and, behold, a certain lawyer stood up, and tempted Him, saying, Master, what shall I do to inherit eternal life? (Lk. 10:25).
In the Israel of Jesus’ day, a lawyer was one who devoted himself to the study of the Law of Moses. This lawyer meant to test Christ’s knowledge of the Law. Eternal life is man’s greatest interest; no more tremendous question could be asked than that of this Verse.
In His reply, the Lord immediately points to the Bible as an infallible authority. In the lawyer’s answer, which, incidentally, was correct, is revealed a clear knowledge of God and of Truth which men in Israel possessed at that time, or at least could possess, if they so desired. It was knowledge immeasurably in advance of that of other parts of the world.
Greece, with its pagan poets and philosophers, claimed great knowledge; they had, however, no knowledge of the things that really counted.
Sadly, the lawyer, though he answered correctly, did not evidence faith correctly, because he was self-righteous. He was determined to win Heaven by religious self-efforts.
At a point in his Ministry, Spurgeon was criticized for not speaking enough about science, etc. His answer to the accusation was revealing. When he took the pulpit on the Sunday morning in question, he laid his Bible on the podium, and then said:
“There is a woman in this audience who recently lost a child. To know where that child presently is, she cannot go to science. She must go to the Bible.”
The great Preacher was, in essence, saying that the answers that really matter are found only in the Word of God. No person truly can be said to be educated, no matter how many university degrees they might hold, unless they are properly educated in the Word of God.
This is one of the reasons that many of the modern translations, so-called, of the Bible (which are really mere paraphrases) are so dangerous. Jesus didn’t say, “Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every thought …,” but rather, “Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every Word that proceeds out of the Mouth of God” (Mat. 4:4).
In the Christian life, the daily study of the Word of God (but make certain that it actually is the Word of God that you are studying) must have first place. All other duties must give way to it.
God Has No Limits
Read 2 Chronicles 23:1 through 26:8
Published: Jun 27, 2017
All the different things a smartphone can do make it an amazing device. Yet even with all the helpful apps and features, there are still people who ignore these perks and choose to use their cell phones only to make calls.
Christians can do a similar thing with God. Forgetting all the amazing power that God truly has, they only turn to God to give them what they need at the moment.
Instead of trusting that God could lead the nation of Judah to victory, King Amaziah hired soldiers from his northern neighbor Israel for a fairly large sum of money. The Lord sent a prophet to command the king to send these hired soldiers back home.
Amaziah asked the man of God, “But what about the hundred talents I paid for these Israelite troops?” The man of God replied, “The Lord can give you much more than that” (2 Chronicles 25:9).
Amaziah seemed more concerned about losing the money he paid than he was about pleasing God. The prophet had to remind him that God could provide resources and power far beyond money.
Thought for Today: Remember that with God all things are possible.
Quicklook: 2 Chronicles 25:1–9
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