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Daily Devotional – May 30


Got an itch? 

2 Timothy 4:3-4

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.

Paul's description of people having "itching ears" is picturesque. The Greek word, knethomai, literally means "to itch, rub, scratch, or tickle." This figure of speech implies that they have an itch that must be scratched, or as William Barclay puts it, "they have ears which have to be continually titillated with novelties" (The Letters to Timothy, Titus, and Philemon, p. 202). Such people open their ears to any teacher who will relieve their particular "itch" regardless of how it measures against the truth.

As Bereans it is our duty to evaluate the "causes" we endorse. Are they truly of God, or are they itches we want scratched? Have we allowed the world to influence our thinking, or are we on solid biblical footing?

Our effort now should be presenting ourselves "blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ", for God is not concerned with scratching our itches but transforming us into the image of His Son. That is our only cause!


May 30, 2006 - Posted by | Daily Devotional


  1. Thanks for stopping by my blog and for your prayers for Jon’s family. It is much appreciated. Hope you had a good Memorial Day.


    Comment by Carol | May 30, 2006 | Reply

  2. That is really thought provoking – it reminds me of your Da Vinci Code post about the manner in which many protested inspired much more interest in what was deemed to be by critics and rather poor piece of work. (I am paraphrasing and if you are someone else reading this comment, please refer to the bereans section on the Da Vinci Code – they say it much better!)


    Comment by Ellen | May 30, 2006 | Reply

  3. Hi Carol!

    Enjoyed your blog. Would like to add you to our blogging friends if that’s ok (let me know) so that our class members can pay you a visit!

    I had a dear friend die of cancer and understand what friends and family go through. What is interesting about my friend (his name was John) was that when I first learned he was dying of cancer I spoke to him with sorrow in my voice and heart and he immediately corrected me saying that it was “glorious!” and that this was God’s will concerning him. He went to meet the Lord with much anticipation.

    Hi Ellen,

    Good to hear from you too!

    I know the Berean sounds fairly pragmatic at times, but I think that as Christians we have lost focus on what is really important. Sin becomes rampant in a Godless culture, and we become Godless because of the failure of Christians to spread the gospel–leaving it to the Holy Spirit to work in the lives of the born again. Instead we embark on various and sundry ventures–most often man-centered initiatives that yield only short-term results. Attempts to change behavior last only so long as the prohibitive structure remain in place. Change a heart, though, and the behavior becomes natural independent of imposed structures.

    Hope this makes sense!


    Comment by bereans | May 30, 2006 | Reply

  4. If we aren’t choosing and supporting our causes because that’s what God wants us to do, then we battle in vain. But if God does send us to do a job, we’d better do it no matter what.

    Comment by Helen Losse | May 30, 2006 | Reply

  5. Absolutely right, Helen!

    The center of His will is where we want to be.


    Comment by bereans | May 30, 2006 | Reply

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