Biblical Discernment – Missing In Action? (part 3)

Biblical Discernment – Missing In Action? (part 3)

In our last installment in this series we discussed how Biblical Discernment is the “core” of Biblical, Godly Wisdom.  God wants all His children to have His Wisdom in their lives.  Discernment is at the core of this.  God wants us to have Biblical Discernment, do you?

In this installment we are going to give some hints of what Biblical Discernment should “look” like, at least with examples from God’s Word.

Let us look at one example of this,

1 Chronicles 12:32
of the sons of Issachar who had understanding of the times, to know what Israel ought to do, their chiefs were two hundred; and all their brethren were at their command;

When King David came to “the Kingdom” (i.e. “to power”) over Israel at Hebron, the tribe of Issachar, which was on the Northern Ten Tribes of Israel, understood (i.e. “Discerned”) that it was time for them to be a part of David’s Kingdom from the beginning. Not all of the tribes from the North attached themselves to David at that time, but the Tribe of Issachar did.

It is interesting to note, that this was something that was discerned, it was understood.  It was not something they did by accident or because everyone else around them decided to do.  It was deliberate, decisive, and intentional.  One must understand this was something the leadership, along with the tribe must have discussed, debated, considered, pondered, and then came to a conclusion.  Whatever the basis, of their decision here, it is obvious that God’s Word was the main consideration.  At the time, they did not have a book with all of the records of God’s Word, as we do today.  But they did have some scrolls and the common knowledge of Samuel’s anointing of David to be king, instead of king Saul.  This was known by most of Israel by this time.  And thus, the small tribe of Issachar decided to throw in their hat with King David.  It was risky, but they trusted in God and His Word, and Issachar was correct in their decision.

Here is another Biblical quote regarding discernment, which in this case is from Jesus Christ Himself:

Matthew 16:1-4
(1) Then the Pharisees and Sadducees came, and testing Him asked that He would show them a sign from heaven. (2) He answered and said to them, “When it is evening you say, ‘It will be fair weather, for the sky is red’; (3) and in the morning, ‘It will be foul weather today, for the sky is red and threatening.’ Hypocrites! You know how to DISCERN the face of the sky, but you cannot DISCERN the signs of the times. (4) A wicked and adulterous generation seeks after a sign, and no sign shall be given to it except the sign of the prophet Jonah.” And He left them and departed.

What is Jesus, our Messiah, Lord, God, and Savior aiming at here?
I think He is aiming at the concept that all Humans have the ability to DISCERN what God is up to, what He is doing, and what He has done in the past.  This should be especially true for those who claim to be followers of the true and living God of Israel.

For some reason, people can discern what is going on with the Weather around them, but for some reason people have a hard time “seeing” (i.e. DISCERNING) God’s Word and Work all around them and what the IMPLICATIONS are (i.e. the Impact) and what these things all mean to them, personally.

Here is a CURRENT example:
As I write this, the Middle East and North Africa, in Islamic Dominated countries … they are all on-FIRE for Literalistic Islam (what some call “Radical”), but it is just Muslims seeking to OBEY the literal rendering of their supposed “Holy Writings” (Qur’an and Hadith, and other writings, etc…) from their god “Allah” through their supposed “prophet” Mohamed.  Embassies are being stormed, breached and attached by “protesters” and armed militia.  Supposedly this over some video, but we all “know” this has nothing to do with that, at all.

It is interesting to NOTE: All of those countries and people groups that are mentioned throughout the Old Testament prophecies that they would, someday in the future, organize themselves together, in some way or fashion, and opposed everything that Yahweh God of Israel stands for militarily.  All of those people groups and countries would stand in opposition to Israel and want to destroy her (see Isaiah 63,  Psalm 83, Ezekiel 38 & 39 and other related passages in the Old Testament).  For hundreds of years, Biblical Scholars have tried to figure out why and how these various countries and people groups would come together in an alliance to seek to destroy Israel, after Israel would come back into her land for her 3rd and final time in the future.  They sought to understand (i.e. to discern) what the common thread was going to be for these disparate peoples who normally did not collaborate well with one another.  How would this come about?

Then recently with the resurgence of so-called “Radical” Islam rising all over, with the Muslim Brotherhood and Salifist Islamists rising all over the Middle East since the late 1990’s, the Common Thread was starting to take shape and to weave a common Fabric of call for the Islamic Kaliphate (Caliphate) with Turkey (the old Ottoman Empire) as its HEAD.

Once Recep Tayyip Erdoğan (prime minister) and Abdullah Gül (president) became leaders of Turkey in 2002 (being a part of a so-called moderate Islamic-based party (which having a “religious-based” party in Turkey is against their own constitution)) … this signaled to the rest of the Islamic World that the Resurrection of the Islamic Kaliphate was again possible.  Since then, there has been an escalation of Islamic resurgence in all parts of the world.  Their vision for rebuilding the Ottoman Empire is well-known and is gaining popularity among many in North Africa and throughout the Middle East and on into parts of Central Asia and South East Asia where Islam is quite strong and growing.

What is to be Discerned here…?
when false doctrine is on the RISE in the so-called church…

when pastors of churches believe that God created the universe using Evolution over millions and billions of years – as opposed to what Scripture plainly teaches, directly…

when churches (the people and their leaders) want a “different” gospel (a watered-down version that is compromised and “nice”) instead of the Biblical Gospel that confronts SIN, mentions God’s Wrath and the Lake of Fire, and Jesus (being God in the flesh) dying for our sins…. raising from the dead… bringing New LIFE unto Obedience to God…

when the Gospel is actually reaching millions, in spite of the growing threat of “radical” Islam, in those very countries and people groups … the gospel is growing and multiplying (read Matthew 24:14 – to see the relationship of Missions with End-Times Prophecy)

when all of what is happening with the Countries and People Groups that surround modern Israel  perfectly FITS most (if not all) of the Prophetic passages in Scripture AND those “coincidences” keep piling up in a progressive fashion ==>  it is time to DISCERN the TIMES and get ready to be with Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior.

We need to look up

Luke 21:25-28
(25) “And there will be signs in the sun, in the moon, and in the stars; and on the earth distress of nations, with perplexity, the sea and the waves roaring; (26) men’s hearts failing them from fear and the expectation of those things which are coming on the earth, for the powers of the heavens will be shaken. (27) Then they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. (28) Now when these things begin to happen, look up and lift up your heads, because your redemption draws near.”

Things are BEGINNING to take shape for these very things.

Waves of “humanity” are “storming” and “roaring” in opposition of the God and people of the Bible

Notice what God says… when these things BEGIN to happen… that is when we need to look up.

Are you Discerning what is going on, NOW?   Are you Ready to live forever with JESUS Christ?   Do you know His Rescuing-Salvation?   If not, why not?   Surrender to Him now, if you haven’t already!  There seems to be very little time remaining on God’s Prophetic time-clock…

Live like you mean it, for Yahweh’s Sake,

God Bless,

Pastor Andy Thomas