Robert McLaughlin Bible Ministries

The Divine Decrees and the Parable of the porcupine.

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Quills [the sharp hollow spines or the thorns and pricks of the porcupine] of each one wounded their closest companions. Either accept the quills [thorns and pricks] of their companions or disappear from human history. They learned to live with the little wounds caused by the close relationships with their companions in order to receive the warmth that came from the others.

Ecc 4::9-11, Two are better than one because they have a good return for their labor. For if either of them falls, the one will lift up his companion. But woe to the one who falls when there is not another to lift him up. Furthermore, if two lie down together they keep warm, but how can one be warm {alone?} And if one can overpower him who is alone, two can resist him. A cord of three {strands} is not quickly torn apart.

Moral of the story: The best relationship is not the one that brings together perfect people, but when each individual learns to live with the imperfections of others and can appreciate the other person’s good qualities.

Learn to Live with the Pricks in Your Life.

As a part of the divine decrees and what God has determined to happen, God has willed for each believer to identify their pastor-teacher and submit to His authority.

There is the danger of becoming familiar with the five “P”s: God’s plan, purpose, policy, people, and pastor.

PRO 20:25 It is a snare for a man to say rashly, “It is holy!” And after the vows to make inquiry.

God’s decrees include God’s directive will, permissive will, and overruling will.

The only way any believer can really understand and enjoy the divine decrees for their life is to learn about God’s plan through the P.M.A. of Bible doctrine.

Familiarity Breeds Contempt.

The more one knows about someone, the more one notices that person’s negative traits and looks at that person in the flesh and not as good as previously thought.

It means that you often become so accustomed to familiar things and people that you no longer value them.

Even when we get to know something very well, we cease noticing its good qualities and take those for granted, while emphasizing the bad traits in it.

The better we know people, the more likely we are to find fault with them.

The Truth – Nothing but the Truth.

EPH 4:15 Speaking the truth in love [is not holding back parts of the truth].

ACT 20:27 “For I did not shrink from declaring to you the whole purpose of God.”

Martin Luther: “If I profess with the loudest voice and clearest exposition every portion of the truth of God except precisely that little point which the world and the devil are at that moment attacking, –

– I am not confessing Christ, however boldly I may be professing Christ. Where the battle rages, there the loyalty of the soldier is proved, and to be steady on all the battlefields besides, is mere flight and disgrace if he flinches at that point.”

ACT 20:27 “For I did not shrink from declaring to you the whole purpose of God.”

Speaking the truth in love is not watering down the truth.
It is to give the pure unadulterated, inerrant word of God, the pure milk of the word, 1PE 2:1-2.

2SA 12:7 Nathan then said to David, “You are the man! Thus says the Lord God of Israel, ‘It is I who anointed you king over Israel and it is I who delivered you from the hand of Saul.’”

They lost out on the truth of God and the word and the truth that would set them free.

MAT 13:57 “A prophet is not without honor except in his home town, and in his {own} household.”

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