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08/16/2010

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Searching For What We Need


"But you do not have His word abiding in you, because whom He sent, Him you do not believe. You search the scriptures, for in them you think you have eternal life; and these are they which testify of me" (Jn. 5:38-39).

In 1980, country singer Johnny Lee released a song entitled, Lookin' For Love. The words of one of the stanzas are; "Lookin' for love in all the wrong places...Lookin' for love in too many faces...Searchin' their eyes, lookin' for traces of what I'm dreamin' of." This may seem like a weird segue into today's devotional, but please bear with me. In John chapter 5, Jesus spoke at length of the witnesses to His Sonship and work. He used John the Baptist as an example along with His miracles and the scriptures. Through the centuries, we have seen God's Word delivered in various ways. "But in these last days he has spoken to us by His Son" (Heb. 1:2). In today's verses, Jesus is speaking to the Jewish leaders, arguably at the time the world's foremost Bible students. They searched the scriptures diligently, having a great reverence for it. They did it with great meticulousness and came away rejecting Jesus. If one reads what the prophets wrote, (Isaiah 53 comes to mind) how could Jesus be rejected? I think it was because they read the scriptures with a closed mind.

When we read scripture for what we want, rather than what we need, the point has been missed. We are like the guy in Lookin' For Love....."Playin' a fools game and hopin' to win, tellin' those sweet lies and losin' again." Jesus told these people that they were constantly searching the scriptures, but always for the wrong reasons. They were what we call today, "bean counters." They examined the texts to see that everything was in order, even counting the letters to make sure that they were all there. In this they missed the message! They thought that they would find eternal life, but the Old Testament scriptures were given to show God's divine plan to send Jesus, the Messiah. Verse 40 shows the sad reality of all their searching..."Yet you refuse to come to me to have life." It is imperative that we do not suffer the same fate..We also need to be searching the Word, not for what we want, but what we need. We need to be searching for the words of life...We need to be lookin' and searchin' in all the right places.

Have a great beginning to your week...Start it off with a RAK or two... Love mark Phil. 4:11

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