Careful God, Careless Man

God was very careful to present mankind with his word.

The Lord had Moses record everything from the creation to the delivery of Israel to the Promised Land. God made sure Samuel chronicled the days of the first kings of Israel and the history of the nation was complete through its division into two nations, its captivity and the restoration of a remnant to Palestine.

God had been careful to provide the world with the entire Old Testament translated into the common language of the world at the time — Koine Greek — and the Septuagint led people during the Roman-controlled world to Christianity.

Man, on the other hand, has been very careless. The second person of the godhead, Jesus Christ, had been given to mankind in bodily form, and mankind failed to realize it. The Jews and the Romans discounted the Christ and crucified him. God gave his New Testament through Jesus and the apostles, but man was careless and refused to accept it or obey it.

Luke 11 records Jesus speaking to the Jews concerning the privilege the world had been given by God and how it had carelessly and thoughtlessly ignored it. The Christ said, “The people of Nineveh will also stand up against this generation on judgment day and condemn it, for they repented of their sins at the preaching of Jonah. Now someone greater than Jonah is here—but you refuse to repent,” (Luke 11:32 NLT).

Nineveh received the preaching of Jonah and repented. In front of Judaism was the Christ, the son of God, but the Jews were so careless they refused to listen to him. Their rejection of Jesus was so bad, the Lord predicted how Nineveh would stand in the judgment and “condemn it” because Judaism, prepared from the beginning of time for the coming of the Christ, failed to realize the truth when they saw it.

Even today, men hear the truth a reject it because of carelessness. Such a pity that mankind has been given such a privilege as the New Testament, but men loved darkness rather than light (John 3:19).

Still, it is the responsibility of those who know the truth to continue to teach it until the Lord comes to take his faithful home. Many will exhibit the carelessness of the Jews, the Romans and even some of our own day. Some, however, will listen carefully and realize the truth and obey it.

Let us pray their number may increase.

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John Henson

Born in Nashville, Tennessee, John Henson has been a husband for 40 years and a preacher for about half that. He currently serves as the preacher for the Dibrell Church of Christ in McMinnville, Tennessee..

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