Faith Once Delivered

farm, New South Wales
A farmer friend had trouble with vermin on the farm and it was becoming an increasing problem. Drastic action was called for.

 

Over a period of time bait was laid down, but this bait was different. It was ‘the real thing’. Chopped vegetables were placed in the areas where there were signs of the vermin. A few days later the areas were checked to see that the ‘bait’ had been taken. Then more ‘good stuff’ was laid.

What did the vermin think? That’s rhetorical because I do not purport to know if rodents can think. But if they could think… it might be that here was a great source of food without the effort of looking for it.

Then the poisoned bait went down.

It made me think of the way Satan draws us astray.

As it says in Ecclesiates 1: 9, “There is nothing new under the sun’… and neither there is. A New Testament example is in the short letter from the Apostle Jude.

Dear friends, although I was very eager to write to you about the salvation we share, I felt compelled to write and urge you to contend for the faith that was once for all entrusted to God’s holy people.
Jude 3 (New International Version)

So what is the ‘faith once delivered’ and have we strayed from it?

cartoon of fish and hook

How can we know? Are we eating the ‘bait’ only to be fed the poison when we are lulled into security? And what degree of poison? Is it obvious or subtle? My vote goes for subtle. Error is a slow poison, but poison nonetheless.

The Bible is my reference book… and one that was well studied and researched into for Hold the Faith (the novel). The apostles first had the faith once delivered. Christ opened their eyes to the truth, and they learned from the scriptures, and in turn, taught from them.

But wait!

The New Testament had not yet been written. What were the scriptures used by Jesus Christ?

Hmm. It could only have been what we call the Old Testament.

But many people teach that the Old Testament has been ‘done away’.

So what then does this mean?

Then Jesus took them through the writings of Moses and all the prophets, explaining from all the Scriptures the things concerning Himself.
Luke 24:27 (New Living Translation)

Luke 24: 27

Perhaps saying the Old Testament is done away is part of Satan’s subtle poisoned bait.

Some thoughts,

Susan

Cockatoos and Paul’s Thorn

Australian crow

 

 

So far I have not seen one crow. There are many birds around here, doing damage to my host’s fruit

So why the reference to crows? Because Wagga Wagga (pronounced Wawga Wawga) means ‘place of many crows’. Perhaps when the original Aboriginal people came to the place, there were many crows, but Wagga is now a fairly large country city.

Although I have not seen a crow, or its cousin the raven, I have seen many sulphur-crested cockatoos.

Sulphur-crested Cockatoo

 

Cockatoo, crest displaye

The crest seems to reflect the bird’s emotions.

When it is excited or alarmed, the feathers are fully extended, reaching far forward over the bird’s head. A bird at rest, or one which doesn’t feel well, will have its crest feathers flattened against the back of its head.
http://billabongsanctuary.com.au/native-animals/birds/sulphur-crested-cockatoo/

Lying in bed, listening to the pre-dawn chorus, I enjoyed the musical notes of the smaller birds and thought about the ‘cocky’.  Strident, or raucous, best describes the call of this bird. It was not singing in the pre-dawn chorus.  However, as I thought about this lovely bird, and the not-so-nice sound it makes, my thoughts turned to the Apostle Paul.

“Therefore, in order to keep me from becoming conceited, I was given a thorn in my flesh, a messenger of Satan, to torment me.”
2 Cor 12: 7b

Now I am not suggesting that God created this beautiful bird species, then gave it one of the most raucous calls, in order to prevent it from becoming conceited. No, only sharing a linked thought. It is amazing what we can learn from contemplating God’s creation.

Many of us have ‘thorns’, are we able to accept them as Paul did?

My  Grace quote

Just thinking

Susan