TRUST: Not in Wars and Rumors of Wars


When ominous clouds fill the sky, it is natural for people to assume that a bad storm is certain to follow. This is especially true when rain has been absent for over 60 days like it was here in Atlanta several weeks ago. We tend to look as such things and draw conclusions, but ominous clouds don’t always tell the story of what is about to come. Likewise, Jesus tells His disciples to TRUST: Not in Wars and Rumors of Wars. 

TRUST: Not in Wars and Rumors of Wars was Jesus’ admonition to the disciples after He began a series of prophecies. As you will recall in Mark 13, Jesus first gives a prophecy about the destruction of the temple as indicated in the post TRUST: God Destroys Our Idols. Now, Jesus moves from not only of the temple in Jerusalem to prophecy about the end times to alert His followers of what is to come before He returns.

Mark 13

As Jesus was leaving the temple, one of his disciples said to him, “Look, Teacher! What massive stones! What magnificent buildings!”

“Do you see all these great buildings?” replied Jesus. “Not one stone here will be left on another; every one will be thrown down.”

As Jesus was sitting on the Mount of Olives opposite the temple, Peter, James, John and Andrew asked him privately, “Tell us, when will these things happen? And what will be the sign that they are all about to be fulfilled?”

Jesus said to them: Watch out that no one deceives you. Many will come in my name, claiming, ‘I am he,’ and will deceive many.When you hear of wars and rumors of wars, do not be alarmed. Such things must happen, but the end is still to come. Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be earthquakes in various places, and famines. These are the beginning of birth pains.

TRUST: Not in Wars and Rumors of Wars is Jesus’ statement to the twelve. First, he tells them to watch out or to take heed which is from the Greek word blepō  which means to to see, discern, of the bodily eye or metaphorically to see with the mind’s eye as to:

  1. to discern mentally, observe, perceive, discover, understand

  2. to turn the thoughts or direct the mind to a thing, to consider, contemplate, to look at, to weigh carefully, examine

What are they to be on the look out for? Deception. Jesus is telling the disciples to be on the look out for not just one, but many, claiming to be Him. He does not want the disciples to be deceived about people coming claiming to be Him. Jesus does not want us to be deceived about people claiming to be Him either. In fact, He says many will be deceived, but I offer this to help us identify who will be deceived. Jesus said, “My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me.” John 10 I am encouraged by Paul who said “being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.” Philippians 1:6

Next, Jesus told the twelve to TRUST: Not in Wars and Rumors of Wars. He did not want them nor us to be alarmed when you hear of wars and rumors of wars. Those are things that are destined to happen, but they are not the signs of the end of time. They are like those ominous clouds that have no rain in them.
Jesus said, “such things must happen, but the end is still to come. Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be earthquakes in various places, and famines. These are the beginning of birth pains.” Again, we are told to TRUST: Not in Wars and Rumors of Wars. The reality is scripture reveals how the end and when the end will come. We don’t all perceive it, but it is not really up to us. All we must do is believe as Jesus says in John 6:29 that “The work of God is this: to believe in the one he has sent.” We know that in John 14 Jesus said, ““Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in me.My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am. You know the way to the place where I am going.”Thomas said to him, “Lord, we don’t know where you are going, so how can we know the way?” Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.

In saying TRUST: Not in Wars and Rumors of Wars, Jesus is saying, TRUST me. TRUST my Word.  Jesus help me to TRUST you because you are trustworthy and not what I see, think or feel. Hallelujah that you are my help and shield. TRUST: Not in Wars and Rumors of Wars!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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