Thursday, April 16, 2015

THE FAMINE HAS BEGUN

POINT OF DISCUSSION:

Was the Bible written for all people of all time, or was it written for God's people?

I think the answer to this question will drive much of the debate in the social arena of today.

What do YOU think?

I asked that simple question a few days ago, and I want to share what I've learned from the answers given. Some of the answers, to be sure, follow from the comment above it, not necessarily relating specifically to the original question as posed.

Here are some of the responses:
  • If it wasn't written for all people of all time, then why bother?
  • I guess another question from me if not for all people of all time, would be, at what point are we relieved of responsibility to "go into the nations" or whatever it says. Who is and is not "God's people" (understanding that those who are not followers of Jesus usually aren't interested in what the Bible has to say anyway).If these are the end times (which I'm not sure what that means either), it's stated that there will be a "great falling away" which is what we're seeing today.I'm just hoping for another great revival like we've heard about in the past.
  • "To Jerusalem, to Judea and Samaria and even unto the ends of the earth." -- Acts 1:8. Pretty obvious, isn't it?
  • Duh...
  • The Bible, God's Word, is discerned or understood by those who are 'spiritually minded'. 1 Corinthians 2:14 states that the natural man cannot understand the things of God. The Bible does not do much for the natural man other than offering up a great literary work. I would contend it was written for God's people throughout time.
  • unknown, especially since the Bible has suffered canonization, translation, re-interpretation, confiscations, and what not.
  • Jesus is for all nations, as He has purchased them all! It is what it is; The Word of God, open to all.
  • All are God's people.
  • It was written for "ME"; now how about you?
  • Yes but the person who has a relationship with Jesus does have a better understanding because of the Holy Spirit in us....
  • We are all Gods people tho but that doesn't mean all Gods people will read the Word,
  • Dear all. The word dwells in us and is written in our hearts and is the very fabric of our being.
  • I think all people are God's people. Unfortunately, there are too many of them that don't realize it.
There is no question I was trying to ignite a discussion, but I had no idea the turn it would take.

I thought I had asked a simple, albeit general, question. From the responses, I can see such was not the case.

I have gleaned numerous lessons from this little exercise.
  1. I am not as intelligent as I have led myself to believe.
  2. I am not able to communicate clearly to a wide and diverse audience.
  3. Many people carry a soapbox around with them, and at just the mention of a particular word, they are ready, willing and able to jump on that soapbox.
That's it for the sarcastic side.

There is, however, one, clear, important, and obvious fact that stood out for me--
there is a famine of the Word among God's people (Amos 8:11).
My wife and I were discussing this aspect of my post and the comments when I received the following private message from a reader:
"...very few resorted to scripture to answer. It verifies your post a few days ago about illiteracy regarding scripture in our day."
 We are in the midst of a terrible time. Some are saying it will get worse before it gets any better. There are times when I half believe that.

This is one of those times.

We have more churches than gas stations, and yet there is no fuel for the people of God.
We have more churches than restaurants, and yet there is no food for the people of God.
We have more Bibles than people, and yet there is a famine of hearing the word of the Lord.

Others are feeling this same thing, and are calling for believers to return to reading the Bible.

A subtle lie has taken hold of the psyche of many--"I've read the Bible all my life. I know what it says." This has had the net effect of taking away any desire to be in the Word.

The lack of being in the Word, and the failure to speak the Word, has led to our current situation where few seek the Word of the Lord.

We have--myself included--allowed those who hate the Word to shout loud enough and long enough so that we try to maintain peace by not speaking the Word.

We lose.
They win.
Momentarily.

A time is coming, and it is soon upon us, when
"...ten men shall take hold out of all languages of the nations, even shall take hold of the skirt of him that is a Jew, saying, We will go with you: for we have heard [that] God [is] with you" (Zech 8:23).
That verse of prophecy reveals how great the disparity will be between those who have heard the Word of the Lord and those who finally realize their need for it.

Are you willing to be used of the Lord to feed a hungry people?

Then you must be one of those who has an ear for the word of the Lord (! Sam. 3:1-10).

You must become one who spends time reading, studying, meditating on, and sharing the Word of God.

Will you? Now?


NOTE: If you are one for whom this rings true, and you want ignite the fire of God in your belly once again, then may I suggest you get my book "How to Study the Bible."
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3 comments:

  1. Dale, thanks for sharing this. I think this article ( http://www.facebook.com/l.php?u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.charismamag.com%2Fblogs%2Ffire-in-my-bones&h=3AQFEjmNR ) provides some light at to why so many are ignorant of what is contained in scripture. I respect the author but was totally surprised what he wrote.

    Blessings.

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  2. I guess you will have to copy and paste the link or I will just share it with you on FB.

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