Just Juice

One evening this week, our toddler asked for some Orange Juice.  As I took the carton out of the fridge, I told him that I would pour some water into his sippy cup.  He quickly shot down that idea.  “Just juice.”  And just to make sure that there was no misunderstanding, he reiterated, “Only juice.”  So, I gave him just plain old Orange Juice.

This made me think of God’s Word.  We should want the plain old Gospel, not the watered down version that some preachers give us.  We should be careful not to become like those believers whom Paul spoke about in his second letter to Timothy.  Paul warned the young pastor, “For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away [their] ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables” (2 Timothy 4:3, 4).

Solomon said, Every word of God is pure; He is a shield to those who put their trust in Him.  “Do not add to His words, Lest He rebuke you, and you be found a liar” (Proverbs 30:5, 6).  Basically, we are to rely solely on God’s teaching–not adding anything to it.

In Psalm 119:140, the psalmist wrote that we love the Word of God because of its purity.  Matthew Henry commented, “Our love to the word of God is then an evidence of our love to God when we love it for the sake of its purity, because it bears the image of God’s holiness and is designed to make us partakers of his holiness. It commands purity, and, as it is itself refined from all corrupt mixture, so if we receive it in the light and love of it it will refine us from the dross of worldliness and fleshly-mindedness.”  It is God’s pure word which directs our way and aligns our will with His.  It transforms us.

We have to be careful when it comes to what we swallow.  Let us make sure that the Word we hear bears God’s holiness and not man’s corruption.


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