Posts Tagged ‘friend’

Matthew 11:19: “The Son of Man came eating and drinking, and they say, ‘Look, a glutton and a winebibber, a friend of tax collectors and sinners!’ But wisdom is justified by her children.”
Mark 2:16-17: “And when the scribes and Pharisees saw Him eating with the tax collectors and sinners, they said to His disciples, “How is it that He eats and drinks with tax collectors and sinners?” When Jesus heard it, He said to them, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners, to repentance.””

Garfield the cat was looking down at a caterpillar, who said (thought), “I’m going to be a butterfly”. “And just how are you going to do that?” Garfield asked. “Uh…” the caterpillar says, pauses, and then says, “I know a guy.” When I read that, I smiled, thinking that the caterpillar was referring to the Creator.

Back in my post of Acts 11:25-26, I used the “I know a guy” quote in the analogy of Barnabas and Paul. In society today, it seems like everyone “knows” someone who’s well-connected, has influence or power, or has favors. Garth Brooks turned this phrase on its ear with his old country ballad “Friends in Low Places”. However, when you think about it, it is always nice to know someone who can help you in situations where you cannot help yourself or achieve some goal by yourself.

The scoffers derided Jesus Christ out loud, saying he frequently was seen with “tax collectors and sinners”, the lowest of the low. Even in Mark 2:16-17, they question why He ate with them. How blessed are we sinners that Jesus didn’t separate Himself, but came to us, to save us, to pay our price, to redeem us. Our Messiah wasn’t some upper-crust rich snob who didn’t let himself be seen with those lower in class; instead, He reached out to us, as a Friend.

What a Friend we have in Jesus!

Something to think about.


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Proverbs 17:17-21

verse 17: “A friend loves at all times, And a brother is born for adversity.”

I remember 2 stories that this verse reminds me of. One pertains to a young couple who were friends of ours; they were expecting their second child, and after her birth, there were some concerns about her health (she turned out to be okay). But during this time, prayers were lifted up as the parents and grandparents felt anxious. I remember when we visited them in the hospital, that the grandfather expressed deep gratitude over our coming to visit. To us, it wasn’t a big to-do…we were glad to visit. However, it always stuck in my memory how fervently this grandfather said he would never forget our coming to visit.

We recently had an older lady in our church who became suddenly widowed; her husband passed away unexpectedly. Several families have pitched in to stay with her, help care for her, and do what they could to help out, while she went through the funeral and burial and moving to an assisted living facility.

I cannot elaborate on the verse above any better than Solomon stated it. Sometimes, friends love with words….at other times, they love with actions. Either way…they are there.

Something to think about.

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