Pastor’s Letter – August 18, 2020 – Opposites Matter

But woe unto you that are rich! for ye have received your consolation.

Luke 6:24

Dear Church and Friends,

We’ve all heard the saying, “Opposites attract.” There is some truth to that. Here in Luke’s gospel we have opposites that create a contrast. Jesus means to emphasize what He said in the beatitudes. Notice how each woe adds a punch to the opposite blessing.

Blessed be ye poor: for yours is the kingdom of God. (6:20)

Blessed are ye that hunger now: for ye shall be filled. (6:21a)

Blessed are ye that weep now: for ye shall laugh. (6:21b)

Blessed are ye, when men shall hate you, and when they shall separate you from their company, and shall reproach you, and cast out your name as evil, for the Son of man’s sake. (6:22)

But woe unto you that are rich! for ye have received your consolation. (6:24)

Woe unto you that are full! for ye shall hunger. (6:25a)

Woe unto you that laugh now! for ye shall mourn and weep. (6:25b)

Woe unto you, when all men shall speak well of you! for so did their fathers to the false prophets. (6:26)

Of course, this is not about riches vs poverty. It is about the condition of the heart. When we understand our extreme spiritual poverty, we have come to a good place. That is when we will call on the Lord because we have no where else to turn.

When we think we are rich and secure because of our trust in something other than the Lord, that’s when we are in trouble. Here is where the woe comes in. Things can become idols of trust whether its money or station.

Turn away from the little idols of trust that are so easily erected in the heart. Turn to the Lord and call out for help from the only source of help, the Lord Jesus Christ.

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Music: Two Coats by Ralph Stanley and the Clinch Mountain Boys.

Prayer Request: Please pray for the following.

  • Glenda Hamblin’s brother-in-law Glen Heckman will be having tests to determine why his vocal cords are paralyzed. Please pray for him and his family.
  • James Haggy, London, Ohio. James Haggy planted Green Meadows Baptist Fellowship in London, Ohio. Please pray that God will continue to bless the preaching of His Word, bless the conversion of souls and add more workers for the harvest. Pray that a Christian family who loves God’s Word and His church will decide to become part of this church. Pray God will raise up ministries within this church.

Catechism: Craig’s Catechism (1581) [4. The First Part of God’s Honor.]

Question 150: Who is our Redeemer and who redeemed us?

Answer: Jesus Christ, who redeemed us by His death.

Question 151: What kind of person is He?

Answer: Perfect God and perfect man.

Question 152: Why was He both God and man?

Answer: That He might be a suitable Mediator for us.

All my best.

Woe unto you that are full! for ye shall hunger. Woe unto you that laugh now! for ye shall mourn and weep.

Luke 6:25

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Published by David B. Smith

Author, podcaster, pastor, and Big Pappa to my grandchildren.

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