How does the Lord show mercy to those who prefer human wisdom to God's authoritative Word? Isaiah 30 prepares us for the first serial reading in public worship on the Lord's Day. In these thirty-three verses of Holy Scripture, the Holy Spirit teaches us that if men prefer their own wisdom to God's Word, it is a mercy when God visits their plans with devastating failure.
Pastor Crawford delivers Part 5 of "Faithfulness and Apostacy."
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We discuss the wisdom in sparing our words. Not neglecting the duty to speak the truth, but being sure that we have studied a matter and are truly qualified and fit to speak on matters before doing so.
Also Reference: Proverbs 18:13
One of the most interesting characters in the first section of the Bible know as the Law is Balaam. He is a prophet of God who on his way to try and curse the children of Israel enroute to Canaan had an actual conversation with his donkey! This was God's supernatural intervention to press upon Balaam his absolute need to speak over the Hebrews only the words he would put in his mouth. (Numbers 22-24) Even after Balaams blessing not cursing the people he found a way to get the money from Balak by advising him how to lure the men of Israel into idolatry by using the women of Moab. Numbers 25:1-3.
Behold, these, on Balaam's advice, caused the people of Israel to act treacherously against the Lord in the incident of Peor, and so the plague came among the congregation of the Lord.
2 Peter 2:15-16
Forsaking the right way, they have gone astray. They have followed the way of Balaam, the son of Beor, who loved gain from wrongdoing, but was rebuked for his own transgression; a speechless donkey spoke with human voice and restrained the prophet's madness.
But I have a few things against you: you have some there who hold the teaching of Balaam, who taught Balak to put a stumbling block before the sons of Israel, so that they might eat food sacrificed to idols and practice sexual immorality.
Matt. 16:26 Jesus words
For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul?
To gain mental health we must become a lover of the truth. A casual aquaintance with truth will not save us. The good news is we have the great consolation that truth is not abstract; rather, Truth is a Person, Jesus Christ. He is the embodiment of Truth as revealed in Scripture. Yet, we also have to be discerning for Satan is an angel of light and his lies pervade most pulpits in America. This lesson is an introduction to the many lies we hear from preachers so that we can exercise discernment and avoid falling into these deadly teachings.
What is the danger of innovative theology? 2Timothy 2:17–19 looks forward to the second serial reading of in morning public worship on the coming Lord's Day. In these three verses of Holy Scripture, the Holy Spirit teaches us that the danger of innovative theology is ending up straying from Christ ourselves and leading others to Hell with us. A true teacher will exalt the name of Christ not himself, teaching truth from Christ not himself, gaining followers for Christ not himself.