Mark 4:3 & 26 – Hearken; Behold, there went out a sower to sow: & So is the kingdom of God, as if a man should cast seed into the ground;
Today I begin with a statement I have shared in the past. Every word in the Bible is truly recorded, but not every word is true. I shared with you examples of lies that men have told being recorded in Scripture, or statements men have made because they were deceived. These statements are accurately recorded in Scripture, and true study of these elements reveal how and why men were led to make such statements. They either deliberately lied to deceive, or they made erroneous statements because they were deceived, usually by someone they trusted. And the purpose of these inclusions in Scripture is to reveal the light of truth to help us, the church, to not fall prey to lies and deception. Isaiah speaks of judging “righteous judgment.” To live up to that standard, we must be people who “study to show ourselves approved unto God, workmen that need not be ashamed, rightly dividing the Word of truth.” Our purpose for in-depth study of the Scriptures is not to win an argument, nor would it be to pass an exam in seminary, nor to meet the approval of men. Our true purpose for in-depth study of the Scriptures is to “approves ourselves unto God.”
It is to that end that I am writing this series of Second Milers. When we read the book of Job, we must do with an attention to detail, especially WHO was speaking TO WHOM. Over the centuries, much so-called doctrine has been developed out of failure to do this simple thing. Time and space in this daily publication simply does not offer the capacity to address even half of the incidents in Scripture where erroneous statements have been recorded, from which well-meaning ministers have developed false doctrine, and in so doing, being deceived themselves, have deceived many in the body of Christ. My friend, these things ought not to be. And while ministers will receive a stronger judgment when we stand before the Lord, every believer is still responsible for his/her own reading, study, and rightly dividing of the Word.
The unfolding of the book of Job is an accurate picture of the church of the last days, especially that of the American church. In the history of America is clearly revealed the greatest missionary civilization of any nation of history. The United States is responsible for more evangelization and missionary work than perhaps all other nations of the world, especially in 19th and 20th centuries, and the 21st century until now. Just as Job was likely the richest man of his time, potentially having one of the greatest legacies one man could leave, so the United states has the potential of leaving the greatest Christian legacy of missionary work and evangelism the world will ever know. More to come.
Manna for Today – Mark 4; Genesis 3:7 & 21; Hebrews 9:22; Psalm 91; Isaiah 54:17; Ephesians 2:10; Deuteronomy 28:1-14; Matthew 24; Luke 17:26; Genesis 6:11; Job