Read It and Heed It

Posted: May 11, 2010 in Lessons From Scripture, Revelation
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     Revelation 1.3 says, “Blessed is he who reads and those who hear the words of the prophecy, and heed the things which are written in it; for the time is near.”
     Revelation 1.3 speaks to the very heart of what most believers struggle with. We know the truth. We can proclaim what we know with ease. We know words like sanctification, justification, grace, regeneration, and propitiation. They are part of our vocabulary when dialoguing with other like-minded believers. Many believers do not have much of a problem when it comes to reading and hearing the words of Scripture. They hear weekly sermons and Sunday school lessons at church, are taught at a small group, and regularly hear teaching on the local Christian radio station. Some believers read their Bible several times a week. Some believers read their Bible every day of the week. Yet something is missing…
     What is missing is found in the second half this verse where it says, “and heed the things which are written in it.” Now I know some who read this will say this is talking about Revelation and the vision that John received while exiled on the island of Patmos. While I agree with this argument that this is the context of the verse, I would be remiss if I failed to mention that the topic of reading, hearing, and heeding is a principle that is found throughout all of Scripture.
     James hits on the topic of coupling heeding with reading. In James 1.22 he wrote, “But prove yourselves doers of the word, and not merely hearers who delude themselves.” In James 2.18 he wrote, “But someone may well say, ‘You have faith and I have works; show me your faith without the works, and I will show you my faith by my works.’” What is James saying? If you fail to  live out what you say you believe (have read and heard) then you are delusional!
     Perhaps rather than asking believers how much they have been reading out of God’s Word we should ask how much they have been heeding.

Read it and heed it!

In John 14.15 Jesus says, “If you love Me, you will keep my commandments.”

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Comments
  1. Robin Morse says:

    Excellent accountability sermon! I hope many read and obey! May the Lord continue to use you in a mighty way to preach His word!

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    • Nancy says:

      Jon—you are so correct!!! Just think how we could affect the neighborhoods we live in if EVERYONE took this admonition to heart. I’m afraid we are the “do nothing” generation as far as our neighbors and friends are concerned. It’s much easier to contribute money to someone else so they can go and do what each of us should be doing. Myself included….there is always more to do.

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  2. ZemihileCig says:

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  3. ZemihileCig says:

    Just want to say what a great blog you got here!
    I’ve been around for quite a lot of time, but finally decided to show my appreciation of your work!

    Thumbs up, and keep it going!

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