AMERICA: A NATION ABOUT TO REVEAL ITS SOUL
I CORINTHIANS 10: 6 - 12
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JESUS CHRIST posed a question to His generation that is germane
for this generation: "O faithless and perverse generation, how
long shall I be with you and bear with you?" (Luke 9:41).
Condemnation and crucifixion brought suffering to Jesus.
However, they were only symptoms of the sin that caused them. In
Luke 9:41 He expressed His agony over the attitude of the
people. The little word "O" is an exclamation which expressed
His pain and indignation. Two characteristics of that generation
They were FAITHLESS. It wasn't that they did not have faith for
they, like we, had faith. It is just a matter of what the object
of our faith is. The text reveals they lacked faith in the power
of God, the authority of God's word, and in persevering prayer.
They were PERVERSE. The Greek word APOSTREPHO translated
"perverse" meant cantankerous, ornery, unmanageable, corrupt and
depraved. You can hear in APOSTREPHO, our English word
obstreperous. The root word STREPHO meant "to turn." The prefix
APO meant "from." To be perverse meant to turn away from God.
Christ's pain over such conduct is acknowledged in the
expression, "how long shall I bear with you?," literally, "how
long shall I put up with you?"God's patience runs out!
Turning can be so gradual that it can't be seen in a moment.
However, by comparing the position at one moment with that of a
time lapse, it can be detect ...
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