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Tuesday, March 25, 2003

Edifier du Jour-John 9:24-34
24 So a second time they called the man who had been blind, and said to him, "Give glory to God; we know that this man is a sinner." 25 He then answered, "Whether He is a sinner, I do not know; one thing I do know, that though I was blind, now I see." 26 So they said to him, "What did He do to you? How did He open your eyes?" 27 He answered them, "I told you already and you did not listen; why do you want to hear it again? You do not want to become His disciples too, do you?" 28 They reviled him and said, "You are His disciple, but we are disciples of Moses. 29 "We know that God has spoken to Moses, but as for this man, we do not know where He is from." 30 The man answered and said to them, "Well, here is an amazing thing, that you do not know where He is from, and yet He opened my eyes. 31 "We know that God does not hear sinners; but if anyone is God-fearing and does His will, He hears him. 32 "Since the beginning of time it has never been heard that anyone opened the eyes of a person born blind. 33 "If this man were not from God, He could do nothing." 34 They answered him, "You were born entirely in sins, and are you teaching us?" So they put him out.
As Jack Taylor pointed out last night, it's very easy and very dangerous to play Monday morning quarterback with God. The Pharasees couldn't handle the idea that God would use spit mudpies to heal on a Sabbath. "God wouldn't do that," for it's not prim and proper and the way we expect things. As smart and analytical people, we're the crowd most likely to pick up a Pharasee spirit and try and fisk what God's doing. However, a life open to the Holy Spirit's moving will have to live with the occasional paradigm adjustment. If we don't keep up with God's program, he might declare us yesterday's man (borrowing from R.T. Kendells morning message yesterday), like he did with Saul, and move on to tomorrow's man, like David in 1 Samuel 16. Give God room to do His thing. As Charles Carrin noted in his introduction to last night's sermon, there isn't a exhaustive list of signs and wonders in the Bible that God's required to choose from, so be careful before judging what God is and isn't up to.

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