"If you look for Me wholeheartedly,
you will find Me."
Regardless of what any church leader, pastor, or anyone else says... your final authority should be:
"What does the Bible say?"
Paul taught that some things he was teaching are hard to understand, "which ignorant and unstable people distort, as they do the other Scriptures, to their own destruction." 2 Pet 3:16
The Apostle Paul also warned that in the last days, not every minister would be teaching the truth of God's Word. "For a time is coming when people will no longer listen to sound and wholesome teaching. They will follow their own desires and will look for teachers who will tell them whatever their itching ears want to hear. They will reject the truth and chase after myths." 2 Tim 4:3-4
"I tell you this so that no one may deceive you by fine-sounding arguments." Col 2:4
"The LORD of Heaven’s Armies is here among us;
the God of Israel is our fortress."
- Psalm 46:7
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DAY 228 IN THE APP
aug 16, 2022
BREAD CRUMBS COMMENTARY FOR TODAYS READING
with Pastor Sylvia Laughlin (16-Minutes)
TODAYS BIBLE READING:
Ezekiel 3:16-4:17; Jeremiah 27:1-28:17; Jeremiah 51:59-64
Reading Time: 15-20 Minutes
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I Stand in Awe
THIS WEEKS MEMORY VERSE
...If God is for us, who can be against us? ~Romans 8:31
Though social media has allowed information to be disseminated at a more rapid pace than ever before, it has also drastically and negatively changed the nature of social interaction, perhaps forever. Though many claim to have many "friends" on various platforms, these individuals often don't even actually know one another. Social media often blurts out statements and opinions by an individual or group to a faceless audience. It cares more about the writer's opinion than the "friends" that are the recipients of the message. Social media has led to more and more social isolation. In the past it was not uncommon to see a group of individuals sitting around a dinner table, not interacting with one another, each on their own device preoccupied with other individuals. In essence, that lets everyone at the table know that those on their device are more interesting than those actually sitting next to them. Humans were intended to be social creatures, not isolationists. The people of God were always told to immerse themselves into their communities, before speaking forth God's message, with rare exceptions (ex. Jonah in Ninevah).
The prophet Ezekiel took in God's message. As we read in Ezekiel 2:10, this message was full of "lamentations and mourning and woe". Notice how he approached his target audience in 3:15, "Then I came to the captives at Tel Abib, who dwelt by the River Chebar; and I sat where they sat, and remained there astonished among them seven days." It was only after this period of getting to know them, that we read in 3:16-17, "Now it came to pass at the end of seven days that the word of the Lord came to me, saying, "Son of man, I have made you a watchman for the house of Israel; therefore hear a word from My mouth, and give them warning from Me:". He was to embark in a relationship, and God's words took precedence over his own. As Paul did his missionary work, he often set aside a period of time as a tentmaker, before reaching out to his audience. He would get to know them first. Paul adjusted his style depending on his audience, as we read in 1 Corinthians 9:19-23, that he varied his approach whether conversing with Jews or Greeks, and he concludes with, "...I have become all things to all men, that I might, by all means, save some." Though he adjusted his words, he would never compromise God's word as revealed in the gospel.
We, the messengers of God, are meant to be among people, to weep with them, rejoice with them, etc. In this relationship, we get to understand their pain, their confusion, and their concerns and through listening, we understand better how to relate with them. We are reminded in James 1:19, "...let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath;". Though God gave us two ears and two eyes and only one mouth, it seems like all too often we use the mouth before taking in what the ears and eyes are trying to tell us. Just because society has vastly changed, God has not. God's message is His message and it should never be toyed with, compromised, softened, etc. to make it more palatable. But unless we spend a little time getting to know others it often will not be received. Faceless messages to faceless audiences are just not as effective as actual faces. So, like Ezekiel, the first thing we need to do is to immerse ourselves, to abide in, the word of God, in order to understand God's message. Then we need to socialize with others and get to know them. Then we need to step out in the mission fields that are now established and uncompromisingly convey God's message of truth and hope in the person of Jesus Christ to a world that largely remains ignorant about Him.
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