What astonishes you?
When you are astonished, it has an impact on you. It impresses you in some way. Sometimes that impression is small, sometimes it is rather large. But what astonishes you? What makes you sit up and take notice? Would the Blue Angels or a performance by David Copperfield be enough to impress you? Certainly those things would.
In the Bible, there are several times the word “astonished” is used and as you might expect, miracles and unexpected events are one of those reasons. Nebuchadnezzar was astonished that Daniel’s three friends were not burned up and a 4th person was walking with them. (Daniel 3) Peter and his friends were astonished at the great catch of fish they caught after Jesus told them to try again. (Luke 5) And Mary was astonished after an angel told her that Jesus was risen and would meet them in Galilee. (Mark 16)
However, I think it worth noting that after Jesus had finished speaking the sermon on the Mount in Matthew 7, that the reaction of the crowd was also ‘astonishment’. As far as I can see, no miracle was performed, just simple teaching. In other occassions there is astonishment at his teaching also. Matt 19:25 and Mt 22:33 are times when his teaching and words astonished both his disciples and the crowds that heard him.
My question to you is this: Are YOU astonished at the words of Jesus? Or, do they simply mean nothing to you. Sometimes we forget to take the time to be amazed at His teaching as we are in such a hurry to fulfill our Bible reading quota whatever that may be. We should take the time to consider the words we read. I don’t think anyone will misunderstand me, I don’t just mean the words that Jesus spoke, the Red lettered words. I mean all of the word of God and, of course, Jesus’ words were/are an important part of that.
We need to take time to read His word every day but also to look intently into that mirror of His word and allow it to reveal to us those things which we need to improve. The word of God is sharper than any two-edged sword and can discern our intents and thoughts, we are not going to fool God.
If I do this right, there is a link to a sermon that this post is based on. I hope you enjoy it if you listen to it, but whether reading or listening, I hope that you will be astonished at the words of Jesus.