Today’s passage is extremely challenging. This is because the message seems to be so uncompromising. People must be silenced and others must be strongly reprimanded. But, nevertheless, I find myself identifying hugely with the un-named prophet from Crete who accuses his own people of falling way short of the mark. Now, I’m not calling myself a prophet, but I am saying that, having read the bible a few times, I can see that my fellow men and women have strayed away from the instructions and commands of The Lord. I can also see that many people are searching for the truth but they are believing myths and legends and all manner of things, all of which have been fashioned by those who have already rejected the truth of God as written in Holy Scripture. We will see by the way that they live, whether they have chosen the right path. I firmly believe that the only way we will see the power of God’s love released in the world is if we believers, can demonstrate our experience of God’s love to those we know.
Titus 1:10-16 NLT
For there are many rebellious people who engage in useless talk and deceive others. This is especially true of those who insist on circumcision for salvation. They must be silenced, because they are turning whole families away from the truth by their false teaching. And they do it only for money. Even one of their own men, a prophet from Crete, has said about them, “The people of Crete are all liars, cruel animals, and lazy gluttons.” This is true. So reprimand them sternly to make them strong in the faith. They must stop listening to Jewish myths and the commands of people who have turned away from the truth. Everything is pure to those whose hearts are pure. But nothing is pure to those who are corrupt and unbelieving, because their minds and consciences are corrupted. Such people claim they know God, but they deny him by the way they live. They are detestable and disobedient, worthless for doing anything good.
When this scripture was written down, the non circumcised Gentiles were the primary audience. These Gentiles were having to become familiar with Jewish scriptures but there was confusion about the issue of circumcision. The point is, that there were many, many people who were confused about the exact issues at hand regarding Jesus, his significance, and their salvation. The same is still true today. That is the whole point of these daily devotionals. We really need to explain it to the many who have not yet fully understood. Therefore, my goal is simply to do what I can to dispel the myths and try to offer an explanation of why it is good news that Jesus Christ is our Lord and Saviour.
Jeremiah 49:23-50:46, Titus 1:1-16, Psalms 97:1-98:9, Proverbs 26:13-16