Sermons, Disciples, and Taking Notes

This was originally a thought jotted down for myself. I thought I’d share it. It is not tempered, nor is there any effort to take into account mitigating factors. It was written for me, and I haven’t edited it.

Here it is:

Modern preachers repeat and plead, repeat and plead. They know they are talking to those that are not disciples. They have to plead and grab attention so that the person in the pew might consider what they have to say. They have to repeat their points, use many illustrations, and do everything they can to drive their lesson into the memory of the hearer (and to make sure it’s interesting).

Why? Because their hearers are not taking notes. Their hearers are not going to jot down beneficial spiritual truths and meditate upon them at home.

The clean are those who chew the cud and walk carefully upon the way. Those who take notes and consider what they are taught, they are the clean because they chew the cud. Those who apply these things to their lives and thus become wise, they are those who part the hoof.

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2 Responses to Sermons, Disciples, and Taking Notes

  1. Shammah says:

    I can explain the split hoof in more detail, but understand this is interpretation with some flexibility for interpretation. I’m not about to give you the “right” answer, but an answer.

    I’ve found two interpretations of the split hoof in the early Christian writings. They are similar, and the application is the same.

    One, that the split hoof represents our splitting from the world. We must be separate from the world (2 Cor. 6:17). The Letter of Barnabas offers that interpretation, and I’m certain I’ve read it several other times.

    Two, that animals with split hooves have better footing than single-hoofed animals like horses. I can’t say scientifically that I know that’s true. However, at least one early Christian suggested it. I don’t remember who. He said that we must walk carefully in this word in the paths God has given us to walk.

    My interpretation? To be clean is a two-fold process: One, you meditate on the word of God. You don’t just hear it once, you bring it back into your conscious mind and dwell on it and think about it. Two, you can’t just be a hearer, but a doer. Whether the split hoof represents separating from the world or having a careful walk, the point is that we do not only meditate on the Word, but we walk in it as well.

    The short version? You have to walk the talk.

  2. Buckstop77 says:

    I get the analogy of chewing the cud / meditating on the Word. Please explain in more detail about the meaning of the split hoof. Thanks.

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