"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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May 17, 2022
BREAD CRUMBS COMMENTARY FOR TODAYS READING
with Pastor Jed Robyn (5-Minutes)
TODAYS BIBLE READING:
Ps 50, 73-74
Reading Time: 15-20 Minutes
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THIS WEEKS MEMORY VERSE
Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God. ~Philippians 4:6
The lawless are running rampant in the streets. We tend to forget that God sees only two groups: those in Him and those not in Him. We miss this when we are in the flesh.
Though there is nothing wrong with wanting the evil to stop, we should be consumed with seeking Him and helping others seek Him, rather than seeking earthly justice.
These feelings are not unique to us or this period of time. We see the frustration in Psalm 73, as we read in 73:2-3, 5,7-9,11-12, "But as for me, my feet had almost stumbled; My steps had nearly slipped. For I was envious of the boastful When I saw the prosperity of the wicked...They are not in trouble as other men, Nor are they plagued like other men...Their eyes bulge with abundance; They have more than hearts could wish. They scoff and speak wickedly concerning oppression; They speak loftily. They set their mouth against the heavens, And their tongue walks through the earth...And they say, "How does God know? And is there knowledge in the Most High?" But these are the ungodly, Who are always at ease; They increase in riches." We can all empathize with what the writer of this Psalm was experiencing. The turning point of this Psalm comes in 73:16-17, "When I thought how to understand this, It was too painful for me - Until I went into the sanctuary of God; Then I understood their end. Though the earthly reality had not changed, spending time with God completely changed his perspective, as we read in 73:25-28, "Whom have I in heaven but You? And there is none upon the earth that I desire besides You. My flesh and my heart fail; But God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever....For indeed, those who are far from You shall perish; You have destroyed all those who desert You for harlotry. But it is good for me to draw near to God; I have put my trust in the Lord God, That I may declare all Your works."
In Luke 16, Jesus drew back the curtains for us into eternity and showed us the reality of the Rich Man and Lazarus. He gave a glimpse of eternal justice. Our problem is that we tend to focus our eyes on the temporal rather than the eternal. If we fast forward our lives a number of decades from now, all of our temporal difficulties will be over and eternity will be upon us, both for the ungodly and the unrighteous and for the children of God. We should be forever grateful that God is both just and loving. For though we deserve justice, in His love He provided a way for us to be recipients of His grace and mercy. Those who are running wild now, continually scheming, and seemingly getting away with murder will be served justice unless they come into a relationship with Jesus Christ before it is too late. We need to not forget, that for those who are in Christ, we are citizens of heaven, but only ambassadors on earth. If we are glued to the media and have forgotten this and getting angrier by the day, we need to do what this Psalmist did. We need to go to the sanctuary and spend time with God. We need His perspective not that of some media outlet. We need His heart. May we the people of God, not forget who we are in these times of chaos.
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