Listening To The Word of God…
People don’t want to hear or see the truth of any kind. Comfortable lies are the preferred method of information for the masses. Jesus knew this. Why do you think He, Jesus, always referred to the masses as just that – the masses or multitudes or crowd – no identity, just a lump of mass screaming for bread, wine and another show – a miracle to be preformed by the latest talent to show up on stage.
If you don’t believe what is said is true read the Bible, read the Words not what has been said about the Words, but read the actual Words. Let them rest on your heart, breathe them into your soul and then walk around for others to see them in you.
Now it happened that while the crowd was pressing around Him and listening to the word of God, He was standing by the lake of Gennesaret; and He saw two boats lying at the edge of the lake; but the fishermen had gotten out of them and were washing their nets. And He got into one of the boats, which was Simon’s, and asked him to put out a little way from the land. And He sat down and began teaching the people from the boat. ~ Luke 5:1-3 NASB95
Was it “the crowd” that separated from Jesus or was it Jesus Christ that put a body of water between Himself and the crowd? How could “the crowd” reach Jesus if there is a body of water between themselves and Jesus? Why would Jesus do this? Did He already realize that only a few would actually hear His message, live His message and share His message? Why would Jesus do this if He didn’t already understand and, more importantly, accept the fact “the crowd” were only interested in “the show” or Jesus understood they were only interested being part of something they really don’t know anything about but heard it was the coolest thing going? None of that really matters, what matters is that it happened. If it weren’t important, it wouldn’t be recorded.
Separating ourselves from the crowd, the multitudes or the masses is what matters. We must separate ourselves in order to develop a deep, meaningful relationship with Jesus. A relationship that can be seen in our daily walk. A relationship that allows for Jesus to change us, make us into His image, mold our thinking and our actions. Strip our tongue of the poison it can spew at the drop-of-a-hat.
Listening to the Words that are spoken in the Bible, not the words that are interpreted by others, but the actual Word of God, sets our soul on fire. Sets our heart on a different ground and makes us into something different.
Either the Scripture is the divine Word of God teaching us how to live and how to be a reflection of God, or it’s nothing more than a historical account of events.