I remember one Sunday, not too long ago, I was preaching. Actually I was reading a lot of scripture and I had someone get up and walk out the door.
It happens. It happened to Jesus.
There was a time when some guys wanted to judge, convict, and execute someone that broke the Law of Moses.
Jesus said that if any of them were without sin they should go ahead and do it.
Then those who heard it, being convicted by their conscience, went out one by one, beginning with the oldest even to the last. John 8:9
The spoken word of God is powerful.
The word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. Heb 4:12
The word of God convicts and there are those that cannot stand or sit in its presence.
The reading of the word conflicts with their life and so they must get up and leave.
I fear the day will come for the unrepentant when they shall hear the word and not be able to get away from it.
The Bible says the day is coming when the books will be opened and the dead will be judged by what is written in those books. (Rev 20:12)
I believe the books that are opened are the 66 books of the Bible. Each word is read and there is no escape.
The Law is read along with the penalties for disobedience and there is no escape.
The Prophets are read and tell of the coming Messiah and the re is no escape.
The Gospels are read and there is no place to run.
The letters of Paul are read and there is no place to hide.
When it’s over each person is convicted by their own conscience and by God Himself.
I pray that no one ever walks out again on God’s word. It is the word to change lives if they will listen and heed it.
Abba, I know there was a time I, too, did not listen to Your word. I ignored it. I mocked it. I ridiculed it. But now I live for Your word. It is the very air that I breathe. It is life to me. In Jesus name, YES&AMEN