First words from the commercial … At a time when things are most uncertain, we turn to the most certain thing there is, science.
I am posting this because someone may wonder if I overreached with my comments on the role science is playing in shaping the narrative around the Covid-19 pandemic. How many different voices have urged us, or urged our governors, or urged our president to “follow the science”?
As I said in Sunday’s message, that if we blindly “followed the science,” then upon opening our Bibles and beginning to read, we would immediately have to deny the very existence of God let alone his stated role as Creator.
- (Genesis 1:1 ESV) In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.
My question for those who urge us to “unhitch” from the Old Testament is this–What kind of God is so inept that he cannot give us an account of himself and his creation that withstands the scrutiny of time and culture … whose account crumbles under the microscope of “scientists”? What kind of God claims to be infinite in wisdom and all powerful but cannot even give us an accurate account of creation? What kind of God is so low to this earth that scientists can outdo him in explaining the origin and operation of the planet?
Not the God of the Bible. Not the God I know and trust. Not the One who is coming again in great power and glory.
- (1 Chronicles 29:11 ESV) Yours, O Lord, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the victory and the majesty, for all that is in the heavens and in the earth is yours. Yours is the kingdom, O Lord, and you are exalted as head above all.
- (Matthew 24:30 ESV) Then will appear in heaven the sign of the Son of Man, and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.
- (Revelation 4:11 ESV) Worthy are you, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things, and by your will they existed and were created.
- (Revelation 19:1 ESV) After this I heard what seemed to be the loud voice of a great multitude in heaven, crying out, “Hallelujah! Salvation and glory and power belong to our God.”
Back to the commercial …
I had not seen this commercial until after I preached Sunday’s message and it only affirmed what I had been saying.
We, as in the Church … the Body of Jesus Christ … need to be awake and not asleep.
- (1 Thessalonians 5:4–6 ESV) But you are not in darkness, brothers, for that day to surprise you like a thief. 5 For you are all children of light, children of the day. We are not of the night or of the darkness. 6 So then let us not sleep, as others do, but let us keep awake and be sober.
I believe that as we continue in our study in 1 Peter that the Holy Spirit will continue to clarify “what our part is” and help each of us answer “am I doing my part?”
We need to make sure that God is not left out of the discussion. And isn’t it interesting that during the first global crisis our planet faced that God was completely left out of the discussion? Just the humans and the devil sharing their opinions on what God “really said”. As they say, “And how did that work out?”
- (Genesis 3:1–6 ESV) Now the serpent was more crafty than any other beast of the field that the Lord God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God actually say, ‘You shall not eat of any tree in the garden’?” 2 And the woman said to the serpent, “We may eat of the fruit of the trees in the garden, 3 but God said, ‘You shall not eat of the fruit of the tree that is in the midst of the garden, neither shall you touch it, lest you die.’ ” 4 But the serpent said to the woman, “You will not surely die. 5 For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” 6 So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was to be desired to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate, and she also gave some to her husband who was with her, and he ate.
This world may go with “science will win” but I’m going a different direction: God will win. And we will find our victory only in him.
- (Proverbs 21:30–31 ESV) No wisdom, no understanding, no counsel can avail against the Lord. 31 The horse is made ready for the day of battle, but the victory belongs to the Lord.
- (Revelation 19:11–16 ESV) Then I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse! The one sitting on it is called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he judges and makes war. 12 His eyes are like a flame of fire, and on his head are many diadems, and he has a name written that no one knows but himself. 13 He is clothed in a robe dipped in blood, and the name by which he is called is The Word of God. 14 And the armies of heaven, arrayed in fine linen, white and pure, were following him on white horses. 15 From his mouth comes a sharp sword with which to strike down the nations, and he will rule them with a rod of iron. He will tread the winepress of the fury of the wrath of God the Almighty. 16 On his robe and on his thigh he has a name written, King of kings and Lord of lords.
- (1 John 5:4–5 ESV) For everyone who has been born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith. 5 Who is it that overcomes the world except the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God?