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Saturday, February 4, 2012

What Does it Mean to Blasphemy the Holy Spirit?

    Today's Reading:
  • Matthew 12:22-45
  • Psalm 16:1-11
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Matthew 12:22-45
In this passage I read about how Jesus cast demons out of a man, demons that had prevented the man from being able to speak and to see.  I know that the bible tells us that we can utilize the power of Jesus to cast out demons, to heal the sick, and to perform many deeds.  I am hungry to learn more  about these things.  Right now I feel so naive that I wouldn't even know how to discern demons.  Jesus also says that when a demon leaves a person, that demon will come back with 7 other demons that are each stronger than the original one cast out if there is nothing there to fill the void that was left.  That's a scary and powerful thought.

Jesus also says that all sins are forgivable except for blasphemy against the Holy Spirit (12:31).  I am uncertain as to what that means so I did a little bit of research to try to determine what that would be.  I know that Jesus said you can blasphemy against him, and that is forgivable (12:32) so it is not that.

Right now what I see (based on research I've just done) is that blasphemy against the Holy Spirit is when one knowingly attributes acts of the Holy Spirit to be that of the devil, or vice versa.  I believe this right now because Jesus directed this context against those who said Jesus used the power of Satan to cast out the demons, not the power of the Holy Spirit.  For now this is my understanding, but my understanding is likely to grow the more studying that I do in the bible.

Psalm 16:1-11
David sure knew how to pray, didn't he?  Here he tells the Lord how great he is, how his godly people are his greatest heroes, and how the Lord is his "cup of blessing" (16:5).  David's faith is remarkably unshakable; he trusts the Lord to keep him safe and says so many times.  To me thisp salm is a lesson in great prayer and thanks to the Lord, the Lord who watches over us and blesses us and keeps us safe.

Conclusion:
Today's reading has been an informative reading that has peaked my interest, challenged me to look more closely at myself, and has left many questions unanswered.  I can't wait to study further to learn the answers to these questions and learn more about the Lord and all that He wants to teach me.  

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