Bark, Bark, what’s that Lassie

August 3, 2017

audrey

This is a picture of my Belgian Malinois, Audrey, she passed this April. Great Police dog.

This is one of my favorite sermon illustrations, I’ve used this before as a devotion here, I decided to rerun it as I’m recovering from a little surgery, blessings

Who doesn’t like a story about a dog, you’ve got lassie, Rin tin tin, old yellar, and now days movies with talking dogs.

So here’s a story about a dog.

A Wycliffe bible translator is in Africa, and he’s trying to write the gospels for this African tribe who has no written language, so he has to invent a form of writing that he can teach this tribe in words that they already know.

He’s at a point where he has the basics down and is teaching the tribe literally their ABC’s while at the same time trying to write the New Testament for them.

Well he’s stuck on one word; the word ‘obedience’ the tribe seems to have no word for this in their vocabulary. In frustration one night he steps out of his hut and there is a dog that has adopted him, the dog has no name, he is just the dog.

The man calls the dog to him and the dog comes and sits at his feet, the man kneels down and is petting the dog, when he hears the voice of a tribal elder speaking to him. The man says; “I see your dog is all ears” and immediately the Holy Spirit gives witness in his heart that this is the tribal equivalent to the English word for “obedience”.

All ears, that’s a pretty good way of understanding what it means to be obedient. We are called to not only hear the Word of God, but to obey the Word of God; and there is a special judgment on believers that hear the Word of God and not obey it.

So are you ‘all ears’

God Bless from scumlikeuschurch@gmail.com

 

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