Thursday, November 4, 2010

Have We?

                In Psalm 145:3-7 quoted below, (v 4) brings to mind the Book of Jonah, and the city of Nineveh.  We see in Jonah that the whole city of Nineveh was saved from destruction because they called upon the name of the Lord.  Yet, if we continue in our Bible, we find that the city years later was destroyed.  Why was it that they accepted God, and then were finally destroyed?

Psalms 145:4  One generation shall praise thy works to another, and shall declare thy mighty acts.

Nineveh failed to pass on their personal Salvation to their heirs.  They failed to “declare thy mighty acts.” 
              We as Christians are instructed to continue the cycle by declaring God to all: our siblings, and our children.  We are to share our Salvation with all.  We as Christians are to teach others about what we have received.

Matthew 28:19-20  Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:  (20)  Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.

How do we to know “to teach” what has been given us if we haven’t studied our Bible?  How do we know “what to teach” (concerning what has been given us) if we are not in Church, and under the Word of God?
              Can I be presumptuous and tell you that you cannot teach what you do not know.  Would you hire a high school dropout to teach Math or Chemistry to your children?  Where then can we justify in our hearts that we are capable of leading our children without an understanding of God?
              I suppose as we look at our community, our state, our nation, that we are becoming a Nineveh, a nation that is heading for total destruction.   Have we gotten ourselves to the point where we (as individuals) doubt our own Salvation to the point of not willingly passing it on?  Are we certain, (without doubt) that Heaven will be our Home?  If so, why have we failed in the instilling of God into our children’s hearts?
              In Isaiah, we are told we are as “filthy rags” and that our iniquities have taken us away from God. 

Isaiah 64:6  But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away.

Are our sins keeping us from the ability to teach our heirs?  If we surmise this is true, then we must determine to get back into God’s will.  We must get under His Word and learn, and then teach our children and grandchildren.  Have we done our job?                                                                                    

Bro. John R. E Chastain

Psalms 145:3-7  Great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised; and his greatness is unsearchable.  (4)  One generation shall praise thy works to another, and shall declare thy mighty acts.  (5)  I will speak of the glorious honour of thy majesty, and of thy wondrous works.  (6)  And men shall speak of the might of thy terrible acts: and I will declare thy greatness.  (7)  They shall abundantly utter the memory of thy great goodness, and shall sing of thy righteousness.

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