Topic: Sacred Word [Tuesday May 23, 2017]
Text: Isaiah 28:9-17
Key Verse: “Whom shall he teach knowledge? and whom shall he make to understand doctrine? them that are weaned from the milk, and drawn from the breasts” (Isaiah 28:9).
That you do not value what you have until you lose it is an axiom that has continued to play out in everyday life. Cousin to this truth is the fact that familiarity breeds contempt. It is just human nature. Down through the ages, so many people have lost great opportunities and privileges as a result of this attitude. Israel presents a pathetic case study in this matter.
They got so used to divine counsel to the point of contempt. Prophet Isaiah, in today’s text, outlines the extent the Lord went to teach them “precept upon precept” and “line upon line” (as infants are taught). But they remained unteachable and made light of God’s word. They heard the Word, but made sure it had no effect on them. They were unwilling to amend. Instead, they mocked and made jest of God’s word.
Even their rulers became scornful of their ministers’ teachings. God was not happy with their attitude. They incurred divine reproof and judgment. As they were unwilling to learn the plain teaching of His word, the Lord declared that they would be forced to learn in a foreign language (an allusion to their prospect of going into exile). Like the Israelites, most of us have the privilege of hearing God’s word and having grace in abundance, including sound and faithful ministers, rich Christian materials and edifying Christian fellowship.
We also stand the chance of getting too familiar with sacred things as to making light of God’s word. Such tendency must be resisted vehemently. It is a sure way to misery and damnation. Therefore, it should be your resolve to always apply your mind to learning and carrying out God’s word.
Thought for the day: God’s Grace comes to us on “use or lose” term.
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DCLM Daily Manna was written by Pastor William Folorunso Kumuyi; is the founder and General Superintendent of the Deeper Life Bible Church situated at KM 42 on the busy Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, Nigeria.