Let The Dead Bury Their Own Dead

Matthew 8:22—> Amplified Bible –But Jesus said to him, Follow Me, and leave the dead [in sin] to bury their own dead. King James Version –But Jesus said unto him, Follow me; and let the dead bury their dead. – New International Version –But Jesus told him, “Follow me, and let the dead bury their own dead.”

New American Standard Bible –But Jesus said to him, “Follow Me, and allow the dead to bury their own dead.”

We were having our family Bible session. Beth saw her nephew’s face look around as if he wondered how the dead could bury the dead when she quoted the words of Jesus.

She asked Mark if he was wondering about how the dead could bury the dead. He let it be known the statement did puzzle him.

Beth and I both tried to express what we felt the Lord meant when He said to let the dead bury the dead.

If someone is ALIVE in Christ Jesus they are excited about the things of God. They get excited about hearing God’s Word and Sharing God’s Word. If someone is spiritually dead they are not interested in the things of God.

We concluded that Jesus was making a point to let his Disciples know that obedience to Him is something for people who are ALIVE in Christ.

 

More verses from Matthew 8

18 When Jesus saw the crowd around him, he gave orders to cross to the other side of the lake. 19 Then a teacher of the law came to him and said, “Teacher, I will follow you wherever you go.”

20 Jesus replied, “Foxes have dens and birds have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to lay his head.”

21 Another disciple said to him, “Lord, first let me go and bury my father.”

22 But Jesus told him, “Follow me, and let the dead bury their own dead.”

— Anyone can say they will follow the Lord wherever He wants them to go. Many will say they have something more important to do.

If we want to serve the Lord with gladness it’s imperative that we learn to hear His voice and that we are willing to let Him become Number One in our lives. If the Lord is your Commander in Chief your priorities will always be to listen to & to obey the voice of God rather than to obey the voice(s) of man. I also believe God will help you get your priorities straight if you let him.

Don’t you know if you make anything more important than God it is a sin.

Shared by Elizabeth Evans Wolfe

 

What You Have Sown You Will Most Certainly Reap

Some people may take this as a warning and repent.  Some people have already decided that they do not want to show the Lord that they revere God.

Read Isaiah 55, Galatians 6, & Matthew 7

One verse from each Chapter will be listed here today.  The following Scriptures come from the King James Version of the Bible because it is a translation that is public domain.

Isaiah 55:11, “So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.”

Galatians 6:7, “Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.”

Matthew 7:2, “For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again.”

I was awake near 3:30 AM on 3/30/2015.  I kept hearing words from Isaiah 55 go through my mind.  At first I thought I was being allowed to remember those words because I had been reviewing words from Isaiah 55 for a week or so.  I decided to write down the thoughts that were going through my mind.

The Lord said, “So shall my word be that goes forth from my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.”

Did you think you’d only receive the good when you reap what you’ve sown?  Didn’t you know that God intended for you to sow seeds of kindness rather than spread words of evil?  Because you neglected to follow the Holy path God wanted you to walk on you will reap destruction.

Recall that God’s Word says, “So shall my word be that goeth forth from my mouth.  My Word will not return to me empty.”   You have sown some good seeds and you have sown some bad seeds.  The good seeds were planted when you cast money in the pot but you were thinking,  “Oh good, God will give me back more than I gave to Him.”  The seed sown was good seed but you should recall that your motive for giving is clearly shown. 

You also planted seeds of unrighteousness when you maliciously attacked people who are weaker than you.

Because you neglected to plant seeds of righteousness your time of harvest will surprise you.  He who sows to please himself will reap destruction.  It is a promise I intend to keep for I am the promise keeper.

I also recall the way you’ve intentionally misjudged others.  You’ve attacked my people who are following after me.  You sought to destroy them for your own gain.  You maligned them and lied about them.  You manipulated them and caused a great deal of harm.

Because you have done that which is evil in the sight of the Lord you will be judged.

I will use the same measuring device you used.  This is my promise and it shall come to pass.

[The reader may want to review all the words written in Galatians 6 that pertain to reaping and sowing.  God’s Word does promise us that we shall reap what we have sown and we are supposed to do good things.  It is written that those who sow to their own  flesh will reap destruction.]