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“"Knowing the Shepherd or the Words"”

2 Corinthians 11:5

I do not think I am in the least inferior to those ?super-apostles.? I may indeed be untrained as a speaker, but I do have knowledge. We have made this perfectly clear to you in every way.

Thoughts for Today:

The false teachers made their claims to be "super-apostles", and in our passage today Paul says that at least he is equal to them. I completely disagree. In fact, if I was on the nominating committee, I would vote Paul as the number one Apostle. Why? Because he has one deciding and distinct advantage over all of his contemporaries: God-given knowledge, inspiration and revelation.

I read the story once of a famous Shakespearean actor who was given Psalm 23 to read aloud before a group gathered for a party. He gave an amazing performance with all the nuances and inflections in speech that were worthy of his training -- and the crowd responded with loud applause. Following the actor, the pastor of a small local church was asked to read the verses as well. With a slight stutter and a quiet voice that caused the audience to listen closely, the pastor spoke the same words, as a tear rolled down his cheek. When he was finished, there was complete silence in the room -- no applause. The actor humbly approached the pastor and said, "I know the psalm, but this man knows the shepherd."

Paul knew the shepherd. He might not match up well in oratorical skills with the most proficient and professional speakers of the day, but he knew Jesus. The Lord was the source of his knowledge, which he made "perfectly clear in every way".

Questions to Ponder:

Do you just know the words and concepts of Scripture or do you know the Shepherd? He desires to make Himself known to us personally. Will you invite Him in?

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Pocket Devotions are written by Mike Brooks. A retired businessman, he is Moderator of South Shores church, leads the Deacon Board, serves on the finance committee, and he teaches a Men's Bible study and the Men's Ministry. Mike has a passion for evangelical missions. He is the husband of Sherry; the father of Ryan, Natalie, Krissy, Rebecca, and Amanda; the father-in-law of Ariel; and the grandfather of Conner and Christian.

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