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Daily Reading: 19th September 2016


Matthew 5.11-12 cont.

11 Happy are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of Me.

12 Rejoice and be glad, because your reward is great in the heavens; for in this way they persecuted the prophets before you.

David was a man who suffered many taunts and insults after Samuel had anointed him to be the one to succeed Saul as King. He wrote about those who insult God:

Passion for Your house burns within me, so those who insult You are also insulting me – Psalm 69.9 (NLT).

Before David became king he was being pursued by King Saul, and there was a time when Nabal insulted David and we read of it in 1 Samuel 25: verse 10 & 39.

David had given some protection to Nabal and his men, and later David asks him for some provisions.

However, Nabal refuses and hurls insults at him.

 “Who is this fellow David?” Nabal sneered. “Who does this son of Jesse think he is? There are lots of servants these days who run away from their masters – (NLT).

Elisha the prophet who succeeded Elijah had to face some taunts from young boys, which we read about in 2 Kings 2.23:

[23] Elisha left Jericho and went up to Bethel. As he was walking along the road, a group of boys from the town began mocking and making fun of him. “Go away, you baldhead!” they chanted. “Go away, you baldhead!”

[24] Elisha turned around and looked at them, and he cursed them in the name of the LORD. Then two bears came out of the woods and mauled forty-two of them.

Let us always remember that there is a cost to following Jesus. He continues to tell us that all who follow Him must take up their cross to do so. The cross means suffering insults, persecution, and abuse for His name’s sake.

At the same time we must also remember that the blessings that He brings through insults and persecution are beyond our imagination. Some of those blessings we will receive whilst we are still alive in this world, but by far the greatest blessings come to us when we enter Heaven to hear Him say:

‘Well done, my good and faithful servant. You have been faithful in handling this small amount, so now I will give you many more responsibilities. Let’s celebrate together!’ – Matthew 25.24 (NLT).


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