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Permit Even This

The Sonshine by Walter Olsen     August 2021

Permit Even This

Introduction

When Jesus faced His crucifixion on the cross, there were those who saw the injustice of it and sought to do something about it. They did it out of love and regard for the Lord and it seemed so right to do.  The Biblical account reads as follows, “When they which were about Him saw what would follow, they said unto Him, Lord, shall we smite with the sword? And one of them smote the servant of the high priest, and cut off his ear. And Jesus answered and said, ‘Suffer ye thus far...’” (Luke 22:49-51). Alternative readings are of the phrase, “Suffer ye this far”  are “Permit even this” or “Permit them to go so far.” They all carry the same idea. The Lord knew the purpose of the cross and, in spite of the forthcoming suffering, He accepted it knowing that it was the will of His Father. Indeed, Jesus said to the disciples, “My meat is to do the will of Him that sent Me, and to finish His work” (Jn. 4:34).

 

Of course, Jesus faced the greatest challenge any one could possibly face. No other man will face an equal challenge. He faced the personal and physical suffering in His body and also the wrath of the Father as He placed upon Him the enormous guilt of all of our sins.

 

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Truth for the Times

The Sonshine
June – July 2021
by Walter Olsen

Introduction

All of the Word of God is profitable for all times. There is no time when the truth of God is not profitable and pertinent. However, there are times when portions of God’s truth are especially pertinent to a given situation and time. When one faces death, there are portions of God’s Word that especially apply. All of us are now facing new and difficult times. We don’t know what an hour or day will bring and we ponder as how to face or respond to the challenges we are faced with. Often, we appeal to our own understanding which is often little more than our own opinions about a given matter. Of course, God has given to us common sense with which to make decisions, but under His direction and leading. Too often, though, we leave God out of our thoughts about how to face a given crisis.

The purpose of this article is to consider some things that should guide all of us as believers as we seek to cope with the challenges before us. We don’t have to try to get through the future on our own!