Sunday Devotional: Those who have not seen but believe

John 20:24-29

Thomas, called Didymus, one of the Twelve,
was not with them when Jesus came.
So the other disciples said to him,
“We have seen the Lord.”
But he said to them,
“Unless I see the mark of the nails in his hands
and put my finger into the nailmarks
and put my hand into his side,
I will not believe.”
Now a week later his disciples were again inside
and Thomas was with them.
Jesus came, although the doors were locked,
and stood in their midst and said, “Peace be with you.”
Then he said to Thomas,
“Put your finger here and see my hands,
and bring your hand and put it into my side,
and do not be unbelieving, but believe.”
Thomas answered and said to him,
“My Lord and my God!”
Jesus said to him,
“Have you come to believe because you have seen me?
Blessed are those who have not seen and have believed.”

Led by Moses, the Israelites witnessed and experienced the following miracles:

  1. The ten plagues of Egypt:
    • Water turned to blood (Exodus 7:14-25).
    • A plague of frogs (Exodus 8:2-14).
    • A plague of lice (Exodus 8:17-18).
    • A plague of flies (God sent “grievous” swarms of flies upon all the people and houses of Egypt, covering even the ground, except in the land of Goshen where the Israelites dwelled fly-free. –Exodus 8:20-24).
    • Murrain, an infectious disease, killed all of Egypt’s cattle (Exodus 9:3-6).
    • A plague of boils with blisters (Exodus 9:8-12).
    • Thunderstorm of hail (Exodus 9:13–35).
    • A plague of locusts covering all of Egypt, so that the land was darkened with them (Exodus 10:12-15).
    • A plague of of darkness “which may be felt” so that “they saw not one another” covering all of Egypt, but not the land of Goshen (Exodus 10:21).
    • Death of all first-born in a single night, which spared Israelite first-borns (Exodus 11:1-8; 12:29-30).
  2. The burning bush that was not consumed (Exodus 3:3).
  3. The cloud resting on the Ark of the Covenant (Exodus 13:21-22; 33:9-10; 40:36).
  4. God appeared in the cloud (Exodus 16:10).
  5. Aaron’s rod changed into a serpent (Exodus 7:10-12).
  6. The parting of the Red Sea (Exodus 14:21-31).
  7. The parting of the Jordan river near the city of Adam (Joshua 3:14-17).
  8. Manna (bread) from the sky (Exodus 16:14-18).
  9. Drinking water provided the Israelites:
    • Sweetening of the bitter waters of Marah (Exodus 15:23-25).
    • Water from the rock at Rephidim (Exodus 17:5-7).
    • Water from a rock in the desert (Numbers 20:7-11)
  10. Complainers consumed by fire at Taberah, which stopped in response to Moses’ prayer (Numbers 11:1-3).
  11. Enemies of Isralites consumed  by fire, and swallowed by the earth (Numbers 16:35-45).
  12. Aaron’s rod “brought forth buds, and bloomed blossoms, and yielded almonds” at Kadesh (Numbers 17:1-11).
  13. The walls of Jericho fell down at God’s command (Joshua 6:6-20).
  14. The sun and moon stayed motionless (longer day) to enable the Israelites to win a crucial battle (Joshua 10:12-14).
  15. A mega hailstorm destroyed the Amorite army (Joshua 10:12-14).

Despite having personally seen and experienced the countless AMAZING miracles, not only did the Israelites constantly doubt God, with tiresome repetition they periodically rebelled from God to worship false idols, that is, demons.

But God repeatedly forgave the Israelites.

Imagine, then, how much He loves us, who believe in Him although we haven’t witnessed the Israelites’ miracles nor seen or touched His wounds like doubting St. Thomas, yet we love Him with our whole heart, our whole soul, our whole mind, and with all of our strength.

So the next time you doubt or falter or despair, take heart.

He loves you very, very, very much.

So much that God Himself did this for you.

May the peace and love of Jesus Christ our Lord be with you!

See also:

~Eowyn

5 responses to “Sunday Devotional: Those who have not seen but believe

  1. Amen, Dr. Eowyn!
    And yet the world still rejects our Lord.
    Those who have not seen, but believe….trust and faith…
    “For we walk by faith, not by sight.” 2 Corinthians 5:7

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  2. There is no doubt that the greater blessings goes to those who have faith (believing without actually seeing) than to those who have not been willing to believe, or have faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, unless they are given a tangible experience wherein they actually see the risen Christ. I pray that we all may believe and have faith in Our Risen Savior–Jesus Christ, and that our faith will ensure that we may return to the presence of God the Father, and His Son Jesus Christ, in the mansions on high.

    Dr Eowyn . . . Thank you for this beautiful lesson regarding the principal of “Faith.” May each of us have faith in and of the Risen Christ.

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  3. Reblogged this on kommonsentsjane and commented:

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  4. I came from a school of hard knocks, and the hard knocks continued into adulthood. This has led me to spurn people, by and large, from a very early age, and, the longer I live, I have noticed that people, generally speaking, have only been getting worse, in their morals, behavior and general demeanor. Hence, although I miss the energy and the mobility of my youth, I relish being middle-aged: My perspectives on everything have changed, for the better, and as the brevity of life impresses itself upon me, it has proved to be a good motivator to get my priorities in order.
    This being said, there can be a number of barriers or obstacles to the growth of one’s faith. Certainly, the Second Vatican Council and its fallout has proved to be disastrous to me: I have seen the Church, in America at least, bend over backwards to welcome every lunatic fringe group imaginable, at my expense. It seems to me that everyone but a white heterosexual male matters to the madding crowd. John Paul II did nothing to arrest this freak show of arrested development, and now we have a lunatic freak who occupies the Throne of Peter himself!
    My past resentments have given way to the certainty of my coming particular judgment, and although I detest Frankenpope with a vengeance, I make it a point not to miss the forest for the trees here: Not too many Catholics see the dangers of Francis (hopefully, his denial of the existence of hell will change that—if it does not, nothing will); I see some of them, but I also see the dangers of my ignoring the state of my soul with a bit more clarity than I used to. In other words, I must take responsibility for my own life, and that includes the state of my own soul, my own faith. Faith is an informed choice and not a pipe dream; the faults and crimes of others constitute no excuse for my own failures. (Although the failed Vatican II Church has made matters unnecessarily difficult).

    You mention in number 14 above, noted in the book of Joshua. This is a most interesting miracle/astronomical event: The late Princeton professor Immanuel Velikovsky made it his business to study the phenomenon mentioned in Joshua, and it intrigued him greatly. He set out to find notations of this event from other cultures, and he found at least 21 other civilizations across the world—across continents!—made the same startling observation! I discovered this from the Lew Rockwell website; Just recently, within the past year or so, Sarah Westall of You Tube (check her channel out while it’s still up!) did a two-part interview in which she discussed Velikovsky in detail.
    Long Story Short: Velikovsky believed that Venus and Mars actually CHANGED PLACES in the solar system after a catastrophic event destroyed a planet, resulting in the asteroids. He opined that Venus is really not a planet, but rather a COMET. Look this up if you can—I found it to be very intriguing, and the fact that Velikovsky discovered wide corroboration of the Joshua event convinced him of its historicity, its factual truth! The locusts, frogs and lice are gone, but Venus and Mars are still in place as the “planets” that changed places!

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