Something good will come

 

There certain things that are promising and have the potential to bringing out something good, and of course there are things that from the looks of it you know that nothing good will come out of it. In fact, there are parents that when their child begins to grow they see either something good or not so good coming out of that child. There are places, jobs, areas of study, and many other things that we can automatically see that something good will not come out of it. But, one thing is for sure and that is that God changes things. He changes the dry places into streams (ps107:35), so just because something does not demonstrate promise it does not mean that there is no hope. Isaiah says; God speaking, that he will open pools in dry places (Is41:18), so something good can come out of something that is known not to product. 

John 1:46-49 46 “Nazareth! Can anything good come from there?” Nathanael asked. “Come and see,” said Philip. 47 When Jesus saw Nathanael approaching, he said of him, “Here truly is an Israelite in whom there is no deceit.” 48 “How do you know me?” Nathanael asked. Jesus answered, “I saw you while you were still under the fig tree before Philip called you.” 49 Then Nathanael declared, “Rabbi, you are the Son of God; you are the king of Israel.”

The Nazarene’s were known to being simple minded, ignorant and just plain sinners, and so the Jews and pretty much everyone could not expect anything good to come out of Nazareth where Jesus grew up. In fact, ever since Samson, whom despised his gift of power and strength for sinful pleasures, could have made something good come out of Nazareth. He could have been a name changer for his people, but instead sought out the pleasures of his heart. The 17th chapter of the book of Judges tells us the story of a man in the tiny town of Nazareth that was challenged with the task of having people say “Come and see and failed”.  Now, throughout the scriptures we are invited to “Come and see”, for example the psalmist says in psalms 66:5 come and see what he Lord has done. The Samaritan women had an encounter with something good: Jesus, and she invited all her people to “come and see”(Jhn 4:28-19) and they went and saw and believed. 

Nathanael believed who Christ was because Phillip invited him to come and see. Once you come and see he will reveal his deity, as he did with Nathanael when he saw him under the fig tree.  

Verse 1

psalms 107:35

He turned the desert into pools of water and the parched ground into flowing springs;

 verse 2

Isaiah 41:18
I will open rivers in high places, and fountains in the midst of the valleys: I will make the wilderness a pool of water, and the dry land springs of water.

 

verse 3

Psalms 66:5

  Come and see the works of God: he is terrible in his doing toward the children of men. 

verse 4

8  The woman then left her waterpot, and went her way into the city, and saith to the men, 29  Come, see a man, which told me all things that ever I did: is not this the Christ? 

 

One of the things that concerns God the most is the nourishment of his sheep. Receiving sound doctrine is vital in this day and age. Understanding the things of the kingdom of God and his promises help us to press forward and obtaining victory over the enemy and his schemes. Jesus told the pharisees that they needed to eat his flesh and drink his blood in order to enter into the kingdom of God (Jhn6:55-57). The correct spiritual nourishment a child of God receives determines the favor he/she receives. We should not be tossed around with every wind of doctrines that are going around today. It will determine the type of grace we receive when we pay attention to the teachings that are out there (He13:9). Like sheep we need to be picky with what we eat, sheep will not eat any grass just because it looks good. Many churches, particularly pastors will bring to their churches whatever seems to please their congregations; and that should not be so. Congregations that are fed different types of nourishment bring about division among them.   

Zechariah 11:7

And I will feed the flock of slaughter, even you, O poor of the flock. And I took unto me two staves; the one I called Beauty, and the other I called Bands; and I fed the flock.

After the prophet prophesied against the pastors and the type of nourishment they were feeding the sheep, he took two staves and named them; one was called beauty and they other bands.   Now, beauty he decides to break in pieces and sell it. God was tired of dealing with the people of Israel, and so he needed to pull away from them. The only way that he could pull away from his people was by sending Jesus. John says that he came to his own and his own rejected him (Jhn1:11). The prophet Isaiah said of him that he was rejected of men and that we his our faces from him (Is53:1-5). So, Jesus (AKA Beauty) needed to be broken and sold for the price of thirty pieces (Zec11:10-12, Mt26:15).  That price was the full price of a slave, and after he was sold the money was used to by the land of the potter. Jesus was going to come back in remade in the glorified body, because that is what the potter does he restores.

In fact, Isaiah said that he, Jesus poured his soul unto death for us. The grace that the people of Israel once had was removed and given to a people that were not a people; to a people who were on the road to the slaughter house. Now, the second stave was called bands, and it too was broken. Bands represents brotherhood, and the relationship between Judah and Israel was going to be broken. And, Jesus said that fathers shall be against sons, and everyone in the house shall be against each other (Lk12:53, Mic7:6). 

 

Have you ever found yourself out of luck? It is every persons dream to be called a lucky dog, where every thing you try comes out on your favor. Life would be a breeze if everything would come to us. The odds for winning the lottery today is 1 of 175 million people. Luck deals with chance, it is the force that seems to operate for good or ill on a person. It does not depends on ones ability or skill, luck is a chance that no one can control; at least from a human perspective. Luck has its streaks where for a period of time one can have everything be at their favor or not. Now, to some luck comes every so often and it is hardly present, but it comes. The scripture teaches us that both rain and the sun comes to both the good and the bad (Mt5:45).  There are those that because they get on a lucky streak become addicted to say gambling trying to keep it alive. People take many risks to see if luck is on their side. The only way one knows if luck is with one is if he/she take a chance. Solomon tells us that luck is not for the racer, worker, player or anyone in particular, but it comes to everyone (ecc9:11).   

Proverbs 16:33

33 The lot is cast into the lap, but its every decision is from the Lord.

The outcome of luck is God driven. He decides where the lot is going to be set on. So, if there is a need for chance to be set on, then God will allow it, but then he might not. Just as with the men who needed to know why was there such a storm in the sea, and so they cast lots and found out that Jonah was the problem (Jon1:7). Because every decision is the Lord’s, we need to become risk takers for his kingdom. God’s favor is on those that please him. As Christians we do not depend on luck, if it comes it comes, but we do depend on God’s favor. The “favor of God” can be described as a divine kindness, or an act of true compassion on the part of God Himself toward needy and undeserving human recipients. One of Job’s friends said is correctly. He said that he would turn back to God and speak with him that he would gain favor from God and be restored (jb33:25-26). When it deals with the Lord’s decision, we have a small window of opportunity to change it. King Hezekiah experienced this idea of changing God’s plans when he turned on his bed and cried unto the Lord (Is38:5), and God added 15 years to his life; that is favor. God has a time of favor, and the bible calls it the day of salvation and that is today (2Cor6:2).