Despise Not Prophesyings
I Thessalonians 5:20 Despise not prophesyings.
Intro: The last days will be marked by people that despise all the right things.
- 2 Timothy 3:3 Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good,
BUT! – these verses are not written to the lost, not to the unbeliever.
Paul is writing to Christians.
He calls them “brethren” no less than 7 times in this chapter. (vss. 1, 4, 12, 14, 25, 26, 27)
Not to mention the strict distinction between the church at Thessalonica and the unsaved (vs. 4-11)
It’s serious to me that a child of God could possibly be guilty of despising the prophesyings.
- Despise: to make of no account; set at naught
- Prophesying: a discourse emanating from divine inspiration and declaring the purposes of God, whether by reproving the wicked, or comforting the afflicted, or revealing things hidden
In a day where there is so little preaching, we need more than ever to not be guilty of despising it.
I. The Cause for Despising
A. It Condemns
- John 3:19 And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.
B. It Confines
The Bible is filled with “Thou shalt not…” and “…Thou shalt…”
(SEE Jude 8) “…they despise dominion…”
- 2 Peter 2:10 But chiefly them that walk after the flesh in the lust of uncleanness, and despise government. Presumptuous are they, selfwilled, they are not afraid to speak evil of dignities.
C. It Confuses
- 1 Corinthians 2:14 But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know [them], because they are spiritually discerned.
D. It Convicts
- 54 When they heard these things, they were cut to the heart, and they gnashed on him with their teeth.
- 57 Then they cried out with a loud voice, and stopped their ears, and ran upon him with one accord,
II. The Confirmation of Despising
A. A Lack of Attendance
- Hebrews 10:25 Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.
Willful absence from the preaching of God’s word is a sign that you do not value, or despise it; minimize it.
Unless you are providentially hindered, you should be under the preaching of the Word of God.
Faithful attendance confirms you appreciate and love the prophesyings; lack of attendance confirms the opposite.
B. A Lack of Attentiveness
- 1 And all the people gathered themselves together as one man into the street that was before the water gate; and they spake unto Ezra the scribe to bring the book of the law of Moses, which the LORD had commanded to Israel.
- 2 And Ezra the priest brought the law before the congregation both of men and women, and all that could hear with understanding, upon the first day of the seventh month.
- 3 And he read therein before the street that was before the water gate from the morning until midday, before the men and the women, and those that could understand; and the ears of all the people were attentive unto the book of the law.
C. A Lack of Acceptance
- James 1:21 Wherefore lay apart all filthiness and superfluity of naughtiness, and receive with meekness the engrafted word, which is able to save your souls.
- 1 Thessalonians 2:13 For this cause also thank we God without ceasing, because, when ye received the word of God which ye heard of us, ye received it not as the word of men, but as it is in truth, the word of God, which effectually worketh also in you that believe.
D. A Lack of Adherence
- 22 But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.
- 23 For if any be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass:
- 24 For he beholdeth himself, and goeth his way, and straightway forgetteth what manner of man he was.
- 25 But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth [therein], he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed.
III. The Cure for Despising
- 1 Peter 2:2 As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby:
- 1 In the beginning of the reign of Jehoiakim the son of Josiah king of Judah came this word from the LORD, saying,
- 2 Thus saith the LORD; Stand in the court of the LORD’S house, and speak unto all the cities of Judah, which come to worship in the LORD’S house, all the words that I command thee to speak unto them; diminish not a word:
- 3 If so be they will hearken, and turn every man from his evil way, that I may repent me of the evil, which I purpose to do unto them because of the evil of their doings.
- 4 And thou shalt say unto them, Thus saith the LORD; If ye will not hearken to me, to walk in my law, which I have set before you,
- 5 To hearken to the words of my servants the prophets, whom I sent unto you, both rising up early, and sending [them], but ye have not hearkened;
- 6 Then will I make this house like Shiloh, and will make this city a curse to all the nations of the earth.
- 7 So the priests and the prophets and all the people heard Jeremiah speaking these words in the house of the LORD.
I Thessalonians 5
- 12 And we beseech you, brethren, to know them which labour among you, and are over you in the Lord, and admonish you;
- 13 And to esteem them very highly in love for their work’s sake. And be at peace among yourselves.
I’ve said it more times than I can count; the best way to show your appreciation for the pastor is to listen to the preaching!
The hours spent seeking God’s face and preparing messages are for you and for your benefit.
Attending and listening to the preaching means more than gifts, money, gift cards and letters.
We need to swallow our pride and Listen!
- 2 Chronicles 34:27 Because thine heart was tender, and thou didst humble thyself before God, when thou heardest his words against this place, and against the inhabitants thereof, and humbledst thyself before me, and didst rend thy clothes, and weep before me; I have even heard thee also, saith the LORD.
- Titus 1:9 Holding fast the faithful word as he hath been taught, that he may be able by sound doctrine both to exhort and to convince the gainsayers.
One of the best ways you and I can not despise prophesyings it to hold fast to the Word as it hath been taught!
Remember it. Rehearse it. Meditate on it. Live it. Display it.