COMMUNICABLE / COMMUNICATED

The company had a reputation for safety procedures that could not be surpassed. Their demands seemed somewhat ludicrous, yet there was no faulting them.

When a contractor was asked to bring his entire crew into their plant for safety instruction prior to beginning the job, he obliged. The men, with their foreman, arrived at 7:00 a.m. sharp.

It was 8:45 a.m. when the contractor arrived and saw his crew departing from the building. He approached the foreman and asked: “Did you just finish the safety class?” “Just!” was the reply. After pausing, the contractor asked: “Did anyone inform the instructor that none of these men speak English?” “No one!” answered the foreman.

This true story is amusing but pathetic. To think that all that was said fell on “deaf” ears, of what worth was it? My mind goes back to teen years when we jokingly noted: “that the teacher was overwhelmed by the exuberance of his own verbosity”. This instructor was quite verbose and articulate but sufficiently ignorant to test the waters and discover the comprehension ability or the receptivity level of his audience.

Communication from God to man has always been a high priority. From His walking with Adam in Eden and sharing His heart with him (Genesis 3), God demonstrated his love and concern that we would understand Him.

Of what worth is it for us to display our intelligence and reveal our ignorance? It was said almost two thousand years ago: “However, in the church I desire to speak five words with my mind, that I may instruct others also, rather than ten thousand words in a tongue.” (I Corinthians 14:19)

From Pentecost (Acts 2), when God demonstrated His love and concern for mankind by the ministering work of the Holy Spirit enabling each person to be able to hear the Word spoken in his own language (verses 6, 8), to the present time, God desires to commune with His own. Others, specifically those who are not Christians will give a broader interpretation, ever making accusations and assertions that will belittle truth from God. It started then, it continues to this moment.

The Word of God was communicable; the Word of God is communicated. This was our mandate then and now. Can it be made simpler than this communication from God’s Word? “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have eternal life. For God did not send His Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world should be saved through Him.” (John 3:16, 17)

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