The Message of John 14:6 - Five

THE MESSAGE OF JOHN 14:6


PRAISING HIM

I can't sing a praise hymn, but I can still praise Him!

A COMMENTARY ON SCRIPTURE

BY Gene Helton

EDITION 10

NOVEMBER 21, 2005

THE OSTRICH SYNDROME


SCRIPTURE: 
Zechariah 7:9-12 (KJV)

And the word of the LORD came unto Zechariah, saying,
Thus speaketh the LORD of hosts, saying, Execute true judgment, and show mercy and compassions every man to his brother: And oppress not the widow, nor the fatherless, the stranger, nor the poor; and let none of you imagine evil against his brother in your heart. But they refused to hearken, and pulled away the shoulder, and stopped their ears, that they should not hear. Yea, they made their hearts as an adamant stone, lest they should hear the law, and the words which the LORD of hosts hath sent in his spirit by the former prophets: therefore came a great wrath from the LORD of hosts. (Zechariah 7:9-12)


INTRODUCTION

What is it for which the Ostrich is most known? The answer: sticking his head in the sand, effectively
tuning out the truth around him. Many people suffer from the Ostrich Syndrome. They would rather stick their head in the sand than to see the truth, come to it and abide by it. In the United States today, we see many who suffer politically from the Ostrich Syndrome. By that I mean, some folks believe we can just ignore those who would harm us and even destroy our way of life and when they pull
their head out of the political sand, the danger will have disappeared. Our enemies love it when we decide to turn pacifistic. Our enemies seize on any sign of our giving in as a sign to come after us in earnest. Peace by appeasement is no peace at all.

In this writing, our cause is not political, but spiritual. All too often, we ignore obvious truths, many times until it is too late to heed them.


BIBLE FOLKS WHO SPOKE OF THE OSTRICH SYNDROME

JESUS SPOKE OF THE OSTRICH SYNDROME


"For this people's heart is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes they have closed; lest at any time they should see with their eyes and hear with their ears, and should understand with their heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them."
(Matthew 13:15)


ZECHARIAH SPOKE OF THE OSTRICH SYNDROME

"But they refused to hearken, and pulled away the shoulder, and stopped their ears, that they should not hear. Yea, they made their hearts as an adamant stone, lest they should hear the law, and the words which the LORD of hosts hath sent in his spirit by the former prophets: therefore came a great wrath from the LORD of hosts." (Zechariah 7:11-12)


JOB SPOKE OF THE OSTRICH SYNDROME

"Wherefore do the wicked live, become old, yea, are mighty in power? Their seed is established in their sight with them, and their offspring before their eyes. Their houses are safe from fear, neither is the rod of God upon them.
Their bull gendereth, and faileth not; their cow calveth, and casteth not her calf. They send forth their little ones like a flock, and their children dance. They take the timbrel and harp, and rejoice at the sound of the organ.
They spend their days in wealth, and in a moment go down to the grave. Therefore they say unto God, Depart from us; for we desire not the knowledge of thy ways. What is the Almighty, that we should serve him? and what profit should we have, if we pray unto him?" (Job 21:7-15)


MANY FOLKS STICK THEIR HEADS IN THE SAND AND IGNORE THE OBVIOUS

BELIEVING GOD


Many people say that they believe in God, however, many have attitudes and spirits that reveal that THEY DO NOT BELIEVE GOD. There is only one true Almighty God and that is the God of the Bible. The Bible is God speaking to man, yet many do not listen and/or heed the words that God has spoken. Study the following pronouncement by Jesus:

"And ye have not his word abiding in you: for whom he hath sent, him ye believe not. Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me. And ye will not come to me, that ye might have life."
(John 5:38-40)


THE CERTAINTY OF DEATH

We can go through life ignoring our death, if we like, but that will not keep it from happening. We may live just a bit longer than the previous generation lived, but still death is going to come. The writer of Hebrews spoke of the certainty of death:

"And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment:" (Hebrews 9:27)


THE CERTAINTY OF JUDGMENT

We can live as if we will never have to answer to anyone, but judgment by God is in everyone's future. Oh yes, both the saved and the unsaved will be judged someday. The saved will be judged for rewards at the Judgment Seat of Christ. These will spend eternity, body, soul and spirit, in Heaven. The unsaved will be judged at the Great White Throne Judgment and enter, body, soul and spirit, into
eternal punishment.

"For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad."
(2 Corinthians 5:10)

"And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works." (Revelation 20:12)


CLOSING

Like the Ostrich, many will bury their heads in the sand and ignore the truth. Someday, they are going to have to pull their heads out of the sand and face the truth. How about you, are you like the Ostrich with your head in the sand or are you soaring like an Eagle? You've heard the expression, "eyes like an Eagle." I'll close with a few words from a favorite song:

"TURN YOUR EYES UPON JESUS
LOOK FULL IN HIS WONDERFUL FACE
AND THE THINGS OF EARTH
WILL GROW STRANGLY DIM
IN THE LIGHT OF HIS GLORY AND GRACE"

AIN'T GOD GOOD!

Gene Helton

A retired Baptist Pastor. but
not a retired Christian!

P.S.
The King is coming! ARE YOU READY?

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"OUR SONG OF VICTORY" (Copyright 1992 by Lawrence Keith Holder) is used by permission.

"OUR SONG OF VICTORY" by Larry Holder was provided by "SONGS OF PRAISE." You can visit "SONGS OF PRAISE" by clicking the first link below.
Thanks Elton!

My thanks are extended to Larry Holder for allowing me to use this wonderful song on my web site.
You can visit "LARRY'S SONGS OF PRAISE AND WORSHIP" by clicking second link below.
 
 
 
 

 

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