by Mark Clements

Thursday, October 3

Men Often Speak Well of False Prophets

Luke 6:20-26

“But woe unto you that are rich! for ye have received your
consolation. Woe unto you that are full! for ye shall hunger. Woe unto you that laugh now! for ye shall mourn and weep. Woe unto you, when all men shall speak well of you! for so did their fathers to the false prophets,” Luke 6:24-26.

In Luke’s account of one of Jesus’ early sermons, he recorded Jesus pronouncing four blessings upon those who find their ultimate purpose and hope in Him, no matter their circumstances. Jesus followed the pronouncement of blessings with four warnings against those who find their ultimate purpose and hope in temporary worldly pleasures. Those who cast away concern for God, and His eternal purposes are swept up in the pursuit of immediate pleasures found here in the world. Satan has done a good job of making sure people who seek earthly comfort are able to find it. This world offers riches to be enjoyed, feasts to consume, jokes to be laughed at, and flatteries in which to boast. Jesus pointed out that those who join themselves to false teaching for personal gain are quick to receive praise from the world, since they have adopted secular standards.

What did this mean for the true prophets? The Bible recorded the way in which God’s true spokespersons were treated by the world. They were ridiculed, outcast, persecuted, attacked, tortured and even killed. However, true prophets were obedient to God’s calling and were willing to endure temporary discomfort for the eternal rewards of Heaven. Today, consider which means more to you. Do you pursue the applause of fellow humans or the embrace of your Creator? Earthly praise will end with the earth, but God’s pleasure will last forever.

JUST A THOUGHT: Men may talk about you, but what does God say?

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