We could easily call this season that we’re living in the Time of Great Mistrust. Information dissemination is fraught with falsehoods. Some of it is intentional and some purely because we live in a sin-scarred world where even once-trusted sources can innocently mislead us. Political and religious leaders make poor choices they then attempt to cover up, and when their sin is exposed, we feel violated for placing our confidence in them. As a result, we begin to doubt all the leaders in our lives. We can’t even go to the grocery store without someone looking sideways at us — or us at them. While we might feel that trustworthiness is at an all-time decline, the truth is “there is nothing new under the sun” (Ecclesiastes 1:9). That’s why God needed to put the ninth commandment on the Tablets of Testimony and why the psalmist David reminds us that the testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple.
This week we are in Exodus 20:16 as we look at the importance of a truthful testimony. While we find many verses throughout the Bible admonishing us to not lie, especially in Proverbs, this verse from Exodus is a specific command against speaking mistruths about the people in our lives. Let's jump right into reviewing the Ten Commandments and then ponder how we speak about other people.
Last week in our Ponder and Pray feature, we looked at the first of three chapters of Jesus’ Last Supper Discourse in which Jesus declared that He is the Way, the Truth and the Life, and then promised the Holy Spirit, a helping spirit of peace to guide them — and believers today — through life. Today we’ll find another I AM statement in chapter 15 and more comfort about how the Holy Spirit, also known as the Spirit of Truth, will guide us through the harsh reality that the world hates us because we follow Jesus.
We have landed in three incredible chapters this week that show us more about the character of Jesus and how He interacted with the people around Him, including a woman caught in adultery and a blind man given sight. When we place ourselves within the biblical narrative, we cast off the idea that studying God’s Word is purely academic. Join us today as we picture ourselves in the narrative of John 8-10.
Welcome to the first week of Come and See, a journey through the Gospel of John. We believe that pausing to engage with the Bible each and every day allows the truth to sink deeply into our hearts and minds, so we encourage you to read chapters 1 and 2 this week, reread them, listen to them, or write them out. Each day we'll have something new here on the blog to help you engage with the section. If you missed Saturday's introductory post, we encourage you to go back and review it and listen to the podcast as they set up the background for the book of John and for our time together. Today we offer you a podcast with teaching from Jamie Harms.