"They were stoned, they were sawn asunder" KJV Hebrews 11:37
Sitting in Church yesterday, I became distracted. The last few weeks we have been studying the subject of faith from the book of Hebrews. Chapter four had stirred deep and warm feelings when I was reminded that there is still a Sabbatical rest in existence.
That was a bit confusing to me until I realized that all I had to do to enter into a Sabbatical rest was to cease from my works and rest in what He has done. That felt right and strong, but it wasn't what distracted me.
Hebrews 11:37 is what distracted me. This is not a verse for the faint of heart. I read about my brothers and sisters being cut in two, and my mind got stuck. Knowing that my family members around the world today are being beheaded and tortured just because they love Jesus brought powerful sorrow to my heart. But, this also brought a righteous anger and determination to my soul to resist evil and defend God's people anyway I can.
I remembered that the blood of martyrs is the life blood of the Church, but I still had small tears in my eyes for my brothers and sisters.. Then, I pictured Jesus on the Cross and understood that God's love is more powerful than man can understand. I also remembered that life is in the blood and God's children often have to sacrifice for the Kingdom. And, that the death of God's children is precious in His sight. Praise the Lord, the Holy Spirit brought peace to my soul as He taught me about the things of God,
I was very grateful and could finally lift up my head..
Fear strikes us sometimes Lord when we see what's happening. We come to You right now for your peace that passes understanding. Amen and Amen.
Rev. Dr. Robert (AZ)