Teaching

A Voice

The second advent reading for December 6, was Isaiah 40:3-5: A voice of one calling: “In the wilderness prepare the way for the Lord make straight in the desert a highway for our God. Every valley shall be raised up, every mountain and hill made low; the rough ground shall become level, the rugged places a plain. And the glory of the Lord will be revealed, and all people will see it together. For the mouth of the Lord has spoken.” Referring to a voice of comfort to Israel, at this time Israel was captive in Babylon, modern day Iraq.

This voice spoken to Israel is the good news that they will be released from captivity of 70 years for ignoring God and committing idolatry. They would soon to be allowed to return to their home where they can worship freely and correctly. This voice was not only referencing Israel’s return but also the voice of John the Baptist who many centuries later was a voice calling out once again to Israel about the coming Messiah, our Redeemer. This was the voice of John the Baptist who declared the forgiveness of sins through the Son of God and the Lamb of God for all who come in repentance.

This voice spoke not only to first century Israel, but it also speaks to us today through the public speaking of the Word of God; it must be heard from a speaking voice proclaiming the unadulterated truth of the Gospel. Romans 10:14-15. “How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them? And how can anyone preach unless they are sent? As it is written: “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news! This is the necessity of preaching the Word of God and the importance of hearing it through public worship or at least hearing it through other means of verbal communication. This is indeed a matter of eternal life and death. Nothing can be more serious. Therefore, the preacher/teacher better be true to the Word and grounded in sound doctrine.

There are voices crying out in our spiritual wilderness for people to get right with God. What is required for this? 1. A preacher sent from God, 2. Proclamation of the gospel,  3. Hearing the message, 4. Believing the message.

Are you listening with your heart to the voice of the Holy Spirit as you worship, watch or listen to the Word of God?

Pr. Bob Snitzer                                      

By the Way:   

Today, 2:30 Confirmation class. 

December 13, 9:00Sunday morning worship.  Sermon: There Was a Man John 1:1:6-15

Sunday school for all. Dec. 13, 10:15          

No worship service Dec. 24, 27, Jan 3, they will be videoed and available on Facebook and our website at: www.pilotknob.org 

Share:

Facebook
Twitter
LinkedIn
StumbleUpon

Related Posts

Mission Sunday

Think About It

“…leaving all the afternoon for exercise and recreation, which are as necessary as reading; I will rather say more necessary, because health is worth more than learning.”

-Thomas Jefferson to John Jefferson, 1790

Gratitude and Health

With the table spread with food, drinks, and dessert it should make us pause for thanks that we have so much with great variety. We can still go to the store and buy whatever is needed on short notice. With loaming food shortages and high fuel costs driving up food production and transportation costs we should have greater appreciation and not assume everything we want will always be at our finger tips. We have become increasingly aware of the long chain of events that take place from planting to our family table. It does not take much to disrupt the chain and cause shortages.

Justice is Coming

“The day of judgment is coming”: it may seem like a long wait for justice and we may be tempted to give up, but at the right time all who are not righteous, i.e., one who does not follow Jesus Christ will come into fiery judgment, burned up like straw, but not consumed. The final judgment does not eliminate the wicked so as not to exist. The fiery judgment will last for eternity, inflicting pain and suffering with no relief. Vs. 2 mentions roots and branches referring to the final end, no life, no rebirth, no second chance; like Roundup that kills the root, the unrighteous have no hope.