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The Rev Andries Combrink is a Presbyterian Minister of the Gospel. He lives in Centurion, South Africa. 
To teach the Word of God is his calling,  based on the Reformed tradition. 

 

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Sep 12

Written by: Andries
Wednesday, September 11, 2019 10:09:23 PM  RssIcon

In Mark 12: 18 – 27, Jesus confronted the unbelieving Sadducees who were notorious for their lack of perspective. They were too focused on their own social status to focus in on the things which were really important.

They had limited vision because they only saw the human dimension of life.

The Sadducees rejected the supernatural, because they couldn't understand it. They didn't believe in the resurrection of the dead, because it defied human logic.

They were mistaken indeed. So Jesus confronted the Sadducees concerning their errors regarding the resurrection. And in this passage in Mark 12, Jesus pointed them to what really counts.

 

Mark 12: 24. "Jesus said to them, 'Is this not the reason you are mistaken, that you do not understand the Scriptures, or the power of God?"

 

Specialists in trivialities are grossly mistaken, because they have very little understanding of the main message of the Bible and none of the power of God!

 

The Scriptures were given to us to reveal the power of God, even the character of God. The Bible introduces a lost world to the one and only God we should worship and serve – the Creator of all things and the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.

 

When we keep this, the main thing in the Scriptures, the main thing of our faith and our lives, we will not be mistaken and we will not be misled to wrongly follow peripheral issues and lose sight of God’s purpose with his revelation to us. The whole Bible was given to reveal God to us. The Bible testifies of Jesus Christ, who came to this world to reintroduce the almighty God to his people.

 

Do you find yourself getting sidetracked on minor issues?

Did you become a specialist in trivialities?

It is so easy to get all worked up by peripheral issues and losing focus and understanding of the focused, main message of the Scriptures. When this happens we lose the experience of the power of God.

The result is that we will be limited in our vision of what God revealed to us in the Bible.

We will end up being mistaken in our conclusions and perceptions.

 

And our spiritual life will be constantly frustrated, because we will continue to see through human eyes, perceive through human understanding and miss the major message of the love of God revealed through the cross and resurrection of our Lord, Jesus Christ.

 

The challenge is to shape our thinking in the light of God's truth about God's power, love and the salvation he affords. As we do, a whole new world will open up to us.

We desperately need to be students of God’s Word, discerning the central truth of the Scripture as followers of Jesus Christ. Nothing less, and nothing more!

 

 

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