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Bible Focus - Sunday 17th May 2015

posted 15 May 2015, 23:48 by St.Serfs Tullibody-Clacks

            “Crocodile tears” is a term for insincerity, or false and “managed weeping” the expression comes from an ancient anecdote that crocodiles weep in order to lure their prey, or that they “cry “ when they are eating

Basically they are fake tears.

            We can sing all we want about how we love Jesus, we can have all the crocodile tears in our eyes, but the consecration that doesn't reach our purse has not reached our heart.

            After attending a church service for the first time the dentist told the pastor he would not come again. When asked the reason he replied;-

“One of your members was singing God’s praise through teeth that she refused to pay me for”

            Unpaid paid bills are dishonouring to God.

Some of us are inclined to say that because we feel things so intensely, it’s hard for us to be physically close to those we love.

We make excuses that it’s enough for us to love people from a distance.

            This was a far cry from the attitude of Nehemiah when challenged to rebuild the faith of his people.

            No crocodile tears for that man of God

Nehemiah 1 v 4 Nehemiah sat down and wept for the spiritual and physical condition of his people.

            So often Jesus was scathing to the Scribes and Pharisees of His day. The word hypocrisy was often levelled at them.

            We might be accused of hypocrisy if we are more concerned about the Jesus, on our T shirt than the Jesus in our heart.

(Rev. William Izett)