“And immediately when [Lord] Jesus perceived in [H]is spirit that they so reasoned within themselves, [H]e said unto them, Why reason ye these things in your heart?” (Mark 2:8)
One of this writers’ hobbies is reading people. He enjoys engaging strangers and telling them things about themselves. This is done by focusing in on little things. This skill has been learned through prayer, the study of Scripture, and reading Sherlock Holmes as a text book and not just for entertainment. Holmes is one of the very few fictions that we allow ourselves; as our time is to be spent in the Scriptures and prayer.
We find the Master…that is the Lord Jesus. I state that because many who read Sherlock Holmes refer to him as the master. This is not an acceptable practice for Christians. We find the Master many times throughout Scripture “perceiving.” He perceived wickedness, He perceived man’s thoughts and their intentions; He perceived all. This is, in theological terms omniscience. Omniscience is an attribute that belongs to God Alone. Omniscience is the ability to know all things and nothing excepting. This attribute is found over and over again in the person of the Lord Jesus. This attribute alone would pronounce deity upon Him.
There is a conceit that is used in our preaching. It is called “the veil.” To demonstrate the veil we use the doctrine of election. Inside the veil we see that salvation and those saved belong to God and His will and choice Alone. Outside the veil we find salvation to be every man’s responsibility. Preachers are to call sinners to repentance and belief and in that order. Outside the veil salvation depends upon a sinner responding to God’s terms upon God’s calling.
Applying this to our subject we say that inside the veil Christ is omniscient. Outside the veil we see the Man using His insight and incredible intellect to perceive or to “read” His subjects.
One cannot separate the God-Man, Christ Jesus with the Word of God and this is because in eternity past Christ “was the Word and the Word was with God and the Word was God” and in God’s ordained time and through a miraculous virgin birth, “The Word became flesh and dwelt among us” (John 1:1;14). We state that in order to state this, The Bible or the Word is a reader of persons and if read under the guidance of the Holy Spirit it will read thee.
If studied from a certain prospective the Word will tell you what you need to know about individuals you come a cross. For example in (Proverb 6:12-15) One reads in v. 12; “A naughty person, a wicked man, walketh with a froward mouth.” A froward mouth is perverse, rude, crude and dirty. The froward mouth belongs to a person who is difficult to deal with. If one applies this insight to life you will then know that a froward speaking person is naughty and wicked as the Word states. In V. 13 we read “He winketh with his eyes, he speaketh with his feet, he teacheth with his fingers;” Here is a homework assignment. Watch either FOX or CNN and when the talking heads start bantering back and forth look at their eyes. Their eyes will be blinking at a great speed. Why is this? It is because they know they are lying and their debate opponent is speaking truth. Their eyes are shielding them from truth. “He speaketh with his feet”- You can usually tell where a person is going by where they have been or in other words it is usually a safe bet that one can tell what another will do based on what the other has done before. “He teacheth with his fingers”; He will speak about the future hoping to cover up the past. V.14 “Frowardness is in his heart”…Frowardness or perverseness is who he is.”he deviseth mischief continually; he soweth discord.”; He is always causing trouble and he causes division where there should be unity and by these traits he is well known.
Does that sound like anyone you may know? You will know them better hereafter. Does this sound like anyone running for presidential office?
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