April 24, 2013 What? People Resent God’s Word! Are You Serious?

JOHN 3:16

JOHN 3:16

WHY DO PEOPLE RESENT GOD’S WORD?

John 3:19-21

English Standard Version (ESV) 

19 And this is the judgment: the light has come into the world, and people loved the darkness rather than the light because their works were evil20 For everyone who does wicked things hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his works should be exposed. 21 But whoeverdoes what is true comes to the light, so that it may be clearly seen that his works have been carried out in God.”

English Standard Version (ESV)The Holy Bible, English Standard Version Copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a division of Good News Publishers.

John 3:19-21

19 This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but people loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil. 20 Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that their deeds will be exposed. 21 But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light, so that it may be seen plainly that what they have done has been done in the sight of God.

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Some people resent being rebuked by God’s word.  Why?  Could it be because God puts restrictions and boundaries in place?  Why do you think God does this?  Let us imagine for a moment a short scenario, shall we?  

Mom:  Billy, you may go outside to play in the “backyard” and play with Rex until lunch is ready, ok?

Billy:  Ok, mom.  Here boy, come on Rex.  Good boy.  Let’s go.

Billy:  Mom, have you seen Rex’s ball?

Mom:  It’s in his playbox on the porch out back.

Billy: Thanks mom.

Mom:  You’re welcome.

Outside in the “backyard”:

Billy:  Here boy, come on Rex, fetch.  Rex runs to get the ball and brings it to Billy.

They are playing fine.  Mom’s in the kitchen fixing lunch.  All of the sudden screeching tires are heard and Mom goes running out to the back yard.  Where’s Billy, where’s Rex?  Oh my Lord!!!  Billy, Billy..

She runs to front yard in panic.  Sigh of relief….she sees Billy…Rex???  Oh no….no……

Billy:  Mom Rex is jumped over the fence to get the ball when I thru it….and…….crying……..

Mom:  (In her heart she is thanking God it wasn’t Billy!!!)  Billy, we’ll get him to the vet..ok..

Billy: Crying….can’t stop

Driver:  Mame, I’m so sorry….what can I do to help?  He came out of nowhere…..I stopped quick as I could when I saw your son running towards the road.

Mom:  I have to get Rex to the vet…just come inside and write down your information and we’ll deal with it later.

Driver: Yes, mame.

Billy:  Mom, will Rex be ok?

Mom:  Let’s pray for Rex, Billy as we take him to the vet!

Ending:  Fortunately, Rex only suffered a broken leg and is healing fine.  Mom and Billy had a long discussion after things settled down.  Mom had “set boundaries” for Billy to be in the backyard for his safety and Rex’s (though the unpredictable did happen here).  Upon reflection, Billy knew he should have been tossing the ball in the direction of the back fence which is 8 feet high.  Whereas, the fence with gate is only 4 feet high.  Then again, Mom may have never told Billy this important aspect of where to toss the ball for safety reasons.  A valuable lesson learned and with a happy ending!

God’s Perspective on Restrictions and Boundaries:

John 3:19-21 – People who love truth will come to God’s word so it can reveal truth. But some people hate the light and refuse to come to it, because they don’t want their deeds exposed.

2 Chronicles 36:15,16 – God described the sins of Judah and how He sent His messengers to warn them. But the people mocked the messengers, despised God’s words, and scoffed at His prophets. For such people, there was no remedy. God had no other solution: He sent them into captivity.

Hebrews 12:5,6 – The New Testament likewise warns us not to despise the chastening of the Lord. We should realize that chastisement and rebuke from God’s word is based on God’s love for us. Like the parent who corrects a disobedient child, God corrects us hoping to lead us to be righteous (vv 7-11). [Proverbs 3:11]

Again, rebuke of sin is an act of love, not of hatred. Properly done, it is for the benefit of one in sin to lead him to repent and be saved. When people resent it, they hate the word of God.