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They Must Not Know

January 29, 2009

“They must not know what the Bible says about that.”

Have you ever heard someone say that? They must not know the Bible’s instructions. Have you thought it? Watched a friend do something that was totally against the word of God and thought, they must not know?

I’ve heard it a lot when it comes to marriage. They must not know that they shouldn’t get a divorce. They must not know that they shouldn’t sleep together. They must not know.

I have had friends tell me we just have to do a better job of teaching. We need to educate people about God’s plan. Yes, teaching people about something being wrong in the eyes of God is important but what about the idea that this must be what is lacking or they wouldn’t do what they are doing? I’m not buying that.

I know of a woman who was not a Christian, had absolutley no church background for her entire life, who had an affair. She knew what she was doing was wrong. She didn’t even know what the Bible said about it but she confessed she knew. In fact it was that choice that made her seek out the Teacher of such truth. She purchased a Bible and began to read it. She discovered that what she was feeling was regret for sin.

You see it isn’t enough just to know something, you have to feel it to. She felt her sin and so it pushed her to know. When she discovered she could be forgiven by the blood of Jesus Christ she surrendered to Christ and was baptized in Jesus name.

“Why then,” they asked, “did Moses command that a man give his wife a certificate of divorce and send her away?” Jesus replied, “Moses permitted you to divorce your wives because your hearts were hard. But it was not this way from the beginning. I tell you that anyone who divorces his wife, except for marital unfaithfulness, and marries another woman commits adultery.” Matthew 19:7-9

Their hearts were hard, they had lost all feeling. I worry about the church today when we think the answer is they must not know. History shows that knowing wasn’t the problem. Israel and Judah didn’t go into captivity becasue they didn’t know. They went because they didn’t do and we catch a glimpse of why they didn’t do becasue they had lost all feeling in their hearts.

Maybe we should say, “They must not feel…”

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