Scripture Challenge for 4-21-19
This comes from Luke
__:__And he thought within himself, saying, What shall I do, because I have no room where to bestow my fruits?
__:__And he said, This will I do: I will pull down my barns, and build greater; and there will I bestow all my fruits and my goods.
__:__And I will say to my soul, Soul, thou hast much goods laid up for many years; take thine ease, eat, drink, and be merry.
*See if you can locate this parable that our Lord Jesus gave, and be sure to read the whole thing, and you will find that the Lord refers to this man as a fool. While we should be careful about calling anyone by that title; I think it is safe to say that since the Lord knows all things even the heart of man, He makes the accurate judgment call as to the condition of a person. Here we have a man that left God out of his plans. This man might have been a very nice fellow, but clearly the man was doing this for himself. The first two verses are full of “I and my” and then in the last verse that is given here you will see this man contemplating the rest that he thinks he will have once he gets the enterprise built for himself. He never consulted God about anything he was doing and the drive behind it shows no trust in the Lord, because he had no relationship with God. If you read the whole parable you find that the man's life was demanded of him that very night, and the things he put his trust in...where were they going? Be assured that a tragic ending is reserved for where God is left out of plans.
Scripture Challenge for 4-14-19
Answer: Mark 11:13
This comes from Mark, but what chapter and verse?
__:__And seeing a fig tree afar off having leaves, he came, if haply he might find any thing thereon: and when he came to it, he found nothing but leaves; for the time of figs was not yet.
*The nation of Israel is represented by the fig tree, but there is a great spiritual lesson here. Israel had the leaves that everyone could see of a God given religion; but the nation had no fruit. I wonder if today we could not say the same about some churches? Remember the church of Laodicea found in the book of Revelation? God's message to that church was that; they did not have anything, they were blind, and needed ointment to open their eyes. It means that the Holy Spirit was not with them. It also reminds me of what Isaiah 29:13 says: “Wherefore the Lord said, Forasmuch as this people draw near me with their mouth, and with their lips do honour me, but have removed their heart far from me, and their fear toward me is taught by the precept of men:”. Do a heart check brother or sister and make sure it is not just with your lips that you honor God; but with your heart. Entire congregations need to do this very thing. In order to bear spiritual fruit for God, we must have our heart right with Him first.