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Supposed Bible Contradictions – Who is With and Against Jesus? (Lk 9:50; 11:23)

49 Now John answered and said, “Master, we saw someone casting out demons in Your name, and we forbade him because he does not follow with us.” 50 But Jesus said to him, “Do not forbid him, for he who is not against us is on our side.” (Lk. 9:49,50)

“He who is not with Me is against Me, and he who does not gather with Me scatters.” (Lk. 11:23)

Shortly after the familiar apostolic debate – ‘which one of us is the greatest?’ (Lk. 9:46) – and shortly after Jesus perceived the thoughts of His disciples and gave them an illustration, along with some instruction, about true greatness (vs.47-48), John, for whatever reason, called Jesus’ attention to something He and the others had seen at some earlier time; namely, a man who wasn’t among them but was casting out demons in Jesus’ name (vs.49). A quick glance at the verse reminds us that this guy was being used in this way. This was not a case like in the book of Acts where the seven sons of Sceva tried to cast out a demon in the name of “Jesus whom Paul preaches” and it didn’t work (Acts 19:13b). Here, the guy was actually casting out demons in Jesus’ name. So all we know about this man, which is very little, suggests that he believed in Jesus and was being used by God to advance the kingdom of God.

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Think About What You Read

It is indisputable that God wants us to think about what we read in His Word. While some find it challenging to regularly read the Bible it is important to remember that God doesn’t simply want us to read, say, three chapters of Scripture and go about our daily business; rather, He wants us to read however-many-verses (or chapters) of Scripture and think about what we read. I know that in our fallen-frames such an exercise can sometimes seem difficult; and I know that sometimes it seems like there’s something wrong with our ability to stay mentally focused on a biblical subject without getting sidetracked; but I also know that the Spirit of God is greater than the weaknesses in our flesh; therefore, this brief exhortation is meant to be an encouragement for you wherever you are in your Gospel-centered walk with Christ to think about what you read.

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Perseverance & the Prominence of Preaching (Luke 4:31)

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) had 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).

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A Little Bible-Reading is Better than No Bible-Reading

The premise of this exhortation is one that every Christian would agree with: a little Bible-reading is better than no Bible-reading. Every Christian would affirm that the Bible, being the inspired word of God (2 Tim 3:16), and being the spiritual food by which man lives (cf. Mt 4:4), even if ingested in very small amounts, is an exponentially better option than going without it. That being said, too often it can happen where professing Christians can go days, weeks, and perhaps even months without reading the Bible. My hope is that this brief exhortation will help you avoid that trap.

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God’s Indestructible Word (Jeremiah 36:22-28)

When I was a child there was a time in which ‘trick-birthday candles’ were all the rage. It was always somewhat interesting to watch someone’s face as they tried, tried, and tried again to blow out their birthday candles to no avail. Some of us tried with all of our might, and no a matter how hard we tried, the light we thought we snuffed out came back. And it’s been like that throughout history as it pertains to God’s Word. Whether it was Antiochus or Diocletian, philosophers, false religious systems, or Communist regimes, many have tried throughout history to either chain or cut off the Word of God. Some have tried to cut off translations, others have tried to prohibit transmissions, all have one thing in common – they have failed. And one of those men who stand in such a line of infamy is Jehoiakim. Granted, his attempt was on a small scale when compared with some of the aforementioned attempts at such things, but he attempted nonetheless.

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