pomp and circumstance they create during what should be a worship and deliverance service, remember to follow Jesus and not the people who act as if they aided in your deliverance.  When you finally see the light, walk in it and not picture of a light someone has painted (John 11:10; Eph 5:8).

Read Mark 11:1-18 
 … And they brought the colt to Jesus, and cast their garments on him; and he sat upon him. And many spread their garments in the way: and others cut down branches off the trees, and strawed them in the way.  And they that went before, and they that followed, cried, saying, Hosanna; Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord: Blessed be the kingdom of our father David, that cometh in the name of the Lord: Hosanna in the highest.

     While many would have thought that Jesus would have made his formal entry into Jerusalem on a great white horse with his entourage of strong, youthful disciples.  Instead, he chose a young horse that had never been broken in (tamed and trained to be ridden).  The dictionary also defines colt as “a young or inexperienced person”.  God chooses who he chooses and will use who he wants to use.  And even though others will ask why God has chosen a particular person, when it is made clear that this person is critical to the plan and purposes of God, no one will be able to hinder that person for long (1 Cor 1:26-28; Jer 1:6-8).

… And he taught, saying unto them, Is it not written, My house shall be called of all nations the house of prayer? but ye have made it a den of thieves.  And the scribes and chief priests heard it, and sought how they might destroy him: for they feared him, because all the people was astonished at his doctrine.

     To astonish is to fill with sudden and overpowering surprise or wonder; to amaze. It is not so much the miracles that God works through you that will astonish people and hinder the devil as it is your doctrine which is defined as a body of teaching; principle or position.  Remember, signs and wonders follow them that believe as well as them that deceive.  But it is whether they live and teach the Word of God according to the Holy Scriptures that determines whether they are indeed Christ’s disciples or a religious deceivers who are themselves deceived by the devil.

     Flesh always wants to be satisfied and self always wants to be given the preeminence.  Is all the fanfare surrounding our alleged church events to glorify God and edify the saints or is it to make us feel good and make a reputation for our church?  Are our services reflecting the pomp and circumstance that intimidates and pushes away the disenfranchised or are they events that draw “the least of these” for the purpose that God ordained? 

     Only you can decide for yourself.

Also read Matthew 5:19; 25:31-46

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