Everything turns on education

The secular education system has been under attack for some time, mostly being undermined from within. Now, learning is being dismounted because it is attributed to white supremacy. Time will tell whether the foundations of civilization will give way completely.

Spiritually, a similar attack has been going on for years, albeit with different motivations. One example is the emerging church movement. People prefer to find what they consider to be their own truth, rather than search the Scriptures for God’s truth. Feelings win over facts. Action is better than words.

The Bible shows the error of such ideas.

I will instruct you and show you the way to go; with my eye on you, I will give counsel. Psalm 32.8 CSB.

Many understand the Lord to be speaking in the verse above; others, that it is the writer. (See NET Bible note.) In either case, the points below are valid.

1. God teaches

If in verse 8 it is the writer speaking, it comes from his experience with the Lord and knowing that the promise of forgiveness is always valid. He knows the difference in the wretchedness of his unpardoned state and in the blessedness of his forgiveness. The Lord’s faithfulness is overwhelming! Psalm 32.10.

As Moses sang, repeating the words of the Lord: “I raise my hand toward heaven and make this promise. As surely as I live forever, these things will happen!” Deuteronomy 32.40 ERV.

We can be certain that God wants to forgive and save and that we ourselves are forgiven through our faith and obedience, because he teaches us so and he is faithful.

2. God’s care arises from his teaching

The Lord is many things to his people. He fulfills many functions. One of these is to teach his people. Moses’ books often mention teaching the children the terms of the covenant. God’s “counsel” is one of the ways he keeps his eye upon us to help us.

Teaching saves, 1 Timothy 4.16, and keeps people saved, 1 Corinthians 15.2. That is why it is called the “faithful word” Titus 1.9. Teachers are therefore worthy of receiving material help from those who are taught: “Now the one who receives instruction in the word must share all good things with the one who teaches it” Galatians 6.6.

Can we realistically expect God’s care when we refuse to listen to his teaching?

3. There is a way we ought to follow, which is taught and learned

Truth is not discovered by looking inward, but upward. God has established a way that we should follow. He has determined the path. And he desires to show us the way, to explain what it means to follow this path.

The church is even called The Way, in the book of Acts. This because Jesus is revealed as the Teacher. He makes the appeal to those who would follow him: “learn from me” Matthew 11.29.

Conclusion

Knowledge of God, about God, and from God are indispensable to the way of Christ. Such knowledge must come through teaching and learning. “If we make the decision to sin after we receive the knowledge of the truth, there isn’t a sacrifice for sins left any longer” Hebrews 10.26 CEB. If we want forgiveness of sin and a way back to God, let us humbly receive the true teaching that comes from the Lord, found only in the Bible.

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