Rhapsody Of Realities, Monday, March 4th 2024

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Rhapsody Of Realities

Rev. Dr. Chris Oyakhilome DSc DSc DD

Monday, March 4th 2024

(The Danger Of Ignorance)

????TO THE BIBLE Matthew 22:29 ESV
‘…Jesus answered them, “You are wrong, because you know neither
the Scriptures nor the power of God.”’

Read the opening verse of scripture once again and consider the fact that the Lord Jesus addressed those whom the whole nation of Israel trusted to give them the knowledge of God. So much trust was reposed in them, but they were clueless. These same leaders, whom everyone trusted, ended up condemning Jesus to death, and before the very eyes of Israel, Jesus was reviled, insulted, assaulted, and crucified. They called Jesus a deceiver, but they were the ones deceiving and being deceived.

No wonder Apostle Paul, in one of his writings, said, “The experts of our day haven’t a clue about what this eternal plan is. If they had, they wouldn’t have killed the Master of the God-designed life on a cross” (1 Corinthians 2:8 MSG). Paul had his own share of these malicious attacks fomented by the Jewish leaders. On one occasion, he and his colleagues were in Thessalonica to preach. As Paul preached in their synagogue, some Gentiles and many important women
believed his message. But the Jewish leaders were offended and then incited some insurrectionists to start a riot in the city (Acts 17). They were ignorant of God’s plan of salvation for the Gentiles.

Also, Paul, in looking back at his life, realised how ignorance led him to persecute the Church before his conversion: “And I thank Christ Jesus our Lord who has enabled me, because He counted me faithful, putting me into the ministry, although I was formerly a blasphemer, a persecutor, and an insolent man; but I obtained mercy because I did it ignorantly in
unbelief” (1 Timothy 1:12-13).

Understanding God’s Word through the Scriptures is super important, and a lack of knowledge of the Scriptures makes people do a lot of terrible things. And this isn’t just for those in Bible days back then; it’s still vital for us today, especially for those who teach or lead others in the Word. So, get to know the Word; study the Scriptures for yourself like the Bible says: “Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth” (2 Timothy 2:15 KJV).

????Go Deeper:
Proverbs 18:15 AMPC; John 5:39; 2 Timothy 2:15

Dear Father, by your Word, you lead and guide me into the destiny you planned for me. I live confidently and joyfully always, knowing that you’re working with me and in me to fulfil your perfect will. As I study the Scriptures, the eyes of my understanding are enlightened to know you more, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.

????Daily Bible Reading
Mark 10:32-52, Numbers 14-15

Matthew 20:1-16

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