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SAMUEL, A BIBLE GIANT

Bible Giants Of Faith – Episode 5

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This series hasn’t just been an interesting one but one full of inspiring stories of the giants of old. So far we’ve been able to go through the lives of four different leaders (Abraham, Moses, David, and Ruth).

This episode continues the trend as we discuss another great man of faith, as seen in the fifth chapter of the book Bible Giants of Faith by James TaiwoThe direct reference to this story is found in 1 Samuel Chapter 1

Samuel- a prophet and an Israelite legend who kept a consistent relationship with God throughout his life.

Samuel’s life began with Hannah’s very touching scene, praying to God at the tabernacle in Shiloh.

Hannah pleaded with God to allow her to bear a son because she was barren. She prayed vigorously so much to the extent that Prophet Eli, who was passing, thought she was crazy. 

Hannah vowed to God (promised) in her prayer that if He allowed her to bear a son, she would dedicate the boy back for His service. 

This means the boy would have to serve God all the days of his life. 

God answered Hannah’s prayer; she conceived and bore a son, and named him Samuel, saying, “Because I have asked for him from the Lord”.

Samuel grew and started his life under the care and training of Eli, the priest and judge of Israel at that time, just as her mother promised to dedicate him to God. 

God began to speak to Samuel from his childhood. His first message from God was quite sobering and was to be delivered to Eli. 

The message required that Samuel must announce God’s punishment on Eli’s two wayward sons, Hophni and Phinehas. 

Samuel delivered the message as God sent him, but, unfortunately, Eli did not respond with an expected action, rather, he disrespected God. 1 Sam. 3:18

Eli’s disrespect to God did not go well. God told Eli that his descendants would die in their flower age and He would also choose another family to serve in the priestly line. 

God’s punishment came on Prophet Eli and his family. The lives of Hophni and Phinehas (Eli’s sons) were cut short as it happened that war broke out in Israel that claimed their lives. Eli also collapsed and died when he heard the news. 

The unfortunate event in Eli’s family accelerated Samuel’s position, and he became God’s ordained prophet and the judge of Israel. 

Samuel’s Growth and Leadership 

As Samuel grew and faithfully conveyed messages from God, it became obvious that God was working through him. He demonstrated great courage during his walk with God, as not seen in his boss, Prophet Eli. 

  • Samuel was not afraid to tell the truth of God’s word even when it was not convenient.
  • He successfully led the Israelites to defeat the Philistines, their enemies, and the land prospered under his watch.
  • Prophet Samuel was the one who anointed Saul as the first king of Israel after the people approached him and expressed their willingness to have a king. 

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Some Lessons from Prophet Samuel

  • Prophet Samuel obeyed God throughout his life, and there was no fault found with him. (It is noteworthy to mention that Samuel, out of all Israelites’ leader, had no flaw recorded about him).
  • As Christians, we must be bold and be firm in following God’s instructions, as this can be learned from Samuel, who did not hold back in telling his boss (Prophet Eli) everything that God was determined to do because of the sins of his family. 
  • Christians also must follow God’s instructions to the letter. Our decision to obey God may sometimes make us unpopular, but we still have an obligation to obey God anyway.

 

There are many more lessons to learn about Samuel as they are explained in details in the book Bible Giants of Faith.

Brace yourself for the next episode as we discuss Peter and the lessons we can learn from his life.

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THE CONDITION FOR FORGIVENESS

Jesus The Mystery Man – Episode 8

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In our previous post on “Jesus The Mystery Man,” we discussed how Jesus taught his disciples how to pray. While the lesson shouldn’t be applied as a vain repetition, every Christian supposed to consider it as a guide and source of motivation for forming their how own prayer pattern.

Readers also learned in the previous episode that one of the requirements of getting God to answer our prayers is by forgiving other people. Yes, this important statement has become the topic of discussion in this episode – Forgiveness!

Join us as we examine “Forgiveness” in the eighth chapter of the book Who Was Jesus, Really? – Book One.

Do you think you’re perfect? I won’t imagine that. Are you looking for a perfect person, you’re likely not going to find one either! No one is hundred percent righteous. We’ve wronged God, and we have wronged each other.

If you dare to check, you will find out you have wronged God more than once or times in the past. In the same train of thought, you have likely wronged your fellow human being; someone else must have wronged you too. So, forgiveness plays a vital role in solving the problem.

How can we handle the subject of forgiveness? To properly handle this, let’s consider the question that Peter asked his Master Jesus.

Peter, the most outspoken disciple, asked Jesus:  “Lord, how often shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? Up to seven times?” (Matthew 18:21).

Jesus shocked Peter (and other disciples) with his response, “I do not say to you, up to seven times, but up to seventy times seven” (Matthew 18:22).

Of course, we know it is not possible for someone to offend a friend (or an enemy) for 490 times – That’s just a long time for any individual to repeat the same offense to his neighbor!

Jesus was telling his disciples, including you and me, to forgive those who have offended us no matter how frequent it is or how painful it is.

Why would someone forgive others?

Jesus Christ gave an answer to that. He taught us in the Lord’s Prayer,

“(God please) Forgive us our debts (offenses) as we forgive others of their debts (offenses).

Again, Jesus taught his disciples, “If you want God, whom you sin against often, to forgive your sins, then think about it – You must forgive your brother or sister who has offended you.

Jesus made the topic of forgiveness so easy for us to understand. He clarified that prayer alone is not enough to earn anyone forgiveness, you must also forgive others if you want God to forgive your offenses to him.

The book Who Was Jesus, Really – Book One? is indeed an invaluable book with many treasures of truth to understand about Jesus Christ. While chapter eight of book one that we discussed here is the last part, the next episode will unveil the beginning of series two – Who Was Jesus, Really – Book Two.

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RUTH, A DEVOTED DAUGHTER-IN-LAW

Bible Giants Of Faith – Episode 4

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We started this series by discussing the great men and their marvelous feats in the bible. Men who showed great faith in God and were thus rewarded with uncommon blessings. So far we’ve been able to go through the lives of three different men (Abraham, Moses, and David).

The great deeds recorded in the bible were not achieved by men alone, women also had their own superb share of these acts. In this episode, we are going to discuss the life of Ruth.

The book Bible Giants of Faith discusses this great woman (Ruth), known for her loyalty and devotion.

The fourth chapter of the book “Bible Giants of Faith” relates that two Moabite women, Ruth and Orpah, married the two sons of Naomi after her husband, Elimelech died. But unfortunately, tragedy struck and Naomi’s two sons died.

After this, Naomi decided to return to Israel. She set out for Bethlehem in the company of her two daughters-in-law. But at a point on the journey, she urged her two daughters-in-law to return to their people for the possibility of starting a new life. Mahlon returned to Moab, but Ruth refused to turn back.

Ruth said to Naomi,

“Do not urge me to leave you or to turn back from following you; for where you go, I will go, and where you lodge, I will lodge. Your people will be my people, and your God, my God. Where you die, I will die, and there I will be buried. May the Lord do the same to me, and more also, if anything but death separates me from you” (Ruth 1:1-17).

Such loyalty! Even when she had no reason to continue with her, she pledged her life to Naomi. She arrived in Israel with Naomi; took care of Naomi in her old age, and later remarried a man named Boaz based on Naomi’s recommendation.

Ruth later gave birth to a boy named Obed, who also became the grandfather of King David, the great ancestor of our Lord Jesus Christ.

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Can you see how loyalty and devotion turned a lowly woman from an unknown village to an ancestor of our Lord Jesus Christ?

People who claim to love God should prove it with practical actions.

We should not only be Christians through words, but we must complement our words with actions of faith. We must be ready to go out of our way for God.

Even when the grass does not look green, we should still consider it a matter of importance to meet God’s standard.

I hope we all learned a lesson from this episode?

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DAVID, THE GIANT SLAYER

Bible Giants Of Faith – Episode 3

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Have you ever been faced with a challenge that seemed too much for you to overcome? Are you passing through a phase today where people tend to think there is no way out for you?

I have good news for you! All you need to overcome such will be discussed in this episode.

On a certain day, a little boy, David was faced with an impossible-to-overcome challenge. It happened that war broke out between Israel and the Philistines as seen in the seventh chapter of the book, Bible Giants of Faith.

David’s brothers were enlisted in the army to defend their land. On the day of the war, David’s father, Jesse, sent him to visit his brothers on the battle line.

When David got there, he saw and heard one giant man called Goliath harassing the Israelites and cursing the name of God.

David got angry at the giant’s outburst and he wanted to challenge the giant to a fight for the Lord’s sake. David said to his people,

“Who is this uncircumcised Philistine, that he should defy the armies of the living God?” (1 Samuel 17:26).

So many people tried to persuade him, including King Saul. But David was so adamant that he was eventually left to face Goliath.

When Goliath saw this, he was furious. How could they send such a weakling to confront him? But David was not moved by him. He stood before Goliath and said,

“You come against me with sword and spear and javelin but I come against you in the name of the Lord whom you have defied. This day the Lord will deliver you into my hands, and I’ll strike you down and cut off your head. This very day I will give the carcasses of the Philistine army to the birds and the wild animals, and the whole world will know that there is a God in Israel” (1 Samuel 17:45-46).

See that? What audacity!

God is Bigger Than Your Adversity and Adversary

David trusted not in his armor (he actually had none) nor in his weapon, but in God who can do the impossible!

The most shocking part was that this boy was going to fight Goliath with his slingshot and a bag containing five stones. Slingshot and five stones! To kill a giant? Can that even kill a dog?

Surprisingly and against all odds, David killed Goliath with a sling and a stone.

After this event, David became a national pride, so much that King Saul soon became jealous and wanted to kill him. David had to run for his life and lived in caves and jungles until King Saul died many years later.

God’s plan eventually was fulfilled when David was crowned the official king of Israel.

David was a successful king of Israel.

What can we make of this man’s story?

David had absolute faith that God was strong enough to help him kill Goliath, who had everything to his advantage. He slew him by passing the battle unto God. He knew nothing is impossible.

That situation that seemed impossible was overcome because God was involved. That is the same way God takes care of all battles passed on to him.

No matter how hard or difficult the situation seems today, all you need to be victorious is to trust in the Lord.

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MOSES; A BIBLE GIANT

Bible Giants Of Faith – Episode 2

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In our previous post, we discussed one of the giants of faith in the Bible (Abraham). In this episode, we shall discuss another faith giant as portrayed in the second chapter of the book, Bible Giants of Faith.

Moses, a man reputed as the meekest on earth, was the man who led the Israelites out of the land of captivity.

Moses was born at a time where King Pharaoh was on a killing spree of Hebrew male children, in a bid to weaken the Hebrew’s stronghold.

But the boy, Moses survived because of his mother’s wisdom. He escaped death, grew up in Egypt and even enjoyed some royal benefits.

The book, Bible Giants of Faith shows us an incident where Moses killed an Egyptian boy for abusing a Hebrew boy. This made him run away from Egypt, fearing that Pharaoh might kill him. He went on to become a shepherd in the land of Midian.

Not too long, God came calling him from the wilderness, telling him to return to Egypt in order to lead His people out of bondage.

But Moses remembered what made him run away from Egypt. He gave God so many excuses in a bid to avoid going back to Egypt. He even told God that he was a stammerer as if God didn’t know this.

However, God insisted that Moses was the man for the job. Therefore, Moses obeyed. He returned to Egypt and confronted King Pharaoh, who refused to let go of the Hebrews.

The Freedom of The Bond

God caused the Egyptians to experience some plagues which include the death of all Egyptians’ firstborn. These events forced Pharaoh to surrender to God. He opened his border and released the Hebrews. However, the brutal king Pharaoh soon changed his mind and pursued the Israelites to the edge of the Red Sea.

The second chapter of the book, Bible Giants of Faith shows us how God instructed Moses to point his rod at the sea, and the sea parted. All the Israelites successfully walked on dry land in the middle of the Red Sea.

The stubborn king Pharaoh led his soldiers in pursuit of the Israelites to the middle of the Red Sea. God instructed Moses again to point his rod to the sea to release the water after the Israelites had escaped to the dry land.

The Red Sea closed up on all the Egyptians, and they all perished with their mad king.

After the Red Sea experience, Moses led the Israelites in the wilderness en route to the Promised Land. During his journey to the promised land, Moses performed many miracles through the empowerment of God. He made manna (free food) rain down from heaven. He struck a rock and freshwater gushed out when the Israelites were thirsty. He also crafted the Ten Commandments.

Moses obeyed God and trust in His word without fearing for his life. This is the same way all Christians must trust God’s words.

If God said it, then we must believe it!

Moses believed every word that God told him, and he was willing to face death for the sake of obeying God. This is the same way God wants us to obey Him and believe His words.

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JESUS TEACHES US TO PRAY

Jesus The Mystery Man – Episode 7

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In previous posts on the episode series of Who Was Jesus, Really? We discussed the development stages of Jesus’ life. We discussed in the last episode, how Jesus Christ performed his first miracle by turning water to wine at a wedding party. Then, he was a boy but now, a man!

Jesus took his ministry to the mainstream after he had performed his first miracle. (Hope you’ve been enjoying the series?)

Going forward, we will address Jesus as a man in a full-flesh of his ministry. So, let’s begin by discussing a vital aspect of his ministry – The prayer life of Jesus!

(Remember, this episode series run is being adapted from the book Who Was Jesus, Really? – Book One. Consider to get your copy here!)

Our Lord’s Prayer

Jesus Christ, the Son of God, had the habit of performing miracles and doing good things for people; but that’s not all we can learn about him. He also had a very strong prayer life!

Jesus had the habit of getting withdraw from his busy life to pray on the mountain. He even sometimes sneaked out at night (while his disciples were sleeping) to have a good quiet time with God on the mountain.  (Quiet time means a prayer time).

Yeah, of course, Jesus’ disciples weren’t stupid! They realized their master was busy praying while they were busy sleeping, so they decided to do something about it.😇

The disciples knew their master-Jesus often sneaked to pray in a quiet place, so they were also ready to make the best of their discovery! The disciples did something very important. C’mon keep reading and let’s find out…✌️

Who were the disciples of Jesus Christ? Do you still remember their names? (You may want to check that episode here).

Jesus’ disciples (Peter, James, John, Matthew, Bartholomew, and others) knew the secret of their master’s success. They knew he has so much power and authority because of his strong prayer life!

Guess what? 🤔 Those disciples wanted to be like Jesus. They asked him to teach them how to pray. Can you blame them? (I wouldn’t blame them either 😀 ).

You can imagine the disciples indirectly asking “Master, tell us the secret of your power!”

Of course, Jesus didn’t hesitate to share the power-engine with his followers. He taught them how to pray!

Jesus Taught A Prayer Sample That Forever Changed Our Lives

TEACH US HOW TO PRAY! – the disciples asked.

The sample prayer that Jesus gave his disciples is what the Christian community now refers to as “The Lord’s Prayer” or “Our Lord’s Prayer.”

Here is the Lord’s Prayer as copied from the Bible (Matthew 6:9-13 NKJV). Jesus said:

In this manner, therefore, pray: Our Father in heaven, hallowed be Your name. Your kingdom come.Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. And do not lead us into temptation, But deliver us from the evil one. For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.

The Lord’s Prayer is such a pattern of prayer that mentions everything we need to say and do to get God meets our needs.

Our Lord’s Prayer guarantees that your prayer would be answered each time you call unto God.

The Focus of Our Lord’s Prayer

The Lord’s Prayer points the attention of Christians to things that are most important in life. Some of them are mentioned here:

  • Children of God must give thanks to God.
  • Children of God must forgive others.
  • Christians must ask God to forgive our sins. (If we want God to forgive our sins and answer our prayers, we must forgive others also.)
  • Don’t think God can’t answer your prayer. Never think your problem is too difficult for God to handle! God can answer your prayers if you call on him. He will do whatever you ask him if you can ask in faith, and your request is within his will for you!
  • God, who is always interested to answer your prayer, wants you to pray to him always.

More Lessons of Our Lord’s Prayer

There are some other lessons to learn about the sample prayer that Christ gave his disciples (Our Lord’s Prayer)! I encourage you to read your Bible more often. Try and also get this book which teaches you a lot about the Lord Jesus. The book- Who Was Jesus, Really? Book One. is available in ebook, audiobook, and paperback.

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ABRAHAM; A FAITH GIANT

Bible Giants Of Faith – Episode 1

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The Bible tells us about some great men who have lived before us. Those we can call supermen, because of the type of mighty deeds they wrought. One of such men is Abraham, the friend of God.

The book Bible Giants of Faith, in its first chapter, relates to us the life of Abraham and his relationship with God.

Truly, Abraham was the friend of God. But he didn’t get to that stage by chance. At the time when he was 75 years old, God promised him that He would make him the father of nations.

Imagine, a man without a son received a promise that he would father nations. At 75, for that matter! He didn’t see how this was going to be possible due to his advancing age.

This is just one of the many ‘almost-impossible’ promises and instructions he received from God.

At a time, God appeared to him and asked him to leave his land for another land that He would show him, with a promise of a blessing.

Abraham believed God’s words and left his native land with his wife, Sarah, and his nephew, Lot.

Despite all these promises and instructions, things were not always well with Abraham.

He was also not seeing the promise of a blessing coming to pass in his life. The worst of Abraham’s problems was that he did not have a child.

He was a very old man, and Sarah, his wife, was old and past the childbearing stage.

In the book Bible Giants of Faith, we see that despite all the problems that the man Abraham faced, he never doubted God.

He continued to live with the trust that God would not fail him and would keep his promises.

Not too long, the promises of God started manifesting in his life.

God fulfilled His promise of a son to Abraham when he was one hundred years old, and Sarah, his wife, was ninety years old.

But then God came again with His test. He tested Abraham’s faith after the birth of Isaac; God asked him to sacrifice his trueborn heir, Isaac. Imagine that!

Abraham- Tested and Trusted!

After all the years Abraham had waited before he could have a son, God asked him to sacrifice the son.

Despite not knowing that it was a test, Abraham obeyed, without questioning God, and he passed the test.

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For Abraham’s numerous obedience, not just that God promised him innumerable blessings, they all came to pass.

He told him that just as it was impossible for anyone to be able to count the stars in the sky, so would it be impossible for anyone to count his descendants.

This is exactly the way God wants us to have total faith in Him. And as we do this, His numerous promises will be ours to enjoy.

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JESUS TURNS WATER TO WINE

JESUS THE MYSTERY MAN – Episode 6

This Bible story series run about the life of Jesus Christ was adapted from the book Who Was Jesus, Really? (Book 1,2,3) By James Taiwo.

JESUS FIRST MIRACLE

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We have talked, so far, about Jesus’ unusual way of doing things. For example, he called his disciples at odd times in their lives, yet, the exercise was successful. In this episode, we are going to talk about Jesus’ first miracle ever. The story and the lessons learned were adopted from Chapter Five of Who Was Jesus Really? Book One.

Also, try and read along from your Bible (John 2)

Jesus, who was the chosen Son of God, always does his things by God’s timing. He decided to first spend time with his disciples before going public with his ministry. But, one event changed it all!

A wedding event took place at Cana of Galilee; Jesus was invited, so he decided to bring his disciples along. Mary, Jesus’ mother, was there also.

Everything was going great at the wedding until something unexpected happened; the wine finished! 

Can you imagine!

Back then, having little wine at a wedding reflects so bad on the couple’s parents. It means they were poor and couldn’t plan well.

Do you know what happened eventually? (I won’t tell you now, just keep reading 🙂 )

The event organizer told Mary about the problem of insufficient wine. 

Hmm, Mary seemed to have a solution! 

She knew her son (Jesus) could perform any miracle for any need. She had seen Jesus at home, doing many unimaginable things – good stuff! 

Mary went to tell Jesus about what had just happened. She said, “They have no wine!” 

Jesus knew what Mary was up to. She wanted him to perform a miracle. 

Jesus replied, “What would I have to do with you woman? My time is not yet come”. 

What do you think Mary would do with Jesus’ response? 

Most mothers would let things be at that point and tell the wedding organizer, “I’m sorry, Sir, my son doesn’t’ want to be bothered!” But, guess what – Mary didn’t do that! 

Mary wouldn’t budge for a negative affirmation. She knew Jesus always does good things for people; she knew he would help.

So, Mary instructed the organizer to make sure he does whatever Jesus tells him to do. 

In other words, Mary was saying, make sure to obey Jesus’ any instruction no matter how absurd it may sound. 

Truly, Jesus’ statement sounded absurd. He asked the wedding organizer to go and fetch ordinary water and serve people, starting from the chairman of the event. 

Can you imagine that!

The organizer was smart to obey Jesus. He did everything that Jesus asked him to do.  

Now you can guess what happened after that? It was Jesus’ first public miracle. 

The water turned to wine! 

What!!!!!!!!

Yep, the water turned to wine. And the wine tasted much better than any other wine people have ever tasted.

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Children – What Lesson Do We Learn Here?

O boy - Nope!

Good girl - Yes, Obedience!

From this book, we learn how important it is to obey the word of Jesus no matter how we feel about it, whether we think it makes sense or not. 

Obedience is a sign of trust and faith in God. 

In other words, obeying and trusting the word of God will always generate the miracle we are expecting. 

Of course, obedience is not the only lesson to learn from this story. There are other lessons, which are explained in Chapter 5 of Who Was Jesus Really? Book One. You may want to grab a copy of this book. 

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JESUS CHOOSES HIS DISCIPLES

This Bible story series run about the life of Jesus Christ was adapted from the book Who Was Jesus, Really? (Book 1,2,3) By James Taiwo.

Jesus The Mystery Man – Episode 5

Jesus chooses disciples

Our previous post discussed Jesus’ preparation to fulfill his ministry purpose and how Satan tried to derail him from the mission. 

Satan tempted Jesus with different tricks with the hope that he might get confused and miss his purpose, but the enemy lost! 

In the previous post, we also identified the clues that made Jesus prevail over Satan. 

In this post, we are going to discuss the events of how Jesus was able to gather twelve men that he needed for his ministry. 

(You can read the full story in the Bible- Mark 1)

The twelve men were also called the apostles. (Apostle – meaning one who is sent away).

It wasn’t news that Jesus is the Messiah, promised by God through the prophets. John the Baptist had proclaimed this fact to everyone who would listen, but few people had listened so far. 

Jesus, while going around doing good, preaching the word of God and healing people, he refused to brag about the fact that he is the Son of God. Yes, you can call it humility, but that didn’t stop him from calling out to the people who will tell others – The disciples, which are also called apostles! 

Perhaps what was more surprising is not the way Jesus called his disciples, but rather at the odd times he did it. 

The Book One of “Who Was Jesus, Really?” in its fourth chapter shows that Jesus was walking one day along the shore of Lake Galilee, he saw Simon Peter and his brother Andrew, casting a net into the lake because they were fishermen. 

Jesus was excited, and he said, “Come, follow me, and I will make you fishers of men!” Without delay, they left their nets and ran to meet Jesus. 

Fishers of men

As they went a little farther, they saw the sons of Zebedee in a boat with their father, cleaning their nets and about to go for the next night of fishing. 

Jesus quickly called them to follow him, and they happily left their father, Zebedee, with the servants and followed Jesus. He told them they wouldn’t be looking for fish any longer, but that he would teach them how to “fish” people for the kingdom of God.

Imagine that! They were still working when He beckoned unto them. 

Imagine someone calling you to come right now regardless of what you are doing, asking that you leave everything you are doing and follow him. Would you answer? 

You might object the call, but the sons of Zebedee left their father in the boat in the early mornings (while preparing for their fishery business) to follow Jesus. 

Jesus Is Calling!

Jesus called his twelve disciples on different occasions. 

The names of the disciples are Simon Peter, Andrew, John, James (sons of Zebedee), Philip, Matthew, Bartholomew, Thomas, James (son of Alpheus), Simon (the patriot), Thaddaeus, and Judas Iscariot. 

Of course, there were some other men and women who later became Jesus’ disciples, but those twelve men were different because they were divinely selected. Jesus sent them out to proclaim the good news to others about God’s kingdom.

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Lesson To Learn

The action of the sons of Zebedee and others that Jesus called is indeed exemplary! Those people were eager to follow Jesus. They didn’t allow their private business to stop them from following the Master. 

What else do we learn? 

Jesus showed no discrimination whatsoever in his choices; instead, he let the Holy Spirit guide him about who to call. 

Jesus can call anyone at any time.

Matthew, for example, was a tax collector, and yet Jesus called him. This shows us how Jesus can call anyone at any time. But the question is, will you answer him whenever he calls you?

The most important lesson from the process of Jesus’ selection of his disciples is that he is interested in everyone. 

Jesus is still calling us now. Anyone who answers his call is another disciple added to the list. 

Jesus is calling you!

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JESUS FACES TEMPTATION

A Bible story series run about the life of Jesus Christ adapted from the book Who Was Jesus, Really? By James Taiwo.

JESUS THE MYSTERY MAN – Episode 4

In the previous post, we discussed Jesus’s preparation for his ministry (or purpose – as he called it) and how he went to meet John to baptize him. In this episode, we are going to discuss another major event of Jesus’s life as portrayed in the third chapter of the book “Who Was Jesus, Really? – Book One.” It is about his temptation. So how did it happen?

temptation

Immediately, Jesus left John at River Jordan, the Holy Spirit that had descended on him in the form of a dove lead him into the wilderness where he was expected to fast and pray to prepare for his journey.

A purpose as big as his would require him to acquire more spiritual power; so there he was in the jungle for forty days and forty nights without food or water (that is, he went on forty days dry fasting).

Imagine living an entire day without food. Hard right? Well, Jesus did it for a good forty days! As anyone would predict, Jesus became extremely tired and hungry after those long forty days. The devil decided to tempt him based on his present condition.

The book one of “Who was Jesus Really?” Described the three temptations that Satan gave Jesus and how He (Jesus) was able to overcome Satan’s tricks through the word of God.

The Temptation

The devil took Jesus to a high mountain and showed him all the glory of the Earth. He said he was willing to give it all to Jesus if only Jesus would worship him. Can you see how smart the devil thinks he is?

Jesus quickly rebuked him and said,

“Get thee behind me, Satan! It is written, thou shall worship the lord your God, and him alone shall you serve.”

The devil still didn’t give up. He took Jesus to Jerusalem and set him on a pinnacle—a very high place—and told Jesus to jump. If he was really the son of God, the angels would not let him fall, but Jesus answered,

“Thou shall not tempt the Lord thy God!”

The devil knew he had lost and decided to leave Jesus alone for a while. Then the angels came and gave Jesus food and water. Phew!

Satan’s Intention

The devil tried Jesus’s hunger and thirst and his newly acquired power against him, but Jesus was spiritually smart.

He knew the commandment of God better than Satan. He also knew better than to allow any ego to take over.

Of course, there are many lessons to be taken from this short tale, the majority of which has already been identified in Chapter four of the book.

Perhaps the most important of them all is to understand the word of God as written in the Bible.

An inadequate understanding of the word of God can lead to devastating failure.

Lesson To Learn

If anyone wants to overcome every obstacle and live victoriously in this world of ours, it is necessary to keep God’s word at heart.

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