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Being alone, does the Bible say it is a good thing?
There are times in the Gospels when Jesus’ Words are quoted or His actions are described during times that He was all alone. When Jesus was in the desert for forty days (Mat.4), or praying in the Garden at Gethsemane (Mark 14), He was by Himself . . . SO . . . How did anyone know what He said or did, since there were no eyewitnesses to what happened?
The Gospel accounts were NOT written at the time the events happened. The Bible is NOT a daily journal. Instead, it was put together later, like most historical narratives, based on memory, research and compiling. Matthew and John were both eye witnesses to most of the events in their narratives. Mark and Luke both had access to the eye witnesses. I am certain that Luke carefully investigated everything from the beginning, before writing his Gospel (Luke 1:3). It is very possible that Mark gathered information for his Gospel from the apostle Peter (1 Pet.5:13). The other tremendous benefit the writers had is that they were inspired by the Holy Spirit (2 Tim.3:16). My friend, Jesus had promised them that the Spirit would bring to their remembrance “everything I have said.” John 14:26 But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you. (KJV)
But, how did the disciples really know what happened when they were away from Jesus? One very possible explanation is that the Holy Spirit told them what happened as they were writing their histories. When we believe the Gospels to be inspired (2 Tim.3:16), we can easily accept that explanation.
I know for a fact that I am not a poet. Yet I have 1375 poems (as of today), I have written down on paper. I have tried to write a poem on my own . . . I cannot get it done. When HE is ready to give me another one, the words simply flow onto the paper. It takes me longer to gather the Scripture references to the poem than it does to jot down the poem. The Holy Spirit puts the words in my head! WHY? He knows! I do not!
Another explanation is simply that Jesus later told His disciples what they had missed. Not one disciple was present with Jesus during the wilderness temptation in Matthew 4, BUT . . . later Jesus spent over three years with the disciples. Three years is a considerable time for Jesus to relate to them Godly lessons that they were to pass on to the people after He was no longer with them.
Jesus was all alone when He spoke to the woman at the well in John 4, yet their conversation is quoted at length. Common-sense tells us that Jesus later filled His disciples in, so that they could write the words that would reach down to us today. And too, maybe John got the story directly from the woman as well, because the disciples stayed in her city for two days following her conversion (John 4:40).
After Jesus’ resurrection, Jesus appeared to the disciples over a period of forty days "speaking to them about the kingdom of God" (Acts 1:3). In those forty days, Jesus would have had ample occasions to inform the disciples of all the things that happened to Him when they were not with Him.
No matter how you look at this, the events of Jesus’ life on Earth, is what God wanted us to know . . . including events that occurred in His periods of solitude, and they were documented. The key is God wanted us to know. Either the events were disclosed directly to the disciples at a later time, by Jesus or by someone else, or the apostles learned the details straight from the Holy Spirit as they wrote God’s Word. I don’t know about you, but I believe the Bible. How about you?
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Ears That Refuse to Hear!
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God Is Still Speaking To us Today
Israel's Hard Heart
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Jesus Felt Forsaken
Loneliness of Jeremiah
Meditating, How to
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Seeking The Kingdom of God
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Solitude, What Is It?
Some Things Are Hard to Hear
The Laodicean Church
Warning, of NOT Hearing!