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Taught of God

October 10, 2017

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Taught of God

The Jews were grumbling  because they did not understand  Jesus’ teachings.     They wanted to see Jesus  do more and more miracles  —  like putting on  a magic show  —  to prove  that He was from heaven  —  sent from God.     They did not understand  that they were,  right then and there,  talking to  and looking at  the greatest miracle  there ever could be.

They could not understand  because when they read the Old Testament,  all they could see  was a bunch  of rules.     All they ever looked for  in the promised Messiah  was a grand  and powerful king,  who would give them  whatever they desired.

Because they would pick  and choose  the scripture they thought  was the most important,  and because  they would listen  to all the man-made rules  from their religious leaders,  they would disregard  all the prophecies  about what the Savior  would really be like  and how He would save us  from our sins.

Jesus told them straight out  how they could have  all the the proof  anyone would ever need  of His Messiahship.     They did not have to go on  feeling discouraged  and puzzled  for a lack of understanding  about whether or not  Jesus might be  the promised Savior.     Jesus said  in John 6:44-45,

No one can come  to Me,  unless the Father  who sent Me  draws him;  and I will raise him up  on the last day.     It is written  in the prophets,  “And they shall all  be taught of God.”     Every one  who has heard  and learned  from the Father,  comes to Me.

How can I have the Father  draw me  to Him?     I want to know  about the One  who created me.      I want to know  what My Creator is like  and what sort of plan  He might have had  in mind,  when He created me.     How can I get  “drawn to the Father”?

Simply by really listening  —  with all of our sensibilities —  to His word  throughout all  of Scripture.

When we listen to  and study  God’s word  —-  check it all out  —  we begin to see  and understand  how God keeps  all His promises  down through the ages.     That’s important.

When we listen  with our whole heart  to God commandments,  we can see the beauty  of His goodness  and love,  in each and every commandment.     They are all good.     Each commandment was given  as a guiding star  to help us live  in the love  God has  for us.     They need to be seen  as such.

Meshed in  with the commandments  is the tenderness  of God’s love  and all the promises  of a Savior.     And,  meshed in  with all the history  of the Old Testament  are the accounts  of how God is always faithful,  forgiving,  and filled  with compassion.     That should be an eye-opener  when we really listen  to God’s word  and want  to learn it.

So,  if we really listen  to all of the Old Testament,  we will see promises  of a humble Savior,  who would wash away  all our sins,  through His blood  —  just as the blood  of a sacrificial lamb  was accepted  as all that was necessary  for the forgiveness  of the Old Testament Israelites.

All of the Old Testament  was God teaching His children  the truths  of their salvation.     The Old Testament is also,  God teaching us  —  if we care  to listen.     When we listen,  God will draw us close  to His heart,  because He wants us  to trust in the story  of His love.

Jesus said,  “Everyone who has heard  and learned  from the Father,  comes to Me.”     John 6:45

When we honestly listen to  and learn  from our heavenly Father  in His Old Testament prophecies,  we will be assured  that Jesus truly is  the promised Savior,  who actually does  take away the sins  of the world  —  even mine.     When we realize that,  we will go  to Jesus,  as He said.

Jesus assures us  of His salvation  in John 6:37,  saying,

All that the Father gives Me  shall come to Me;  and the one  who comes to Me  I will certainly not  cast out.

God has kept all  of His promises  down through the ages  —  Jesus promises  that He will not cast us out  when we turn  to Him  —  so,  our salvation  is for sure,  when we trust  His proven faithfulness.

With this assurance,  we can say,  “Hallelujah!     Our faithful Savior  draws us  to Him  as we study His word,  and He teaches us  about His salvation.”

Love,
Margaret

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A Christian devotional  to glorify  the LORD of lords  and GOD of gods.

Pray for our country.

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The LORD  made this day, let us rejoice  and be glad  in Him.

Psalm 118:24

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The word of the LORD is tried;

He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.

Psalm 18:30

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Sing for joy  in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;

Praise is becoming  to the upright.

Psalm 33:1

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How blessed are those  who dwell  in Thy house!

They are ever praising Thee.

Psalm 84:4

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Just as a father  has compassion  on his children,

So the LORD  has compassion  on those who fear Him.

Psalm 103:13

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O give thanks  to the LORD,  for He is good;

For His lovingkindness  is everlasting.

Psalm 107:1

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Glory in His holy name;

Let the heart  of those who seek the LORD  be glad.

Psalm 105:3

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Not that I have already obtained it,  or have already  become perfect,   but I press on  in order that  I may  lay hold  of that  for which also  I was laid hold of  by Christ Jesus.

Philippians 3:12

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