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THE MINISTRY OF THORNES

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Sermon shared by Scott Carroll

January 2008
Summary: WHEN GOD ALLOWS OR CAUSES US TO GO THROUGH PAINFUL THINGS THAT ACTUALLY BENEFIT US MORE IN THE LONG RUN THAN THE GOOD THINGS.
Audience: General adults
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from Nave’s Topical Bible)

THORN

Figurative. "A painful thorn" should be rendered a smarting sting, figurative of the hurts of paganism. "The most upright like a thorn hedge" refers to the corruption of the nation, which was so great that even the most upright injured all who came in contact with him. From want of energy "the way of the sluggard is as a hedge of thorns" , i.e., full of almost insurmountable obstacles (cf. <22:5>). To be overgrown with thorns is a figure of desolation (cf. <24:31>).The wicked are often compared to thorns <2 Sam. 23:6; Nah. 1:10>. Thorns and thistles are symbolic of the false prophets .
(from New Unger’s Bible Dictionary)
(originally published by Moody Press of Chicago, Illinois. Copyright (C) 1988.)


Ps 34:19
19 Many are the afflictions of the righteous: but the LORD delivereth him out of them all.
(KJV)

1Thes 3:3
3 That no man should be moved by these afflictions: for yourselves know that we are appointed thereunto.
(KJV)





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*** When Dr. Moon of Brighton, England, was suddenly struck with blindness, he said, “ Lord I accept this “talent” of blindness from you. Help me to use it for your glory so that when you return, you may receive it back with interest. Then God enabled him to invent the Moon alphabet for the blind, through which thousands of blind people were enabled to read the word of God and thereby come to the glorious saving knowledge of Christ.

*** God did not remove Paul’s “ thorn in the flesh” He did something much better –He conquered it and made it Paul’s servant.

*** The ministry of thorns has often been a greater service to humankind than the ministry of thrones.

min•is•try (m¹n“¹-str¶) n., pl. min•is•tries. 1.a. The act of serving; ministration. b. One that serves as a means; an instrumentality. 2.a. The profession, duties, and services of a minister.


*** MINISTER…
1. To attend to the wants and needs of others: See Synonyms at tend2. 2. To perform the functions of a cleric. --tr. To administer or dispense, as a sacrament. [Middle English, from Old French ministre, from Latin minister, servant.

2 Chr 33:10-13
10 And the LORD spake to Manasseh, and to his people: but they would not hearken.
11 Wherefore the LORD brought upon them the captains of the host of the king of Assyria, which took Manasseh among the thorns, and bound him with fetters, and carried him to Babylon.
12 And when he was in affliction, he besought the LORD his God, and humbled himself greatly before the God of his fathers,
13 And prayed unto him: and he was intreated of him, and heard his supplication, and brought him again to Jerusalem into his kingdom. Then Manasseh knew that the LORD he was God.
(KJV)

Hosea 2:6-7
6 Therefore, behold, I will hedge up thy way with thorns, and make a wall, that she shall not find her paths.
7 And she shall follow after her lovers, but she shall not overtake them; and she shall seek them, but shall not find them: then shall she say, I will go and return to my first husband; for then was it better with me than now.
(KJV)

Mark 15:17-19
17 And they clothed him with purple, and platted a crown of thorns, and put it about his head,
18 And began to salute him, Hail, King of the Jews!
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