Lo I Am with You

Today’s Journey Through Scripture Readings
Leviticus 21-22; Matthew 28

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16 Now the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus told them to go. 17 When they saw him, they worshipped him, but some doubted. 18 Jesus came near and spoke to them, “I’ve received all authority in heaven and on earth. 19  Therefore, go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20  teaching them to obey everything that I’ve commanded you. Look, I myself will be with you every day until the end of this present age” (Matthew 28:16-20, Common English Bible).

For those of us who are over the age of about 40 (as well as others because of their church affiliation) and grew up in the Church, there is a pretty good chance we grew up with the King James Bible and whatever Scripture we may have memorized, there is a pretty good chance you memorized it in the Elizabethan English of the King James Version.

When we read the 23rd Psalm many of us, even if we are reading from a different version of the Bible, what we read in our mind is “…Yea tho I walk through the shadow of death I will fear no evil for Thou art with me…”

Every year on Christmas Eve, I read the Christmas story from Luke 2 during worship. I have a couple of reasons for doing that. First, I always use my great-grandmother’s Bible. My paternal grandmother gave it to me when I went into the ministry. I always use large print Bibles when I read from the pulpit and that is the only large print King James I have. There is also some sentimental value to using it. The other reason I read from King James is, when it comes to the Christmas story, King James is what most of us what to hear at Christmas time.

There is another verse (probably many more) that a lot of us memorized in a  children’s Sunday school class. It is part of today’s lesson. It is the last sentence of the last verse. You can go back up and re-read it from Common English if you would like. But the King James Version says, “…and, lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”

The story is told about a young man named Lo who lived in China who was a convert to the faith. One day he was reading a Bible with the missionary beside him who first told him about Jesus. He read that last sentence of Matthew’s Gospel and then started pulling the shirt sleeve of the missionary. “Look, look, he said, Jesus is speaking to me, “Lo, I am with you always!”

We might laugh at the simple faith. And, I would say there is a good chance the story is more legend or even parable than truth. Still, that simple faith shouts truth to anyone who reads it because Lo (the man), Jesus is with you always.

It seems to me, we all could take out the word “lo” from our reading and substitute our own name. Then it might read, “Hannah, I am with you always.” Another might see, “Bob, I am with you always.” Whether our name is Fred or Sheila or Keith or Cindy or any other names we could think of, we all trust by faith that Jesus is with us always. Really, read that verse one more time, and substitute your name for the word “Lo.” Praise God we know, God is with us.

Have a blessed day in the Lord.

With Joy and Thankfulness,
Keith

Copyright 2018, 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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