Blessed… As Secure As You Know How

62 The next day, which was the day after Preparation Day, the chief priests and the Pharisees gathered before Pilate. 63 They said, “Sir, we remember that while that deceiver was still alive he said, ‘After three days I will arise.’ 64 Therefore, order the grave to be sealed until the third day. Otherwise, his disciples may come and steal the body and tell the people, ‘He’s been raised from the dead.’ This last deception will be worse than the first.”

65 Pilate replied, “You have soldiers for guard duty. Go and make it as secure as you know how.” 66 Then they went and secured the tomb by sealing the stone and posting the guard (Matthew 27:62-65, Common English Bible).

My father always told me, “A lock is only meant to keep an honest person honest.” I always knew it wasn’t something original to him. My father was a smart man but words and writing were not really his wheelhouse.

I went in search of who actually coined the phrase. I found one attribute to fantasy author Robin Hobb. She apparently used a form of the phrase in one of her books.

The best I could find was, again, a form of the phrase saying, “A lock is meant only for honest men,” a Yiddish proverb and a similar Jewish proverb, “Locks keep out only the honest.”

Though I still don’t know who first said it, I am also pretty sure I don’t know what the proverb says about God who went past a sealed and guarded tomb to bring about the resurrection.

Of course, I say that tongue and cheek. The truth is, this passage says a great deal about the power and the will of God. God’s will cannot be thwarted or checked by human efforts unless God allows, through human free-will, the divine will be subverted.

In his classic book, The Will of God, the late British theologian Leslie Weatherhead explains that there are three wills of God. They are, first, the intentional will of God, what God wills to happen in the world. The second is, the circumstantial will of God, what God allows to happen through free will. The third is the ultimate will of God, in other words, in the end, God’s will shall shine through.

(My explanation of Weatherhead’s book is by necessity very abbreviated. I am not going to try to explain a book, short though it may be, in one paragraph. I strongly recommend reading the book. It is short and doesn’t take a great deal of time to read through the ideas can cause a great deal of thought, contemplation, and prayer)

God’s ultimate will was the resurrected Christ. The Jews wanted nothing of the sort. Truth to tell, though he acted like he didn’t care, Pilate most likely wasn’t particularly interested in a resurrection hoax circulating the region. Seals and guards were put in place.

Seals and guards were put in place. Seals and guards failed. Seals and guards failed because nothing can or will succeed when pitted against the ultimate will of God.

People may seek to stop each other from doing this or that. Still, if a person is determined, there is a strong possibility they will accomplish the goal they seek. If we, who are finite beings limited in power, can accomplish big things in spite of difficulty, how much more can an infinite God with unlimited power accomplish even against seemingly impossible odds?

As we shall see when we turn the page to chapter 28 tomorrow, Pilate could not stop God. The Jews could not stop God. Stones, seals, and guards could not stop the ultimate will of God.

It seems to me that we need to pray that God will reveal the Divine ultimate will to us. May we always be found living in the will of God.

Have a blessed day in the Lord.

Joy and Thankfulness,
Keith

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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