In 2 Kings 4 is a story of a Shunammite woman whom the Bible calls “great!” She noticed the prophet of God was traveling through her village often, so one day she asked her husband if they could make a room upstairs for him, with a bed and a place to study and rest. He agreed, and they did. Jesus is our prophet of God. You see she had made room in her home for Jesus. How many of us are willing to make room for Jesus? And what room is it? Is it the spare closet? Or does He get the room in the highest place, above all and overlooking our lives. Jesus needs room in your life. He needs time with you and your family. He needs a position. Does He get what is left over at the end of the month? Does His morning with you at church sometimes get bumped because of rain or a basketball game or a late night? Or does He get the highest room? First place. I recognize that not everyone is going to give Jesus the highest place in their life, but maybe that’s what made this woman different. The Bible called her “great,” after all, which is a long way from normal or average.
In Luke 4:19 Jesus is making his debut appearance as an adult in the synagogue, and the first thing He is going to speak is Scripture. I mean, He IS the Bible–what will He read? In Verse 19 He proclaims the Year of the Lord’s favor. Now if Jesus says it is the year of the Lord’s favor, then it is. In Zechariah 12:10 God says, “I will pour out a spirit of favor,” and in 2 Corinthians 6:2, Paul says, “Now is the time of the Lord’s favor.” This favor is for us, the people of God. All too often it’s like we are waiting for something, for our ship to come in, or the sun to come up. But God says His favor is for right now. He has declared favor over you, even poured it out on top of you. You might be asking, “Can God make people like me?” Well, in Exodus 3, God tells Moses that He “will make the Egyptians favorably disposed towards the Israelites.” You will be the one that gets that promotion. That teacher at your school favors you. That client could have picked another business, but they chose yours. You have the favor of the Lord.
In Judges 15 Samson is crazy thirsty having just knocked out 1000 philistines with a donkey jawbone. He was weary. He asks God for some water, and the Bible says that God split the seal and water came bursting from the hollow of the jawbone. If you read this closely you can see there is a metaphor. At the entrance to the jaw bone is a seal we call the mouth. What comes out of the mouth can be refreshing water, or it can be just empty and dry weariness. The water is God’s Word and His Spirit. What comes out of our mouths? When we are tired, we often further weary ourselves with our words. We say things like “My job stinks” or “I’m so tired” or “I hate math”… complain, complain, complain. It just makes it worse. God is showing us here to say what He says. Use your mouth to say that you are righteous and holy and that you can do all things through Christ. Let God’s truth about your health come out of your mouth. Say “I am healed.” God says that you are blessed coming in and going out. Say what He says, and let the water of God quench your thirst, refresh your soul and renew your energy.
When Moses was born the Egyptians were throwing the Hebrew babies into the river to die, so Moses’ mom hid him in a basket in the river. He was found in that basket by Pharaoh’s daughter and raised in the kingdom. Moses, who would have died or been raised as a slave, was instead raised in the palace. Moses would eventually help deliver the Israelites out of Egypt. So why does God do this with Moses? You see God needed someone who thought differently than everyone else. He had to get a Hebrew delivered out of slavery and into the kingdom. God used the river to deliver Moses into a new way of thinking. In the same way, when we are born again, we are born into the Kingdom of God. It is in the palace that we learn to think differently. We are being transformed. You see, we need deliverance from the slavery of sin. In the river, we are delivered. But in the palace, you aren’t just delivered; you become a deliverer. Get into the Temple of God, His Royal Palace, and learn the Kingdom mindset. You are no longer a slave to sin–you’ve been set free. You are a deliverer!