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A Short Tale about an Old Bloke

There was this wealthy land owner who was the original pioneer who had worked very hard throughout his life to bring prosperity to his family and friends in new lands that he had developed.  In fact the whole community benefitted from the prosperity of the dynasty in its later years and it came to be well known throughout all of the land.  Before he died he decided to put great effort into teaching his family and those close to them how to be successful and overcome the adversities of the lands and what, how and when they needed to labour in the fields and the crops. 

And one of the things he said that we all could take a lesson from was, “I am going to tell you about things that happened in the past, and I am going to labour the points of the historical markers that I set up over the years. And then I am going to tell you what will happen in the future if you will follow my instructions, and also what will happen if you don’t.” 

He continued, “I am doing this for the very important reason that you will know that historically I am telling you the absolute truth about it all and that there is not one skerrick of untruth in this tale.”

He looked at each one directly in the eye and said, “If you do not believe what I said I did in the past, how then will you ever believe me when I tell you about the future?” 

And then he finished by saying, “You will only prosper if you believe in what I did back in the very early years which will open your eyes and ears so that you are able to believe also what I tell you will happen in the future.”

This is a truth that is as old as the hills themselves.  For as long as mankind has been walking on the planet this lesson has been both learned and discarded with each pathway being mutually exclusive to the travellers who journey upon them.  And I could ask the same question today as did this character from olden times did, and I might ponder the range of answers that I received back thinking about if they were only repeating what others before them had said.

What would you answer?  Would you think silly old codger, what would he know about these modern technosavvy times, you know, computers, smart phones and all of the good stuff that comes with them.  I bet he wouldn’t have a clue about these modern times. No! I don’t think he is qualified to make any comment on life in today’s fast lanes.

Now herein is a valuable lesson that I learned; for what it is worth.

              It is an indisputable fact that if you won’t believe the history then you “cannot”

  believe the future.

Here at Faithchasers we have learned this lesson very well.  Mind you it takes a minute to get your head around it all, but none-the-less we have endeavoured at every corner to think back and reflect on the history before moving forward into the future.  And it has worked extremely well indeed.

Have you fathomed the depths of the matter to which I am referring?  Well it’s pretty straight forward but it is also stonkeringly (do you like that word) profound. 

Let’s talk about God.  The story above is actually true, only that I have embellished it somewhat to emphasise one of life’s most basic lessons.  Call it Lesson 1.01 (that might catch on) and for those, as I said, who learn and practise this lesson the rewards in life will surpass everything that the world has in its full arsenal of weaponry to drag you down. 

It is a fact of life that most people in the world either do not believe the Hebrew/Christian Bible or at best cherry pick out bits and pieces that suit them and think that is all that they need to do.  It is my experience that when a person argues against or denies the authenticity of the Book of Genesis ie, calling it fables and old camp fire stories from the ancient past, they have a traceable fault seam that runs through their entire foundation upon which their faith in God is based.  And this is where the story above comes into play.

It is God himself who is saying to mankind that he has given us the record of creation and the early song lines from the period of the first modern Adamic man and he did so in a way that it firmly secures our mindset to a foundation that can support the full weight and height of the truth behind our world and all that is in it.  And please hear this.  If we are not secured firmly into the Genesis foundation (in every detail despite the nay sayers) we will never realise our full faith in Y’shua the Messiah and saviour to mankind to bestow upon us his holy spirit and receive us into salvation through the redemption of the righteous in his Lordship.  Does that mean we are denied eternal life?  Well that is a very deep question for discussion between the earnest of the faith but the short answer is; it might.

We could almost take it to the bank (there’s an interesting worldly saying) that those who deny Genesis have belief issues in other parts of the Bible, and this is particularly prevalent in all of the Nicolaitan churches of the world.  I am really concerned at the poor level of teaching that is being done in congregations generally and I don't have to wonder any more why the general societal view is in free fall about Jesus Christ and discipleship to a life surrendered to God. 

But the real cruncher (ouch!) is that there is almost a complete dearth of knowledge and belief in the Book of Revelation – and we cannot even get to discussing the deeper parts surrounding its understanding.  The principle reason is this: 

There was this wealthy land owner who was the original pioneer who had worked very hard throughout his life to bring prosperity to his family and friends in new lands that he had developed.  In fact the whole community benefitted from the prosperity of the dynasty in its later years and it came to be well known throughout all of the land.  Before he died he decided to put great effort into teaching his family and those close to them how to be successful and overcome the adversities of the lands and what, how and when they needed to labour in the fields and the crops. 

And one of the things he said that we all could take a lesson from was, “I am going to tell you about things that happened in the past, and I am going to labour the points of the historical markers that I set up over the years. And then I am going to tell you what will happen in the future if you will follow my instructions, and also what will happen if you don’t.” 

He continued, “I am doing this for the very important reason that you will know that historically I am telling you the absolute truth about it all and that there is not one skerrick of this tale that is not true.”

He looked at each one directly in the eye and said, “If you do not believe what I said I did historically, how then will you ever believe me when I tell you about the future?” 

And then he finished by saying, “You will only prosper if you believe in what I did in the past which will open your eyes and ears so that you are able to believe also what I tell you will happen in the future.”

 

The lesson is we will never be able to understand the future until we master the beginning.  This is a foundational principle established by God for learning by all of mankind.

 

Geoff Rooke

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