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(2 Ti 3:8)  Now as Jannes and Jambres withstood Moses, so do these also resist the truth: men of corrupt minds, reprobate concerning the faith.  

Good morning! As we approach the Christmas season, I am reminded of the real reason Christians should be celebrating this time. It should not be a time of gifts but the fact that we are rejoicing that a Saviour came to die for us, amen? Let’s admit that we cannot go a day without the realization that we are sinners, saved by the grace of God. His mercy is never ending! I can keep going to Him for forgiveness and there is forgiveness to be had! Praise Him!!

Today’s Scripture verse revolves around resisting the truth. I searched the Scriptures for Jannes and Jambres but they are not named in the Old Testament. My research revealed that according to Jewish tradition, they were sons of Balaam. If you recall, in Numbers chapters 22-24, God would talk to Balaam and he would seek God’s word to pass on to Balak. Balak wanted Balaam to curse the Israelites. But Balaam told him that he could not “go beyond the word of the LORD my God, to do less or more.” (Lev. 22:18) Although it appeared that Balaam was one of the good guys, he actually did not end well. His love for riches would get the better of him.

(2 Pe 2:15)  Which have forsaken the right way, and are gone astray, following the way of Balaam the son of Bosor, who loved the wages of unrighteousness;

Balaam’s sons must have followed in their father’s footsteps, and ended up the worse for it. According to tradition, it is said that the sons were at first teachers, then opponents of Moses. They perished with the Egyptians in the Red Sea.

So what, you may ask, does this have to do with today’s Scripture? Their names are there for a reason. Scripture said that they withstood (opposed) Moses and resisted “the truth.” Moses was God’s representative to the Israelites in whom God used to give the Law (the Ten Commandments). Some people just don’t like to be told what to do. It’s the sin of pride that bubbles up in their heart and they won’t admit they need someone over them.

So what is this truth that they resisted? It’s like the question, “What is the meaning of life?”. But the truth is actually much easier to find because we have THE TRUTH right at our fingertips. The truth can be found in God’s Word because Christ is the Word of God and He left us all that we would need in the Bible, all of which is truth!

(Joh 1:14)  And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.

(Joh 1:17)  For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ.

(Joh 4:23)  But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him.

There is no other truth, Reader. Christ is the truth – Scripture points to Him in the Old Testament and Christ the Messiah is revealed in the New Testament. All of Scripture points us to the truth. With truth comes great grace! According to Noah Webster’s 1828 Dictionary, grace means:

“The free unmerited love and favor of God, the spring and source of all the benefits men receive from him.

Praise the Lord that we can receive God’s grace because there’s nothing we can do of ourselves to purchase or earn that grace. It is FREE and undeserved love and favor from God! This is truth!

(Joh 8:32)  And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.

Why would God point us to truth if it’s not going to do a bit of good on where we spend eternity? That would make Him a liar and a cruel God. We all know that He is not.

(Num 23:19)  God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent: hath he said, and shall he not do it? or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good?

Dear Reader, please know that you are so important to God because you are His creation. He created us to have fellowship with Him. By our own choice (first with Adam and Eve), we sin and separate ourselves from Him. But in His great mercy, our Father provided a way for that gap (separation) to be mended (healed) through Jesus Christ. Jesus, the King and LORD of Lords, left His heavenly throne to take on human form. In that human form, He lived a sinless life so He could be the sacrificial Lamb of God for all man. He died on the cross to shed His own blood for the forgiveness of our sins. In so doing, He paid our sin debt and we are set free from sin’s bondage❣ It did not end there! Christ rose from the dead and went back to His throne. He will come to Rapture believers to Heaven before the Tribulation begins. We know we are near that great hour of Tribulation because of the state of humankind. You are seeing this through this study; I beg you to please respond to the call of the Holy Spirit.

(2 Co 6:2)  (For he saith, I have heard thee in a time accepted, and in the day of salvation have I succoured thee: behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.)

Don’t resist the truth, I beg of you! If you are saved, please use these devotionals to set a fire in your heart to tell others. That is the whole purpose of this blog! If you happen to be reading this and are not saved, it is no coincidence. God has placed you here for such a time as this so that you may be saved. Please click here and the link will open up in a separate tab to You Can Be Born Again and Know It!