Isa 1:18 “Come now, let us reason together,”
says the LORD.
I always thought this was an awesome verse.
I mean – what an invitation! Who could possibly not like it? How could anyone turn it down?
Apparently – lots of people. I found this hard to understand.
Until I came across this …
“People cannot reason together, by means of intelligent discussion, if absolutes are not permitted to affect their thought processes. Absolutes allow man to detect contradictions. In fact, absolutes reveal contradictions. Consequently, we will use the absolutes of God’s Word to examine some of the more prevalent schools of thought of our day. If, of course, you do not view the Scriptures as containing valid instruction for proper living, we have no common ground on which to have a reasonable discussion. I understand this mindset better than you might imagine. I lived my first twenty-seven years perceiving God and His Word not only as incapable of being understood, but also lacking the authority to properly direct one’s life.”
Yeah – that would do it. It’s a quote from Bob Warren’s God’s Heart Commentary.
It’s a four part series, and I’m just starting the first book in the series. It’s part of the research I’m doing for a class that’s being put together. I’ll be writing more on it in the near future. Assuming it’s got more gems like this, I expect to really like this book.
This paragraph reminds me of when Jesus sent out the disciples with these words –
Mk 6:8 These were his instructions: “Take nothing for the journey except a staff—no bread, no bag, no money in your belts. 9 Wear sandals but not an extra tunic. 10 Whenever you enter a house, stay there until you leave that town. 11 And if any place will not welcome you or listen to you, shake the dust off your feet when you leave, as a testimony against them.”
Reading this was timely for me. It answered a question. Maybe it will for you too.