Can You Read My Mind?

Can you read my mind? John 2:23-25

 What would it be like to be able to read people’s minds? My kids used to think, when they were little, that I could. How many of us fell for the idea that our mothers had eyes behind their heads, and could see or anticipate our every move? I often wondered if when I became a mother I would grow eyes in the back of my head….ugh!

 Well, Jesus didn’t have eyes in the back of His head; no, He was the All Seeing Eye. Jesus is omniscient. He knows what we can never know, and He is aware of our every miserable thought. Oh, Heavens yes, even that one.

 In verse 23, Jesus was in Jerusalem at the Feast of the Passover. While He was there, many Jewish people saw the miraculous things He was doing and believed in Him. They were convinced that He was the Messiah. But, Jesus, knowing what they would do if He affirmed that, did not entrust Himself to them. He was in control of His destiny; because He knew what was in the hearts of people, He was not going to hand it over to these people just yet. He knew all of their agendas.

 Jesus often astounded people with His knowledge of them. He told Nathaniel that Phillip was the one who called him, and that Jesus had seen Nathaniel under a tree that was way to far for Him to see naturally. (John 1:48)

 Jesus told the Pharisees what was in their hearts many times. In fact, because of this the anger that brewed up in them incited their desire to kill Him. (John 5:42, Luke 11:42; Matt 9:4)

 On several occasions, Jesus told His disciples what they were thinking. In the end, they began to understand that He was God. (John 16:30; 6:61;64)

 In reading the Gospel story, one can see that Jesus was certainly not any man. He astounded the people around Him, not just with His wisdom and authority, but, by the things that He knew supernaturally.

 Now I know that my mom doesn’t have eyes behind her head (because I cut her hair and I can see), but she certainly seemed to know things that I couldn’t know. As children, it seems that our parents are omniscient.

 As God’s children, we can know that God is omniscient, because unlike our Earthly parents, we will never grow up to His stature, we will remain forever His kids. Our mission is to be like Him, but we will never arrive; we will always be growing but never grown.

 When we minister, we can do it with God’s grace only. We, alone, can never achieve what He can achieve. Our ministry, unless enabled by Him, is worthless because He enables only those He calls; however, those He does enable can do all things through Christ who strengthens them (Php 4:13).

You are free to use this study on your website or blog as long as you include the following:

Rev Dr. Cheryl A Durham, Biblical Counselor, Discipleship Coach, Above and Beyond Discipleship Ministries, provides services for individuals and groups online and via teleconference. www.abovenbeyonddiscipleship.com

 

 

 
 

Questions:

 
 

Read John 2:23-25, John 1:48; 5;42;16;30; 6:61,64; and Matt 9:4, and any other cross references that you may encounter.

 In each verse discuss the following:

1. Who was Jesus talking to?

2. What was the situation ?

3. How did Jesus’ ability to read their minds affect the situation?

4. How might have the situation been different had Jesus been only human?

5. What can you learn personally from each situation, how will that affect your walk?

 
 

See Ya Next Time

You are free to use this study on your website or blog as long as you include the following:

Rev Dr. Cheryl A Durham, Biblical Counselor, Discipleship Coach, Above and Beyond Discipleship Ministries, provides services for individuals and groups online and via teleconference. www.abovenbeyonddiscipleship.com

 

 

 
 

 
 

 
 

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