Chapter # 5 Paragraph # 2 Study # 5
April 1, 2007
Lincolnton, N.C.

<334> Thesis: Responsibility and irresponsibility both increase by exposure to the Truth. Introduction: One of the most amazing facts about God's dealings with human beings is that He makes Truth inescapable. One of the most amazing facts about men's dealings with God is that they hate Him for making the Truth inescapable. Today, in the 'calendar' of the visible 'church', is Palm Sunday. Palm Sunday is the day when Jesus was welcomed into Jerusalem by a vast multitude who identified Him as the promised Son of David Who was to reign over the Kingdom of God. Before the week was out, this nation of people, which had been given the clearest historical demonstration of God's Truth ever seen in history, crucified the Son of God. This is the testimony regarding God and men. On God's side of the issue, Truth is crucial for joy and God's commitment is to make Truth as plain as can be. On man's side of the issue, truth is irrelevant except as a tool for the manipulation of circumstances so that man can continue to pursue his own way. This remarkable reality has its roots, not in what is sought, but in the ways it is sought. Both God and men seek joy for men. But God seeks joy by Truth and men seek joy by manipulating others. This morning, as we look again at Luke's record of Jesus' healing of the leper, we are going to see the reality of this distinction.