Children Need Our Time

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And these words which I command you today shall be in your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up. You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates. (Deuteronomy 6:6-9)

Children Need Our Time

One of the great passages to come out of the Old Testament is the admonition of the Lord to Israel concerning the training of children. There was great emphasis put upon the teaching of Jewish children and was part of the Law of Moses. This was not intended by the Lord to be suggestions on forming the souls of young children but rather a command of the Lord for parents to teach their children about the law. At the root of teaching children is the law that God is one and His people should love Him with all their hearts, their souls and their strength. This does not happen by birth but careful instruction by the parents who teach them diligently. When the family is sitting together in the home children are taught to love the Lord. Walking, by the way, the stories of the Lord should fill the minds of the children. As the night draws nigh and the children are put to bed their last thoughts should be on the word of God. Each day should begin with the knowledge of God’s word and bound continually upon their hearts and minds through each day. They should see the love of God in their parents. Throughout the house of God’s people, the message of the Lord should vibrate in upward tones of praise. The home of godly parents should instill in the hearts of children everything given to them by the Lord.

Technology can be a wonderful thing but often it can become a deterrent to the well-being and spiritual health of the family. Radio and television began in a very innocuous manner before the realization of how easy it was to waste the hours away glued to the console and peering into the glowing windows of fantasy land. As technologies advanced, new gadgets began to fill the time with computer screens and smartphones and modern Dick Tracy watches that talk and communicate. Children become enamored at an early age to IPads, Kindles, and hosts of electronic devices (including their own smartphones) spending hours entertaining themselves with the amber glow of a piece of glass. Parents are spending more time peering into their electronic devices than communicating with their children. Fathers would rather sit at the dinner table texting someone at work than talk with their children. Mothers hurry about the day checking the latest chats, videos, and messages than share their day with the children. Grandparents are caught up in the thrill of the new fads. The home has become a place where no one looks at one another, talks with one another or knows who the person is sitting across the living room or dining table. Faces are buried in machines like an Orwellian prophecy come true. Lost in the clutter of modern convenience are children who grow up without God.

The Law of Moses commanded parents to teach their children to love the Lord their God. Giving these instructions to the family involved passing on information and embedding in the hearts and souls of the children the word of God. The most significant part of this command is often the least observed by modern families. Reading the text carefully parents missed the obvious purpose of God’s command to parents: spend time with our children. It will take a lot of time to teach children diligently. Instead of walking down the road looking at a cellphone, parents should talk to their children. Sitting in the home should be a time where parents and children communicate verbally. Bedtime is not a place to end the day watching a movie on television or IPads but a time when parents read the word of God. Mornings should begin with the teaching of the Lord – not Sesame Street or Little Baby Bum. It takes a lot of time to teach children and while there is enjoyment in watching television, playing games on IPads, talking on smartphones and all the new things that appeal to the gadget world, teaching children diligently takes time. And here is the most important lesson all parents must learn: there is only one chance to get it right because there will be no do-overs! If time is not taken when the children are young that time will never be regained. Children need to learn now.

An unnamed author wrote a great story about the importance of time with children. Take time to consider the lesson. “A grandmother is a lady who has no children of her own. She likes other people’s little girls and boys. A grandfather is a man-grandmother. He goes for walks with the boys and they talk about fishing and stuff like that. Grandmother’s don’t have to do anything but…be there. They’re old, so they shouldn’t play too hard or run. It’s enough if they drive us to the market where the pretend-horse is and have plenty of quarters ready. Or if they take us for walks they slow down past things like pretty leaves and caterpillars. Usually, grandmothers are fat but not too fat to tie your shoes. They wear glasses and funny underwear, and they can take their teeth and gums off! When they read to us they don’t skip or mind it if it is the same story again. Everybody should try to have a grandmother, especially if you don’t have cable – because they’re the only grown-ups who have time.”

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Isaiah’s Plan For Personal Growth

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Wash yourselves, make yourselves clean; put away the evil of your doings from before My eyes. Cease to do evil, learn to do good; seek justice, rebuke the oppressor; defend the fatherless, plead for the widow. (Isaiah 1:16-17)

Isaiah’s Plan For Personal Growth

The need for personal growth has been a constant for God’s people in all ages. Under the Law of Moses, the children of Israel needed to learn how to grow in the grace of the Lord as much as those under the covenant of Christ. Remarkably, the principles are the same. Isaiah, a prophet of God, lived in a time of great spiritual bankruptcy and moral degradation. This was especially acute considering the problem came from those who should know better. The Jews were the apple of God’s eye blessed with all the favors of the Lord Almighty to make them a great nation and a holy nation among all nations. However, they had turned their hearts to the idols of the land and filled their lives with the harlotry of wickedness. God sent many prophets like Isaiah to lead the people back and while some success was achieved, for the most part, the nation fell into spiritual darkness. The preachers of truth would need to give a stirring message to the people to bring them back to the Lord. Their task was not unlike the preaching of Noah in the most severe time of man or Jonah as he faced the city of Nineveh. Repentance was the watchword of the day demanding change in the hearts of men to seek the Lord and find His mercy and grace. As the son of Amoz began his work of prophecy among the people of Judah, the plan was simple, direct and necessary to return to the Lord.

There are six points to the plan for personal growth Isaiah sets forth. The people had defiled themselves with the sacrifices of idolatry and to begin renewal required a cleansing. Coming before the Lord demands purity of soul, heart, and mind. Isaiah’s admonition was not a physical cleaning but the spiritual bathing in the word of the Lord. Sin had polluted their souls and a moral cleansing was needed to worship God. All those who come before the Lord Almighty cannot present themselves before the holy character of the divine with polluted hearts and minds. Moral pollution will lead to the destruction of the soul and only through the healing of God’s love will forgiveness be granted. The first part of personal growth is taking a spiritual bath. Second, the need to remove the evil that has defiled the soul demands action. The Lord cannot abide in the presence of wickedness and sin will separate man from the grace of God if not removed. Often men confuse the love of God with His law thinking the love of God negates the requirements of the law. Isaiah did not suggest the people could continue in their idolatry and come before the Lord pure and holy. Sin defiles and unless it is removed it will hinder spiritual growth. Vital to understanding sin is the need to stop following the ways of evil and remove it far from the heart. Two things necessary to combat evil is to stop doing evil and put it away. In other words, stop doing what is wrong! Sin cannot be continued without consequence. The Lord demands that man cease to do evil. Whatever is bringing about sin must be put far away with no desire to engage in the rebellion against God. He will not tolerate sin.

Following the negatives of personal growth, Isaiah exhorts the people to follow the path of righteousness. The final three admonitions must replace the evil that has been removed. Fourth in the sequence of personal growth is to learn to do good. Removing the evil must be replaced with the positive of spiritual growth. God is good and those who desire to please Him must learn what His goodness is and how to live before Him in righteousness. Evil takes very little to learn but goodness requires diligence. Next comes the desire to seek the right things or to follow after justice according to the word of God. Rather than engaging in the works of evil where injustice is common, the heart of the child of God seeks the good of others and what is right in the sight of God. The final part of personal growth is relative to the relationship with others. One of the most important relationships that establish our kinship with the Father is the way we treat one another. Those who oppress their fellow man, abuse the fatherless and scold the widows are not fitting for the glory of God and His will. As a result of idolatry, the people of God oppressed the needy, the downtrodden and the afflicted. Society had become a place where the privileged engaged in denying the grace of God to others. The oppressor must be rebuked, the fatherless defended and widows cared for. Personal growth is highlighted when the individual shows love and concern for others.

There is a natural flow to the personal growth plan of Isaiah. He begins with the selfishly absorbed individual who is basking in the glory of his evil to the man of God who is concerned for others. Evil is about the self-worth of man’s lustful needs fulfilled in the carnality of his own desires. Righteousness is where man is void of self and his concerns are about others. There is a contrast between the world of the wicked and the world of the faithful. The evil destroys themselves and the faithful of the Lord help others. God is pleased with those who cease to do evil and plead for the widows. Follow the personal growth plan of Isaiah and you will find greater reward in this life and the one to come.

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What Jesus Knew Before He Came

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Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it. Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it. (Matthew 7:13-14)

What Jesus Knew Before He Came

The measure of a plan is often gauged by the expected results. In business, profits and loss will be determined by the analysis of the data gathered to forecast the success or failure of the project. If the numbers do not meet certain criteria the plan is rejected and another more profitable option is pursued. This makes for good business and many companies are successful through its continued evaluation of the profit-loss models it will use. It would seem remarkable a plan that has a huge deficit in its offering would be considered a successful adventure and yet the plan of salvation was determined with the knowledge that for most of the intended recipients of its grace; there would be total rejection. When Jesus delivered His world-changing sermon on the mountain He proclaimed that most men would reject Him and refuse to follow His word. He admonishes His disciples to enter into a path that is narrow, difficult and seldom traveled. The way to eternal life would not be accepted by most men. A broad and expansive way that leads to destruction is the most traveled path and most desired by the majority of people that will populate the earth. The concept of percentages is overwhelmingly in favor of most people being lost, without God and without hope. These are the words of Jesus and His declaration was true two thousand years ago and it continues to be true in the modern age. Consider the implications: Jesus came to die for a world that world overwhelmingly rejects Him – and yet He came anyway.

It was not a surprise or disappointment that men wanted to kill Jesus. He talked often how He was going to Jerusalem to be betrayed to the chief priests and to the scribes where they would condemn Him to death. His own people would mock Him, and scourge Him, and spit on Him, and kill Him. In the face of all of this horrible and terrible evil that would befall the holy Son of God, Jesus came to earth and lived among men to offer Himself as the redeeming Lamb. The Lord knew when the gospel would be taken to the world that most men would reject His love, His grace, and His teaching. True to the teaching of Jesus, through the millennia that have passed since His sermon on the mount, the majority of men walk the broad path of leisure and human wisdom marching daily toward the end of the road and destruction. Most men who die will die in a state of hopeless eternal death. In the face of this knowledge, Jesus still came to earth, suffered as no man before, and died for the sins of all men. How do you measure the love of the Son of God who knew full well that the large majority of those beautiful creatures He had formed by His own hand would deny Him, reject Him and curse Him?

It is not the desire of God that any man should perish. His deepest love for all men is found in the love to send His only begotten Son to die for the sins of undeserving creatures. The love of God is so great to consider the sacrifice He made. Measuring the love of Christ to accept the will of the Father and drink of the fleshly tabernacle to share in the suffering of human weaknesses and struggle with sin is beyond the wisdom of man. Jesus was tempted in all points as all men and through the grace of God died without sin. He knew what He came to do. His will was to do the will of His Father. The character of the man was flawed with the darkness of sin filling the world with hatred, murder, envy and despising the love of God; and yet Jesus came into the world of darkness to bring the only light man would find to see the Father. God sent His Son into the world knowing what they were going to do to Him. The Father’s love was to send His Son for the redemption of wicked man. Both the Father and the Son knew that most men would follow the wide path of rebellion and few would embrace the love of the sacrificed Lamb. But Jesus came anyway. Thank God for His love to send His Son in the face of man’s reality. And there are no words to thank Jesus Christ for His sacrifice – knowing what He knew and understanding the price to be paid – Jesus came and died so that we can live. Praise God for His incredible gift in the love of Jesus Christ, Savior, and King.

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Where The Leaders Of Israel Failed

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These are the names of the men whom Moses sent to spy out the land. And Moses called Hoshea the son of Nun, Joshua. Then Moses sent them to spy out the land of Canaan, and said to them, “Go up this way into the South, and go up to the mountains, and see what the land is like: whether the people who dwell in it are strong or weak, few or many; whether the land they dwell in is good or bad; whether the cities they inhabit are like camps or strongholds; whether the land is rich or poor; and whether there are forests there or not. Be of good courage. And bring some of the fruit of the land.” Now the time was the season of the first ripe grapes. (Numbers 13:16-20)

Where The Leaders Of Israel Failed

Joshua the son of Nun and Caleb son of Jephunneh are two of the influential men of the Old Testament. Joshua was called the assistant of Moses and would lead the people into the land of promise following the death of Moses. Caleb is remembered as a man who had a devoted spirit to the Lord and followed the will of God fully. These two men were the only ones from the generation of those coming out of Egypt that would see the promised land. A few months after the victory of God over the Egyptians, the people of Israel stood at the threshold of a land flowing with milk and honey promised to them by the Lord. All of the hardships of Egyptian bondage were behind them and God had given them a law that would make them into the great nation of Israel. Generations before Abraham had been promised the land that stood before the people of God and they had arrived to possess the land fulfilling the promise made to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. In preparation of the conquering of a land already given to them, the Lord tells Moses to send men to spy out the land of Canaan. These spies would be men from each tribe and a leader from among them would be chosen to tell the wonderful story of the promised land. The men chosen were not ordinary men but leaders of the people. They were men who served their tribes as counsel, guides and examples of courage in the face of danger. It would be the faith of these men the whole of Israel would rely. Names like Shammua, Shaphat, Igal, Palti, Gaddiel, Gaddi, Ammiel, Sethur, Nahbi and Geuel were well known among the people and regarded as the heroes of the day. They had shown themselves capable of leadership and the people looked to them for their direction. Twelve men selected to spy out the land and for forty days the twelve spies searched throughout the land of Canaan for weaknesses and strengths. Twelve faithful leaders went to spy the land but only two returned.

The twelve leaders returned from spying showing the people the incredible bounty of the land. They described a land that flowed with milk and honey. In the Valley of Eshcol they cut down a branch of one cluster of grapes which two men carried between them on a pole. Pomegranates and figs were brought back to show the people. Everyone was amazed at the bounty of the promised land and anxious to hear the news from the twelve leaders. Ten of the spies disheartened the people with a report of the impossibility to conquer the land. They saw the people strong and the cities fortified and very large. Giants lived in the land. The hearts of the ten spies were filled with fear. This was passed on to the people and dissension arose in the ranks of the Israelites. What the ten leaders of Israel did not see was the power of God overcoming the people of Canaan. They had witnessed the plagues the Lord brought upon Egypt and walked across the Red Sea on dry land. The army of Egypt and Amalek had been defeated by the power of God but the ten leaders did not believe God could destroy the people of Canaan. Through their disbelief the nation of Israel rebelled against the Lord and refused to enter the land. Forty years later Joshua and Caleb delivered the remnant of those who came out of Egypt into the land of promise.

Few remember or know the names of the ten spies. Only the faithful two are redeemed on the pages of God’s historical record. Joshua and Caleb would be forever remembered as the leaders who had faith in the Lord to accomplish the impossible. The ten men who did not believe in the Lord are not remembered. There is a lesson about faith in the story of the spies who searched out the land of promise. Among the people twelve men were looked upon as leaders. Of the twelve only two of the leaders looked to God for their faith and hope. Joshua and Caleb trusted in the power of God; the other ten did not. Leadership is not something possessed by men because of their wealth, prestige or honor given to them by others. True leadership comes when a man becomes a servant of the Lord. Failing to trust in the power of God caused the nation of Israel to wander forty years in the wilderness and for generations to die because of rebellion. The leaders of God’s people failed that day because they trusted in their own power instead of divine power. In the church of the Lord there can be men in leadership serving as shepherds of the flock who trust in themselves more than the Lord. The mission of the church will fail as the leadership of the ten spies failed the people of Israel. Jesus wants His church to be guided by men of faith and courage and trusting in the will of the Lord. It is not a matter of wealth that makes a man great or prestige among the people. Elders who serve the Lord with a willing mind to trust in the word of the Lord for their hope will find many victories against the giants of an immoral land. It takes courage to stand for truth in a world filled with lies. Only the faithful will be remembered. Twelve men went to spy the land but only two returned with faith.

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The Churches Of Christ

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Greet one another with a holy kiss. The churches of Christ greet you. (Romans 16:16)

The Churches Of Christ

When Jesus promised to build His church He did not indicate a special name that would characterize the identity of His body. It would be called by many names in the early years. The Lord referred to it as His church as He had come into the world to fulfill the plan of redemption that would find its completion in the kingdom of God. Luke described the body of saved as the church on the Day of Pentecost when three thousand souls were added by the grace of God. When the needs of the early Christians arose there was the multitude of those who believed with one heart and one soul who had all things in common to care for those in need. Great fear came upon the church when the Lord struck down Ananias and Sapphira. Saul of Tarsus breathed threats and murder against the disciples of the Lord persecuting the church which was at Jerusalem. Luke refers to the disciples of the Lord as the Way. Paul would later try to join the disciples but not believing he was a Christian was received with suspicion. Barnabas would testify on behalf of Paul and he would be part of the brethren of the Lord. Luke records the churches throughout all Judea, Galilee, and Samaria had peace and were edified. The disciples were first called Christians at the church in Antioch where Paul and Barnabas labored. Herod the king stretched out his hand to harass some from the church killing James and imprisoning Peter. The church kept constant prayer on behalf of Peter. Paul and Barnabas appointed elders in every church during their journeys to spread the gospel. Warning the elders from Ephesus, Paul called the body of saints the church of God. He would later call the saints in Corinth the church of God on four different occasions. In the letter to Ephesus, the apostle Paul called the church the body of Christ. To Timothy he calls the body of saints the church of the living God, the pillar and ground of truth. The Hebrew writer speaks of the church of the firstborn. In his great revelation, the apostle John writes to seven churches located in seven cities.

The church is described by different phrases in the New Testament giving different emphasis upon the nature of the church. Using the idea of the church is simply the meaning of a called out body of people. It is called a body that is made up of many members individually suggesting the singularity of the church. There are many members but one body. This body is called the church concluding there is only one body and one church. The church is a bride as described in the letter to Ephesus where Christ is the divine groom. Three books of the New Testament call the church the house of God or family of God. The church is the kingdom of God with Christ as king and its members citizens in God’s kingdom. Paul will hearken back to the Old Testament to describe the church as the spiritual building in which the Spirit of God dwells – the temple of God. Christ and the apostles are the foundation and the members stones built together into the temple. Jesus will refer to the church as His vineyard with Himself the vine and its members the branches.

In the closing remarks of Paul’s letter to Rome, he implores the brethren to greet one another in kind benevolence extending them a greeting from the churches of Christ. The name “church of Christ” is not found in scripture but the elements of the church of Christ are clearly defined. It is fitting to call the church of God Christ’s church because He said He would build it and it would be His church. Jesus died for the church shedding His blood to redeem all men as Paul told the Ephesian elders. As the head of the church Jesus Christ has all authority and rule given to Him by the Father. In the figure of the church being the body of Christ He is the only head. The church is the bride of Christ bearing the name of her husband giving Him the glory. Everything about the church points to the glorification and exaltation of Jesus Christ as the King of Kings and Lord of Lords. Calling the church by the name of Christ is befitting the nature of His sacrifice and His love. It is not imperative the church be called by the churches of Christ as many names describe the nature of the kingdom. The name is fitting but is not exclusive. Lost in the minds of the religious world is the glory of the church should bear the name of the one who died for it and gave His life for the salvation of men. Whether it is called the church of God, church of the firstborn, the Way or whatever descriptive name that is given, it bears the nature of the one who gave His life for it.

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Submission In Marriage

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Wives, submit to your own husbands, as to the Lord. (Ephesians 5:22)

Submission In Marriage

The death of Jesus is the greatest gift man will receive. Nothing man can do or say will detract from the magnitude of a sacrifice where God becomes man and dies on a cross for the sins of all men. Jesus willingly gave His life so that men could find salvation in the grace of His Father. Given all authority the Lord is King of Kings and the head of the church which is His body. As the King and head of the church His people are subject to Him because of His great love for them. Submitting to the will of the Father comes from those who love the Lord with all their hearts, souls and minds willingly offering their lives in service to the Savior Jesus Christ. There can never be a feeling of inferiority or degradation by submitting to the Father and His Son in the kingdom of God. As Paul illustrates the nature of the church and how important subjection to the Christ glorifies the Father, the apostle shows in the marriage bond the headship of the man is likened to that of Christ as head of the church. The wife submits to her husband as men must submit to the Lord. In the context of submission within the church there is no disagreement of the need of compliance or the purpose of that obedience. Speaking of the marriage relationship the wife is to be subject to her husband as she is submissive to the Lord. The role of submission is from the idea of coming under the influence of another or allowing the will of self to be governed by others. This is necessary for one to be faithful to the Lord as submission begins with God. Paul defines the role of the man as the head of woman and the woman is subject to the man. The people of God are subject to one another and in the case of congregational shepherds subject to the elders. Wives are to be in submission to the husband as their duty to the Lord.

Paul clearly shows the role of the husband to be one of sacrifice and love. Like Christ, he is willing to give his life for the bride. The submission of the wife to the husband comes because of her first love for God and the willingness to submit to His will. This is fitting in the Lord and the woman is to learn in quietness with all subjection according to the Holy Spirit. Peter would also affirm the role of the husband and wife admonishing the women to be subject to their husbands using Sarah as an example of a godly wife to Abraham. From the Garden of Eden the Lord had declared the desire of the woman would be to her husband and like the evidence of pain in childbirth (part of the penalty for woman being deceived) this same principle continues today. In a world given over to women’s rights and the dismantling of the home, many wives refuse to obey the word of God and will not submit to their husbands. They rebel against the divine arrangement and bring judgment upon their souls through human reason and carnal desire. This does not make her a person of inferiority or of lesser value. The husband is to cherish and nourish his wife as Christ the church so that her submission will be one of glory to God. Colly Caldwell writes, “Paul would say that the woman who willingly takes the role of a wife must understand both her duties and her relative position with regard to her husband (cf. Rom. 7:1-7) Now that should not be grievous or humiliating. It will not be so if she loves her husband and recognizes the Lord as her own Lord in matters spiritual. The known wish of the husband becomes the direction of the woman who truly loves her husband, just as the needs and desires of the wife become a driving force within the loving husband.”

Submission of the wife to the husband is the divine pattern of God for the happiness of the home. She was created to be a helper to the man as his needs were not met until God brought her to the man. Everything created by the will of the Father is beautiful when the purpose and design of God is followed. The home is best suited for the purpose of man and woman when the divine arrangement is created in the home. Woman was not taken from the foot of man so that he could abuse her. She was created from his side and from the rib the Lord formed the most beautiful creature man would ever see. Adam recognized the power of Eve in his life and every man must see the joy of God’s design in bringing the woman to the man. Every woman who abides by the will of the Lord submitting to the Biblical pattern of the home will find greater joy, happiness and fulfillment. In the final analysis the submission of the woman to the man is not an option but a command. Like all submission it is voluntary. No one is forced to submit to God but the consequences are severe. Refusing to submit to the man will bring about the same consequences. Everything God created was perfect and the marriage is perfected when the man and woman follow the pattern given by the Lord. Wives submitting to their husbands as is fitting in the Lord will find the greatest joy.

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Consequence Of Ignorance

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My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge. Because you have rejected knowledge, I also will reject you from being priest for Me; because you have forgotten the law of your God, I also will forget your children. (Hosea 4:6)

Consequence Of Ignorance

When God placed man in the Garden of Eden, He revealed Himself as a God of law. Adam was tasked with caring for the garden with the caveat that he and Eve were not to take of the fruit from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. They could eat of every other tree in the garden but not of the forbidden fruit. Sin came into the world when they ignored the word of the Lord and took of the fruit. The purpose of God revealing Himself to all men is to let them learn His nature, His law, His character and the reason for the creation of man. Throughout the millennia of man’s existence he has been given the word of God in oral and written form to guide him in his life learning how to deepen his relationship with the Lord. Without fail, every time man has found himself in rebellion to God it is because he has refused to acknowledge the word of the Lord. There has never been a time when man could excuse himself in suggesting he did not know what he must do to be saved. Man was created with a brilliant mind to worship and glorify his creator understanding the nature of the godhead as divine and the reality of eternity. In the final day of man’s existence no one will be able to stand before the almighty God and plead ignorance. The word of the Lord has been given to all men throughout all time. Ignorance will not be an excuse for those who stand before their God. What is more tragic is the nature of God’s people where many find themselves devoid of the knowledge of who He is and why He saved them.

Israel was the apple of God’s eye. Their history is filled with rebellion, disobedience and failure. The prophet Hosea clarifies the turmoil among the people of God when he shows the reason of their demise came from their ignorance of the word of God. There was no reason they could not understand the will of God. The Law of Moses had been written many centuries before and had clearly been revealed to the nation as the binding law of God. Israel was failing because the people were destroying themselves by refusing to know the word of the Lord. They rejected the will of the Lord and found themselves feeling the wrath of God. The lack of knowledge brought them to destruction. Everything they needed to know was contained in the Law but they refused to abide by its laws and chose to govern themselves by their carnal and fleshly nature. As a result of their rebellion, God rejected them; not because He did not love them but their love for Him had died. They rejected knowledge and forgot the law of God. Because they had rejected Him and forgotten Him the Lord would reject them and forget them. This was not the will of the Father for His children. He had provided them everything they needed to find the grace and truth of His love. His enduring patience and longsuffering was established by the many times He had forgiven them, blessed them, consoled them and protected the nation. His people were destroyed for lack of knowledge because they rejected the word of God.

The world is unchanged from the days of Hosea as most men reject the Bible as the word of God and many within the body of Christ have little or no knowledge of God’s will. One of Satan’s greatest tools is to keep people ignorant. As long as he succeeds in allowing men to worship God as a peripheral image of religion without any knowledge of what the Bible says, the devil has gained a foothold. The Bible is filled with everything man needs to know to gain eternal life. Sixty-six books fill the pages of the final revealed word of God to man and contained within its pages is the mystery of godliness revealed to all men. The power of love, example of sacrifice and provisions of life beyond the grave are declared in splendid tones of grace, mercy and redemption and yet most have little or no knowledge of His word. Churches are filled with empty minds that spend their days filling themselves with the pleasures of the world and wondering why their lives are wrecked and desperate and hopeless. The people of God are being destroyed by a lack of knowledge. Hosea was not writing to unbelievers but believers who refused to learn the will of God. The nation of Israel was destroyed because of ignorance through rebellion and the church today is being hampered in reaching the lost for the lack of knowledge within its ranks. History will not repeat itself. The nation of Israel was destroyed for lack of knowledge. The church cannot be destroyed and will remain until the coming of the Lord but sadly how many lives will be lost because of ignorance. Christianity is a taught religion; not a caught religion. Study to show thyself approved requires study. Knowledge is the power to know the mind of God. Are you learning?

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