A difficulty that needs to be addressed

Reflect on Proverbs 18:19 for a moment or two. As you look at the three translations below, it is easy to see that each version conveys the same idea. To separate oneself from another by thought, words and/or actions makes for a difficulty that must be addressed.

The KJV read, A brother offended is harder to be won than a strong city: and their contentions are like the bars of a castle. The ESV reads, A brother offended is more unyielding than a strong city, and quarreling is like the bars of a castle. The NET reads, A relative offended is harder to reach than a strong city, and disputes are like the barred gates of a fortified citadel.

What does the word “offended” mean? We are not to understand the word to mean “What she said offended me!”  Instead, what is in view is something much different. One Hebrew scholar used the word “wounded” in this context. A wounded person is one who had been attacked. Another scholar gave this sense, “The proverb is talking about changing a friend into an enemy by abuse” (The Expositor’s Bible Commentary-Revised). Continue reading

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6-15-2015 Ruling by “Offense”

The late atheist Christopher Hitchens said, “I’m very depressed how in this country you can be told ‘That’s offensive’ as though those two words constitute an argument.” Indeed, minorities rule by simply saying they are “offended” by: God, Jesus Christ, the Bible, Christians, the Church of Christ, or sin. But these are truthfully taught in the Bible. God’s blessings are on those who are not offended by them! Jesus Christ said: “And blessed is he who is not offended because of Me” (Matthew 11:6 NKJV). Jesus condemned Pharisees. “Then His disciples came and said to Him, ‘Do You know that the Pharisees were offended when they heard this saying?’ But He answered and said, ‘Every plant which My heavenly Father has not planted will be uprooted’” (Matthew 15:12-13 NKJV). Truth cancels someone’s “offense.”

This is Johnny Polk, with “Words of Wisdom” brought to you by the Oneida church of Christ.

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The Blessed!

When John was in prison, he sent some of his disciples to Jesus. Though he acknowledged Jesus was the One he had been given the mission of preparing the way for by the sign shown at His baptism (John 1:32-34), it seems John was desiring some confirmation. Perhaps he had that need because, being in prison, things may not have appeared to be going according to expectations. Personal expectations have a way of causing questions to arise and for some it even leads to discarding entirely the proofs that confirm. Therefore, Jesus sent the followers of John back to relate what they had heard and had observed of the power of Jesus.

We read. . .

(4) And Jesus answered them, “Go and tell John what you hear and see: (5) the blind receive their sight and the lame walk, lepers are cleansed and the deaf hear, and the dead are raised up, and the poor have good news preached to them. (6) And blessed is the one who is not offended by me.” (Matthew 11:4-6 ESV)

Who else had power to do such? On another occasion, some who refused to accept Jesus as the Messiah were urged by Him to at least “believe the works” (John 10:38) because it was those works done in His Father’s name that bore witness about Him. (John 10:25) In spite of the personal Messianic expectations held by some, God’s plan was unfolding as He intended and Jesus was to be acknowledged for Who He was and is!

There are many today who refuse to accept Jesus as the Messiah and Savior of the world. Some even claim to be offended when His name is mentioned. They don’t mind prayers being ended with “AMEN”. They may not even mind God being addressed in the prayer because that reference has come to mean different things to different people. However, to bring the Name of Jesus into it narrows things down more than some are willing to accept. Still, it must be learned what the Lord’s place is between us and the Father. (John 14:6) In Him is found the path to blessing both now and forevermore.

As Jesus stated, blessed is the one who is not offended by Him. Unfortunately some are missing out on the blessings associated with Him now and the hope relative to the place for eternity He has gone to prepare. May our life reveal the difference Jesus is presently making in our life so that others might be drawn to the power that can make all the difference for them as well.

Have a great day ENJOYING THE BLESSINGS OF LIFE UNITED WITH CHRIST! – Carl Hanson

“teEn-MAIL” is sent out daily by Carl Hanson, preacher for the Church of Christ in Port Townsend, Washington, USA, located at 230 A Street, Port Townsend, WA 98368. Come visit us if in the area. www.porttownsendchurchofchrist.org

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