πŸ‘‘ Table the Fables!

“Not giving heed to Jewish fables, and commandments of men, that turn from the truth” (Titus 1:13,14).

The “vain talkers…of the circumcision” in Crete (Tit. 1:10) were telling “Jewish fables” that were turning men from the truth, so Paul told Titus to tell people to put them on the pay-no-mind list. But what were these fables about?

Whatever they were, they probably had to do with “the commandments of men” that Paul says they wereΒ alsoΒ using to turn others from the truth. And since these fables were being told by unsaved Jews of the circumcision, it seems reasonable to believe that they were about the commandments of men Paul mentions in Colossians 2:21,22:

“Touch not; taste not; handle not… the commandments…Β of men.

The commandments of men here wereΒ the commandmentsΒ ofΒ the law of Moses.Β The law wasΒ filledΒ with commands concerning things that couldn’t be touched, tasted or handled!

You say, “But the law contained the commandmentsΒ of God,Β not the commandments of men!” And you’d be right–if we were under the law.Β But our apostle says “we are not under the law,Β but under grace”Β (Rom. 6:15). And when you put men under commandments found in past dispensations, those commandments of GodΒ becomeΒ the commandments of men.Β What a testimony to the importance of “rightly dividing the word of truth” (II Tim. 2:15).

But now that we know which commandments of men Paul is warning Titus about, it helps us determine the nature of those fables. He was telling him to beware of men who teach the law,Β and then tell stories about the law.Β A fable is a story that is told to teach a lesson, and the fables these unsaved Jews were telling were designed to teach the lessonΒ that we are still under the law.

What kind of stories? The same kind men tell about the lawΒ today.Β How many times have you heard this verse from the law quoted:

“…serve… God,Β and He shall… take sickness away from the midst of thee” (Ex. 23:25).

That’s a promise God made to the people of Israel under the law. But when you tell people whoΒ quoteΒ that verse that we’re not under the law, and so we can’t expect God to honor that prom-ise, what do you hear? Stories! “But Brother Jim serves the Lord, and God took away his terminal cancer!” That’s a fable, a story designed to teach the lesson that we are still under the law.

The law also said, “the LORD thy God… is He that giveth thee powerΒ to get wealth” (Deut. 8:18). That’sΒ anotherΒ promise God gave the people of Israel under the law. If they would “hearken diligently unto the voice of the LORD” (Deut.28:1), God promised to multiply their crops and livestock (v. 4,11,12). But when you remind people today that we’re not under the law where this promise is found, what do you hear? More fables! “But Brother Smith always hearkened to God, and now he’s so rich he can afford to pay Bill Gates to cut his grass!” More stories designed to teach the lesson we are still under the law. Paul says to pay no attention to fables like that!

But as I’m sure you know, most Christians put a lot of stock in those kinds of success stories. But that shouldn’t surprise you, for the Apostle Paul predicted it, saying,

“…the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but… they shall turn away their ears from the truth,Β and shall be turned unto fables”Β (II Timothy 4:3,4).

Sadly, this prophecy has come true. Most Christians would rather believeΒ a fableΒ than the Word of God, rightly divided.

Don’t you be one of them!Β Table the fables, turn back to the truth of grace taught by Paul, and never look back! source

Sign up for our daily email study!
Posted in πŸ‘‘ Studies

Leave a Reply

avatar
  Subscribe  
Notify of

Godstrong Women - A strong woman hopes she has strength enough for the journey, but a woman of Godly strength has faith that it is in the journey where she will become strong. // Zechariah 10:12The Godstrong Women channel on YoutubeThe Revived Life channel on YoutubeRevived Wire Media - Design, Development and Hosting by RevivedWire.com

New Posts to Inbox?

  • Tranquil Summit
  • Tranquil Shoreline
  • Milky Way
  • Ocean Resort
  • Floral Pathway
  • Moraine Lake
  • Country Barn
  • Golden Beach
  • Water Village
  • Golden Mountain
  • Rapids
  • Tranquil Beach
  • Tranquil Waterfall
  • Wilderness Light

Bible Verse for 4/4/20

In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace; — Ephesians 1:7

Featured Video

Featured Video

Doctrine Studies

Revived Life Poll

Which fruit of the Spirit is most lacking in you?

View Results

Loading ... Loading ...

Site Search

These 'Shining Light Ministries' rank highly because of their willingness to be transparent and accountable with their donations and finances.

Medical Teams International

Mercy Multiplied

Children's Hunger Fund

Revived Life ©   RSS Feed for Revived Life
Privacy Policy | Contact
Revived Wire Website hosting, WordPress dedicated hosting, Email hosting, Domain registration, and Cloud services by DreamHost

Donate Securely