DayBreaks for 8/20/14 – The King is Here
NOTE: Galen and Laurel are relocating to Georgia this week, so warmed-over DayBreaks are on the menu. New DayBreaks will resume again sometime next week! From 2004:
From William Barclay’s Daily Study Bible Commentary on Luke: “Latimer was once preaching in Westminster Abbey when Henry the king was one of the congregation. In the pulpit he soliloquized, ‘Latimer! Latimer! Latimer! Be careful what you say, the King of England is here!’ Then he went on, ‘Latimer! Latimer! Latimer! Be careful what you say. The King of Kings is here.”
As someone who often speaks in public, it is true that when there is someone you know in the audience that holds a position of power or prestige, you’re aware of it. Hopefully, the message of the gospel never changes as a result of such a thing, for the gospel, like God, is no respecter of persons. But at a human level, there is a consciousness about who is present.
In Luke 13:32, Jesus has a message that he wants delivered to king Herod. It goes like this: “Jesus replied, “Go tell that fox that I will keep on casting out demons and doing miracles of healing today and tomorrow; and the third day I will accomplish my purpose.” Jesus was “just” a rabbi or carpenter and yet he addresses Herod in very strong terms. Herod wanted Jesus stopped. By calling Herod a “fox”, Jesus was saying three things:
FIRST: the fox was regarded by the Jews as the slyest of animals. Jesus is saying that Herod is sneaky, slippery and full of trickery;
SECOND: the fox was regarded as the most destructive of animals. Anything that Herod, or we, do that will hamper the spread of the kingdom (actions, words, attitudes, failure to act, etc.), is the most destructive thing possible;
THIRD: the fox was considered to be worthless and insignificant. When it comes to value and importance, earthly rulers just can’t hold a candle to the God of heaven and His work. The kingdom work will go forward, with or without the aid of human kings!
Every day when you are at work or play and you speak, remember this: the King of Kings is here. He is the one to whom we must pay the utmost attention!
PRAYER: Make us aware this day that the King of Kings is watching over our shoulder all day, every day! In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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