2 Timothy 3:12

8/13/2010

Something impressed on me a long time ago is that you dare not judge the “rightness” or “wrongness” of something you say by people’s reactions to it. That attitude is just people pleasing. And if that standard is how we’re going to judge things, then Jeremiah was completely out of line to prophecy the hard things. Look at how his hearers responded—they physically and verbally abused him, threw him in prison, put him on starvation rations, and dropped him in a well and left him to die. The king cut up his written prophecy with a sword and threw the pieces in the fire. Two people—count ‘em, two—responded well to what he said, Baruch and that Ethiopian eunuch guy. Was Jeremiah “wrong”? Should he have “done it differently”? NO WAY. And Paul wasn’t wrong for getting thrown in prison repeatedly. Stephen wasn’t wrong for getting killed by the mob. John wasn’t wrong for getting exiled to Patmos. Jesus wasn’t wrong for getting crucified. And “everyone who desires to live a godly life” isn’t wrong for getting persecuted, as they inevitably will (2 Timothy 3:12 ). “A servant is not greater than his Lord.

So the standard for deciding the “rightness” or “wrongness” of something is, was I “speaking as the oracles of God”? Was I loyal to Him and to Truth? Was I faithful to His Word? Will I learn humbly—is that my posture, but without compromise for flesh, or fear of mere man and their pleasure or my “reputation”? If so, then whether mere humans like it really isn’t the issue. Right?

“Show me in the SCRIPTURES, and I’ll recant.” Don’t give me verse-plucking to white-wash (black-wash, actually) other Truths that are undesirable to human flesh, but the Life and Truths of Jesus Christ and the Scriptures. ALL of them, and in context. Hallelujah! Psalm 119

Right?

—zd

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