In the Old Testament, Abraham was called to be the father of a nation of faith. God’s plan was to draw other nations to Israel to learn of Him.
God gave Moses the Ten Commandments to teach His people about a covenant relationship with Him through a life of faith and obedience. Moses warned, “Only be careful, and watch yourselves closely so that you do not forget the things your eyes have seen or let them slip from your heart as long as you live. Teach them to your children and to their children after them.” (Deuteronomy 4:9)
Seven centuries later, God sent Micah to speak against the leaders of His people for their sin of presumption. They had twisted the truth, justice and equality – preaching peace, rather than preparing the people for trouble. Micah prophesied God’s judgment against false prophets for leading the people so far astray He would not answer their prayers. (See Micah 3:1-12)
Fast forward about seven more centuries to the eighth chapter of John. Jesus was speaking with some Jews who insisted, “The only Father we have is God himself." (v. 41) Jesus replied, "If God were your Father, you would love me, for I came from God and now am here. I have not come on my own; but He sent me. (v. 42) He who belongs to God hears what God says. The reason you do not hear is that you do not belong to God.” (v. 47)
Today, we have people calling themselves Christians but living otherwise, and believing God will not judge them. This is also the sin of presumption.
As Christians, we are called to a grace covenant relationship with Christ. We have been purchased by Jesus for His own use. We are to live counter-cultural to the world by living a life of faith, hope and love under His direction. Can you boast in Christ? Are you being a light in the darkness for Him?
Choate Baptist Church welcomes you to join us for Sunday School at 9:45 a.m., Sunday Morning Worship at 11 a.m., and Sunday Evening Worship at 7 p.m. We also meet on Wednesdays at 7 p.m. Brother Odom’s message can be heard on Radio KAML 990 AM each Sunday morning at 8:30.