Nicodemus is only mentioned in the Gospel of John. You’ll find his story in John 3:1-21. He came to Jesus at night. (I think this is where “Nick at Night” television programming probably began.) Nicodemus was genuinely interested in Jesus, but we see some hesitation.
“After dark one night a Jewish religious leader named Nicodemus, a member of the sect of the Pharisees, came for an interview withJesus.”(John 3:1 LB)
From this one Scripture, we learn that Nicodemus was a Pharisee, and that he waited until dark to talk with Jesus. Even after talking face-to face with the Creator of the universe, Nick never followed Jesus publicly.
If he did believe in Jesus, he followed Him in secrecy.
Jesus wants us to declare Him publicly:
“If anyone publicly acknowledges me as his friend, I will openly acknowledge him as my friend before my Father in heaven.”(Matthew 10:32 LB)
God’s desire is for us is to boldly live out our faith. Is there anything in your life that’s preventing you from doing this?
Unfortunately, Nuggets aren’t found in Scripture. This is probably because Jerusalem didn’t have a Chick-Fil-A.
Another N word in the Bible is Nethaniah. He was the son of Asaph and was one of the musicians appointed by King David for the musical service of the Temple. You can find him in 1 Chronicles 25:2, 12.
Music is important to the Lord. His appointed temple musicians took their jobs seriously. They realized leading the king and people in praise and worship was a true calling.
Each of us have a true calling to praise God. Whether or not we’re gifted musically has nothing to do with praise. In fact, He doesn’t limit praise to humans:
“Let everything alive give praises to the Lord!”(Psalm 150:6 LB)
I believe during the Millennium (the 1,000 years the Christians live with Christ on earth after His Second Coming), we’ll see this Scripture fulfilled.
Imagine what this will be like!
Leaves whistling their praise to God.
Hippos singing bass.
Hyenas praising in baritone. An ant colony singing soprano.
Koalas using their paw pads for tamborines.
What will it sound like to hear an octopus praise God? Will mountains sing, or will they rap?
The sands along the seashore may be delivering an opera of praise
while the clouds are performing a three-act play that glorifies our risen
Savior. Every living thing will praise Father God.
I’m glad we don’t have to wait until the Millennium to voice our praise. We
can do it right now.
The question is . . . are you?
I wish Nachos were in the Bible. They would’ve been a great side dish to
the bread and fish dinner.
Actually, nachos sound pretty good right now. . . .