Hearing God in a Broken World
Posted by adventbiblestudy on April 7, 2013
The role of a seer was to give people answers. Seers were replaced by prophets whose role was changed to lead people back to God and often deliver a message they received directly from God. Now Jesus has disciples whose role it is to study Jesus’ life to become like Him. They are also supposed to deliver messages directly from Jesus, but few know how to listen to His Spirit, so they latch onto whatever message agrees with their logic. They receive messages from random readings of scripture, church leaders, videos, or whatever seems convenient. People fail to see the function of many churches has turned to a message for a price. Messages today are often influenced more on marketing than God’s Word.
When we study Jesus’ ministry we find His ability to reach a vast range of people. That is because Jesus had a very close connection with the Holy Spirit and a great knowledge of scripture. The same can be achieved by His disciples. Because many people do not have a personal relationship with the Spirit or a knowledge of scripture, these skills have to be developed. Goals should be in line with where an individual is in their spiritual journey. Keep in mind, God has used a vast array of people throughout the history of the Bible. When Abraham would not listen, God spoke to King Abimelech of Gerar. God also spoke to Nebuchadnezzar, who wrote a chapter in the book of Daniel. It doesn’t matter who or where you are, God already has a plan.
Most people do not know how to study the Bible, even though this was one of the most important lessons Jesus taught His disciples. Lack of interest in God’s Word a sign foretold in many parables which holds true today. Jesus promised His disciples, He would teach them how to understand all parables. That promise holds true today. Learning is on an individual level, much like our personal relationship with Jesus. In their ministry after Jesus’ ascension, the disciples introduced thousands to scripture by explaining the prophecies Jesus fulfilled, prayed, then left them in the capable hands of the Holy Spirit. This simple sequence must not be overlooked or forgotten.
If you read the Bible on a casual basis, there are many simple methods you can begin to use that will enhance your understanding while drawing you into a closer relationship with Jesus and His Spirit. Because the Spirit will use you where you are, your messages will be simple and suited for the people you associate with. Every message will have a bearing on God’s plan of salvation. Once you begin to hear God’s voice, your understanding will increase and grow in geometric fashion much like a tree. This is why Jesus used this symbol to represent people.
One of the easiest methods is to learn to look back in scripture. Look at how the author led to a particular verse. Examples are easy to find throughout the Bible.
Mark 12:1 NLTse Then Jesus began teaching them with stories: “A man planted a vineyard. He built a wall around it, dug a pit for pressing out the grape juice, and built a lookout tower. Then he leased the vineyard to tenant farmers and moved to another country.
Because this is the first verse in a chapter, we have to look back at the preceding chapter to find what events lead to this verse. When we look back to Mark chapter 11 we see religious leaders confronting Jesus. We find the answer in the preceding story. One verse can explain why Jesus told the parable about the ungrateful tenants.
Mark 11:27-28 NLTse Again they entered Jerusalem. As Jesus was walking through the Temple area, the leading priests, the teachers of religious law, and the elders came up to him. (28) They demanded, “By what authority are you doing all these things? Who gave you the right to do them?”
Another verse adds additional details and understanding.
Mark 11:18 NLTse When the leading priests and teachers of religious law heard what Jesus had done, they began planning how to kill him. But they were afraid of him because the people were so amazed at his teaching.
Notice the similar and related words between Mark 11:27-28 and Mark 11:18. Looking for similar words will help open a greater understanding of all scripture.
Looking back at previous texts is one simple method to open your understanding of scripture. Always pray and give the Spirit time to reveal details you never saw before. If you are not seeing new details, you are rushing through texts too quickly.
Because each message is personal, learn to look back at events in your life. Look at Mark chapters 4 through 7 where Jesus is teaching His disciples how to understand scripture. Notice how Jesus led His disciples through a series of events. Each event taught a lesson. Once His disciples learned to look back, they were able to see deeper meanings to the lessons they did not understand until after Jesus’ resurrection. One of these lessons involved the numerous times Jesus crossed the lake. The disciples did not see the deeper meaning until they looked back and allowed the Spirit to show them the deeper meaning. Jews lived on one side of the lake, Gentiles on the other. Jesus was weaving cooperation between the two which would be instrumental to the disciples success in their new ministries.
That was one example of looking back and learning from life’s events. Combing your life events with where you are led in scripture is following the same method Jesus taught His disciples. This is the easiest method to use. Its a beginning to a greater understanding of scripture and a closer walk with Jesus.
Learn to look back and review both in life and scripture. Once you begin, you will never stop.
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