Mothers for Prodigals

Sunday, March 24, 2013


What do you know? What have you experienced? How can you know what you’ve learned and lived are true? 

Maybe you’ve contemplated questions such as these. Whether you’ve been educated in the finest institutions of learning or grasped the skills you need simply by living life, you’ve most likely acquired knowledge. Do you believe what you have learned? Do you know it to be true? How do you know?

We live in a world where many people claim they know the truth. The media all around the world spits out information and most of us listen and believe. Do we know these people who deliver news? Are they reliable? Where do they get their information? Are we to believe what we hear? Have you ever searched the details to discover truth for yourself? 

The Scriptures contain honest facts about God. The people inspired to write those Biblical words experienced life with God, searching until they found His truth. They passed down their practical knowledge of God to us through His Word. When we study these stories of God, we gain more knowledge of Him and grow in our faith. I hope the following narratives will help you seek Him until you discover truth. If you already know Truth, then allow God’s Word to strengthen your faith so that you can say with conviction, “I know that my Redeemer lives!” (Job 19:25)

The account of Jesus’ birth in the second chapter of Matthew tells of magi (or wise men) from the east arriving in Jerusalem and inquiring of the birth of a Jewish King. They had seen His star and desired to worship Him. How did they know a bright star in the heavens was the sign of a very special King? They knew because they studied the Word of God. It’s likely that their ancestors were part of the Babylonian take over of Israel. Many captives probably carried the Scriptures with them and some of them, Daniel for example, became great men in the Babylonian government. Daniel was appointed chief magistrate of the wise men in Babylon and he personally knew the Lord God and His Word. He shared the truth with the captives and rulers of Babylon. This knowledge was preserved through the ages and those studying the truth knew the prophecy of the birth of a King. The wise men obviously knew of the passage of Scripture in Numbers 24:17 that reads:

“I see Him, but not now;
I behold Him, but not near;
A Star shall come out of Jacob;
A Scepter shall rise out of Israel,
And batter the brow of Moab,
And destroy all the sons of tumult.

Because of their quest for knowledge, the wise men searched until they found truth, the truth of Jesus Christ. They knew to believe their source of information. Do you believe the sources from where your information comes? Do you know the truth?

In the fourth chapter of John a Samaritan woman unknowingly met the Source of Truth at Jacob’s well. As Jesus traveled with His disciples from Judea to Galilee, He went through Samaria stopping at this well to quench His thirst. The Samaritan woman came to draw water and Jesus asked her for a drink of water. She said to Him, “How is it that You, being a Jew, ask a drink from me, a Samaritan woman?” (vs. 9). You see, Jews had no dealings with Samaritans because they were mixed breeds and practiced pagan rites.

Jesus answered and said to her, “If you knew the gift of God, and who it is who says to you, ‘Give Me a drink,’ you would have asked Him, and He would have given you living water.” (vs. 10). 
The Samaritan woman asked for the living water and Jesus explained to her how living water led to everlasting life. He then began to describe things about her life that other people did not know. The rest of the conversation is as follows:
The woman said to Him, “Sir, I perceive that You are a prophet. Our fathers worshiped on this mountain, and you Jews say that in Jerusalem is the place where one ought to worship.”
Jesus said to her, “Woman, believe Me, the hour is coming when you will neither on this mountain, nor in Jerusalem, worship the Father. You worship what you do not know; we know what we worship, for salvation is of the Jews. But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him. God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.”
The woman said to Him, “I know that Messiah is coming” (who is called Christ). “When He comes, He will tell us all things.”
Jesus said to her, “I who speak to you am He.” (vs. 19-26).
At first the woman didn’t know who spoke to her at the well. She had been taught that Messiah would one day come, but when faced with the Truth, she was caught unaware. It’s possible that the mix of pagan worship with the worship of God had desensitized her search for truth. Thank goodness Jesus loved her enough to declare His divinity.
Do you know the Messiah, Jesus Christ? Has He stood in front of you declaring His deity? Have you missed the Truth because you’ve allowed other so-called facts to blend with your beliefs? Have you developed a lasting relationship with the Christ by searching the Scriptures, the Word of God? 
The Bible is God’s legal document, handed down for generations and standing the test of time. We can believe its truth because its origin is from God Almighty. We don’t need to be tossed about by numerous pieces of information, wondering about their authenticity. Instead we must compare the earthly knowledge we acquire to the heavenly truth that we know as our Savior Jesus Christ. By putting on the belt of truth and standing firm on the Word of God, we can know our living Redeemer and His great love for us. Just as it takes time to get to know a friend or a family member, it also takes time to know our Savior Jesus Christ. Spend time in His Word daily, studying His truth. Know that He is God!  
Be still, and know that I am God;
I will be exalted among the nations,
I will be exalted in the earth! 
Psalm 46:10 (NKJV)

The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge,
But fools despise wisdom and instruction.  Proverbs 1:7 (NKJV)

Lead me in Your truth and teach me, For You are the God of my salvation; On You I wait all the day.  Psalm 25:5 (NKJV)

Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.  John 14:6 (NKJV)

And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever— the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you.  John 14:16-17 (NKJV)

“But when the Helper comes, whom I shall send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth who proceeds from the Father, He will testify of Me.  John 15:26 (NKJV)

So then, dear friends, since you are looking forward to this, make every effort to be found spotless, blameless and at peace with him. Bear in mind that our Lord’s patience means salvation, just as our dear brother Paul also wrote you with the wisdom that God gave him. He writes the same way in all his letters, speaking in them of these matters. His letters contain some things that are hard to understand, which ignorant and unstable people distort, as they do the other Scriptures, to their own destruction.

Therefore, dear friends, since you have been forewarned, be on your guard so that you may not be carried away by the error of the lawless and fall from your secure position. But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and forever! Amen.  2 Peter 3:14-18 (NIV)

Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”  John 8:32 (NIV)

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