ABUSIVE USE OF GOD'S WORD (Continued)|
This letter showed absence of all restraint in marshalling
against a brother in Christ Bible passages that have to do with
eternal redemption, the very process by which the Eternal Son
“appeared once for all at the end of the ages to do away with
sin by the sacrifice of Himself.” Let’s examine carefully
what they did with their analogies.
“Have you forgotten Abraham,” the letter queries. Isaac,
remember, was the ONLY seed through which the promised Messiah
would come, the one through whom all nations would be blessed.
Abraham was to slay the one whose birth was miraculous, the one
who was guilty of no crime, who was an unusually dutiful, loving
and obedient child. Isaac faced no “discipline” here! He was
not like Eli’s sons, nor was he an Ishmael (who, by the way,
was truly “put out!”). Abraham was commanded to do a thing
for which, at the time, no reason could be assigned save the
authority of Him who gave the command! WAS EVER SUCH A COMMAND
MADE BY GOD UPON A HUMAN CREATURE BEFORE OR SINCE?
And yet, some men today, by putting away their children, claim
to “have followed in the steps of Abraham.” And thinking
“they have eternal vision,” compare the “discipline”
they have meted out with the most exalted and magnificent act of
the ages! Is taking a “stand against their own children…a
new test of God?” they proclaim. And then, in the very next
breath, they unhesitatingly leap into the most sacred of
heavenly realms and liken their “stand” to that which
Abraham’s test really pictured: the “forsaken” Son on the
Cross of Calvary!
The writer of Hebrews, under divine inspiration, made the
application that Abraham’s test prefigured (Heb. 11:17-19).
And David, with supernatural vision, first uttered the words (Psa.
22) that will continue to reverberate throughout eternity: “My
God, my God, why hast Thou forsaken me?” Read those accounts,
you brethren who concocted and signed that infamous letter, with
unjaundiced eyes and humble hearts, and just try to find
inspired parallels to the “disciplinary” action you expected
our dear brother to take! Then admit that YOU HAVE invented a
“new test of God” and BE “ASHAMED!” God’s “answer”
to the horrible cry of His Only Begotten Son WAS SPOKEN in vivid
detail so that there could be no misunderstanding by anyone.
Read Isaiah 53, verses 5-12! The mundane analogy you have
attempted was “unspoken” simply because it was unspeakable.
Our brother is now with “this Abraham,” and he’s rejoicing
with him that God ALSO STAYED HIS HAND at the last moment and he
RETURNED AGAIN WITH HIS SON (Gen. 22:5, 12). And, yes, our
brother is now with the Lamb of God and His Father in Glory, and
he understands (as we all will) that only God had the infinite
wisdom, the almighty power and the all-encompassing LOVE to
“stand against” His Precious Son at that appointed moment in
eternity. You see, other men (including us) turned against Him
when He was “without spot or blemish.” The Father rejected
Him ONLY when He bore YOUR sins and OURS. Neither situation fits
the parallels you tried to draw.
You continue to consume one another while the
“principalities” and “powers” do their deceptive deeds
in your midst undetected and unhindered. Who is there among you
with the courage to STAND UP AND OBJECT? Or have most of you
succumbed to the fear that you also may face inquisition and
possible separation from your loved ones? Brethren, “cowardly
action” has another face.