KEY SCRIPTURE; Joh 11:13 KJV” Howbeit Jesus spake of his death: but they thought that he had spoken of taking of rest in sleep.”
To misunderstand an issue is to hold varying concepts concerning a particular issue. Experiences over the years have shown that men have misunderstood God on a number of issues. Isaiah 55:8 KJV” For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD.” God is Spirit (John 4:24) whiles men are mostly dominated by the flesh or the physical world. God lives in a world of absolute possibilities whiles men live in a realm of limits and impossibilities. Man’s wisdom keeps him from knowing God.1Co 1:21 KJV “For after that in the wisdom of God the world by wisdom knew not God, it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe”.
In our key scripture, the Lord spoke of the death of Lazarus; but His disciples spoke of his physical sleep of rest. The Lord talked about going to raise him up, and that was also out of reality to his disciples. This state of misunderstanding is the reason for suffering on the part of men. God has always planned and desired the continuous peace and comfort of man. Gen 1:26 KJV” And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.” God created man to be free and to be in charge.
Genesis 1:26 has the answer to this misunderstanding, between God and man. Man was created in the image of God. This means man was to function from his Spirit. Doing things from the Spirit put man in the realm of God, so he could easily agree with God. How does one act from the Spirit? This is achieved by acting in line with the word of God. TO BE SPIRITUAL, IS TO BE SCRIPTURAL. God says, His way of doing things is by His word. Isaiah 55:11.
Thank you, heavenly father, for your great love for me, by creating me in your image. I function in the Spirit as I continually act on the word of God. In this I am in sync with God, having the blessings He has planned for me. Amen.
Rom 8:5 KJV” For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit. For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.”
Job 22:21 KJV” Acquaint now thyself with him, and be at peace: thereby good shall come unto thee.”