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The 12 Disciples Series (5 of 12)
Simon – The Freedom Fighter
Luke 6:15; Acts 1:12-14; 21:37-22:9 Mark 15:7
INTRO: Zeal is a powerful thing; it has driven people to do things that are extraordinary! However, zeal can be either good or bad, it can drive people to do heroic things and it can drive fanatics and terrorists to do evil things! The world has always had its zealots, both good and bad ones.
It is good to be a zealot for Jesus as long as we understand the dynamics of being "zealous" for the Lord. Zeal must not be blind or without love for the right things, or guided without godly wisdom.
ILLUS: LIKE THE FATHER WHO WAS SENDING HIS SON OFF TO A LIBERAL SEMINARY TO STUDY FOR THE MINISTRY. TO CAUTION HIS SON AGAINST LOSING FAITH IN THE BIBLE HE WARNED HIS SON AGAINST THE UNBELIEVING PROFESSORS BY TELLING HIM, "DON'T LET THEM TAKE JONAH AWAY FROM YOU," FIGURING THE "SWALLOWED-BY-A-GREAI-FISH" STORY MIGHT BE THE FIRST PART OF THE BIBLE TO GO. TWO YEARS LATER WHEN HIS SON RETURNED THE FIRST QUESTION THE DAD ASKED HIS SON WAS, "DO YOU STILL HAVE JONAH IN YOUR BIBLE?" THE SON LAUGHED ... "JONAH! THAT STORY ISN'T EVEN IN YOUR BIBLE DAD!" THE FATHER SHOCKED AT HIS SON REPLIED, "IT CERTAINLY IS! WHAT DO YOU MEAN SON?" AGAIN THE SON LAUGHED AND INSISTED, "IT'S NOT IN YOUR BIBLE, GO AHEAD, SHOW IT TO ME!" THE OLD MAN FUMBLED THROUGH HIS BIBLE LOOKING FOR THE BOOK OF JONAH BUT HE COULDN'T FIND IT! AT LAST HE CHECKED THE INDEX AND TURNED TO WHERE THE 3 PAGES WERE SUPPOSE TO BE, BUT THEY WERE NOT THERE, THEY HAD BEEN CUT OUT! HIS SON THEN ADDED, "I CUT THE BOOK OF JONAH OUT OF YOUR BIBLE DAD JUST BEFORE I LEFT 2 YEARS AGO FOR SEMINARY, WHAT'S THE DIFFERENCE IF I LOST THE BOOK OF JONAH THROUGH STUDYING UNDER NON-BELIEVERS OR YOU LOSE IT THROUGH NEGLECT!" THE FATHER HAD BEEN SO ZEALOUS THAT HIS SON NOT NEGLECT GOD'S WORD YET HIS OWN ZEAL FOR GOD'S WORD HAD NOT BEEN PRACTICED! – SOURCE UNKNOWN
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