Blessed… Amazed

When Jesus finished these words, the crowds were amazed at his teaching because he was teaching them like someone with authority and not like their legal experts (Matthew 7:28-29, Common English Bible).

There is a You Tube video available for viewing that shows J.J. Watt of the Houston Texans leaping onto a box that is some five feet from the floor. I was amazed by what I saw this world-class athlete do. Even when I was in the best shape of my life, I doubt I could leap from the floor onto a two foot high box. I have never had much jumping ability.

I still find it amazing when I see old video footage of Michael Jordan jumping from the free throw line and slam dunking a basketball. I know I could go further in a broad jump than in a vertical jump but that seems like a super-human feet.

When I worked as an adult Cub Scout leader I saw a pinewood derby car that was built as a cross-section of a B-52 bomber wing. I was amazed to watch that car. When it was coming down the track it was a bit slow from the top to the curve. But, by the time it hit the bottom, it took off as the aerodynamics kicked in. It was very difficult to beat.

I can’t recall a time when a teacher amazed me when I was a student. Today, as an adult who has watched many teachers do their jobs, I am continually amazed at what they are able to get done under some very difficult circumstances.

If a teacher ever amazed you, you might have some idea of what the people who were around Jesus as he closed The Sermon on the Mount might have felt. Our lesson reminds us that people were amazed at Jesus’ teaching because he taught with authority.

I really don’t think this meant that the legal experts lacked knowledge. That is far from the case. The legal experts knew and understood the law better than any other normal humans. But, there is some kind of disconnect between the mouths of the legal experts and the ears of those listening. That disconnect didn’t exist between Jesus and those who heard The Sermon on the Mount.

I think most of us have had the “Ah-ha” experience. We have been going along and something just doesn’t make any sense. Then, suddenly, we read the right article, we hear the right teacher, we see the right demonstration and everything seems to fall into place. The light bulb goes on and there is somebody home. We get it. We understand. And, if we are honest, most of the time when things like that happen, we are amazed.

I would like to think, at least some of the time, the same God (Father, Son and Holy Spirit) who amazed the people with His teachings in The Sermon on the Mount, is the same God who amazed us when the light bulb went on during our “Ah-ha” experience.

What revelations have you experienced when faced with one who has authority?

Have a blessed day in the Lord.

Joy, Grace and Thanksgiving,

Copyright 2017, J. Keith Broyles, All Rights Reserved

Published by drjkbroyles

I love Mike Ashcraft's book, "My One Word." For the past nine years I have participated and encouraged others to participate to in the "My One Word" Challenge. My first word was discipline was my word the first year. Since then my word has been focus, sight, jungle, peace, concentration, serve, genuine and this year is fit. I seek to be fit for my health, my family, my church, my ministries. I seek to be fit in any are of my life where God might point to me. I also have a nickname, "Dr. B." When I was a public high school teacher, Dr. B. is what most of my students called me, at least in my presence. I am still called that by many people though I no longer teach in public schools. I am the author of "Average Joe: With an Extraordinary Story" (available on Amazon). The book fits into the genre of "Biblical Fiction" or "Christian Fiction" and features some of the Bible's lesser known characters. The name of my blog is, "Fork in the Road." Life is filled with forks in the road. It isn't a matter of if we encounter a fork in the road, but when will we and how many will we experience in a lifetime. I love to strum my guitar. I am not a great guitar player but I enjoy it. I also enjoy writing music. I get excited with I feel a new song emerging. I live with my wife Cindy and our little dog, "Bishop" in Lufkin, Texas. I spent the past 30 years as a United Methodist pastor, serving churches all over east and southeast Texas, from just north of Tyler to south of Houston, from the Gulf Coast to east of Madisonville. I currently serve Perritte Memorial UMC in Nacogdoches. I spent one year in the classroom, teaching High School government, economics, psychology, and sociology. Cindy and I have been married for 43 years. We have two grown sons and six grandchildren, three boys and three girls. I enjoy preaching and all it's aspects from research to writing to the actual preaching event. I also love writing, reading. I have dabble in drawing and "painting" with pastels as well as woodworking and woodcarving. My current projects are two ukuleles. I collect, repair and restore guitars too. I play the guitar (badly, but I still do) I also enjoy working with paracord on various projects, mostly prayer ropes I usually give away. I hold an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Business Data Processing, from San Jacinto College in Pasadena, TX, a Bachelor of Science in Political Science with a minor in History from Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, TX, a Master of Divinity from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX and a Doctor of Ministry from Carolina University of Theology. This blog started out as devotional writings. In August of 2020, I made a major change to the blog, switching to a daily theme format. Sunday Sermon-usually my manuscript sermon Miscellaneous Monday-misc. writing, poetry, ministry Tuesday Thoughts-Devotion Wed. with Wesleys-hist. & theol. of early Methodists TED Talk Thursday-Video & appl. in current theology Five for Friday-5 things I've seen & my thoughts Sing-Along Sat. - Usually a new song I have written I write, "Strumming a G-Chord with Dr.B." to get my thoughts onto something permanent. After all, they say, once something is on the internet it never really goes away. Still, I hope you enjoy reading it. Who knows, it might generate a bit of discussion between you and me and anyone else who might make their way here. Seeking the Genuine, Keith Lufkin, Texas August 2020

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