Week three day 6
Where there is no word from God, people are uncontrolled. But those who obey what they have been taught are happy. (ICB)
This wonderful rendering of the Hebrew language is from the International Children’s Bible. This was written in a time when God spoke directly through prophets, the king (In this case Solomon) and people were beginning to rely on the priests to expose them to God’s will through the law; that is the book of Moses.
We do not lack a word from God today. All of the religious mouthpieces who claim to have special insight are stepping outside of Biblical Christianity. Whether for power or profit does not matter it is an unrighteous act to claim any “extra-biblical” authority for you own personal agenda. If we are led by the Spirit, then we are necessarily led into “all truth” as far as I can understand, that is the Word of God.
But all of this begs the question: Have we been taught? So many of us were trained up to become what I call institutional Christians. We have a blueprint on how to become good church men and women. John Wesley’s sermon on entitled “Almost a Christian” refers powerfully to this idea. So, I ask you, are you following Christ, the Christ presented throughout scripture, the Christ who is at once gentle and kind, loving and compassionate, and at others fierce, and powerful, commanding and dare I say it demanding?
Once again I plead with the reader to engage the whole counsel of the Word of God, found only in one place. The Bible.