"Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory: Receiving the end of your faith, even the salvation of your souls."
1 Peter 1:8-9 (KJV)
1 Peter 1:8-9 (KJV)
The Professional Opinion
Numbers 13:1-3, 27-31 (KJV)
13 And the Lord spake unto Moses, saying,
2 Send thou men, that they may search the land of Canaan, which I give unto the children of Israel: of every tribe of their fathers shall ye send a man, every one a ruler among them.
3 And Moses by the commandment of the Lord sent them from the wilderness of Paran: all those men were heads of the children of Israel.
27 And they told him, and said, We came unto the land whither thou sentest us, and surely it floweth with milk and honey; and this is the fruit of it.
28 Nevertheless the people be strong that dwell in the land, and the cities are walled, and very great: and moreover we saw the children of Anak there.
29 The Amalekites dwell in the land of the south: and the Hittites, and the Jebusites, and the Amorites, dwell in the mountains: and the Canaanites dwell by the sea, and by the coast of Jordan.
30 And Caleb stilled the people before Moses, and said, Let us go up at once, and possess it; for we are well able to overcome it.
31 But the men that went up with him said, We be not able to go up against the people; for they are stronger than we.
Mark 4:35-41 (KJV)
35 And the same day, when the even was come, he saith unto them, Let us pass over unto the other side.
36 And when they had sent away the multitude, they took him even as he was in the ship. And there were also with him other little ships.
37 And there arose a great storm of wind, and the waves beat into the ship, so that it was now full.
38 And he was in the hinder part of the ship, asleep on a pillow: and they awake him, and say unto him, Master, carest thou not that we perish?
39 And he arose, and rebuked the wind, and said unto the sea, Peace, be still. And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm.
40 And he said unto them, Why are ye so fearful? how is it that ye have no faith?
41 And they feared exceedingly, and said one to another, What manner of man is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him?
Mark 7:1-16 (KJV)
7 Then came together unto him the Pharisees, and certain of the scribes, which came from Jerusalem.
2 And when they saw some of his disciples eat bread with defiled, that is to say, with unwashen, hands, they found fault.
3 For the Pharisees, and all the Jews, except they wash their hands oft, eat not, holding the tradition of the elders.
4 And when they come from the market, except they wash, they eat not. And many other things there be, which they have received to hold, as the washing of cups, and pots, brasen vessels, and of tables.
5 Then the Pharisees and scribes asked him, Why walk not thy disciples according to the tradition of the elders, but eat bread with unwashen hands?
6 He answered and said unto them, Well hath Esaias prophesied of you hypocrites, as it is written, This people honoureth me with their lips, but their heart is far from me.
7 Howbeit in vain do they worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.
8 For laying aside the commandment of God, ye hold the tradition of men, as the washing of pots and cups: and many other such like things ye do.
9 And he said unto them, Full well ye reject the commandment of God, that ye may keep your own tradition.
10 For Moses said, Honour thy father and thy mother; and, Whoso curseth father or mother, let him die the death:
11 But ye say, If a man shall say to his father or mother, It is Corban, that is to say, a gift, by whatsoever thou mightest be profited by me; he shall be free.
12 And ye suffer him no more to do ought for his father or his mother;
13 Making the word of God of none effect through your tradition, which ye have delivered: and many such like things do ye.
14 And when he had called all the people unto him, he said unto them, Hearken unto me every one of you, and understand:
15 There is nothing from without a man, that entering into him can defile him: but the things which come out of him, those are they that defile the man.
16 If any man have ears to hear, let him hear.
Many of us have encountered situations in our life that have required us to go seek someone else with a more specialized knowledge. I know that I have done this many times myself. I do not trust my limited understanding of concepts which I am not experienced at. I don’t fix my own cars or do my own plumbing. That is who I am, I call someone who does those things well.
The specialist you may have dealt with could be a number of things such as a carpenter, electrician, or painter. It might be a more specialized professional such as an I.T. security consultant, a financial professional, maybe even a medical specialist.
There are times when that knowledge helps us, while other times their specialized knowledge is not knowledge at all, but rather more like a walking book reference.
Sometimes these so called “professionals” speak from their limited experience or their negative outlook on life which they have gained from the pressures of life. Sometimes these individuals may even go beyond their area of specialty into areas not as well known.
We have just witnessed this type of situation in all three scenarios we just read about.
Looking at Numbers 13, the Israelite spies were self-proclaimed professional advisors to Moses. God told him to assemble a team of “heads of the children of Israel” as they were called. Notice they were not trained soldiers. God didn’t ask them to go get an opinion of the area, become experts in the field of war, navigation, planning, consulting, none of those things. The Word says they will, “search the land of Canaan” or another way of saying it may be, “explore the land of Canaan.” They were to report back, not give an analysis of what they believed God could do. Listen to what it says next, “which I give unto the children of Israel.” However, when they returned, a few seemed to believe that they were specialists in all of the above. Some of the spies, in their “professional” opinions, did not believe that they had the firepower necessary to take on such a feat as this, while others believed in the process God had laid out for them. They had seen what God had done and heard what He would do.
In Mark we see the disciples were professional sailors and fisherman. They were very well experienced and had the knowledge to navigate the water. They had made a living navigating some of these same waters prior to joining Jesus. However, they were not the creators of that water and the weather they faced. If they had just enough faith to ask God to remove that danger from their presence, He may have done it without even waking Jesus because only the Lord knows how much Jesus needed that sleep at the moment.
In Mark 7 the Pharisees were professional ministers of the Law, however little did they know that the fulfillment of the law stood right before their eyes. Their focus was so beamed in on idols that they missed the whole purpose of the law which had been given to them. These guys were so dilerious that they must have thought they were health inspectors, chastising Jesus over having unclean hands. This is why God knew He had to provide another way because the way that was already provided had been distorted and misconstrued by the religious of that day. That same attitude attempts to pervert the gospel today as well. However, unlike the law, we no longer need anyone to read God’s Word to us in order that we may understand it. We don’t need anyone to dictate God’s blessings, make sacrifices, and to pray for us as a holy priest. Jesus Christ has stepped in as our intercessor for us today, making atonement for our sins and restoring our relationship with God.
We have all witnessed “professional” opinions like this in our day.
You might have been the recipient of such a “professional” opinion recently. That opinion may have brought bad news about what is to come or what could happen. What they don’t know is that you serve God and what you do know is that God is greater than all these things. He is our creator, He is our provider, He is our healer, our restorer, and our promise of eternal life. We must have faith in the real professional who created all of these things and knows our situations.
There is only one professional opinion worth always listening to and that is the opinion of Christ Jesus, our Lord and Savior!