Monday, November 5, 2018

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker -2018 November 5

“There was a man of the Pharisees, named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews: The same came to Jesus by night, and said unto him, Rabbi, we know that thou art a teacher come from God: for no man can do these miracles that thou doest, except God be with him. Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. Nicodemus saith unto him, How can a man be born when he is old? can he enter the second time into his mother's womb, and be born? Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again. The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit. Nicodemus answered and said unto him, How can these things be? Jesus answered and said unto him, Art thou a master of Israel, and knowest not these things?” (John 3:1-10).

Today’s Morsel:  Sometimes the best way to get the answer to the questions that you may have is to ask someone.  Sometimes even in meetings or Bible studies, people will have questions, but they will not raise their hand to get clarification to their lack of understanding because of fear.  Nicodemus knew that Jesus’ teaching was something deeper than he understood.  He knew that he was missing something and that he did not have a clear understanding of what Jesus was talking about or referring to.  And so he went to Jesus by night while others could not see him.  Sometimes people will do this is meetings or studies, they will wait until others are gone and then they will ask the instructor to clarify their questions because they don’t like to appear "stupid". After Nicodemus' discussion with Jesus, he was converted to a believer in Christ (See John 7:50-51; John 19:39-40).  So we see that his questions were not "stupid", but just the opposite; his questions lead him to a clearer understanding of truth.  Do have confusion or questions about the word of God?  If so, why not get alone with a pastor or teacher that you trust and get your questions answered.

Sing: Show me the way, that I may walk with You.  Show me the way, that I may talk with You.  The cry of my heart is to know You more, live by the touch of Your hand, stronger each day, show me the way.

Thought For Today:  The only dumb question is the one not asked.

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