Beside Still Waters: The Voice of Truth

Therese Apel

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They went to Capernaum, and when the Sabbath came, Jesus went into the synagogue and began to teach. The people were amazed at his teaching, because he taught them as one who had authority, not as the teachers of the law. – Mark 1:22

Truth has a sound. There’s no easier way to say it. If your heart is looking for what’s true, noble, right, pure, lovely, excellent, admirable, or praiseworthy (Philippians 4:8), then truth has a life all its own and your heart knows the difference.

When Jesus began to preach, people noticed he preached with authority. There are several ways to preach with authority, but only really on way to do it with real authority, and that is through a full knowledge of God. Needless to say, Jesus had that, especially for a young preacher just cutting his teeth at the synagogue.

It’s interesting to me that it says they were amazed because he taught them as one who had authority, not as the teachers of the law.

Can you imagine how thirsty their souls were? We’re well aware of the state of the church at the time of Christ. People were constantly bombarded with judgement and threats and a rendition of an angry, vindictive God… for the ones who knew better, it had to hurt their souls. Hearing the words of Christ himself was no doubt an incredibly healing experience for the people of the church in his time. Their hearts knew the sound of the truth. Their hearts knew the sound of the voice of their savior.

Next time you read your Bible or listen to your pastor or are exposed to any message that pertains to your everlasting life in any way, I challenge you to listen with your heart. What is Jesus telling you? Don’t look at yesterday’s headless lady in the barber chair and assume you can make it anything else.

Listen for the voice of truth. It will sound a lot like a brand new preacher from Nazareth. ❤️

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