Itching Ears - Sunday, March 22nd 2020
3 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers; 4 and they will turn their ears away from the truth, and be turned aside to fables.
We love to have our ears tickled. Not from a physical sense, but from an emotional sense. We all love to have words given to us that make us feel good. More than likely, most of us desire to hear words that bring positive reinforcement rather than correction or warning. It's not necessarily a bad thing to want to be encouraged, but when we reject difficult truth in exchange for "nice-sounding" mistruth, then there's a problem.
Throughout the Bible, we see messages of warning and also messages of hope. The people of Israel were, on more than one occasion, warned about their sin while also being promised many blessings. The Gospel involves hard truth and good news. God clearly states that we are sinners who deserve to be punished. This is not fun to hear, but it must be considered in order to understand the Gospel. If we reject the reality of our sin, we lie to ourselves and the death and resurrection of Jesus lose their power and meaning. In order for God to change our hearts and lives, we must submit to the hard Truths as well as the glorious promises found in the Bible.
Life Lesson: God's Word was not meant to tickle our ears but minister to our hearts.
Thank You for the Bible. Help me not to gloss over the hard Truths of Scripture, but to understand them. Give me wisdom and discernment to grow from both encouragement and correction as I follow You. In Jesus' name. Amen.
Living to tell what He died to say,
Pastor David McGee
Cross the Bridge
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