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What will Angie think?
If her husband is trustworthy, Angie may have fleeting doubts but she'll assume it's her husband's cousin or an old friend. If Angie's husband isn't trustworthy, she'll have legitimate concerns.
We handle situations with other human beings based on the faithfulness of the person involved, their past performance, and the level of trust they've earned.
And we approach Scripture based on our trust in God.
What do we think when we encounter a passage that confuses or troubles us? Do we wonder if God is a liar and cheat. Or do we trust that there is a good explanation?
It's sometimes wise to question the motives and actions of men, but never wise to question God's motives, goodness, purposes, character, or Word. We can trust Him wholeheartedly (Proverbs 3:5-6).
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I read this illustration many years ago. It's not original, but I'm not sure of the source.
1. Some Scripture passages are difficult to fully understand.
Other elements of our faith such as the Trinity are mysteries--things we can't fully understand with our finite minds. How do the verses below help?
Deuteronomy 29:29 The secret things belong to the Lord our God, but the things revealed belong to us and to our children forever, that we may follow all the words of this law.
2 Peter 1:3: His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness.
1 Corinthians 13:12: For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.*
* From Asbury Bible Commentary: "Just as the speech, the thoughts, and the reasoning of childhood are abandoned when one reaches adulthood, so the partial and indirect knowledge of the present will give way to full and intimate knowledge of God in the coming age (vv. 11-12). Spiritual gifts, which now mediate the life of God to the community, will no longer be necessary when I shall know fully, even as I am fully known (v. 12)."
2. What insights do the following verses give us for dealing with difficult passages?
James 1:5: If you need wisdom, ask our generous God, and he will give it to you. He will not rebuke you for asking.
John 16:12-13: “There is so much more I want to tell you, but you can’t bear it now. 13 When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all truth. He will not speak on his own but will tell you what he has heard. He will tell you about the future.
[These words were spoken by Jesus in preparation for the coming of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost.]
copyright 2013, Gail Burton Purath, BiteSizeBibleStudy.com
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