“He humbled Himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.” (Philippians 2:8 b.)
…”Let down your nets….nevertheless at Your [W]ord I will let down the net.” (Luke 5:5)
In these passages we will see the great differences that can be found if attention is paid. Sherlock Holmes has said that great inferences can be found in trifles. While I have found this to be accurate it must be said that there is nothing trifling in Holy Scriptures.
Let us begin with our passage in Philippians. Let me draw your attention to the words, “obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.” In this passage, the Holy Spirit is stating that the Lord Jesus was obedient unto or up to and including death, specifically the death of the cross. In other words, Christ was obedient to the Father, specifically the death of the cross. This verse is accurate and can be and should be trusted.
It is unfortunate that many translation and many preachers change this to, “obedient to death…” Do you, reader, see the difference in meaning? Do you see the change in doctrine? Let me explain. “[T]o death” means our Lord was obedient to death. That is to say, death was Lord and Master over Christ!!! It would necessitate that, when Christ said to Pilate, “You have no power over [M]e” He was wrong or He was lying. Pilate did, in fact, hold power over our Lord. Furthermore, when we are told that Christ “gave up the Ghost,” Scripture is again, wrong. Scripture teaches us that “the wages of sin is death.” As that is true, then Christ earned death as sin is the wage of sin and Christ was obedient to death.
Do you see, reader, The vast difference (2) two letters, (Un) can make in a major doctrine? The words “is it” and “it is” changes a question into a declarative statement of fact. Anothet example is, “Are you the Christ?” This is a question the priests asked our Lord, To which He replies, “I am.” What if Christ would have said, “Am I?” The words, I am and Am I make all the difference to our faith, does it not?” Please let us be very careful in the word choices we make for they can make all the difference in life. To any future brides out there, the word combination, “I do” can change your life for the better or the worse. Whereas the words, “Do I ?” can change your life for the better. The words, “I will,” changed all of eternity for Lucifer and the world. However, “Will I” can give us time to consider the future.
We have considered the difference (2) two letters can make in one life or in many. Now we shall consider (DV) the difference (1) one letter can make. First, reread Luke 5:5 from above…………………………………………………………………..Did you see the difference?………………..If not, the difference is the “s.” Christ told Peter to let down the nets. Peter replied that they have toiled all night with no gain but at this Man’s word he will let down the net(). As they pulled in the net the ship began to topple for the net was past full. Help was needed to pull in the catch. Consider the catch Peter would have had if he let down the netS. There was help to be had so there was no risk to the ship or any risk of loss. The lesson here is full and complete obedience to our/your Lord. Another lesson here is: attention should be paid to every jot and to every tittle that proceeds from God’s Word.
What happens when we do obey? Let us see. In Mark 4:35; We read the Words of our Lord, “Let us pass over to the other side.” After this is said, we find the disciples in the midst of a great storm with tremendous and powerful winds. This storm was so great that these very accomplished and experienced fishermen were frightened for their lives. We also find the Lord asleep in the hinder part of the ship!!! The disciple run to Him and cry out and accuse Him of not caring for their lives. To this offensive and hurtful insult the Lord replies, PEACE, BE STILL. All is now calm except for the Lord. “Why are you so fearful? how is it that you have no faith?” These are the words our Lord chasens the disciples with.
I have a theory. Whenever I hear the words, “Be still” my mind runs immediatley to Psalm 46:10. In this Psalm we read, “Be Still and know that I am God.” When I hear Christ say, “Peace, Be still,” in Mark 4 i cannot help but think Christ is shouting, “Peace…” to the storm and then He turns to the (12) twelve and says, “Be still…” which causes their minds to say, ” And know that He is God…” No sooner do they quote the Psalm, they then say….”What manner of [M]an is this.” Now to my point….what happens when we listen closely to our Lord and believe? In Mark 5:1, we read, “And they came over to the other side of the sea…” Did you catch it? in Mark 4:35, Christ said, “Let us pass over to the other side.” and then in Mark 5:1, “And they came to the other side of the sea….” Christ always keeps His Word…always. It matters not what happens in between His promise and its fulfilment. It may matter to us but it matters not to His Faithfulness. Another example?
Another example, Mark 14:13; “And He sends forth (2) two of His disciples, and says to them, Go you into the city, and there shall meet you a man bearing a pitcher of water: follow him. Mark 14:16; “And his disciples went forth, and came into the city, and found as He had said to them……” “[A]nd found as He had said unto [me]. These (8) eight words are (8) eight words that you should keep close by. These words will comfort you, encourage you, and will be proven true over and over again by you. Let’s be clear….the Words are meaningless unless there is something or SOMEONE to back them up. Dear Reader, These words are meaningful and trustworthy because of Whom it is that said them and supports them and sustains them. There is soveriegn power behind each and every Word written in this Book. Every Word is a Pure Word, says Solomon.
In fact, Peter says, this Word (The Bible) is a more SURE Word of Prophecy, than if “G/god” were to speak directly and audibly to you.