Hearers – Plus!
By Chris Josephson
This entire edition of Bible Light On the News is dedicated to ways of helping the needs of the people and land of Israel. Not only for their cause, however, but also that you not miss being a part of what God is doing in our day. The choice you make of the opportunities given will either be of great blessing or a regretful curse. “I WILL bless them that bless thee and curse him that curseth thee” (Gen. 12:3).
When bringing gifts to Jerusalem from believers in the congregations he had planted among the nations, the great Apostle Paul told why: “For if the Gentiles have been made partakers of their spiritual tings, their duty is also to minister unto them in material things” (Romans 15:27). It was of such importance to him that he called it a seal to them of fruit (v. 28).
Hearing, Learning – and then What?
Have you noticed we are running on a worldwide information highway?
Daniel had insight to our day when he was told, “many shall run to and fro and knowledge shall be increased” (Dan. 12:4). It almost seems like an understatement for the NOW DAYS.
Many other ministries are also giving information and knowledge concerning Israel. This is a BIG need, especially in light of the blatant MIS-information (read “lies”) the regular media is belching out. But our concern, also, is that many believers are chasing after this and that speaker to hear what he/she has to say about prophecy – and that’s all they get done! These teachers are usually very knowledgeable and intriguing. My own thirst for knowledge of “what’s going to happen now” has helped fill the margin of my Bible, especially in the book of Daniel, with mathematical errors! Experience has made me cautious of any who say emphatically, “This will happen, then this, then this….” Prophecy is NOT always written in chronological order and it also many times has a double fulfillment.
But one thing is very clear: we must WALK in light we have been given, and it is very obvious our generation is being greatly enlightened. So the purpose of this present edition of the Bible Light On the News is to bring our attention to the responsibility of DOING something about what we learn, and WALK in the light while it is day. A night may yet come when we can’t! It is a proven psychological fact that when we learn but DO NOTHING, we become callused in heart and dull of hearing. I have noticed that some just go on as though they had NEVER heard and forget all about what they have learned. Or else spend their time arguing with someone who disagrees with them! How much of this will be spotlighted in the judgment and what will the outcome be? Will we hear Him say, “Depart! I don’t know you!”?
We are not trying to put guilt on any believer who is in a low income bracket, such as living on a Social Security check, but there are many who have great abundance, are in the middle of the information highway, but spend 99% of what they have on themselves, or in helping someone talk, talk, talk. It seems to us there are too many words and not enough deeds. To these we remind that the call of the shofar is sounding to awaken and to become “not a hearer only, deceiving your ownself, but a doer of the Word.” Please read all of James 1:22-27 (also chapter 3!). Let’s put our life where our mouth is and quit just sitting and waiting for the prophecy show to start. -