DYING FOR LACK OF KNOWLEDGE

Sir Godfrey Gregg D.Div

The LORD’s anger burned against Uzzah, and he struck him down because he had put his hand on the ark. So he died there before God (1 Chronicles 13:10).

A business friend of mine confessed that he did not like to read. He found it a difficult discipline. I replied “If you do not commit yourself to knowing what is in God’s Word and following it, you will fail to know and experience God. God’s Word is life to our souls. It provides knowledge that leads to life.” The prophet Hosea tells us “My people are destroyed from lack of knowledge. Because you have rejected knowledge, I also reject you as my priests; because you have ignored the law of your God, I also will ignore your children (Hosea 4:6).

God has given us His Word that has specific laws and principles that must be followed if we expect the blessing of God. King David forgot to follow one of those laws related to the ark. “But they must not touch the holy things or they will die” (Numbers 4:15). When they were transporting the ark Uzzah innocently reached to steady the ark but was immediately stricken dead when his hands touched the ark of God. Did David know this law or did he simply forget? Did Uzzah know this law? If so, did he really believe it? David thought it was OK to carry the ark the way Uzzah did. A man lost his life for his presumption.

There is a burning desire for people to get into a pulpit and minister the word. You may have a good intention, but if it is not God’s will I urge you to stay away and live a normal Christian life. I think the whole aspect is “I can do a better job than the other person syndrome.” Or, is it the prestige one wants to be a minister with accolade and titles dressing a certain way? Truly there is a lack of knowledge of what serving the Lord is and what His word says.

Many business people I know take God’s Word lightly. They believe they can violate His Word without consequence. This is not true. The Lord stands by to uphold His Word. It can be life, or it can bring death. When God provides instructions we need to follow them. This does not go for the businessman, but every individual that names the Name of Christ. I think men see the church as a business for making money to enrich their pockets.

Knowing this about God brings a healthy fear of the Lord. “David was afraid of God that day and asked, “How can I ever bring the ark of God to me?” (1Chronicles 13:12). We must all have a fearful respect for the Word of God. For truly, it is life or death.

Do you take God’s Word seriously? Is it life or death for you? Do you feed on His Word daily so that you might know Him and know His precepts? Feed upon this knowledge and be blessed of God.

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MY SPIRIT LONGS FOR THEE

Sir Godfrey Gregg D.Div

“That as sin hath reigned unto death, even so, might grace reign through righteousness unto eternal life by Jesus Christ our Lord.” Romans 5:21

Asian bondage. But they sighed and groaned by reason of the bondage, and their cry came up unto God. He had respect unto his covenant, and looked upon them and delivered them (Exodus 2:23-25). So God has determined on behalf of his people that sin shall not be their eternal ruin; that it shall not plunge them into crime after crime, until it casts them at last into the Gulf of endless woe, but that grace “shall reign through righteousness unto eternal life.” But it must reign here as well as hereafter, for by its reign here its eternal triumph is secured. It must then subdue our proud hearts, and never cease to sway its peaceful scepter over them until it has secured in them absolute and unconditional victory. Now, this is what every sincere child of God most earnestly longs to feel and realize. He longs to embrace Jesus and be embraced by him in the arms of love and affection. As the hymn says,

“But now subdued by sovereign grace, My spirit longs for thy embrace.”

He hates sin, though it daily, hourly, momently works in him, and is ever seeking to regain its former mastery; he abhors that cruel tyrant who set him to do his vilest drudgery, deceived and deluded him by a thousand lying promises, dragged him again and again into captivity, and but for sovereign grace would have sealed his eternal destruction. Subdued by the scepter of mercy, he longs for the dominion of grace over every faculty of his soul and every member of his body. “O,” he says, “let grace reign and rule in my breast; let it not suffer any sin to have dominion over me; let it tame every unruly desire, and bring into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ!” Thus, he who truly fears God looks to grace, and to grace only, not merely to save, but to sanctify; not only to pardon sin but to subdue it; not only to secure him an inheritance among the saints in light but to make him meet for it.

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BE DOERS OF THE WORD

Sir Godfrey Gregg D.Div

Hear ye, therefore, the parable of the sower.

19 When any one heareth the word of the kingdom, and understandeth it not, then cometh the wicked one, and catcheth away that which was sown in his heart. This is he which received seed by the wayside. —Matthew 13:18-19.

In the parable of the sower, our Lord strikingly presents the method and results of the ministry of truth in his divine kingdom. The seed is sown broadcast. The field, with its diversified conditions of soil, represents human hearts. Some hearts are hard, like the beaten track which can yield no fruit. They are not receptive to the truth. In their case, the seed simply lies on the surface. Dew, rain, and sun are of no use to it. Moreover, it is not allowed to remain. “The birds came and devoured it.” In other words, “Satan comes and snatches away that which has been sown in the heart.” Want of interest, inattention, and speedy forgetfulness characterize a large mass of the hearers of the gospel, hence the disastrous failure that is here depicted.

But even the hardened wayside was once soft loam. Hearts that were once tender and susceptible of good impressions become gradually hardened. Wasted opportunities, the riotous revel of sins, the action of worldly pleasures, the tramp of business, all or any of these may render the heart impervious to the truth, and consequently unfruitful.

Souls, however, are not helpless and irresponsible. The wayside may be converted into fertile soil. God can change the hardened heart into “an honest and good heart” (Luke 8:15), which shall yield precious and abundant fruit.

Happy are those who seek and obtain this grace that they may believe and be saved.