~ Jesus Christ Separates Himself from the Crowd ~
General Comment ~ When Jesus saw there was always an appropriate reaction and in each case we can learn from the event.
Today’s Scripture ~ “And when Jesus saw great multitudes about Him, He gave a command to depart to the other side. Then a certain scribe came and said to Him, ‘Teacher, I will follow You wherever You go.’ And Jesus said to him, ‘Foxes have holes and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay His head’” (Matthew 8:18-20, see also Luke 9:57-62, see also Mark 6:30-32).
Application ~ Just like Jesus need times of rest, relaxation, and recreation so do His followers. The Sabbath day of rest is one illustration of this, but the principle is broader than that. “The apostles gathered to Jesus and told Him all things, both what they had done and what they had taught. And He said to them, ‘Come aside by yourselves to a deserted place and rest a while.’ For there were many coming and going, and they did not even have time to eat. So they departed to a deserted place in the boat by themselves” (Mark 6:30-32).
There is another aspect of separation. We are to live a different type of lifestyle. “Come out from among them and be separate, says the Lord. Do not touch what is unclean, and I will receive you. I will be a Father to you, and you shall be My sons and daughters, says the Lord Almighty” (2 Corinthians 6:17-18).
~ Robert Lloyd Russell, ABUNDANT LIFE NOW
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