Summary: THe omniscience of the Holy Spirit

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The Holy Spirit’s ministry John 16: 12- 24

Just a couple of weeks ago the date was Friday the thirteenth and as long as I can remember this has always been considered to be an unlucky day. When I lived in Cape Breton as a kid they’d always warn you, be very careful because today is Friday the thirteenth. And if anything went wrong that day they’d always say it was because of the date rather than the fact that you’ve always been unlucky.

There are many popular stories about the origin of Friday the thirteenth. For instance, it was assumed that Judas was the thirteenth guest at the Last Supper and he was the first to leave and somehow they supposed that this led to the Crucifixion. I don’t think so. We do know that the Crucifixion happened on a Friday but we don’t know what the day of the month it was, but since God had pre-ordained both the crucifixion and the timing I don’t think luck had anything to do with it.

Then there are those who claim that the day Eve offered the fruit to Adam was on a Friday although no one has any way of proving this. Then there are others who said that the killing of Abel happened on a Friday even though the Bible doesn’t identify the paticular day of the week when this occurred. And then throughout history there has been events like the claim that King Philip IV had many of the Knights Templar simultaneously arrested on Friday, October 13, 1307 and it was assumed that this action began the legend of the unlucky Friday the 13th. And yet, none of these have been verifiably identified as the origin of the Friday the 13th superstition. You see, the fact is, no one really knows where it started.

In spite of that it’s been estimated that in the U.S around $800 to $900 million is lost in business on Friday the thirteenth because people either will not fly or they refuse to do any business on that day. Some people are so paralyzed by fear that they’re simply unable to get out of bed when Friday the 13th rolls around. The Stress Management Center and Phobia Institute estimates that more than 17 million people are actually affected by the fear of Friday the thirteenth. A British Medical Journal study has even shown that there is a significant increase in traffic related accidents on Friday the 13ths. There’s actually a name for fear of Friday the thirteenth, it’s called “Paraskevidekatriaphobia.” And basically, the fear of this day is just as irrational as a lot of other sayings that have come down through the ages. Let me give you a few that we’re already familiar with.

• An apple a day keeps the doctor away

• To find a four-leaf clover is to find good luck

• If you walk under a ladder, you will have bad luck

• If a black cat crosses your path you will have bad luck

• If you open an umbrella in the house you get bad luck

• If you find a horseshoe the very act will bring you good luck

• Step on a crack and you’ll break your mother’s back

• It is bad luck to sing at the table

• It is bad luck to chase someone with a broom

• If you throw rice on a bride at a wedding it’s good luck

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