The Bible not only teaches us to be cautious when we speak but also to be careful when we listen. Jesus placed the responsibility of learning and believing the truth on the hearer. The scriptures provide us with examples of many people who heard the words of truth and who reacted in different ways. In this broadcast of Let the Bible Speak, we learn about the reasons many never accept the word of God in faith and obey it.
Living on this side of the cross does not make the Old Testament irrelevant and unimportant to the Christian! The Apostle Paul tells us there are some critical lessons for us from these 39 books. We look at four of them in this broadcast of Let the Bible Speak.
When we recall the original 12 apostles of Jesus Christ, we usually think of the more famous Peter, James, and John or perhaps the infamous Judas. One of the twelve was Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother. The gospels identify him thus on several occasions. In fact, “Simon Peter’s brother” may have almost seemed to be part of his name since he was so frequently referred to in this way. Many of us would grow weary of such a moniker. In this broadcast of Let the Bible Speak, we see that perhaps it was more of a compliment than a slight to refer to Andrew as Simon Peter’s brother and that it should actually teach us some valuable lessons.
A man was asking for money alongside a busy downtown street one day while holding a sign which read: “The sun is shining and I am blind.” This person realized he lived in a world of light and beauty but he could not see it. The apostle Paul once spoke of those in a far worse condition – those who are spiritually blind. Jesus is “the light of the world” and His apostles were lamps of clay filled with the oil of the Holy Spirit to dispense the light of the Christ’s gospel in a sin-darkened world. But despite the revelation of truth, multiplied millions are still living in the darkness. In the broadcast of Let the Bible Speak, we discuss some things that are plainly evident to which many are yet blind.
When a feast was held in ancient Israel there would be a conspicuously empty seat at the table. Jonathan would not only miss his beloved friend David at that banquet, but his empty seat would also expose the plot of Jonathan’s father Saul to take David’s life. The sight of an empty chair often brings us sadness. Perhaps it’s the familiar chair of a departed loved one. There are some empty seats that should cause us even greater concern. In this broadcast of Let the Bible Speak, we think about some of the messages being sent from empty pews.