Saturday, November 14, 2009

Every Name in the Book?

"They called him every name in the book and he said nothing back. He suffered in silence, content to let God set things right." (1 Peter 2:23, The Message).

Like most anyone, I have been called a few names over the course of my journey -- but I'm sure I've never been called "every name in the book." I didn't even know there was a book. And, are the names listed alphabetically? If so -- Jesus has been called everyone of those names.

A lesser man would have gone to war by now. All it took to set Marty McFly off was for Biff Tannen to call him, "Chicken." (You'll find that listed in the Book under C). It means someone who is so afraid of facing up to a challenge that they stand there quivering until.....they lay an egg.

Think of any name you can come up with -- it's in the Book. And then consider how Jesus responded when they called Him that. The Bible tells us that He did not answer back. Rather, He was content to let God set things right.

One translation puts it this way: "He kept on delivering all into the keeping of the One who judges righteously."

That's what we are to do also. Rather than handle it on our own, going tit for tat; blow for blow; escalating the conflict to war, or worse -- let's give Jesus the opportunity to handle the situation IN US the way He handled it for Himself.

Let's do what He did -- "keep on delivering into the hands of Him who judges all things rightly" -- knowing that once His verdict is in, that will be the final word.

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