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Topic: Missionary (10/19/06)
TITLE: FLINT PHRASES
By Paul Potenza
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I get amused by phrases.
I look at words that I hear like "mad as hops" or "it's fixin to come up a cloud" and I wonder where those phrases come from.
In one of my recent studies of the scripture, I saw a deadly one.
Isaiah 50:7 "Therefore I have set my face like flint".
It made me think of our Saviour in Luke 9:51 "Jesus set out resolutely for Jerusalem." I can just see his face, hardened like flint, awaiting what would come.
Come look at it with me.
See the hardness of the jaw? See the glint of determination in his clear eyes?
He KNEW what would happen to that face. He knew the punches and slaps before they were ever thrown. He knew the tears that would be shed for Him, as well as the jeers and taunting that would be heaped on Him, but He was on a mission. I don't have to get too graphic because you all know the story. If you DON'T...call me. In fact, call ANYONE who writes in these pages.
You see...He was a Missionary in the purest sense of the word.
He was willing to leave His home in glory and come to us, so that He could bring US home.
That's what a missionary does.
They forfeit their own lives for others. In order to do that, they "set their faces like flint" and "turn resolutely" toward God in order to bring us home.
Some phrases are funny...Some are serious...
Don't forget this week to thank a missionary.
Pray HARD for them. They're all around you. You know that preacher that you love so much? He didn't come from your hometown.
You'll recognize them by their faces..."Set Like Flint".
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