Posts Tagged ‘Master Yoda’

Verse 26: “So he began to speak boldly in the synagogue. When Aquila and Priscilla heard him, they took him aside and explained to him the way of God more accurately.”

My family recently upgraded to using smartphones. Now, when you get through laughing or rolling your eyes at how long it took me and my family to “join the 21st century” 🙂 let me explain why I mention this. I know a little about smartphones from having to deal with them via my workplace’s oncall phones. However, as my wife and I fumble through learning all the new stuff, sometimes my sons have to show “dad” how something is done (or a quicker way to do something.) A good friend at work, who also is my manager, is my new “Master Yoda” when it comes to answering questions or telling me the whys and wherefores of how apps work on my new phone. Sometimes, too, he just completes my understanding on what I thought I knew well.

Today’s verse refers to Apollos, “an eloquent man and mighty in the Scriptures”. The passage tells us that he was “instructed in the way of the Lord” and he was “fervent in spirit”. Sounds like a missionary just like Paul, eh? Well…not quite. You see, Apollos only knew of the baptism of John; he didn’t know about post-Pentecostal knowledge and being filled with the Holy Spirit in Jesus Christ. He was still “new” to all this. Aquila and Priscilla, being Christians more mature and experienced in the faith, took Apollos “under their wing” to teach and to instruct him in the complete knowledge of Jesus Christ. They helped to complete his understanding; now fully equipped, Apollos was on fire even more for Jesus! He went to Corinth and “greatly helped those who had believed through grace”.

Even modern evangelists don’t quit studying God’s Word, even if they have read the Bible through several times. They don’t quit praying. They keep listening to God and His Word through the Holy Spirit. So don’t be afraid, young Christian, of listening to wise counsel of older, more experienced Christians. Sometimes, how will you ever know unless you ask? Or to put it Biblically: Matthew 7:7.

Something to think about.

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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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Verse 12: “Epaphras, who is one of you, a bondservant of Christ, greets you, always laboring fervently for you in prayers, that you may stand perfect and complete in all the will of God.”

I remember watching Star Wars Episode 2: Attack of the Clones, and the scene toward the end of the movie where Master Yoda confronts the villainous Count Dooku. Up until now, we had seen Yoda use the force, but in this case, we see him launch into a lightsaber duel with Dooku. Thanks to the cinematic magic of CGI, we see Yoda leaping, rolling, jumping, zipping all around, dueling Dooku, a foe who physically is almost 2-3 times as tall as he is. It’s in this scene that the Star Wars fan is reminded what an incredible Jedi warrior Yoda was and still is; you wouldn’t think that watching him walk slowly with his cane in the preceding movies.

I made a comparison, when my wife and I were singing a duet, about what a prayer warrior this elderly lady in our church is who had just given a testimony (I don’t like to use real people’s names ordinarily in my posts, but family in our church know who she is.) Folks started to chuckle when I compared her to Yoda; I had to correct them over “obvious similarities”. I wasn’t comparing them because they are both old, or that they are short, or that they walk with a cane. I was comparing them…because they are both warriors. This lady is a prayer warrior, and when she says she is praying for you, you better believe it!

Epaphras was just such a prayer warrior in the days of Paul’s ministry. There is significance that Paul mentions him in his closing chapter here. Prayer is an effective tool in our faith, and we all can pray. God hears our prayers, when they are offered sincerely, and that has been seen in many documented cases of miracles in people’s lives.

Today was our departing pastor’s last service, and appropriately enough, after all the singing, worship, and sermon was done, we closed in prayer for our pastor and for our church. If you don’t already do so, make sure to end and begin your day…with prayer to God.

This concludes our study on Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians, and Colossians. After a short hiatus, we’ll return for a new study in the New Testament.
That study is tentatively titled the Information study…the 4-1-1.

Have a blessed day in the Lord.

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