We have an account in the Bible of many of Jesus’ disciples rejecting His teachings and walking away from Him, claiming that what He had told them was unacceptable. Why would they do that? Some people today do the same thing...and the same question remains. We’re going to examine this and try to find some answers in today’s GOD’S EVERLASTING WORD podcast: “Why They Go Back.”
In Luke 23, verses 33 and 34, we read, "And where they were come to the place, which is called Calvary, there they crucified him, and the malefactors, one on the right hand, and the other on the left. Then said Jesus, Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do. " I used this particular passage to call attention something that we should understand and appreciate...and that is our need of forgiveness.
In Acts chapter 8, verses 26-39, we have the story of a man from Ethiopia, who had been to Jerusalem to worship God, and, as he was returning home, was reading from the scriptures. That’s when Philip came up to him and asked him, “Understandeth thou what thou readest?” You know, to read the Bible is important...but to understand what we read is more important -- which is also the topic of today’s episode.
In Psalm 119, the psalmist wrote, "I thought..." And in like manner, we should do the same; but, we need to be sure that our thinking is right, so that our thoughts coincide with God's will.
Far too often preachers hear the question, "Preacher, do I have to do it?" Well, there are some things that we DO have to...and there are things that we DON'T have to do. What does the Bible say?