The Great Instructor
August 7, 2012 in Uncategorized
As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent. —Revelation 3:19
Admonition is the judgment of loving care and produces understanding. The Instructor demonstrates such admonitions when He says in the Gospel, “How often would I have gathered thy children, as a bird gathers her young ones under her wings, and ye would not!” And again, the Scripture admonishes, saying “And they committed adultery with stock and stone and burned incense to Baal.” It is a very great proof of His love that, although He knew well the shamelessness of the people that had kicked and run away, He nevertheless exhorts them to repentance and says by Ezekiel, “Son of man, thou dwellest in the midst of scorpions; nevertheless, speak to them, if peradventure they will hear.” Further, He says to Moses, “Go and tell Pharaoh to send My people forth; but I know that he will not send them forth.” He shows both things: His Divinity by His foreknowledge of what would take place, and His love by providing an opportunity for the soul to choose repentance. Caring for people, He also admonishes by Isaiah when He says, “This people honor Me with their lips, but their heart is far from Me.” What follows is reproving judgment: “In vain do they worship Me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.” Here His loving care shows their sin and salvation side by side.
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