S- Matthew 8:18-22 18 Now Jesus, when He saw the great throngs around Him, gave orders to cross to the other side [of the lake]. 19 And a scribe came up and said to Him, Master, I will accompany You wherever You go. 20 And Jesus replied to him, Foxes have holes and the birds of the air have lodging places, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay His head. 21 Another of the disciples said to Him, Lord, let me first go and bury [[a]care for till death] my father. 22 But Jesus said to him, Follow Me, and leave the dead [[b]in sin] to bury their own dead (AMP). Matthew 8:18-22 18 Jesus saw the crowd around him. So he gave his disciples orders to go to the other side of the Sea of Galilee. 19 Then a teacher of the law came to him. He said, “Teacher, I will follow you no matter where you go.” 20 Jesus replied, “Foxes have dens. Birds have nests. But the Son of Man has no place to lay his head.” 21 Another follower said to him, “Lord, first let me go and bury my father.” 22 But Jesus told him, “Follow me. Let the dead bury their own dead (NIRV).”
O- 8:18-22 One of the scribes was too hasty in promising; he proffers himself to be a close follower of Christ. He seems to be very resolute. Many resolutions for religion are produced by sudden conviction, and taken up without due consideration; these come to nothing. When this scribe offered to follow Christ, one would think he should have been encouraged; one scribe might do more credit and service than twelve fishermen; but Christ saw his heart, and answered to its thoughts, and therein teaches all how to come to Christ. His resolve seems to have been from a worldly, covetous principle; but Christ had not a place to lay his head on, and if he follows him, he must not expect to fare better than he fared. We have reason to think this scribe went away. Another was too slow. Delay in doing is as bad on the one hand, as hastiness in resolving is on the other. He asked leave to attend his father to his grave, and then he would be at Christ’s service. This seemed reasonable, yet it was not right. He had not true zeal for the work. Burying the dead, especially a dead father, is a good work, but it is not thy work at this time. If Christ requires our service, affection even for the nearest and dearest relatives, and for things otherwise our duty, must give way. An unwilling mind never wants an excuse. Jesus said to him, Follow me; and, no doubt, power went with this word to him as to others; he did follow Christ, and cleaved to him. The scribe said, I will follow thee; to this man Christ said, Follow me; comparing them together, it shows that we are brought to Christ by the force of his call to us, Ro 9:16.
A- I will continue to follow the Lord because he has great plans for my life even though I am not quite sure what they are yet. I will just follow his leading the way for me.
K- Lord, thank you for having my back, and that you will never leave my side. I pray that whoever reads what I write will be encouraged by it, and if there are people who don’t know you while reading this I pray that they will come to know you and seek you with all of their heart. Lord, you are an amazing God who loves us so deeply. Lord, help me to cast all my cares on you because you care for me. Create in me a pure heart O God, and renew a steadfast Spirit within me. Lord, mold me into the woman of God that you have called me to be, and continue to prune out anything in my life that is not bearing fruit for you.