Immediately Jesus knew in his spirit that this was what they were thinking in their hearts. (Mark 2:8)
Not long after the Son went off ter pray and get instructions from Skipper on what ter do next, he returned ter Kephar Nahum.
When folks heard that he had come “home” they crowded about in such large numbers that thar whar no room left in the home fer a feller ter stand and listen — not even outside the door. With ever’ one gathered ’round the Son he preached the word of Skipper ter ’em.
The Son Knows What We Be Thinking and Says, “Confess and Repent!”
While the Son spoke, healed, and fergave folks of thar sins, some teachers of the law thought ter themselves, “Why does this fellow talk like that? He’s blaspheming! Who can forgive sins but God alone?”
Immediately the Son knew in his spirit what they whar thinking in thar hearts.
A good many things occurred that day in Kephar Nahum.
- A paralyzed man whar healed.
- The Son fergave a man’s sins.
- Skipper’s word whar proclaimed with authority.
- The hearts of many whar encouraged.
- The Son showed that he had the power to know our hearts and thoughts.
Knowing what they be thinking, the Son asked, “Why are you thinking these things?”
Some time later he would caution the crowds ter be careful what they say in private on account of Skipper always be listening.
What you have said in the dark will be heard in the daylight. What you have whispered in the ear in the inner rooms will be proclaimed from the roofs. (Luke 12:3)
Nothing in all creation is hidden from My sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of Him to whom we must give account. (Hebrews 4:13)
Because Skipper knows what we be thinking, we ought ter confess our sins one ter another and pray fer each other so that we may be healed and set right befer Skipper. Ter keep our sins a secret ‘ill only encourage our Accuser the devil to make public all the wrong and wicked things we done.
The Son Knows of Our Reputation and Loves Us Anyway
A Pharisee named Simon invited the Son ter dine with him. In attendance whar a woman of ill repute. Now as ter why such a woman be at the home of a Pharisee, we doth not know, but thar she whar crowding close ter the table as if she belonged thar. And not jest lingering ’bout but putting her hands on the Son. Perhaps this be the way she touched that Pharisee when others whar not around.
While at the table the Pharisee thought ter himself, “If this man were a prophet, he would know who is touching him and what kind of woman she is — that she is a sinner.”
The Son answered, “Simon, I have something to tell you.” Then the Son began ter tell a tale ’bout fergiveness and how those who be fergiven a great debt ‘ill show more love than those who be fergiven a small debt. (Luke 7:39-49)
The Son then turned toward the woman while speaking ter the Pharisee, “I came into your house, but you did not give me any water for my feet. You did not give me a kiss. You did not put oil on my head. But this woman has wet my feet with her tears. She wiped them with her hair. She has not stopped kissing my feet. She poured perfume on my feet. She has shown me great love.”
Because the Son knows of our reputation and what others think of us — because he knows that others judge us by outward appearances and without any regard fer our circumstances, he offers us compassion, kindness, and fergiveness, not condemnation and judgement.
The Son Knows of the Suffering Ter Come and ‘ill Sometimes Sound a Bell of Alarm
They were on their way up to Jerusalem, with Jesus leading the way . . . when he told them what was going to happen to him. (Mark 10:32)
The Lord said to Ananias, “I will show this man how much he must suffer for my name.” (Acts 9:16)
“You will be hated by everyone because of me.” (Matthew 10:22)
Because the Son knows we will be hated and persecuted because of him — and the word of Skipper — and that we will have many troubles and tribulations while we are here on earth he ‘ill sometimes give us a forecast of the storms ter come.
The Son Knows the Traps of the Enemy and Warns Us to Be On Guard
Once some Pharisees and Herodians tried ter ter catch the Son by his words. In response the Son asked, “Why are you trying to trap me?” The Son warns those who be his followers ter have the wiliness of a serpent. He says ter us, “Be alert. Remain sober. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.”
The Son once said ter Old Pete, “Simon, Simon, Satan is determined to have you so that he might sift you like wheat.” (Luke 22:31)
Because the Son sees the snares the enemy sets, he ‘ill sometimes warn us of the traps others lay in our path.
The Son Knows of Our Past Failures and Is Eager ter Fergives Us
When the Son met a Samaritan woman at a well in the heat of the day he told her, “Go, call your husband and come back.”
“I have no husband,” she replied.
The Son said ter her, “You are right when you say you have no husband. The fact is, you have had five husbands, and the man you now have is not your husband. What you have just said is true.” Because the Son knows our past failures, he wants ter fergive us of our sins. In fact that be the reason he died on the cross.
The Son Knows of Our Future Failures and Prays for Us
Not long after Old Pete boldly claimed, “Lord, even if I have to die with you, I will never disown you. I am ready to go with you both to prison and to death.” the Son reminded him not ter boast of his loyalty like a proud rooster.
“I tell you the truth, the rooster will not crow this day, until you deny three times that you know me. But I have prayed for you that your faith may not fail.” (Luke 22:31-34)
Because we love Skipper and make it our purpose ter do his will — and because the Son remains at Skipper’s side praying fer us — we know that even when we stumble and fall Skipper ‘ill work things out for our good.
Yes, a man got righted and launched that day in Kephar Nahum, but perhaps the greater revelation whar that we seen that the Son sees into our hearts and knows our ever’ thought. Let us make it our task ter ne’er attempt ter hide anything from his view but rather lay it at his feet so he kin fergive us.
Parroting the Prayers of Skip’s Crew
Lord, you have searched me and you know me. You know when I sit. You know when I rise. You perceive my thoughts from afar. You know when I go out. You know when I lie down. You are familiar with all my ways. Before a word is on my tongue you, Lord, know it completely. You tuck me in behind and before. You lay your hand upon me and comfort me. Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence? Love me now. Fergive me now. Hug me now. (Psalm 139:1-5, 7)
“Keep a weather eye out” means ter keeps one eye on the wind aloft and one on the water ahead fer it be by the powers of wind, water, and waves the boat sails and — in times of storms — suffers.