Matthew 9:15

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And Jesus said unto them, Can the children of the bridechamber mourn, as long as the bridegroom is with them? but the days will come, when the bridegroom shall be taken from them, and then shall they fast.

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4 thoughts on “Matthew 9:15”

  1. The message that I get from this verse begins with the old proverb in Ecclesiastes 3… there is a time to every purpose under heaven. JTB’s disciples are confused by the season changing from a time of fasting to a time of eating & drinking. The same human dilemmas confront us today. Right when we think we got it figured out… what God wants us to be doing… things change. Perhaps that’s the whole point. No matter what, whether you are weeping or laughing, building or dissembling, eating or fasting… remember Jesus, fear God, shun evil. So the question that comes up for me is if there is ever a time to be telling other believers what season, what God wants them to be doing? Was Jesus telling John’s disciples to NOT be fasting? No, I don’t think so. But He was saying that if they were His disciples, they’d be eating.
    I guess what I’m saying is that there is a limit to even my message of tolerance. I would even go so far as to say that I think people have the right to tolerate their own oppression if that’s what God is telling them to do (like Jeremiah and his message of surrender to the Babylonians). However, when those same preachers tell everyone else that they should love, when God is calling them to fight… that’s when I wonder about those preachers. Yes, Jesus loved people and felt compassion for their harassed state. But then Jesus also rebuked and whipped people also.
    So, I think Jesus was calling John’s disciples to notice the season of celebration that existed while they still had Jesus, but there’s no forcing people, there’s just truth and tolerance and patience… just an invitation.

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    1. I believe in absolute truth. I think everyone instinctively knows that there is A truth about the way things ARE… that’s what keeps us searching for it until we find Jesus. However, in regards to the manifold nature of God’s people’s ministries, you can’t deny that the Lord will use your particular individuality and uniqueness to affect all the different kinds of people of the world. AND God works with each of us as unique individuals to teach us on an individual basis in His wisdom… only He knows how to get through to our hearts… well he also knows if getting through to our heart isn’t ever going to happen. And the bible says that many of us will NEVER choose Jesus and that few of us will accept Jesus. That’s the sad fact. God is definitely into freedom. You will not be forced and He does not want anyone hanging out with Him for eternity that resents & rejects Him.

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  2. Kimberly, I know this is off subject a bit, but this is what your blog made me think of. John 16:20-23 When our hour comes, we will forget the pain of this life, for some the torment.Matthew 8:29 This is not so with demons, they have an appointed time of torment.They recognize Jesus as the tormentor.You will find that in Matthew 25:41, those who disobey find the same fate.

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    1. That is interesting that the fate that the demons know is coming, is not something of which your run-of-the-mill human unbeliever is conscious… but in the end, the humans are each responsible to have to choose God, choose Jesus, choose right, choose good. The demons, living within those extra spiritual dimensions, know they are the enemies of God and they do their best to fool and mislead people.

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