Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Risk and Recognition

Matthew 14.22-33, June 17 (Father's Day)
Audio file

Opening theme:
Aslan, "not a tame lion" (The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe)

Three notes on the language of the story:
14.24 to torture, to question by applying torture
("buffeted" by the waves)
Yet, Jesus commanded them to get into the boats and cross the lake
Being in the center of God’s will is not guaranteed to be smooth!

14.27, "Be courageous. I AM. Do not be afraid".
The divine name,
I am, not simply "It’s me!"
Isaiah 43:1-3 Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are mine. 2 When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you; when you walk through fire you shall not be burned, and the flame shall not consume you. 3 For I am the LORD your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior.
Being in the center of God’s will is being accompanied by God in Jesus!

14.33, "those in the boat" worshiped him
Would expect Matthew to write, "the disciples" or "his disciples"
This phrase invites us into the story, puts us "in the same boat"
Following Jesus’ command, tortured by the waves of life, unexpectedly met by God, doing the impossible, crying out for salvation ... can you find yourself, put yourself, in that story?

Risk-tolerance (investing)
At-risk – behaviors, young people, concern for "sensation seeking"

What was Peter thinking? Why the risk?
Everyone was doing it! – no, just pursuing Jesus
That’s so cool! – no, just pursuing Jesus

"Lord, if it is you, command me to come to you on the water"
It would be just like Jesus, how we recognize him!

Jesus commands the impossible – and makes it possible! "For God all things are possible", Mt 19.26. It is not enough for us to do great things for God! God deals in the impossible!

Jesus wants us to come to him, no matter what! "Come to me, all you that are weary and carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest", Mt 11.28

International Justice Mission
Human trafficking, the 3rd largest and fastest growing criminal enterprise.
Worth 31 billion a year
In one new area, the office leader asked potential staff: "Are you willing to die for this?"
Formed by prayer "come to me", 30 minutes of private devotion daily, 30 minutes of group prayer, small groups once a week – all as part of their normal expectation of all who work for them

Georgia Golden and the teenager: "I hear you like to hit people"

James 2.20-26, Abraham & Rahab

Dad: Jumping into the pool to be caught by him

Frederick Dale Bruner, Matthew 13-28: The Churchbook
Douglas R. A. Hare, Matthew

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