Though I wrote and published this study in 2015 It is a study that remains time sensitive through the years because, our human nature is to suspect the
worst in people rather than to believe the best in people and we often jump to conclusions, judging good for bad, judging care for ridicule, judging love
for hate.Again, I hope this blesses you. It is never my intent to condemn anybody. We all know the words of John 3:16 but do we know the words of the very
next verse? John 3:17 says Jesus didn’t come to condemn the world but He came so that the whole world might be saved. If Jesus didn’t come to condemn the
world then we sure don’t have any right to do that. Now here is the study and a bible story that most of you probably have never heard. I know I never
heard it taught in any church I attended.
Ecclesiastes 7:9 Do not hasten in your spirit to be angry, for anger rests in the bosom of fools
Jeremiah 17:9 The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately sick; who can understand it?
Proverbs 3:5 Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not to your own understanding.
Have you ever had someone jump to the wrong conclusions about you? Have you ever been working diligently with a pure heart and a giving spirit only to
have someone accuse you of doing just the opposite?
Have you ever been a victim of that old mis-used cliché “The first impressions are always correct?”
Of course you have. If you’re able to read this, then you must be an adult or adolescent. If you’ve lived to just about any age, you’ve been a victim of
accusation. Sometimes it’s false accusation and sometimes it’s righteous accusation. But, we who are quick to accuse, judge or jump to conclusions are
the ones who need the benefit of this teaching.
I’m about to share a bible story with you that I bet most of you have never heard before.
In this story, The Reubenites, Gadites, and half the tribe of Manasseh join the armies of the Israelites and fight with them against their enemies for
seven years. At the end of the seven years Joshua releases the people of the Reubenites, Gadites, and half the tribe of Manasseh and gives them treasure
and property to take back home where they live on the other side of the Jordan. Joshua prays with them and tells them to remember all the laws of God.
Before the people of the Reubenites, Gadites, and half the tribe of Manasseh cross the Jordan they build a huge altar in remembrance of God and the Israelites.
The Israelites hear that the Reubenites, Gadites, and half the tribe of Manasseh have built an altar for the worship of idols and they jump to conclusions
even though the tribes had already shown an allegiance to the Israelites.
Don’t we do that too?
We forget about a person’s history of loyality when we jump to conclusions and then we forget all about the history of help we’ve been given. We think
the worst and prepare for battle.
When the Israelites here about the building of the great altar, they don’t stop to reason or think it out. They are ready to go to war.
The high priest of the Israelites gathers together the leaders from the heads of all the tribes and they go to confront the Reubenites, Gadites, and half
the tribe of Manasseh. But, they soon learn that these tribes didn’t built an altar for pagan worship, they built the altar as a lasting monument and a
place to worship God. They built the altar so that their descendants would not be refused the right to worship God in the pre-gospel, legalistic, pharisaical
nations of Israel.
They built the altar so that in the future descendants of the tribes of Israel could not say that the Reubenites, Gadites, and half the tribe of Manasseh
had no right of access to God.
What happens when we jump to the wrong conclusions?
Well, for starters, we cause a breakdown of communication. Some people jump to conclusions and refuse to communicate further, thus preventing any dialogue
to resolve the problems.
God did this one time: he broke down communication among people because they were communicating to do a very bad thing.
They were going to build a monument all the way to heaven and on top of that monument they were going to create a replica of the stars and celestial bodies.
This would have become a monument of worship.
“No one can reach Heaven that way” you might say. But, what did God say? God was so concerned that He spread the peoples over the globe and confused their
God said if these people worked together with one accord, there was nothing they could not accomplish. If God says “nothing!” God means … nothing!
Genesis 11:1,6 (HCSB) At one time the whole earth had the same language and vocabulary. The Lord said, “If, as one people all having the same language,
they have begun to do this, then nothing they plan to do will be impossible for them.
The power of one is severely limited but the power of two is substantial. Leviticus 26:8; Deuteronomy 32:30; Matthew 18:19
The power of three is a workhorse and that power is not easily stopped. Ecclesiastes 4:9-12
A friend of mine talks about how a team of horses pulling together is stronger than it’s sum. You would think that if a horse can pull 400 pounds, then
two horses can pull 800 pounds but that’s not true. Two horses pulling together can pull four times what they could individually.
This is because they rely on each other’s strengths. If one horse in a three horse team is working against the other two, that horse has, in a sense, crippled
the whole group.
So let’s stop working against one another and start working together. Let’s stop jumping to conclusions, miscommunicating or not communicating at all and
see what blessings God will pour out on a people who exercise unity.
Psalm 133 (HCSB) How good and pleasant it is when brothers can live together! It is like fine oil on the head, running down on the beard, running down
Aaron’s beard, on his robes. It is like the dew of Hermon falling on the mountains of Zion. For there the Lord has appointed the blessing — life forevermore.
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