Careless Communication Concerning Christians


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Take zealous Christians, add a dash of faulty assumptions and a sprig of no communication and you have a fine recipe for potential disaster. How can we avoid this kind of fiasco from happening today?

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Careless Communication Concerning Christians

  1. 1. Learning from the “Altar of Witness” near disastrous fiasco. Joshua 22:10-34 Careless Communication Concerning Christians
  2. 2. Introduction <ul><li>Consider this potentially disastrous concoction: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Take two united but distinctly different groups of zealous believers of God. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Add a monumental yet questionable project created by one group of believers. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Mix in a heap of understandable but faulty assumptions on the part of the second group of believers. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Without the necessary ingredient of godly communication the outcome would surely be disastrous. </li></ul></ul>
  3. 3. Introduction <ul><li>This has happened before (and, unfortunately, continues today). </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The story of the “Altar of Witness” illustrates the result of careless communication among zealous brethren. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Among other lessons that could be gleaned is our need to better communicate with each other and keep from making similarly disastrous mistakes. </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. Communication Breakdown <ul><li>Being zealous for God is not enough. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The western tribes wanted Israel to remain pure. v. 16-20 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Fresh on their minds were the fornication with the Moabites/Midianites. Num. 25:1-9 </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Another reminder of unfaithfulness was that of Achan. Josh. 7 </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>They were also well aware of God’s laws. Exo. 20:24; Lev. 17:8-9 </li></ul></ul></ul>
  5. 5. Communication Breakdown <ul><li>Being zealous for God is not enough. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The eastern tribes, on the other hand, wanted a clearly identifiable ‘witness’ to remind all Israel of their unity. v. 10, 21-29 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>First they made a large altar in appearance (all would be able to see it from a great distance). </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>It was created as a witness that the eastern tribes were to also take part in the sacrificial offerings. v. 27 </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>It also served as a “witness” that Jehovah was their God. v. 34 (cp. Deut. 12:1-7) </li></ul></ul></ul>
  6. 6. Communication Breakdown <ul><li>A breakdown in communication were the fault of both “sides” of this great predicament. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Western tribes were guilty of faulty assumptions: that the eastern tribes acted rebelliously against the Lord. v. 16 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Eastern tribes were guilty for not initially communicating their intentions with western leaders. </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. Learning From the Past <ul><li>Inferences gleaned from this Old Testament story. cp. 1 Cor. 10:11 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Among brethren: there will always be potential for misunderstandings: hearsay, wrong information, partial information, etc. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>No matter how much you think ahead miscommunications (or lack thereof) will occur. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Open communication, however difficult, often resolves misunderstandings among zealous brethren who love the Lord. v. 30, 32-33 </li></ul></ul>
  8. 8. Learning From the Past <ul><li>Keeping this type of potential disaster from happening to Christians today. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>First and foremost among the saints: love – believes all things. 1 Cor. 13:7 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Talk through seeming differences striving to understand each other. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Try your best to see things from the other perspective: not from a necessarily condemning perspective which blinds your eyes. Tit. 3:1-8 </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Inform brethren of things you plan on doing for the sake of unity or to keep from potential disagreements. </li></ul></ul>
  9. 9. Conclusion <ul><li>Miscommunication will always be one of the destroying ingredients among brethren. </li></ul><ul><li>May our zeal for the Lord not get lost in open and godly communication among the saved. </li></ul>