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Thursday, January 26, 2017

The Word is Profitable for Instruction

I would like to suggest that some of us don't like to be instructed, one reason might be that the one instructing us is a hypocrite and doesn't practice his own instruction and thus causes us or has caused us to resent instruction.  Then could I say, rebellion rises up in our hearts and has caused us to hate instruction?  The definition of rebellion is: defiance, disobedience, insubordination subversion, resistance, to rise up in arms against the government etc.

Do I dare say that all of us at one time or another have been rebellious, maybe as a teenager and maybe it is come over into our adult life.  Maybe we think we know more than the person giving instruction, or maybe we  just don't like the instruction.  Could it be that it's just a little bit of rebellion, or maybe a full fledge rebellion.  Maybe instruction makes us uncomfortable because we are set in our ways and don't want to change.  What if?  It had to do with our eternal destiny? What if? It was a matter of life or death, then could we possibly admit that instruction might be a good thing?  What about Biblical instruction?  Let's see what that might be.

Deuteronomy 4:10  "Specially the day that thou stood before the Lord thy God in Horeb, when the Lord said unto me, Gather Me the people together, and I will make them hear My words, that they may learn to fear (reverence) Me all the days that they shall live upon the earth, and that they may teach their children."

Deuteronomy 11:19  "And you shall teach them to your children, speaking of them when you are sitting in thine house, and when you are walking by the way, when you are lying down, and when you rise up."

2 Chronicles 17:9  "And they taught in Judah, and had the book of the law of the Lord with them, and went about throughout all the cities of Judah, and taught the people."

Nehemiah 8:13  "And on the second day were gathered together the chief of the fathers of all the people, the priests, and the Levites, unto Ezra the scribe, even to understand the words of the law."

Isaiah 2:3  "And many people shall go and say, Come ye, and let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the house of the God of Jacob, and He will teach us of His ways, and we will walk in His paths: for out of Zion shall go forth the law, and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem."

Instruction for the youth.
Psalm 71:17  "O God, Thou hast taught me from my youth: and hitherto have I declared thy wondrous works."

Instruction foretold.
John 6:45  "It is written in the prophets, And they shall be all taught of God.  Every man therefore that hath heard, and hath learned of the Father, cometh unto Me."

Christ the great teacher.
Ephesians 4:21  "If so be that ye have heard Him, and have been taught by Him, as the truth is in Jesus."

Can you let go of anything that might interfere with the instruction that the Bible has for us, so that our path will be lightened and we can follow on to know Him better and be open to His instruction?
I surely hope so.  These lessons are really helping me as I search them out.  I am really blessed to be able to do this and I pray that you will be blessed too.  Grandma Joan

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