Ignorance about the World
Pr. 10:21-23; Pr. 12:18;
What do you think of the World? Is it something you should avoid so you don’t get dirty? Is it perhaps a mission field that you are to be working in? Or is the world something God created in His goodness, that despite the things that go wrong, we can basically enjoy because He wants us to do that. If you haven’t guessed, the answer is the last one. WHY? Because God is bigger than the world and He gave us the freedom to choose, and the ability to do so.
Our view of the world and ignorance of it, affects how we serve God. It also shows what we think of Him and how powerful we think He is. If He is a powerful God and has made this world for our enjoyment, hiding in a corner thinking that the world will corrupt our “pure little selves” is balderdash of the worst kind. It says God created us in a puny image not His, that He did not give us the ability to choose, because we are poor little victims of the cruel cruel world, and that He did not give us dominion over the Earth, but rather gave the Earth dominion over us.
Yeshua, when coming here, told the synagogue that He was bringing in the Kingdom of God, that was the Year of Jubilee, and to quote my grandmother, “and so what is that? chopped liver?” NO! It’s the greatest thing since sliced bread. God was finally bringing about the “end times” when He would gather in the Gentiles. It is an age where the Holy Spirit is poured out on Earth and God’s promises are for everyone who believes. Hallelujah! It’s not a time of despair, and hand wringing, worrying and hoping he’ll arrive back soon so we don’t have to be here. It is precisely the opposite. It is a time when all believers are permitted to work together to bring the good news of God’s Kingdom here and now as well as in the future. We are the hope of the world…we get to be the good-news-bearers. Hiding in our homes, afraid to watch movies, afraid to talk to people who think differently than we do is wimpy and denies God’s purpose, power and position. We need to accept the challenge of living in an already but not yet world, get with the program, get out there and be an influence; not be influenced. So, all you wimpies out there? Get your Cheerios, and get going! The Kingdom is here, the Kingdom is now!
Meditation: Think about being different than you are. Think about risking your fear of the world for a fear of God. Put His righteousness and His Kingdom ahead of your ignorance and go for it. Be an example, praise God for His jubilee.
Activity 1: Read the following article and think about what it means to be a wild olive.
From Easton’s Illustrated Dictionary. Entry: Olive-tree.
Is frequently mentioned in Scripture. The dove from the ark brought an olive-branch to Noah (Gen 8:11). It is mentioned among the most notable trees of Palestine, where it was cultivated long before the time of the Hebrews (Deut 6:11; Deut 8:8). It is mentioned in the first Old Testament parable, that of Jotham (Jdg 9:9), and is named among the blessings of the “good land,” and is at the present day the one characteristic tree of Palestine. The oldest olive-trees in the country are those which are enclosed in the Garden of Gethsemane. It is referred to as an emblem of prosperity and beauty and religious privilege (Ps 52:8; Jer 11:16; Hos 14:6). The two “witnesses” mentioned in Rev 11:4 are spoken of as “two olive trees standing before the God of the earth.” (Compare Zec 4:3, 11-14)
The “olive-tree, wild by nature” (Rom 11:24), is the shoot or cutting of the good olive-tree which, left ungrafted, grows up to be a “wild olive.” In Rom 11:17 Paul refers to the practice of grafting shoots of the wild olive into a “good” olive which has become unfruitful. By such a process the sap of the good olive, by pervading the branch which is “graffed in,” makes it a good branch, bearing good olives. Thus the Gentiles, being a “wild olive,” but now “graffed in,” yield fruit, but only through the sap of the tree into which they have been graffed. This is a process “contrary to nature” (Rom 11:24).
-Easton’s Illustrated Dictionary
Activity 2: How can we function as wild olives? Think about some things you can do that will influence the world from the wild olive perspective.
Activity 3: Go and do those things: Journal your results. Make sure you write how you felt before, during and after the experience. Hopefully, it will spur you on to more mitvot! (look it up)
Prayer: Thank God for His Jubilee and your grafted in status. Ask Him how you can do more and be more in His World instead of being ignorant of the world He has place you in.