God Sent Out A Devine Call For A Man Named Simon

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Simon says, “Show your hands!”

As a little child, my friends and I used to play a very popular game called ‘Simon Says’.  And just in case you also played this game, but have forgotten just how it went, please allow me to refresh your memory by inserting this 2:13 minute Youtube video below:

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I owe you an explanation here…

You may be wondering why I included this rendition of a child’s game in my blog.  Well, for me, the message analogy and the choice of the man’s name is synonymous with God’s divine purpose.  Both in the child’s game, if Simon did not audibly ‘say’ to perform a particular act, the players should not do it, or would be penalized if they did.  And also in the Bible story about a man named Simon, it is obvious by the godly principals displayed by his wife and at least one son named Rufus, that they certainly obeyed what ever godly instructions Simon gave them.

A little background on Simon’s family…

According to scripture, Simon was married to a devout godly woman, who had been, at some time in her life, a surrogate mother to the Apostle Paul.  For in Paul’s epistle to the Romans after he lays the foundations for the establishment of the church and the grounds for justification by faith, among others, he admonishes the letter recipients to salute Simon’s son Rufus, who is a man chosen in the Lord, and to also salute his mother and mine.  This is a personal reference to that born-again Jewish family which indicates that Paul was extremely close to the son Rufus and his mother (no doubt claiming her as his own). Romans 16:13

Simon had another son named Alexander, who is not included in Paul’s invitation to the people of Rome to pay homage to Simon’s wife and son Rufus.  Never the less, what is ironic is the fact that there are four other Alexanders mention in New Testament scriptures, all of whom opposed teachings on Jesus Christ, and were especially hostel to Paul.  And by the way, the definition of the Greek name Alexandros is ‘a defender of men’…not a defender of God.

So I had a little conversation with God…

I paused while composing this blog just long enough to stealthily (tongue in cheek) invite God to take a little walk with me like he did with Enoch, and exclaim to me why some biblical names remain throughout eternity and other names die out.  In other words, why did he send out a divine call for a man named Simon. Hardly anyone  names their child after those who contended with God; for example, Lucifer or Jezebel or Satan or Devil or Judas.  Yet Thomas, Saul and Delilah are still very popular names of persons who doubted the divinity of the Godhead.

The Holy Spirit nudged me and informed me that I was not ready to embark upon such a topical journey that I was suggesting, but He would share the divine relationship God wanted to have with this particular man named Simon from Cyrene.

First of all, Simon already had so many traits resembling God himself.  Simon was a loving father who had a child that was obedient and who had a serving heart for the church. Like Jesus, Simon presented the Good News and traveled to a distant synagogue in Jerusalem and may have been one of  the “men of Cyrene” who preached the word to the Greeks (Acts 11:20).  Simon was most like Jesus when Jesus became tired, weary and burdened down and Simon was obedient to the divine order of God (at the behest of an authoritative soldier) and carried the cross for our Lord up a hill called Calvary.

Therefore, let our prayer be…

Dear Heavenly Father, whose most dear and beloved Son, as He walked the way of The Cross, did accept the services of Simon of Cyrene to carry his physical burden for Him: please God, grant us each the grace gladly to bear one another’s burdens, for the love of Him who said, “As you did it to the least of these my brethren, you did it to me,” your Son Jesus Christ our Lord, who now lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for evermore.  Amen

So in closing, yes, I truly do have penetrating conversations with God, but sometimes, when I pose a query that is too lofty for me or that is not in his will, I, too, must become like his Son and say…’not my will but thine be done’.

Scripture Lesson:  The Lord’s Prayer. Our Father, which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy Name. Thy Kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, As it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, As we forgive them that trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, But deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, The power, and the glory, For ever and ever. Amen.  Matthew 6:9-13

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God Places You Under The Tutelage Of The Holy Spirit

If I asked you the question, “When was the first time Jesus shed His blood for me?” you would no doubt reply thusly:  While nailed to the Cross.  My response to you would be, yes, but that was the second time.  When was the first?

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……NO, NO, NO!  DON’T ASK GOOGLE…GRAB YOUR BIBLE!

Before we expound on that, let me ask you another question; “Where in the Bible do you find the Lord’s Prayer?”  The correct response, of course, is John 17.  And it is in this chapter where our Lord Jesus Christ is praying to His Father that we will find the key to my first query.

John 17:17 reads: “Sanctify them by Your truth.  Your word is truth.”  Webster says, to sanctify means keep from sin.  The Bible says we are kept from sin by the blood of Jesus (John 1:7).  So, when Jesus prays to the Father to ‘Sanctify them‘, Jesus is saying, ‘shed My blood for (fill in your name)’!  The latter part of John 17:17 also identifies Jesus for it says, ‘…by Your truth.’  “Your” refers to God and God’s truth is that Jesus is the Son of God (1 John 2:22).

Consequently, a literal interpretation of John 17:17 could read thusly; Jesus says to His Father, ‘shed My blood for the people because I am your Son’.

Jesus is further identified in the latter part of the verse where it is written, ‘Your word is truth.’  The ‘word‘ was made flesh (Jesus) and dwelled among us.  Scripture records that after Jesus prays this prayer mentioned in John 17, He prays again (Matt 26:39), this time in a more humanly and vigorous fashion.  He asked the Father ‘…if it is Your will, remove this cup from Me’.

At that moment, God reminds Jesus of His Divinity and causes Jesus’ sweat to turn to blood drops (Luke 22:44).  This was the first time Jesus shed blood for the remission of sin.  God alone produced/purchased my salvation at this first shedding of blood.  It was not the centurion’s spear that pierced Him in the side. (John 19:34)

…..GOD DID NOT NEED MAN TO HELP HIM CARRY OUT HIS PLAN OF SALVATION.

Therefore, the ‘cross’ incident was the second time Jesus shed blood and water for mankind for the remission of sin.  (Trust the Holy Spirit…sit under His tutelage…you’ll learn something!)

Scripture Reference:  Proverbs 4:1, 2

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“Listen my sons [and daughters], to a father’s instruction; pay attention and gain understanding.  I give you sound learning, so do not forsake my teaching.” AMEN.

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God’s Super Autobiography of Jesus Christ

(As Interpreted From Matthew 5:9-13, NKJ and spoken in three voices…The Father,…(the Son)and the Holy Spirit.)

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Our Father in Heaven, (I have come down from heaven…)

There are many gods of this world.  But I am talking about my Father (yours and mine) who lives in that Holy Habitation called heaven.           Psalm 68:5

Hallowed be your Name.  (…to endorse everything I have made…)

Jesus is saying may the Name of God (also Jesus’ Name) be written or carved into and onto everything which he has made, both in heaven and on earth.  In the Old Testament, after King Solomon had completed the Lord’s House, using the Lord’s blueprint, the Lord “spoke” to Solomon and said, “I have hallowed this house which you have built, to put my Name there forever.”    1 Kings 9:3

Your Kingdom come.  (I am here!  Look at me!  I am the Kingdom predicted to come.)

Jesus says, I am talked about throughout the Old Testament.  Somebody was always saying the kingdom will be established.  My Father promised I would come through the house of David.  “Then I will establish the throne of your kingdom over Israel forever.”                              1 Kings 9:5

Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.  (Obey me and do my will.)

Yes, I have created you in my image and because I have a free will, you, too, have a free will.  Use it and obey.  Adam misused his will and was driven out of Eden.  The angel Lucifer also misused his will and was cast out of heaven.                                                                                Genesis 3:23, 14; Revelations 12:9

God’s will alone now reigns in heaven.  It is down here on earth, where I have come, that things are all messed up.

Give us this day our daily bread. (Recognize me as your all in all.)

Accept me today because I am the Bread of Life, says Jesus.  Pray that I might become real in your life.  Digest my teachings.  Digest me.  Eat me and you will never be hungry again.  But best of all, you will never die.  I repeat, “I Am the Bread of Life.”  John 6:35

And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.  (Repent!)

Be ever so careful when you include these words in your prayer.  Don’t forfeit your prayer to the Father because you went down on your knees before you went to your brother or sister and asked for forgiveness.      Luke 11:4

And do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.  (Stop judging folk!  Accept them!  Accept Me!)

For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you.  But if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.                            Matthew 6:14, 15

For Yours is the Kingdom, (I have told you once and I am telling you again.  It is me they were talking about!)

I am the authority now.  My Father has crowned me, “The Word of God”.  You must receive me as King before you can enter into the Kingdom of my Father, says the Lord.                                                         Revelations 19:16

And the power, (Try me.  Test me.  Prove me.  Use me.)

If God is for you, no man can be against you.  Because greater is he that is in you than he that is in the world.     1 John 4;4

And the glory, (The secret is no more.  The mystery is cleared up.)

The mystery of who is coming to save and redeem mankind is cleared up.  I am the glorious One the world has been waiting for.              John 3:16

Forever, (Wise up world!)

You will pass away.  Your works will pass away.  But what I am telling you is that my Word shall last for all times.         Isaiah 40:8

Amen.  (So be it.)

Scripture Reference:  Philippians 2:5-7  “Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:  Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God:  But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men:…”

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