The Bride Will Be The One Riding The Camel - Part 3

Writer Author  Jerry Lee Kay Sr.
Christian Article : Inspirational  - Fiction  No

Christian Author Writer I am teaching on the fourteenth chapter of Matthew, this is part Three.
In the first two parts I spoke of the 'superficial' ministry of many in the church world as we know it. I do not make any claims of having been summoned by Abba Father to sit in judgement on anyone, however I am alarmed at the shallowness of many teachers, pastors, elders, writers, and those that have the nurturing calling of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.
In part one... I spoke of a revelation needed that we may understand and know what and how the Holy Spirit ministers to us after our birth into the kingdom of God. Just preaching to loved ones and new converts will not get the job done. Folks need to know what is happening to them.
In part two... I spoke of the essential requirement of time, alone and in the Spirit, uninterrupted from outside forces. Without it beloved we shall never receive the power needed to run the race. Nor the ability to feed His Sheep. Nor be fed ourselves.
Now we move on to my third letter:  
Matthew 14:14
And Jesus went forth, and saw a great multitude, and was moved with compassion toward them, and he healed their sick...
Jesus another time said,"Come unto me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, (or join yourself to me) and Learn of Me". Matthew 11:29
Some of my readers know Poppa has a little cat I call Jenny Lee, next to God and family she is the love of my life, we are together almost 24-7. Now this part of my letter is not about cats, but I could write a series on my love for and my adventures with Jenny Lee. But I want to briefly mention her. I spent a time of very bad health and while setting on my porch one day I spotted a kitten down close to my barn. Try as I may I could not get her to come to me. One of my family members made a statement one day. She said, "Poppa if that little kitten would ever really get to know you she would fall in love with you, if she ever gets close enough to you she will feel how compassionate you are and how you will minister to her every need."
The Apostle Paul spent his life learning Jesus and getting to know Him.
"That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, becoming conformed unto his death" (Philippians 3:10).

Strong's Concordance gives us the option  'That I may Understand Him'. If you will permit, I want to talk about that phrase, "That I may know Him"
Poppa has never been accused of being a lady's man, I just simply never have understood them, however, I must say I sure love them. My wife of nearly half a century has gone on to glory now but she and my lovely daughter are without a doubt two of the best things Abba has ever given me. When I first met my wife and while courting her, I didn't have a clue how to act or conduct myself around her. All I knew was, she was a fascinating creature, born again and walking in the Spirit. It didn't take long for me to figure out the only way I could ever get close to her was through the Blood of Jesus Christ. She once told me she had no intention of ever changing me, because if I wasn't already changed and full of the Spirit of God, just keep on walking! Well, here's the good news, Poppa was already that and was looking for one to walk with. Amen! And I spent the next many years pursuing her. I became obsessed with getting to know her, experience her and understand her. The longer I knew her and the more time I spent with her the more I understood her, and the more I grew to love her. Do not misunderstand me, I was not a worry wart to her and I gave her more space than she required, but just to look upon her face brought great joy to me. I became the same way to my Master, and the more I have gotten to know Him the deeper I have fallen in love with Him. 'Oh that I may know Him'. The one who controls the universe; the one who knows all there is to know. The one who has lived and walked this earth, experienced life to the fullest, the one that has tasted the joy's, sorrows, potentials, and pains of this world. The one that fully understands, loves and cares, the one that encourages and forgives; the one who is good, patient, kind and helpful.

To know Him is life eternal!
The Jesus that was born two thousand years ago. Who lived, who died, and who rose again, still lives, and to get to know Him personally, with intimacy. And to experience Him should be the greatest goal in the believer's life.

There are few words in his writings which reveal how committed to the Lord Jesus this man Paul was. The whole context is one continuous outpouring of his heart to the One whom he said had "apprehended" him, and he focuses all in a brief half sentence: "That I may know him."

The thing most outstanding about Paul's statement is the time in his life which it is made. Here is a man who has had a revelation and knowledge of Jesus Christ greater than any other man up to that time. That knowledge began when as he said, "it pleased God to reveal his Son in me". That beginning turned his life upside down and sent him into the desert to try to grasp its implications. Later he had been "caught up into the third heaven and shown unspeakable things, which (he said) were not lawful to be uttered". Between, and around those two experiences, there is evidence of an ever growing knowledge of Christ. Here, after all that, near the end of his life, he is crying passionately: "That I may know him." Dearly Beloved, Poppa will be sixty seven my next birthday. I have been a Christian for nearly fifty eight years and I feel my romance with the Master has only just begun!
Now you are asking yourself the question; What has all that got to do with Matthew chapter fourteen? if you will not hang up on me I will explain. We read that Jesus pulled His disciples aside to a desert place for a time of R&R. He and His disciples went by boat. However the multitudes heard about it and followed Him on foot. Some ran ahead and were waiting for Him when He got to the other side, about five thousand men plus women and children. Some scholars have estimated a total of twelve maybe fifteen thousand people total. So much for His private time, that is truly the way of the ministry at times.

Someone wrote a short poem, probably a busy pastor.
Mary had a little lamb,
'Twas given her to keep,
But then it joined the local church,
And died for lack of sleep!
And Jesus went forth, and saw a great multitude, and was moved with compassion toward them, and He healed their sick. Mark said, He saw them as sheep without a shepherd, and He began to teach them many things.
What!.... Do you mean to tell me, He didn't have a garage sale? Or a free hot dog supper? Or tape a twenty dollar bill under one of the pews to draw a crowd?... That is exactly what I am saying. They were there before the doors were opened because they knew of His compassion and they were hungry to hear the word of God. Those people knew where to go to get fed. Not only fish and bread, rather, "Manna from the Master". As the country preacher said, "Son you learn to shell out the corn and the sheep will come up". When the world sees the compassion of Jesus Christ and are fed the word of God, and not a lot of junk, our churches won't be able to keep them away! Yes, He did feed them, but not to get them there. Matthew indicated the Master spent the day healing the sick and teaching of the Kingdom of God. How can you not love a man of such compassion? Tired as He was, and knowing He was on His way to the horrors of Gethsemane and the Cross, yet He spent the entire day without a break, meeting the needs of the people. The Lord's need to be alone was swallowed up in the deep needs of the multitude. His heart went out to them. Matthew said He was, "Moved with compassion toward them".....
That is the main thing I want you to see beloved, His great 'compassion'. Make no mistake about it, He cares for you and is aware of your needs today, even as He did two thousand years ago. This is the Jesus I have grown to know and as you give yourself to Him, You will know that He Loves you also.
It is no wonder the Apostle Paul couldn't get enough of Him. Isaiah said it best, "And it shall come to pass, that before they call, I will answer; and while they are yet speaking, I will hear". Amen!
God Bless You!

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