Zion your Children will be taught of the Lord
Isaiah 54:13 -
And all thy children shall be taught of (by) the LORD; and great shall be the peace of thy children.
Before I start there is something I want you to understand what I am sharing is a testimony and the glory goes all to the Lord. It is so as to encourage you and tell you how good the Lord is.
Yesterday I was invited by a brother to talk to the leaders of a Christ and it was an open debate. This Church has polluted itself with misunderstanding of scriptures and they were ready to test their understandings before us. So I took a sister along who also has a calling of a teacher in her life and there 1 more brother invited by the brother who invited me, we were a team of 4 and they also were 4.
They had come all prepared to convince us and hoped to win us by their understanding so they did the starting. On the other have the two of us had no idea what the situation was at the other side, we heard of this Church for the first time.
As they started I understood in his first few lines where he was tending towards. They had an understanding that the prophets will keeping coming back like Elias came as John the Baptist. They also had an understanding that before the rapture their Church would be the first to be taken up into Heaven. You may find them amusing but they had scriptures to quote and to prove this understandings; the only problem was the scriptures were either technically misunderstood or put out of context.
These people were just victims of other people's mischief. But they will be not blameless for someone can deceive you by giving you a misunderstanding and make you a victim, but remaining in it is your decision. No one can force you to remain in a misunderstanding. In fact the person who introduced them to this Church has himself come to know the Truth and left but they continued.
We did not want to just prove them wrong but to also how them the Truth. As we started our discussion I started with first laying the foundation that the whole Word of God is just One Understanding and there is no difference in understanding between the Old and New Testament (just people doing it) and took examples to prove them. I showed them how there were at least 2 to 3 or more scriptures to every understanding. How if any understanding contradicts even one scripture it should be considered a wrong understanding.
I then started making them understand how creation is and the various levels on creation so as to understand human life. I also told up what man is and the purpose why God created man.
They were from this Church which called them to give up everything in life (even sell their houses and do full time ministry - preaching). When they heard what I was saying, they were literally dumb struck and had nothing much to say. They did try 2 or 3 times to test my understanding with scriptures but could not disapprove it. I was not proving only in scriptures but also the same in God's creation.
What zapped them more was my understanding was not out of any text book or something heard of before from anyone else but not contradicting the Word, for it was directly from the Lord.
From the start of my walk in the Lord, the Lord has been my Teacher and His ways of teaching are very different and just perfect to me. I do refer books (Bible study books) for knowledge but most of my understanding is mostly given by the Lord directly (in the start they were by visions and physical manifestation). I may read A, B and C but the Lord will take me to E, F and G.
Out of the four of them, three were shaken from their understanding and truly listening but one of them who was hard in heart (and their leader) was literally dozing many at times through the session (we started at about 12 noon and went up to 5pm nonstop with none of us realizing the time).
Today's scripture speaks about what the Lord has been doing unto me. It says the Lord will be teacher unto the children of Zion. 'Children' does not refer to physical age but to spiritual age. We grow from children of Israel to sons of Zion through our spiritual journey.
Paul had a special calling in his life to teach the children of Israel and therefore his teachings as so beautiful and simple for people to understand.
We as workers in the vineyard of the Lord having different callings teach in varying styles, varying aspects at varying levels, but ultimately we all need to take the person to be taught by the Lord and not be their guide forever, so that the person can go ahead of us.
We should firstly realize that none of us has the complete understanding of the Truth, what we know is only parts and when we share with others we put parts together and come to greater understanding of the Truth, but yet it will be part of the Truth. So we need to always go back to the source of the Truth - that is the Lord.
Let us not remain in our misunderstandings of what we know and how much we know is all, but let us allow the Lord to teach us and guide us by opening our minds to shine more light on the Truth we know and also teach us more of the Truth at all times.
[ Prayer Starter ]
Lord God, You gave us the Word which is Truth and to understand the Truth, You gave us your Spirit. Holy Spirit, You are our guide and teacher, teach us and open our minds to more and more of the Truth. Root the Truth is us by shining your glory into our lives through your testimony growing in us...
This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.
[ Reference Scriptures ]
14 "Return, O backsliding children," says the LORD; "for I am married to you. I will take you, one from a city and two from a family, and I will bring you to Zion.
15 "And I will give you shepherds according to My heart, who will feed you with knowledge and understanding.
15 But the Lord said unto him, Go thy way: for he is a chosen vessel unto me, to bear my name before the Gentiles, and kings, and the children of Israel:
16 For I will shew him how great things he must suffer for my name's sake.
1 Corinthians 4:17
17 For this cause have I sent unto you Timotheus, who is my beloved son, and faithful in the Lord, who shall bring you into remembrance of my ways which be in Christ, as I teach every where in every church.
1 Corinthians 8:22-23
22 And we have sent with them our brother, whom we have oftentimes proved diligent in many things, but now much more diligent, upon the great confidence which I have in you.
23 Whether any do enquire of Titus, he is my partner and fellowhelper concerning you: or our brethren be enquired of, they are the messengers of the churches, and the glory of Christ.
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