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IS YOUR NAME IN THE BIBLE?--THE CASE OF A NEW YORK CITY BAG LADY


Years ago, there was a bag lady in New York City who attended a preaching service at a Manhattan Rescue Mission. Afterwards in the line to receive soup, she mentioned to the preacher she was now ready to give her life to Jesus. She said, "I never knew until today that my name is in the Bible."


The preacher smiled and said, "What's your name?"


She said, "Edith. My name is Edith. And my name is in the Bible."


The preacher said, "I'm sorry ma'am but you must be mistaken. The name Edith never appears in the Bible."


She said, "Oh yes it does, you read it a few minutes ago!" He opened his Bible and she pointed her dirty finger to Luke 15:2. The preacher had been using the King James Version, and it says, "This man receiveth sinners and eateth with them." She said, "There it is! Jesus receiveth sinners and Edith with them!"


And indeed, the good news is Jesus does receive sinners, and Edith, and David, and Jane, and Mary, and John and anyone else who comes to Him! We've seen a wonderful picture of what God is like. He is a God who regrets your rebellion, who runs when you return, and who restores you when you repent.


(From a sermon by Fred Markes, What is God Like?, 8/30/2011)

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