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Friday, October 31, 2003

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Romans 9:1-5
Psalm 147
Luke 14:1-6

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keeping your sunday observance?

"They observed Him closely." —Luke 14:1

Well, in one sense, the Pharisees were obeying God's word. They certainly kept their "eyes fixed on Jesus" (Heb 12:2). "They observed Him closely" (Lk 14:1).

They observed where Jesus was seated and then placed the man with dropsy "directly in front o

When you observe Jesus for the purpose of fitting Him into your plans, you can "look intently as you will, you shall not see" (Mt 13:14). This is because you "have firmly closed [your] eyes" to Who Jesus truly is (Mt 13:15). Repent of any allegiance to the secular culture, to the "god of the present age," which blinds you to the truth about who Jesus is (2 Cor 4:4). Ask God for the ointment of the Holy Spirit of truth "if you would see once more" (Rv 3:18). Then, freed of spiritual blindness, you "may see and know, observe and understand" that Jesus is Lord (Is 41:20).

Prayer:  "Lord...I want to see" (Lk 18:41).

Promise:  "He sends forth His command to the earth; swiftly runs His word!" —Ps 147:15

Praise:  Arthur refused to allow his children to watch network TV or objectionable movies. Now his son is a seminarian.

Reference:  (This teaching was submitted by one of our editors.) (For a complete list of all our available audio and video tapes, order our Audio/Video Tape Catalog.)

Nihil Obstat:  Reverend Giles H. Pater, April 24, 2003

Imprimatur:  †Most Reverend Carl K. Moeddel, Vicar General and Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, April 28, 2003