Circumstances will never change the Word.
Israel had been in captivity for many years before this record in Nehemiah. Ezra had to re-instruct the people about God and His Word. Look how they treated it.
“And Ezra opened the book in the sight of all the people; (for he was above all the people;) and when he opened it, all the people stood up:…” Nehemiah 8:5
All the people stood up. Wow!
“…and the Levites, caused the people to understand the law: and the people stood in their place. So they read in the book in the law of God distinctly, and gave the sense, and caused them to understand the reading.” vs 7b-8
You can never go farther than you’ve been taught.
And the further away from God you get it always leads into captivity.
If it’s God’s word than it can not contradict itself. SO how come we see so many apparent contradictions? Here is one example.
For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” vs. 38-39
We will never be separated from the love of God. That’s amazing and comforting, so what could Romans 11 mean?
“Behold therefore the goodness and severity of God: on them which fell, severity; but toward thee, goodness, if thou continue in his goodness: otherwise thou also shalt be cut off.” Romans 11:22
How do we explain the apparent contradiction?
Paul was writing to two different groups of people here and so the situation was different for each group. The first group is to: “them which are in Christ Jesus” Romans 8:1. They were the committed, born-again believers. The second is written to the Jews who still cling to the law after the day of Pentecost when a new law had been given. “I say then, Hath God cast away his people? For I also am an Israelite, of the seed of Abraham, of the tribe of Benjamin.” Romans 11:1. They were unbelieving Jews.
Are the spiritual situations different? YES! They change the circumstances. Yet look at the following verse written to these Jews.
“Even so have these also now not believed, that through your mercy they also may obtain mercy. For God hath concluded them all in unbelief, that he might have mercy upon all.” Romans 11:31-32
God still has mercy for them. Did the Word change? Nope. Did God change? He’s always been merciful. You see we have to have a strong desire for the accuracy and integrity of God’s Word. We have to read it with understanding, and if we don’t understand it, admit it. God is a big guy, we’re not going to understand all that He says or does. But maybe we can be led into an understanding.
You are going to have people come to you and ask for prayer, ministering and help. This is where you need to be diligent and get real quiet on the inside. The circumstances might look one way, but only God knows the condition of the person’s heart and mind. He’s the only one who can help you pray for the exact right thing. That’s why learning about the nine manifestations is so important. You need to learn how to get word of wisdom, word of knowledge. You need to get to the place of understanding but before that can come you must respect the book. Take time to learn the Word of God, because without it you’ll never know God Himself.
God IS His Word.
IF you want to “get” Him, you have to get your situation to change concerning Him. You have to eat and digest the Word.
“Thy words were found, and I did eat them; and thy word was unto me the joy and rejoicing of mine heart:” Jeremiah 15:16a
“Get” to the point that the Word is the joy and rejoicing of your heart. That circumstance will lead to great understanding.
God bless you today!