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Verses 18-21: “And when Simon saw that through the laying on of the apostles’ hands the Holy Spirit was given, he offered them money, saying “Give me this power also, that anyone on whom I lay hands may receive the Holy Spirit.” But Peter said to him, “Your money perish with you, because you thought that the gift of God could be purchased with money! You have neither part nor portion in this matter, for your heart is not right in the sight of God.””

Luke Skywalker attempted to use the Force to lift his half-sunken X-wing fighter from the swamp on Dagobah. Master Yoda had told him the same Force which he used to levitate a rock was the same Force that could lift the heavy star-craft. Luke’s attempt failed and he turned away discouraged, believing the attempt to still be impossible. With a small look of disappointment on his face, Yoda concentrated, pointed, and not only raised the X-wing fighter out of the swamp, but levitated it over to the dry ground. As Luke looked on incredulously, all he could say to Yoda was, “I don’t believe it!”

Yoda’s classic reply? “That…is why you fail.”

This scene from The Empire Strikes Back came to mind when I read the below section of Acts 8. Simon the sorcerer had seemingly became a Christian convert, but in his heart, he didn’t believe. He still thought that the giving of the Holy Spirit through Peter and John to be some sort of magician’s trick that he could simply buy and then capitalize on. Peter tore into him, giving him a verbal rebuke that got Simon’s attention. He goes on in the next verse to encourage him to truly repent; Simon’s weak reply is to ask them to pray for him. You see, Simon wasn’t repentant…he just was sorry he got caught in his lie.

So for those considering becoming a Christian…remember in the ABC’s of becoming one, the ‘B’…stands for ‘believe’. Without that, you will fail.

Something to think about.

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1 Timothy 4:11 “These things command and teach.”

Qui-Gon Jinn to Obi-Wan Kenobi
Yoda to Count Dooku
Obi-Wan Kenobi to Anakin Skywalker
Obi-Wan Kenobi to Luke Skywalker
Yoda to Luke Skywalker

Any fan of the Star Wars franchise will recognize the relationships mentioned above. They are the relationships of a Jedi Master to his padawan (apprentice). Each Jedi master would instruct a padawan in the ways of the Jedi and the Force. For those who listened and didn’t turn to the dark side of the Force, they in turn would eventually become the teacher to a new apprentice. Certain lessons were taught; others were commanded.

Thinking and meditating on this verse reminds me of the Great Commission: when Jesus told his disciples to go into the world and make disciples of all the nations. Here, Jesus tells his remaining eleven disciples what He wants them to do: to share and to tell all that they have learned from Him. In turn, what they tell others will be shared. The same things Jesus taught and commanded them are taught and commanded to us today.

So, for your information: these things command and teach.

Something to think about.

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Verse 33: “The fear of the LORD is the instruction for wisdom, And before honor comes humility.”

For those Star Wars fans who read this, you will remember Episode 5: Luke Skywalker sees a vision of Ben Kenobi telling him to go to Dagobah, to learn the ways of the Jedi from the great Jedi Master, Yoda. Upon crash-landing on Dagobah, Luke is greeted by a very short, unimposing, aged creature who claims to know Yoda. Taking Luke back to his home, this small alien seems oblivious to Luke’s impatience and frustration at trying to find Yoda, much to Luke’s consternation. It is not till Luke overhears the alien speak in a more authoritative tone (and speaking with Ben’s ghost), that Luke realizes he is in the presence of the very Jedi Master himself! His attitude immediately changes.

Our pride, ego, and arrogance often times get us in trouble…or at the very least, leave us with foot-in-mouth syndrome and the accompanying embarrassment. Solomon is stating this in no uncertain terms above. Do you wish to learn wisdom from the Source? Then you better fear (respect) the Source! You’d best come humbly, as the Lord does not look favorably on the proud. God the Father, God the Son (Jesus Christ), and God the Spirit: our triune God, the Three-in-One. He wants to be your friend and teacher, but before you can treat him like that…you have to acknowledge that…He…is…God! He is the LORD! And if you truly cannot think of anything else to thank Him for this Thanksgiving…thank Him that He is the great I AM.

Happy Thanksgiving!

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