WARNINGS

  This article in the Gainesville Times caught my interest.  It was written by Jennifer Peltz of the Associated  Press and entitled, “What does it take to get people to flee a storm?   She wrote, “Despite days of dire forecasts and explicit warnings, hundreds of thousands of people in New York and New Jersey ignored mandatory evacuation orders as Super-storm Sandy closed in. Now, after scores of deaths and harrowing escapes, emergency officials will look at what more can be done to persuade residents to get out when their lives are in danger…We know of the stern warnings, scary ads, and laws that threaten fines or jail time.  And yet people refuse to leave, and some come to regret it – that is, if they survive.”

  As, I read this article, I thought about God and how He has warned mankind repeatedly.  It started back in the very beginning with Adam and Eve. God told them that they were not to eat of the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil and if they did, they would surely die.  The warning was given but not heeded, they ate and suffered the consequences.  Their disobedience brought sin into the world and we are suffering from it.  God’s chosen people, Israel, were told clearly to trust God or they would suffer the consequences of their disobedience.  All who left Egypt died in the wilderness, except those 20 years of age and younger and (Joshua and Caleb).  They never entered into the Promised land because of unfaithfulness.   In reference to Israel’s failure, the Hebrew writer wrote, “Let us, therefore, make every effort to enter that rest (Promised Land), so that no one will fall by following their example of disobedience.” Hebrews 4:11   Jesus said, “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.”  Matthew 7:21   Paul writes in Romans 1:20, “For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities-his eternal power and divine nature-have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse.”  God makes it even clearer through the pages of His holy book, the Bible.

  There are two Biblical books which speak primarily of apostasy, deserting the faith, falling away: those are the books of Hebrews and Jude.  God urges His people to pay attention.  Hebrews 2:1-3 “We must pay more careful attention, therefore, to what we have heard, so that we do not drift away.  For if the message spoken by angels was binding, and every violation and disobedience received its just punishment, how shall we escape if we ignore such a great salvation?”   The author is writing to Christians, because you cannot fall away or ignore something that you do not possess.   God urges us to hold firmly to the faith we profess.

  In the book of Jude, the Christians are urge to contend for the faith that was once for all entrusted to the saints.  The faith was in peril.  Jude is the only book in the Bible devoted entirely to the apostasy, falling away. There were those within the church whose conduct and teaching was a threat and a menace to the Christian faith.  In view of this situation the need was not so much to expound the faith as to rally Christians in defence of the faith.

  The Christian life is a battleground not a playground.  Build yourself up in the faith, edify yourself in the Word.
2 Peter 3:18  “But you,  friends, are well warned.  Be on guard lest you lose your footing and get swept off your feet by these lawless and loose talking teachers.  Grow in grace and understanding of our Master and Savior, Jesus Christ.”  (The Message)

One Response to “WARNINGS”

  1. Like our Revelation Bible study has stated, it is amazing how people will time after time refuse to repent when God sends warnings (kind of like the people being warned of the dangers of a “Sandy” and yet refusing to seek safer shelter.) Their hearts just grow harder and harder. We are so wrapped up in our disobedience and so convinced that we know what is best. We need to proclaim the truth, but in love.

    I am so glad that you and Joann are attending the study. I look forward to seeing you every day.

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