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At last year’s revival the pastor made the statement that a mule can be led to water but can’t be forced to drink. However, put salt in his food and he’ll get thirsty enough to drink. The same can be said about studying the Bible. There are times the pastor salts the message enough that it leads to further investigation. This was true about the text from Matthew 28:16-20. The subject was doubt.
The passage takes place after the resurrection. Jesus meets with the 11 remaining disciples in Galilee. There it is in verse 17—but some doubted. The greatest event in the history of mankind and some of the 11 closest to Jesus doubted. What does Jesus do about it? Not much, he gives them the Great Commission. It’s like Jesus recognizes the presence of doubt and says ‘go and teach anyway.’
Peter in Matthew 14:29-31 began sinking and cried out for help. Jesus asked him why he let doubt overcome his faith. In Luke 12:29 Jesus warns against a doubtful mind. There are other verses that point out this weakness that man suffers with. The question posed in Romans 3:3 deals with this very issue. Shall unbelief (doubt) have any effect on reality? The first two words of the next verse sum it up. God forbid because only God is true. He is the reality and all the doubting in the world cannot change that very fact. And that is why the Great Commission is so important. Overcome doubt, go and teach. Talk earnestly to other doubters. Their souls depend on it. Amen.
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