The Bulletin
of the
Church of Christ at New Georgia

Tim Johnson, editor

November 20, 2011

 
In This Issue:
Walking Humbly with Thy God
by Jerry Curry

"The Two Builders"
by Richard Thetford

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Walking Humbly with Thy God

The prophet Micah speaks to Israel in Micah 6 and addresses the controversy that God had with Israel. His encouragement, as that of other prophets, was for Israel to turn from her ungodliness and unfaithfulness. Notice how he summarizes God’s requirement. “He hath showed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth Jehovah require of thee, but to do justly, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with thy God” (Micah 6:8).

Let’s consider some things that are necessarily inferred if I am walking humbly with my God.

Acknowledgement of God

“And without faith it is impossible to be well-pleasing unto him; for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that seek after him” (Hebrews 11:6). One must acknowledge the existence of God; unlike the fool who says in his heart that there is no God (Psalms 14:1). One must acknowledge that “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth” (Genesis 1:1). He must be acknowledged as the sustainer of life. “...that they should seek God, if haply they might feel after him and find him, though he is not far from each one of us: for in him we live, and move, and have our being” (Acts 17:27-28).

Knowledge of God

The proverb says, “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge” (Proverbs 1:7). If one desires to walk with God, as did Enoch of old (Genesis 5:24), he must apply his heart to gain the knowledge of God (Proverbs 22:17). To one who is walking humbly with God, his attitude towards God’s word is reflected by the Psalmist. “The ordinances of Jehovah are true, and righteous altogether. More to be desired are they than gold, yea, than much fine gold; Sweeter also than honey and the droppings of the honeycomb” (Psalms 19:9-10).

Faith

As noted above in Hebrews 11:6, without faith it is impossible to please Him. God calls upon us to have a great faith: faith in the unseen, faith in things which we may not fully understand, and faith in the supernatural. Jesus says in John 8:24, “Except ye believe that I am He, ye shall die in your sins.” We must believe that Jesus, as deity, left heaven, came to earth as a man, lived on earth for some thirty years as both God and man, died on the cross for sins of mankind, arose on the third day and ascended to heaven where He now sits at the right hand of God. Jesus appears the second time to Thomas and the other disciples and said to Thomas, “Reach hither thy finger, and see my hands; and reach hither thy hand, and put it into my side: and be not faithless, but believing” (John 20:27). Jesus responds and said to Thomas, “Because thou hast seen me, thou hast believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed.” Walking humbly with God requires us to believe in Jesus whom we have not seen.

Obedience

Noah exemplifies the character and obedience that one must have if he is to walk humbly with God. We read in Genesis 6:8 that “Noah found favor in the eyes of the Lord”, complemented in verse 22 which states, “Thus did Noah, according to all that God commanded him, so did he.” We must be as Samuel who said, “Speak Lord, thy servant heareth” (1 Samuel 3:10). We must not be stubborn like Pharoah to whom Moses said, “How long wilt thou refuse to humble yourself” (Exodus 10:3). Remember that “God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble” (James 4:6).

Character of Christ

“ Likewise, ye younger, be subject unto the elder. Yea, all of you gird yourselves with humility, to serve one another: for God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace to the humble” (1 Peter 5:5). Notice what Jesus says to his disciples after he washes their feet as recorded in John 13. “So when he had washed their feet, and taken his garments, and sat down again, he said unto them, Know ye what I have done to you? Ye call me, Teacher, and, Lord: and ye say well; for so I am. If I then, the Lord and the Teacher, have washed your feet, ye also ought to wash one another's feet. For I have given you an example, that ye also should do as I have done to you.” The character of one walking humbly with God is one of a servant as exemplified by Jesus. “Have this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 2:5).

May each of us follow the advice of the prophet Micah and walk humbly with our God. “Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall exalt you” (James 4:10).

- Jerry Curry


 

“The Two Builders”

 

“Therefore whoever hears these sayings of Mine, and does them, I will liken him to a wise man who built his house on the rock: and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it did not fall, for it was founded on the rock. Now everyone who hears these sayings of Mine, and does not do them, will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand: and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it fell. And great was its fall” (Matt 7:24-27).

At the conclusion of our Lord’s sermon on the mount, He summarized His teaching by using the example of two builders. We can learn from Jesus’ teaching that these two builders had some resemblances about them and certainly some differences.

Resemblance

Both of these builders heard the sayings of Christ Jesus. Both of these builders saw the necessity of building a house and as a result did build a house. And perhaps, both of these builders felt secure in the house that they had just built. But this is where the resemblances ended.

Differences

Jesus taught that these two builders differed in their personal character. One was wise and one was foolish. They also differed in their practice in that one heard the sayings of Jesus and did them, while the other heard them and did not do them. We can also see that they differed especially in the foundations on which they built; One on the rock and the other on the sand. Nothing can make up for a defective foundation. Their houses may have looked alike, but looks can be deceiving. In the end, the final results differed in that one stood (the rock), while the other fell (the sand).

May we all strive to make sure our lives are built on the firm foundation of Jesus Christ, so that we will never fall (2 Pet 1:5-11).

-Richard Thetford