“THE WORD OF THE LORD WAS PRECIOUS IN THOSE DAYS”

“THE WORD OF THE LORD WAS PRECIOUS IN THOSE DAYS”

By: Donnie Swaggart

I Samuel 3:1 – “And the child Samuel ministered unto the LORD before Eli (served in the Tabernacle). And the Word of the LORD was precious (rare) in those days; there was no open vision. (Although prophetic utterances had been given, even as we witnessed in the last Chapter, still, the Office of the Prophet had not yet been established. In fact, Samuel would be the first one to occupy that Office. Considering that the priesthood was corrupt, the nation, for all practical purposes, was then without spiritual leadership.)

The word “precious” means that the Word of God was scarce in Israel of those days. The reason being the Priesthood was corrupt and without spiritual leadership. Never forget a nation or church can only rise as high as its leadership.
By the use of the word “precious” this tells us that Revelations, Prophecies, Visions, and personal contact with Jehovah God was rare and scarce, thus, “precious”; hence, the people were not receiving a constant flow of godly instruction, teaching, and guidance.

THE CHURCH TODAY

This Verse is so applicable for much of today’s Church, not all, but way more than should be.
We see everything under the sun being preached, except the plain Gospel Message. Here is a short list of what is being preached in too many churches today:
• Social Justice;
• Psychology;
• Community;
• Self-esteem;
• Prosperity, or better stated, the “greed gospel”;
• Good deeds;
• Works;
• Law (“The Hebraic Movement”);
• Denominational Rules and Regulations; and,
• Improvement of self by self.
Everyone reading this should ask yourself, “What is my pastor preaching?”

WHAT ARE WE TO PREACH?

The simple answer is the Word of God. However, we must stress that for one to truly preach the Bible, one must preach Christ and Him Crucified and Resurrected.
The Cross (not a wooden beam, but what Christ did on the Cross) is the foundation of the entirety of the Bible. Every Bible Doctrine springs forth from the Truth of Christ Crucified.

WHAT PAUL SAID

In I Corinthians 1:23 and 24, Paul stated, “But we preach Christ Crucified, unto the Jews a stumblingblock, and unto the Greeks foolishness; But unto them who are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ is the Power of God, and the Wisdom of God.”
Then in I Corinthians 2:2, Paul would write, “For I determined not to know anything among you, save Jesus Christ and Him Crucified.”
This is the preaching of the Gospel, the preaching of the Cross. As stated, the Cross must be the foundation of all preaching, if not, then the people can’t grow or truly understand God’s Word.
The Church is by and large majoring on “improvement of self.” However, that’s not the story of the Bible and as well it’s impossible for self to improve self; only Jesus Christ can improve man and only if one is properly “in Christ.”
The Believer properly “in Christ” is the only answer for self. Only then can man be properly improved. If one tries to depend on one’s works or efforts, all that will be produced is pride and self-righteousness.
If we truly understand that all we have gained in Christ is because of the Cross, then man will properly see himself for what he really is. Salvation not only comes through the Cross, but our Sanctification comes through the Cross as well.

WHAT IS OUR RESPONSIBILITY?

If you’re a preacher, it is to preach the Message of the Cross; for the laity, it is to support those ministers that are truly preaching Christ and Him Crucified and Resurrected.

Your Evangelist,

Donnie Swaggart

1 Comments to ““THE WORD OF THE LORD WAS PRECIOUS IN THOSE DAYS””

  1. Rev. Stephen Gentry says:

    Awesome and true word. Too often in the world around us the word of God is everything except what it should be unchangeable, undeniable, and anointed Word of God. It is no wonder that so many in the House of God are struggling with the things of this world and the lust of the flesh when the only thing in a lot of churches that are being preached is a feel good, self help, all will be ok kind of sermon. When the Word of God is so plain and true, it takes the anointing to break the yoke of bondage. How can we as ministers of the Gospel preach freedom in Christ through the FINISHED works of the Cross and compel the lost to come in and show them how to be set free if the church herself is bound. It’s the blind leading the blind. God help the church to get back to the Cross, back to her first love and stop jumping over the altars to stand behind the podiums and preaching heresy and false doctrines. God bless you Brother Donnie and thank you for making a stand for the Gospel of Christ. We love you brother and everyone at JSM Ministries.

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