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The Teachable God?

Is it blasphemy to assert that God is teachable?

God is omniscient, He knows all things and does not need man to teach Him anything. Clearly, the Word of God teaches us that we have nothing to inform God of.

“Who has measured the waters in the hollow of his hand, and meted out heaven with the span, and comprehended the dust of the earth in a measure, and weighed the mountains in scales, and the hills in a balance? Who has directed the Spirit of the LORD, or [being] his counsellor hath taught him? With whom took he counsel, and [who] instructed him, and taught him in the path of judgment, and taught him knowledge, and shewed to him the way of understanding?”

Isaiah 40:12-14

Yet, the idea that God is come in the flesh as a lowly carpenter’s son, formed as an embryo in the womb of a young virgin is truly mysterious and beyond what we could imagine or even dare to contemplate, much less proclaim to the world.

“Without controversy, Great is the mystery of godliness. God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world and received up into glory.”

1 Timothy 3:16

So great a mystery that even though we were told centuries in advance, man cannot understand it without God’s help:

Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel (God with us). 

Isaiah 7:14

Even more, we are left incredulous to read the following statements:

But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death,…”

Hebrews 2:9

“Wherefore in all things it behooved him to be made like unto [his] brethren, that he might be a merciful and faithful high priest…”

Hebrews 2:17

 “…but (He) was in all points tempted like as [we are, yet] without sin.”

Hebrews 4:15

“Though he were a Son, yet learned he obedience by the things which he suffered;”

Hebrews 5:8  

Are we willing to take the lower place?

We strive all of our lives to gain a higher place in society. We want to make a name for ourselves or at the very least be appreciated by our family. How humbling it is to think that Jesus took a place lower than the angels so that through His death, we will be lifted higher than the angels.

Are we willing to take the blame for our brethren?

When a mistake is made, our first reaction is to deflect blame from ourselves. Even when it is clear that we are to blame, we make excuses for our behavior. One of the hardest things that we ever do is take responsibility for our own mistakes. Even worse is to admit to being guilty of sin against God.

What about taking responsibility for the mistakes of others?

What about taking the punishment for their mistakes? 

It is practically unthinkable. Why would I do that? 

No wonder it is so incredible to us to learn that the sinless Jesus Christ was ‘made sin for us’ (1 Corinthians 5:21) 

He did not make Himself take the punishment for our mistakes. He made Himself take the punishment for our sins.

In other words, He who is perfectly obedient was made to suffer as if He is guilty of being willfully disobedient to God.

Wow…do we realize what this means?

If we are truly one in Christ, when we pray for others who have sinned, it is not just their sin that we pray about, it is our sin also. Their sin becomes our sin and my sin becomes the sin of my brethren. Our guilt, our confession, our repentance and our forgiveness is a corporate experience and we are all liable to each other for our actions.

How are we ever going to  be able to gain the victory over sin during our trials?

When life gets difficult, when the losses pile up and the responsibilities become overwhelming, do we fold? Do we abandon our brethren, ‘curse God and die’? Or do we gain the victory over sin by learning to be thankful in all things?

Man, that is tough stuff. Are you and I willing to be as ‘teachable’ as our Lord?

“But Jesus beheld [them], and said unto them, With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible.”

Matthew 19:26


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