Judges 7:13-14, “When Gideon came, behold, a man was relating a dream to his friend. And he said, “Behold, I had a dream; a loaf of barley bread was tumbling into the camp of Midian, and it came to the tent and struck it so that it fell, and turned it upside down so that the tent lay flat.” His friend replied, “This is nothing less than the sword of Gideon the son of Joash, a man of Israel; God has given Midian and all the camp into his hand.”
Colossians 4:2-4, “Devote yourselves to prayer, keeping alert in it with an attitude of thanksgiving; praying at the same time for us as well, that God will open up to us a door for the word, so that we may speak forth the mystery of Christ, for which I have also been imprisoned; that I may make it clear in the way I ought to speak.”
First It Must Be Clear
On July 28, 1945, the heavy cruiser Indianapolis left Guam for Leyte Gulf, in the Philippine Islands. She radioed the standard message to Leyte that she was on her way, but due to atmospheric interference the signal was scrambled, and Leyte received nothing intelligible.
This lack of communication proved disastrous, for at 12:15 A.M. on July 29, the Indianapolis received two torpedoes from a Japanese submarine and sank in twelve minutes. More disastrously, the first torpedo knocked out her electrical system, preventing an SOS call. Nine hundred of the 1,200 men aboard survived the sinking, taking refuge in the few lifeboats afloat or clinging to debris, hoping for a quick rescue. However, since no one in Leyte Gulf knew when the ship was expected in port, the sailors waited in vain. Over three days passed before search planes finally spotted the survivors – only 316 of the original 900 left after the sinking. It was a tragic loss caused by poor communication.
We face the same problem in teaching the Bible. God sends out His message plainly, intelligibly, and precisely – until we begin to communicate it. So often our poor efforts mask its glory and cloud its clarity; the message is garbled and unclear. Yet eternal destinies depend on this message. We must convey correctly the clear, intelligible message of God’s Word. Would we have them any less clearly informed than we?
Courtesy of Speaker’s Sourcebook of New Illustrations by Virgil Hurley copyright © 1995 by Word, Incorporated. Used by permission.
*Unless otherwise noted, Scripture taken from the NEW AMERICAN STANDARD BIBLE®, Copyright © 1960,1962,1963,1968,1971,1972,1973,1975,1977,1995 by The Lockman Foundation. Used by permission.
The gospel is not a doctrine of the tongue, but of life. It cannot be grasped by reason and memory only, but it is fully understood when it possesses the whole soul and penetrates to the inner recesses of the heart. ― John Calvin
All Jesus wanted was a few men who would think as He did, love as He did, see as He did, teach as He did and serve as He did. All He needed was to revolutionize the hearts of a few, and they would impact the world. ― David Platt
Each generation of the church in each setting has the responsibility of communicating the gospel in understandable terms, considering the language and thought-forms of that setting. – Francis Schaeffer
Never be content with your current grasp of the gospel. The gospel is the life-permeating, world-altering, universe-changing truth. It has more facets than a diamond. It’s depths man will never exhaust. ― C.J. Mahaney