(1 Peter 2:9) “But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light:”
There is something special that happens when we are encouraged by something or someone. You may have heard a statement similar to “my faith in mankind was restored” or “that shows there is hope for that person” after some special or unusual act of kindness or love is shown.
A friend of mine, (a member of a denomination), made the statement about an area denomination’s revival: “I’d love to get over and hear _______ this week; he’s a real comedian.” While we are not surprised to hear such coming from today’s religious landscape, this sentiment has found its way into the Lord’s church. A sister in Christ, speaking about the ongoing Gospel Meeting at her home congregation, made the following comment about the previous night’s assembly and the speaker. “I never laughed so hard in all my life.” Hardly a ringing endorsement for those who still want to hear the gospel in a Gospel Meeting. I have heard “brother Comedian” preach, and he is more than capable of preaching excellent and insightful messages from God’s word. However, it is obvious that he is also overly concerned by making sure his audience gets a good laugh at the start, and perhaps several times throughout the evening.
The longer I study God’s Word the more interesting things I find. One of the most recent observations I have begun to notice are all the questions asked in Scripture, particularly questions asked by God. Scripture clearly teaches that God is all knowing (Psalm 147:5, 1 John 3:20), why then does God ask questions? As we begin to study all the questions in the Bible, you will see that every time God asks a question it is a form of teaching, not a search for information. Consider the very first question God asked Adam in Genesis.