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And That Is Your Teacher?

June 24, 2018

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And That Is Your Teacher?

We all learn  from what we surround ourselves with.     If we live  on a ranch,  we learn to care for different kinds  of livestock,  becoming knowledgeable  about the whole process  of properly tending  to a ranch.     If we want  to own a store,  we take care  in learning how  to run it profitably.     Whatever our occupation,  we surround our lives  with all it takes  to become knowledgeable  about that area  of life.

Since most everyone is given an inner sense  of a life  after this life,  we are inclined  to want to be ready  for what comes  after this earthly life,  so we surround ourselves  with ways of learning  about eternity.     Years ago,  one guy wanted  to be sure  he had his favorite car  in heaven,  so he arranged  to be buried  in his car,  and was sure  he would drive  into heaven  in style.

Kings and Pharaohs  of the past  have made grand preparations  for their burials,  which included servants,  armies,  food,  furniture,  etc.     All their preparations were a result  of what they had been taught.     People in all cultures  have preparations  for the afterlife  according to what they have learned  from other people.

Since these ideas  from mere people  are so varied,  we can be certain  they are not all correctly taught.     But,  since God’s word  in the Bible  has proven its truthfulness,  we can be very sure  that what God teaches us  is the truth.     And,  since it has proven its trustworthiness,  it would be wise  to surround ourselves  with learning  about what the Lord God has to say  to us.

The prophet Habakkuk saw  how the Israelites had drifted away  from the truths  of the LORD  and took part  in all sorts  of idol worship.     They surrounded themselves  with all sorts of myths  and idolatrous practices.     The Israelites needed  to get back  to the truth,  so Habakkuk preached  in Habakkuk 2:18-20,

What profit is the idol  when its maker  has carved it,   
Or an image,  a teacher of falsehood?   
For its maker trusts  in his own handiwork   
When he fashions speechless idols.   
Woe to him  who says  to a piece of wood,  “Awake!”   
To a dumb stone,  “Arise!”   

And  that  is your teacher? 
Behold,  it is overlaid  with gold and silver,   
And there is no breath at all  inside it.   
But the LORD is  in His holy temple,   
Let all the earth  be silent  before Him.

Idols of all sorts  are nothing but teachers  of falsehood.     It does not make sense  to surround ones self  with man-made falsehoods  to the point  of building up a faith  in it  and living our lives  around it.     We need  to look  at the stuff we surround ourselves with  and hold  in high esteem.    Then we need  to ask ourselves,  “And that  is your teacher?”     Really?     Wouldn’t it be much more profitable  to trust  in the proven truth?

For whatever we give high priority to  in our lives,  we need  to always consider  the one truth  that will judge all things  in the end.     No matter how we feel,  we remember,

But the LORD is  in His holy temple,   
Let all the earth  be silent  before Him.

However we live our lives,  the LORD  will always be LORD.     We will have to answer  to Him alone  when this life  is over.     Since all worldly things are  of no value  or eternal profit,  we can turn  to our LORD  and rest  in His truths,  which are of great value  and high price.     Resting  in the truth,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     My Lord,  be my Teacher now  and forever,  for You have created me  and redeemed me  in Jesus Christ.”

Love,
Margaret

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Let us rejoice and be glad in it.
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Praise is becoming  to the upright.
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They are ever praising Thee.
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So the LORD has compassion on those who fear Him.
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Oh give thanks to the LORD,  for He is good;
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Glory in His holy name;
Let the heart of those who seek the LORD be glad.
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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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