This message is not about money. This message is about the Word of God and it is very crucial that people learn how to rightly divide the Word of Truth as to not bring condemnation to souls, and bring life into wounded and broken souls. As I posted in my last blog posting, You are God’s beloved, I mentioned that there is a body and soul and spirit, but God’s perfect design is for the person, body, soul, and spirit to be whole and complete, just like Jesus was when He was on this earth, and just like He is in heaven.
Jesus makes an incredible teaching on the Word that is sown:
Jesus Teaches in Parables
1 That day Jesus went out of the house and was sitting by the sea. 2 And [a]large crowds gathered to Him, so He got into a boat and sat down, and the whole crowd was standing on the beach.
3 And He spoke many things to them in parables, saying, “Behold, the sower went out to sow; 4 and as he sowed, some seeds fell beside the road, and the birds came and ate them up. 5 Others fell on the rocky places, where they did not have much soil; and immediately they sprang up, because they had no depth of soil. 6 But when the sun had risen, they were scorched; and because they had no root, they withered away. 7 Others fell [b]among the thorns, and the thorns came up and choked them out. 8 And others fell on the good soil and *yielded a crop, some a hundredfold, some sixty, and some thirty. 9 He who has ears, [c]let him hear.”
10 And the disciples came and said to Him, “Why do You speak to them in parables?” 11 [d]Jesus answered them, “To you it has been granted to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it has not been granted. 12 For whoever has, to him more shall be given, and he will have an abundance; but whoever does not have, even what he has shall be taken away from him. 13 Therefore I speak to them in parables; because while seeing they do not see, and while hearing they do not hear, nor do they understand. 14 [e]In their case the prophecy of Isaiah is being fulfilled, which says,
‘[f]YOU WILL KEEP ON HEARING, [g]BUT WILL NOT UNDERSTAND;
[h]YOU WILL KEEP ON SEEING, BUT WILL NOT PERCEIVE;
15 FOR THE HEART OF THIS PEOPLE HAS BECOME DULL,
WITH THEIR EARS THEY SCARCELY HEAR,
AND THEY HAVE CLOSED THEIR EYES,
OTHERWISE THEY WOULD SEE WITH THEIR EYES,
HEAR WITH THEIR EARS,
AND UNDERSTAND WITH THEIR HEART AND RETURN,
AND I WOULD HEAL THEM.’
16 But blessed are your eyes, because they see; and your ears, because they hear. 17 For truly I say to you that many prophets and righteous men desired to see what you see, and did not see it, and to hear what you hear, and did not hear it.
The Sower Explained
18 “Hear then the parable of the sower. 19 When anyone hears the [i]word of the kingdom and does not understand it, the evil one comes and snatches away what has been sown in his heart. This is the one on whom seed was sown beside the road. 20 The one on whom seed was sown on the rocky places, this is the man who hears the word and immediately receives it with joy; 21 yet he has no firm root in himself, but is only temporary, and when affliction or persecution arises because of the [j]word, immediately he [k]falls away. 22 And the one on whom seed was sown among the thorns, this is the man who hears the word, and the worry of the [l]world and the deceitfulness of wealth choke the word, and it becomes unfruitful. 23 And the one on whom seed was sown on the good soil, this is the man who hears the word and understands it; who indeed bears fruit and brings forth, some a hundredfold, some sixty, and some thirty.”
When Jesus is revealed through the Scriptures this is what happens:
The Road to Emmaus
13 Now behold, two of them were traveling that same day to a village called Emmaus, which was seven miles[d] from Jerusalem. 14 And they talked together of all these things which had happened. 15 So it was, while they conversed and reasoned, that Jesus Himself drew near and went with them. 16 But their eyes were restrained, so that they did not know Him.
17 And He said to them, “What kind of conversation is this that you have with one another as you walk and are sad?”[e]
18 Then the one whose name was Cleopas answered and said to Him, “Are You the only stranger in Jerusalem, and have You not known the things which happened there in these days?”
19 And He said to them, “What things?”
So they said to Him, “The things concerning Jesus of Nazareth, who was a Prophet mighty in deed and word before God and all the people, 20 and how the chief priests and our rulers delivered Him to be condemned to death, and crucified Him. 21 But we were hoping that it was He who was going to redeem Israel. Indeed, besides all this, today is the third day since these things happened. 22 Yes, and certain women of our company, who arrived at the tomb early, astonished us. 23 When they did not find His body, they came saying that they had also seen a vision of angels who said He was alive. 24 And certain of those who were with us went to the tomb and found it just as the women had said; but Him they did not see.”
25 Then He said to them, “O foolish ones, and slow of heart to believe in all that the prophets have spoken! 26 Ought not the Christ to have suffered these things and to enter into His glory?” 27 And beginning at Moses and all the Prophets, He expounded to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning Himself. (Wouldn’t we all like to be a part of that conversation)
The Disciples’ Eyes Opened
28 Then they drew near to the village where they were going, and He indicated that He would have gone farther. 29 But they constrained Him, saying, “Abide with us, for it is toward evening, and the day is far spent.” And He went in to stay with them.
30 Now it came to pass, as He sat at the table with them, that He took bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to them. 31 Then their eyes were opened and they knew Him; and He vanished from their sight.
32 And they said to one another, “Did not our heart burn within us while He talked with us on the road, and while He opened the Scriptures to us?”
This burning was positive, and it meant that they were greatly moved because before they were depressed, and sulking, and now their hearts burned within them.
Whatever Word you do preach, the same will come back to you in some form, at some time. Whatever you sow you will reap. Remember that the Word is supposed to reveal about Jesus and the character and nature of Him.
So I want to give an example of how not to interpret Scripture, and what not to do to an audience because even though it is the Word of God, people will take it the wrong way, and it is the Truth, but it is established by two or three witnesses. So a question to ask a believer is what is their worst fear? I think for most Christians is that they will be rejected by God forever, so I will just go into those verses right here.
David lists the same concern in Psalm 77
“Have you rejected me forever? Won’t you be kind again?
1 Chronicles 28:9
Solomon, my son, worship God and obey him with all your heart and mind, just as I have done. He knows all your thoughts and your reasons for doing things, and so if you turn to him, he will hear your prayers. But if you ignore him, he will reject you forever.
This particular verse is when David is talking to Solomon and the focus on the verse is on obedience, which is what your supposed to do, but in the light of this translation this is what the verse says.
So how do we reconcile that as a Bible student or preacher?
Can you measure the heavens? Can you explore the depths of the earth? That’s how hard it would be for me to reject Israel forever, even though they have sinned. I, the LORD, have spoken.
So from the New Testament it says:
35 The Father loves the Son and has given him everything. 36 Everyone who has faith in the Son has eternal life. But no one who rejects him will ever share in that life, and God will be angry with them forever.
This is a little bit different than the verse 1 Chronicles. The word here is faith in the Son, and not obedience. We have to remember that a God is a God of hearts and He knows our hearts.
Even though the Bible says
9 The heart is deceitful above all things
and beyond cure.
Who can understand it?
We have to know that the LORD’s response was:
10 “I the LORD search the heart
and examine the mind,
to reward each person according to their conduct,
according to what their deeds deserve.”
We have to keep in mind who is speaking and when they are speaking or we can get things out of context and really cause problems. I myself am still learning about this, but am trying to be more careful when I write. That’s why when people take things out of the Book of Job, I am careful to find out who is exactly speaking because God cautions against the dark counsel of Job’s friends, so we need to learn at their mistakes, and not to take what they said, and apply it as Truth and fact. We have to examine the who, what, when, where, and why of Scripture.
Also we have to examine, like I said in my blog posting Dangers of Preaching out of the Soul, that you have to know what audience you are preaching to.
One thing that we have to know about the LORD and Jesus is that He is loving, joyful, patient, kind, slow to anger, merciful, gentle, meek, possessing goodness, faithful, and He has self-control. Because of this nature and characteristics of His, which we are to become like, we need to carefully consider our words, so as not to hurt others, because whatever hurt we cause will come back to us so we speak words that build up and encourage and exhort. We need to know where people are established in their faith so that we do not become stumbling blocks before them. We don’t want to get in the way of those that are pure in heart and seeking after God, and not willingly participating in sins that it mentions in Galatians 5.
Out of the times that we are in the darkness is definitely getting darker, but the light shouldn’t be getting darker too, it should be getting brighter. So how do we do that, Jesus gave the example in the Road to Emmaus. Speak life, not death. Speaking life causes life.