For about five years, from 1969 to 1974, many Americans regularly tuned in to watch the family sitcom called The Brady Bunch. Even though the show lasted only five seasons, via syndication and spin-offs multiple generations have tuned in to view the adventures of this blended family. Like many of the old-style sitcoms, episodes not only had distinct plots but particular life lessons. In many ways many episodes illustrated how we could learn not only from individuals but from families. Well, the Scripture provides a similar lesson for us. To that end – here’s the story of a Rechabite family.
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A common question often asked among Christians is, “Do believe that once a person is saved they are always saved?” The question is in essence asking, “Is the state of being justified before God something that a person can have and then lose?” We’ll unpack the answer in the paragraphs that follow but, for an immediate response, and to help frame the discussion, let me say that from God’s perspective salvation is a concrete plan from all of eternity and executed in time; while, from man’s perspective, it can look as though a person once ‘had saving faith’ and then ‘lost saving faith.’
1 Now Samson went down to Timnah, and saw a woman in Timnah of the daughters of the Philistines. 2 So he went up and told his father and mother, saying, “I have seen a woman in Timnah of the daughters of the Philistines; now therefore, get her for me as a wife.” 3 Then his father and mother said to him, “Is there no woman among the daughters of your brethren, or among all my people, that you must go and get a wife from the uncircumcised Philistines?” And Samson said to his father, “Get her for me, for she pleases me well.” (Jdg. 14:1-3)
As the narrative of Samson’s adult life opens we find him travelling to Timnah, land that originally belonged to the tribe of Judah (Josh. 15:57) and was later given to the tribe of Dan (Josh. 19:43), and if that were the case at the time in which Judges 14 began our eyebrows wouldn’t have been raised. But Timnah was now Philistine territory! So, then, the immediate question becomes: What was Israel’s prospective deliverer doing traveling down to Timnah?
Then He went down to Capernaum, a city of Galilee, and was teaching them on the Sabbaths. (Lk. 4:31)
At first glance this verse may seem simply informational; however, upon considering its immediate context it’s rather astonishing. The formerly marveling hometown crowd (vs.22) turned murderous and sought to make the beginning of Jesus’ public ministry become the end by throwing him over a cliff (vs. 28-29). Despite their anger and effort, Jesus miraculously escaped their clutches, passed through the midst of them, and went His way (vs.30). The question then becomes: what did He do next?
Beware the Busyness Syndrome.
Granted, for some, a touch of the “busyness syndrome” would be a good thing. It’s as though ‘hyper-busyness’ and laziness are on either sides of this spectrum. The Bible speaks to both ends. For our consideration today we will give attention to the former.