And again he entered into Capernaum after some days; and it was noised that he was in the house. And straightway many were gathered together, insomuch that there was no room to receive them, no, not so much as about the door: and he preached the word unto them. And they come unto him, bringing one sick of the palsy, which was borne of four. And when they could not come nigh unto him for the press, they uncovered the roof where he was: and when they had broken it up, they let down the bed wherein the sick of the palsy lay. When Jesus saw their faith, he said unto the sick of the palsy, Son, thy sins be forgiven thee. But there were certain of the scribes sitting there, and reasoning in their hearts, Why doth this man thus speak blasphemies? who can forgive sins but God only? And immediately when Jesus perceived in his spirit that they so reasoned within themselves, he said unto them, Why reason ye these things in your hearts? Whether is it easier to say to the sick of the palsy, Thy sins be forgiven thee; or to say, Arise, and take up thy bed, and walk? But that ye may know that the Son of man hath power on earth to forgive sins, (he saith to the sick of the palsy,) I say unto thee, Arise, and take up thy bed, and go thy way into thine house. And immediately he arose, took up the bed, and went forth before them all; insomuch that they were all amazed, and glorified God, saying, We never saw it on this fashion. (Mark 2:1-12)
Today's Morsel: A special operations team consists of four men. They have all been trained the same way. Each has the same capabilities as the other. What one can do, so can the other. They are each aware of the others' capabilities and strengths. They know that they are a team and the life of their team members depends on them doing their job and doing it correctly. When playing poker, (not that I play poker anymore) there are certain hands that will beat another hand. A full house is a very good hand to have if you are a gambler, but four of a kind (4 Aces, 4 kings, 4 twos) will beat a full house any day. The Bible said that Jesus was in the house and that it was noised abroad that He was in the house. The house was so full that there was no room for anyone else to enter. But scripture says that there was a man who had the palsy, and they came unto Jesus, bringing one sick of the palsy, which was carried by four. And when they could not come nigh unto Him for the press, they uncovered the roof where Jesus was. This man was a paralytic. He was a physically challenged person. He needed assistance. But when Jesus saw the faith of the men carrying him, He said unto the sick of the palsy, Son, thy sins be forgiven thee. I want you to know that four of this kind will beat a full house any day. What kind am I talking about? Four that believe:
The way that some call heresy.
The way that some call foolish.
The way that some call outrageous.
The way that some call a cult.
The way of the Cross.
That Jesus was God manifested in flesh.
That neither is there salvation in any other but Jesus Christ.
When you find four that believe this way, you've got a force to be reckoned with and God can work and move.
Sing: No great name than the name of Jesus, no greater name than I've ever known. No greater name than the name of Jesus. You are the song to my heart and my soul, you are the hope to the hopeless and broken, you are the only truth and the way.
Thought For Today: Four of a kind will beat a full house any day.