Posted: Thursday, October 20
1 Timothy 5:1-25
Verse of the day:
“Neither the king nor his attendants showed any signs of fear or repentance at what they heard.” (Jeremiah 36:22)
There are some stories in the Bible that are so vivid when you read them. Today’s text has one of those. I can see the cold room of a castle, heavy drapes over the windows keeping out both cold and light. Flames dance upon oil lamps spread throughout the room and there by the fire place sits the king and his advisors. In their hand is a scroll, written by Jeremiah’s servant and delivered to the king. As the king’s official, Jehudi, reads the scroll, he allows the read portion to hang near the reclined body of the king. Lazily, the king reaches up and cuts off the end of the scroll and tosses it on the flames of the fire. These harsh words of God, given as a warning through is prophet, fall on deaf ears. As the official reads, the king burns. Soon the reading stops and all you hear is the crackling of the fire as it consumes the last portion of the written word.
Can you imagine being so cold to the message of God that you could burn his word’s without an afterthought? Most of us cannot. Most of us read this and pass over this portion of scripture as a “nice story” but not one that we really take to heart. This story of a King that is far from God does not have anything to do with us today, right?
Paul sends a warning to Timothy in 1 Timothy 4:1-3:
“Now the Spirit expressly says that in later times some will depart from the faith by devoting themselves to deceitful spirits and teachings of demons, 2 through the insincerity of liars whose consciences are seared, 3 who forbid marriage and require abstinence from foods that God created to be received with thanksgiving by those who believe and know the truth.”
Paul warns that some people will depart from the faith in the “later times.” Why? What causes them to listen to false teaching? False teachers who have had their own conscience burned away, or seared. Just a King Jehoiakim burned the scroll and did not let it affect his life, these false teachers will brashly destroy God’s word. They will teach lies and some will believe.
Today, in a day where there are so many voices that are speaking, how do you know the truth? Be careful of letting anyone that you don’t know in relationship have too much influence on your life. Online devotions and websites can be a great blessing or a trap. The Bible tells us to test the words of the prophet. Be careful or you might get burned.