Drawn by GodBro. David Chancellor
11/21/2010 11:00 AM
The Jews then murmured at him, because he said, I am the bread which came down from heaven. And they said, Is not this Jesus, the son of Joseph, whose father and mother we know? how is it then that he saith, I cam down from heaven? Jesus therefore answered and said unto them, Murmur not among yourselves. No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day. It is written in the prophets, And they shall be taught of God. Every man therefore that hath heard, and hath learned of the Father, cometh unto me.
Jesus is the bread of life and the means by which we live. The Jews said, "But we know his parents. How can he say he was sent from heaven?"
"No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day." This gives us something significant to think about: we can only come to God when he draws us. God is faithful to do his part. When God speaks, we need to listen. Except God works in our hearts, there really isn’t hope for us.
People might think, "I’ll come to God when I’m ready." You’ll only come when God has worked to make himself real and present to you. God gave you a choice, but it is by his dealings that you are able to exercise that choice. If you don’t know God, you should be concerned that he speak to you. Seek him to speak to you. The saved should seek God to speak to sinners.
God works in various ways to draw us to Christ.
The Lord sent a word into Jacob, and it hath lighted upon Israel. And all the people shall know, even Ephraim and the inhabitant of Samaria, that say in the pride and stoutness of heart, The bricks are fallen down, but we will build with hewn stones: the sycomores are cut down, but we will change them into cedars. Therefore the Lord shall set up the adversaries of Rezin against him, and join his enemies together; The Syrians before, and the Philistines behind; and they shall devour Israel with open mouth. For all this his anger is not turned away, but his hand is stretched out still.
For the people turneth not unto him that smiteth them, neither do they seek the Lord of hosts.
Peoples’ attitudes weren’t what they should have been. They wanted to build their own thing. God was against that.
"For the people turneth not unto him that smiteth them, neither do they seek the Lord of hosts." The Israelites would only turn to God in oppression. In the good times, they would turn from God. God drew them by allowing the oppressors to come.
Sometimes God allows hard things to happen so that people will turn to him. God draws through difficult places sometimes.
In correcting children, you want them to turn to you. God’s correction is sent to turn us to him.
And I also have given you cleanness of teeth in all your cities, and want of bread in all your places: yet have ye not returned unto me, saith the Lord. And also I have withholden the rain from you, when there were yet three months to the harvest: and I caused it to rain upon one city, and caused it not to rain upon another city: one piece was rained upon, and the piece whereupon it rained not withered. So two or three cities wandered unto one city, to drink water; but they were not satisfied: yet have ye not returned unto me, saith the Lord. I have smitten you with blasting and mildew: when your gardens and your vineyards and your fig trees and your olive trees increased, the palmerworm devoured them: yet have ye not returned unto me, saith the Lord. I have sent among you the pestilence after the manner of Egypt: your young men have I slain with the sword, and have taken away your horses; and I have made the stink of your camps to come up unto your nostrils: yet have ye not returned unto me, saith the Lord. I have overthrown some of you, as God overthrew Sodom and Gomorrah, and ye were as a firebrand plucked out of the burning: yet have ye not returned unto me, saith the Lord. Therefore thus will I do unto thee, O Israel; and because I will do this unto thee, prepare to meet thy God, O Israel. For, lo, he that formeth the mountains, and createth the wind, and declareth unto man what is his thought, that maketh the morning darkness, and treadeth upon the high places of the earth, The Lord, The God of hosts, is his name.
He left them hungry and withheld the rain. He let the hard times come, but they didn’t turn to him. "Therefore thus will I do unto thee, O Israel; and because I will do this unto thee, prepare to meet thy God, O Israel." You will come face-to-face with God. The hard times came, not to destroy, but to turn them to God.
If you pursue sin, the hard place may be God’s way of getting your attention. Too many get in the hard place and still don’t learn the lesson. When you come face-to-face with God, you won’t be able to ignore him. If God is speaking to you, you should be honored that he is.
When Jesus came, it was God come down to man. They were face-to-face with God. "For, lo, he that formeth the mountains, and createth the wind, and declareth unto man what is his thought, that maketh the morning darkness, and treadeth upon the high places of the earth, The Lord, The God of hosts, is his name." Jesus was all of this. God has been faithful to makind. He is faithful to draw men to himself. Turning from God is to turn to destruction.
At the same time, saith the Lord, will I be the God of all the families of Israel, and they shall be my people. Thus saith the Lord, The people which were left of the sword found grace in the wilderness; even Israel, when I went to cause him to rest. The Lord hath appeared of old unto me, saying, Yea, I have loved thee with an everlasting love: therefore with lovingkindness have I drawn thee.
God also draws through loving-kindness. When people turn to God, he gives good things. God gives good things even to those who don’t serve him. Appreciate what he does. God will speak to us in every situation in life. You are highly honored when God speaks to your heart.
Therefore thou art inexcusable, O man, whosoever thou art that judgest: for wherein thou judgest another, thou condemnest thyself; for thou that judgest doest the same things. But we are sure that the judgment of God is according to truth against them which commit such things. And thinkest thou this, O man, that judgest them which do such things, and doest the same, that thou shalt escape the judgment of God? Or despisest thou the riches of his goodness and forbearance and longsuffering; not knowing that the goodness of God leadeth thee to repentance? But after thy hardness and impenitent heart treasurest up unto thyself wrath against the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God; Who will render to every man according to his deeds:
Focus on where you stand with God. When you say things are bad you know enough to know it should be different with you. The judgment of God includes you, too. Just being better than someone else doesn’t make you okay before God. God judges us by his standards, not ours. God, by his goodness, leads us to repentance.
There is a time when God will destroy the earth, but he is forbearing for your soul’s sake. Don’t wait until God has to strike you down. What will it take to get you to respond to God’s dealings?
"…not knowing that the goodness of God leadeth thee to repentance? … Who will render to every man according to his deeds…" God wants us to turn to him. Tune your ear to hear God speak. It is the greatest honor we can receive. When God speaks, say, "Speak, Lord, I’m listening." We want him to speak to the sinner and draw him. Whatever it takes. God wants to draw you to him through Christ. He will draw everyone to himself.