Being mistaken can bring about many consequences. It may be feelings: from embarrassment to devastating heartache. Or, it could also bring about loss or death. When the Pharisees questioned Jesus looking for a reason to accuse Him, that is how He responded to their inquiry – “You are mistaken”. And he told them why, “not understanding the Scriptures nor the power of God.” (Matthew 22:29) The Pharisees didn’t understand the Scripture when they studied it so carefully? Jesus expounds upon that thought when Mark records his account of this encounter:
6 And He said to them, “Rightly did Isaiah prophesy of you hypocrites, as it is written:
‘THIS PEOPLE HONORS ME WITH THEIR LIPS,
BUT THEIR HEART IS FAR AWAY FROM ME.
7‘BUT IN VAIN DO THEY WORSHIP ME,
TEACHING AS DOCTRINES THE PRECEPTS OF MEN.’
8“Neglecting the commandment of God, you hold to the tradition of men.”
What do we follow? Do we follow the Scriptures or the precepts of men? Do we neglect the commandment of God and yet hold to the tradition of men? How do you know the difference? You won’t know the commandment of God if you do not read it for yourself. How important is it? Is it a once a week matter to be handled by your pastor or something to be searched out daily, personally? The Berean Jews were commended for being “more noble minded than those in Thessalonica”, why? (As a note, Dictionary.com list synonyms of noble-minded as worthy and righteous.)
Now these were more noble-minded than those in Thessalonica, for they received the word with great eagerness, examining the Scriptures daily to see whether these things were so. Acts 17:11 (bolding mine…)
Why ask? The times we are experiencing are unlike any in history. We have never been so connected as a world of people as we are today. We have never had greater pressure to become one people. Does the Bible say anything about that? It is very important we know. One of the most sobering verses in my life at this time is Hosea 6:4
My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge. Because you have rejected knowledge, I also will reject you from being My priest. Since you have forgotten the law of your God, I also will forget your children.
The second thing Jesus mentions is the power of God. This too caused me to question. I am searching out answers and want to report back. But for today, would you reread these Scriptures from above. It burns within me to call to all and say EXAMINE THE SCRIPTURES DAILY. I fear our time to gain knowledge is coming to a close… And the last sentence in Hosea 6:4 states, “you have forgotten the law of your God, I also will forget your children.” (bolding mine…) It gives me chills. What does it do to you? Are you mistaken?
Burning Within Me,