Poisoned-Tipped Arrows

“God don’t make no junk!” What flows from His heart is not only love but also creativity. Not one human being is a duplicate of another – not even identical twins! And when He made the day and night, the stars in the heavens, the trees and grass, the huge diversity of animals, He looked it all over and pronounced it “Good.” Even Mankind!

After Adam and Eve’s fall, they were no longer pure but still God wasn’t willing to sigh in disappointment and walk away in defeat. He knew from the beginning that they would fail and even before they were created, God had a plan for their restoration. Their beauty was marred but His love shone brightly as He contemplated the solution. His love was far greater than the physical pain and shame fallen man would pour out on Him.

So He chose to come as a human being to be just Who He was – God as a Man – teaching His followers to know Him and walk in His ways no matter what the cost. That earned Him the hatred of those who imagined they had authority, so they made Him suffer for His insurrection against their laws and traditions. Others have died for their sincerely held beliefs, but this Man rose again from the dead after three days. One of the things to note is that a thief was crucified on a cross next to Jesus’ cross, and that man asked Jesus to remember him.

Luke 23:39 One of the criminals who were hanged there was hurling abuse at Him, saying, “Are You not the Christ? Save Yourself and us!” 40 But the other answered, and rebuking him said, “Do you not even fear God, since you are under the same sentence of condemnation? 41 “And we indeed are suffering justly, for we are receiving what we deserve for our deeds; but this man has done nothing wrong.” 42 And he was saying, “Jesus, remember me when You come in Your kingdom!” 43 And He said to him, “Truly I say to you, today you shall be with Me in Paradise.”

 Jesus came to heal the sick in body and soul, to comfort the poor and desolate, to be a friend to those society doesn’t regard as beautiful.

 Luke 4:17 the scroll of the prophet Isaiah was handed to Him. Unrolling it, He found the place where it was written: 18“The Spirit of the Lord is on Me, because He has anointed Me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent Me to proclaim deliverance to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to release the oppressed, 19 to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.”

 Another thing I notice when I read the Gospels is that He never “interviewed” anybody before healing them. He healed rich and poor alike without comment. My point is that Jesus loved the people He came to minister to and to save from their sins. ALL of them! The poor and destitute, the widows and orphans, the untouchables, the publicans and tax collectors. God didn’t make any unlovable people. No matter how much the people around you may hate you  as a pedophile or prostitute, or a murderer or political traitor, Jesus gave His precious, beautiful life to pay your debt and give you Life.

Matthew 15:18-19 But whatever goes out of the mouth comes from within, and that’s what makes a person unclean. Evil thoughts, murder, adultery, [other] sexual sins, stealing, lying, and cursing come from within.

 James 3:9-11 Sometimes it praises our Lord and Father, and sometimes it curses those who have been made in the image of God. And so blessing and cursing come pouring out of the same mouth. Surely, my brothers and sisters, this is not right! Does a spring of water bubble out with both fresh water and bitter water? Does a fig tree produce olives, or a grapevine produce figs? No, and you can’t draw fresh water from a salty spring.

 When I mention negative comments as being curses, often traditional Christians get very uncomfortable.

Proverbs 26:2 Like a fluttering sparrow or darting swallow, an undeserved curse does not come to rest.

 Traditional Christians know this verse well but they don’t seem to realize that other verses comfort the wrongly accused.

Romans 8:1 Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. 2 For in Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit of life has set you free from the law of sin and death.…Who will bring any charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies.

8:34 Who is there to condemn us? For Christ Jesus, who died, and more than that was raised to life, is at the right hand of God— and He is interceding for us. 35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or distress or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword?…

Satan comes to kill and steal and destroy. A curse doesn’t necessarily come because we deserve it. Often a curse comes to a follower of Jesus because he is a threat to the enemy. But Jesus knows what power words have and He has provided protection against disabling word curses. In fact, I have found the Holy Spirit to be a fierce Defender against Satan when I am under attack. So much so that my faith in Him is built up and I am enabled to walk on in what He has sent me to do.

Sometimes in His love the Holy One sends a little extra affirmation. In a recent situation a former student assured me several times during a visit that my students hated me. Blanket statements are usually suspect, but I accepted what he said and took it, brokenly, to Jesus. Jesus comforted me, but I couldn’t seem to get the poison-tipped arrow out of my heart. I knew my calling was Teacher and I had done well, yet here was a lie I couldn’t seem to dismiss. I knew I was deeply loved by my beautiful Father, but…. A few days later, a different former student called whom I hadn’t heard from in more than five years. He just wanted to say thank you one more time for the help I had given him in overcoming expulsion from the PhD program that would ordinarily have destroyed him. Then a week or so later another former student, now highly successful, emailed to tell me that he was presently traveling internationally.

The precious, intimate Holy Spirit knows how to comfort His little children and steady their steps. He is so good.