It is extremely sad but embarrassingly amusing to hear unbelievers say ‘I know more of the scriptures than believers.’ Yeah, like Pontius Pilate or King Herod could hold a candle against ahem, Peter, James, or John, or even Dr. Alfred Edersheim, that stellar minded and biblically astute giant of the faith.
His treatise ‘Old Testament History,’ as well as the monumental ‘Life and Times of Jesus the Messiah,’ were oxes in the land, where all naysayers are but grasshoppers. His work is to this day unchallenged by serious students of scripture.
Then there is always the brilliant man of old, Sir Robert Anderson, whose analytical mind proved helpful during the days of Jack the Ripper’s tenure, as he investigated at Scotland Yard. The Scotsman’s treatise ‘The Silence of God,’ was and still is a monarch of intellectual mastery, thanks to his obvious spiritual gift.
Didja catch the point about his ‘investigations?’ Yes, he used this same skill in digging through scripture, leaving no clue or stone unturned, as he brought forth the deep treasures of scripture, and laid out the pearls where light and truth are friends. (continued here)
Imagine you had a friend over to visit. Imagine that while your friend is visiting, a 400 pound lion escapes a nearby zoo. What if that lion decided to rest in the shade of a tree in your front yard?
What if, as your friend got ready to leave, you saw the lion? What if, when you pointed that lion out to your friend, he denied seeing the lion? What if he grew agitated, and he insisted upon going out the front door to his car and leaving? What would you do? How would you make your friend understand? There is a lion out there!
That’s what it is like for a believer to speak of God’s Word to an unbeliever. The unbeliever refuses to see the lion. He refuses to see the enemy, the Devil, who roams around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour (1 Peter 5:8), but what is more important, he refuses to see our Savior, the Lion from Judah’s tribe.
Revelation 5:1-5 English Standard Version (ESV)
5 Then I saw in the right hand of him who was seated on the throne a scroll written within and on the back, sealed with seven seals. 2 And I saw a mighty angel proclaiming with a loud voice, “Who is worthy to open the scroll and break its seals?” 3 And no one in heaven or on earth or under the earth was able to open the scroll or to look into it, 4 and I began to weep loudly because no one was found worthy to open the scroll or to look into it. 5 And one of the elders said to me, “Weep no more; behold, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has conquered, so that he can open the scroll and its seven seals.”
Why do people refuse to see the the Lion from Judah’s tribe? Are people so afraid of lions, even those who love them enough to die for them? If we did not how much He loves us, what would we think of Jesus?
Matthew 10:27-31 New King James Version (NKJV)
Jesus Teaches the Fear of God
27 “Whatever I tell you in the dark, speak in the light; and what you hear in the ear, preach on the housetops. 28 And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. But rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell. 29 Are not two sparrows sold for a copper coin? And not one of them falls to the ground apart from your Father’s will. 30 But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. 31 Do not fear therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows.
As believers, what can we do to save unbelievers? Perhaps, we must help them understand the difference between the lions. With the help of the Holy Spirit we must convey to unbelievers the love of the Lion from Judah’s tribe