Text: “Thou therefore, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus. And the things that thou hast heard of me (Paul) among many witnesses, the same commit thou to faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also.
2 Timothy 2:1-2.
Good morning, teachable Christian! Having been blessed by God with a teachable spirit, you are able and willing to be instructed in God’s way of true and Eternal Salvation. Praise God for such ’teachable spirits’; absorbers of sound doctrine, and Gospel truth! You are ’…the salt of the earth…’ indeed! Thank you, Lord God, for granting us such teachable spirits. May we never cease from Thy Divine instruction.
“I will instruct thee and teach thee in the way which thou shalt go: I will guide thee with Mine eye. Be not as the horse, or as the mule, which have no understanding; whose mouth must be held in with bit and bridle, lest they come near unto thee.” (Psalm 32:8-9)
Too many in the increasingly apostate 21st Century church, worldwide, are desiring to be big TV Evangelists; entertaining huge crowded buildings with funny or ‘amazing’ stories. Fewer and fewer seem to want to take time to study this old black-covered Book which we call The Bible, never mind listen to instruction from it!
Therefore, what we are too frequently seeing is what the Scriptures call ‘…the blind leading the blind…’; so-called teachers with nothing of God’s authority to teach; audiences who only attend big gatherings in order to be entertained, wowed, and told exactly what they themselves want to hear.
Such souls attend ‘church’ feeling wonderful, sit through the entertainment for the day, and go back home feeling better. What a sad situation. Charismatic circuses; modernistic meetings; legalistic religion is what ensues. Having watered down Biblical truth - true faith in God is reduced to sham and ritual. Foolishness begets foolishness - and chaos is ushered into the church.
The church, international and universal, needs to get back to studying the Bible!
“Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the Word of truth. But shun profane and vain babblings: for they will increase unto more ungodliness.” (2 Timothy 2:15-16)
Verse 8. “I will instruct thee and teach thee in the way which thou shalt go: I will guide thee with Mine eye. This threefold repetition, ‘I will instruct thee, I will teach thee, I will guide thee…’, teaches us three properties of a good teacher. First, to make the people understand the way of Salvation; second, to go before them; third, to watch over them and their ways.” (Archibald Symson -1631)
What a privilege is the promise that the Lord God Almighty Himself will teach us His Sovereign will; from His Sovereign Word; in the power of His Holy Spirit. Now, surely, we must see that this is what is truly wonderful and amazing!
Verse 8. “I will guide thee with Mine eye. (Margin), ‘I will counsel thee, Mine eye shall be upon thee.’ The margin expresses the sense of the Hebrew. The literal meaning is, ‘I will counsel thee; Mine eyes shall be upon thee.’ De Wette: ‘My eye shall be directed towards thee.’ The idea is that of one telling another what way he is to take in order that he may reach a certain place; and he says he will watch him, or will keep an eye upon him; he will not let him go wrong.” (Albert Barnes 1798-1870) (Cited in The Treasury of David, C.H. Spurgeon, page 159)
We Christians are the only souls that hear with our eyes as well as our ears! We have a two-way personal fellowship with Almighty God - we speak to Him in prayer, and He speaks back to us through His Spirit-inspired Word contained in our KJV Bibles. Hallelujah! What a privileged fellowship with have! God is our Holy Guide.
Verse 9. “Be ye not as the horse, or as the mule. You and I, as regenerate Christians, still have an old nature within us that just loves to sin. We cannot change that nature, but praise God, He has also given us a new, regenerate nature which consistently seeks to do only righteousness - that is why we have constant conflict within our hearts.
The horse and the mule are like our old nature - “…they never ask whether their rider be noble or base, nor whether their load be gold for the treasury or roots for the market. And those expositors find the same indifference in an habitual sinner to any kind of sin; whether he/she sin for pleasure, or sin for profit, or sin but for company, still he/she sins.” (John Donne 1573-1631)
“If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar, and His Word is not in us.” (1 John 1:8-9)
Can we not now see, especially through the truth contained in the above verses, how absolutely vital it is that we Christians read and study our Bibles personally and continually? We must pray afresh for God to grant us ‘teachable spirits’; learn from His Word; and receive His Divine instruction for every step in life that we are privileged to take. Blind guides have nothing but darkness to offer us - let us seek to walk in Christ’s light; empowered by God the Spirit; and guarded by our Father’s grace. May the Lord God grant us power to live Christ-like lives for His glory. Amen.
Thought: Christ has called Sheep to His Flock - not fickle horses nor mules!