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For ye were as sheep going astray ~ 1 Peter 2:25

For ye were as sheep going astray ~ 1 Peter 2:25

And, no, that’s not a prospective baby name.

Two thousand sixteen is an election year and Christians seem to focus on little else at such times. Twelve years ago I wrote an article that resulted from a study of the Bible to discern what Scriptural directions a Christian has to guide them in making voting decisions. The article was entitled, “The Christian Voter’s Guide.” I received a little feedback from it, including a piece of hate mail in which I was called some ugly names by someone I don’t know and didn’t respond to. It reminded me of the intellectual level of a school yard exchange that includes many, I-know-you-are-but-what-am-I’s. I guess they took their ball and went home because I haven’t heard anything else from them. Oh well, life goes on, time heals all wounds, and all that.

2015 was a peak and plunge kind of year. We were reeling in the summer from the anti-consitutional Supreme Court decision when undercover Planned Parenthood videos began rolling out exposing the most vile and indefensible wickedness in that organization. Thus far the only thing that has resulted has been the indictment, not of Planned Parenthood, but of the investigator responsible for the videos. If we learned nothing else from these things, we know, regardless of the sitting president, we have wickedness in high places.

Racial tensions across the country were also very high, but it gets confusing when we come to the intersection of racial issues and abortion. Though the racist past and present of the abortion industry has been well documented, none or little of the aforementioned tension knocks on the abortionists’ doors. I wonder if we could finally raise civil ire if we would segregate the abortion mills so that you kill the white babies in one building and kill the black babies in a different building. If that ever happened, you could weigh the irony in kilos and sell it legally in some states.

The serious issues facing this country are far too many to list but they come into sharp focus during a major election year. Based on posts, comments, discussions, and the haunted look about the eyes of many Christians it would seem the times are desperate. When things get desperate, otherwise sane men do desperate things.

Once again, we need to look to the Bible and ask if there’s any light for our current situation and upcoming election. Paul said, “For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning” (Romans 15:4). Considering Israel, He wrote to the Corinthians: “Now all these things happened unto them for ensamples: and they are written for our admonition” (1 Corinthians 10:11). Peter added concerning the wicked cities of Sodom and Gomorrah: “And turning the cities of Sodom and Gomorrha into ashes condemned them with an overthrow, making them an ensample unto those that after should live ungodly” (2 Peter 2:6).
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Hurricane Katrina: Lessons in Disaster

“Out of the south cometh the whirlwind . . .
He causeth it to come, whether for correction,
or for his land, or for mercy”

~ Job 37:9, 13

Once again, America and the world have been given an awesome reminder of the power of God’s creation. This power is so great that many men without faith stop to ponder its magnitude and come to the inevitable conclusion that the creation is mightier than they are. Incredibly though, they fail to see God who created such power and come then to the sound grasp of the infinite power of the Almighty who created and directs all things. “By the breath of God frost is given: and the breadth of the waters is straitened. Also by watering he wearieth the thick cloud: he scattereth his bright cloud: And it is turned round about by his counsels: that they may do whatsoever he commandeth them upon the face of the world in the earth” (Job 37:10-12).

Some have erroneously supposed that God began the processes of evolution and then held Himself aloof while they ran their own course. They do not see God conducting the affairs of the earth. But, they are amiss for, “He sendeth forth his commandment upon earth: his word runneth very swiftly. He giveth snow like wool: he scattereth the hoarfrost like ashes. He casteth forth his ice like morsels: who can stand before his cold? He sendeth out his word, and melteth them: he causeth his wind to blow, and the waters flow” (Psalm 147:15-18). They can easily see a major storm as nature run amok. However, not only is the storm not beyond His control, but it actually comes from God and accomplishes His purpose. “The LORD hath his way in the whirlwind and in the storm, and the clouds are the dust of his feet” (Nahum 1:3).

In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, numerous theological lessons beg to be drawn out of the rubble and that which was, and is, and is to come. Undoubtedly, many will rise to that challenge and bless us with observations likely dominated by the morbid and morose. However, let us not take up the form of the strictly theological, but rather consider some biblical worldview and Christian commentary on current events—a sort of cultural exegesis.

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The Prophet of Nazareth

“And when he was come into Jerusalem, all the city was moved, saying, Who is this? And the multitude said, This is Jesus the prophet of Nazareth of Galilee.” ~ Matthew 21:10-11

Many titles were given to Christ in the scriptures, but the title in our text was not expected to be among them —“The prophet of Nazareth.” Christ showed up at a Jewish feast once and there was a stir among the people. Some said that he was the Christ and others doubted saying, “Shall Christ come out of Galilee?” The Pharisees gave their judgment to Nicodemas. They said, “Search, and look: for out of Galilee ariseth no prophet.” Even Nathanael wondered at the testimony of Phillip when he claimed that they had found Messiah and he spoke of Jesus of Nazareth. Nathanael questioned, “Can there any good thing come out of Nazareth?”

The very title “The prophet of Nazareth” seems to strike a dissonant chord. The words do not seem to go together. Pomp and grandeur did not surround Jesus. Nor was he celebrated by the day’s dignities. Certainly, the life of the Lord here on earth was humble. He came from a place of no reputation. He came from a family of no reputation. Of a truth, Christ humbled himself and made himself of “no reputation.” This title identifies Christ to us in His humanity and humility. Nazareth was not highly esteemed among the people. Nevertheless, God raised up the greatest prophet from the humble shores of Galilee.

As we look back through the Old Testament, we realize that most of the prophets came from places of no real distinction. Consider Elijah the Tishbite. He just appeared on the scene in the book of Kings. He showed up and stood before the king. He was from the country of Gilead, a stony, rocky country village. The people there were laboring, working people. He certainly did not come from the highest classes and ranks of society. This holds for other prophets as well.

I wish to consider Christ as the Prophet of Nazareth. I want to bring to mind some of the ways in which he did the work of a prophet. I shall endeavor firstly to show Christ as a teacher. Secondly, I shall view him as a foreteller. Lastly, I will consider him as a miracle worker.

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