Do Not Be Quickly Shaken!
I have been slowly making my way through 1 and 2 Thessalonians using the devotions in Ligonier ministries Table Talk magazine. (By the way, Ligonier is a trusted Bible-teaching ministry started by Dr. R. C. Sproul who has now gone to be with the Lord and during this time of trial they have made all their video teaching series free online at https://www.ligonier.org/ If you get bored, check it out. There’s lots of good stuff there.) But making my way through 2 Thessalonians, I came to chapter 2:1-2, which says... 2 Thessalonians 2:1–2 NASB95 Now we request you, brethren, with regard to the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our gathering together to Him, that you not be quickly shaken from your composure or be disturbed either by a spirit or a message or a letter as if from us, to the effect that the day of the Lord has come. That’s the New American Standard translation, but the King James and English Standard Version have it as follows... 2 Thessalonians 2:1–2 KJV 1900 Now we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by our gathering together unto him, That ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that the day of Christ is at hand. 2 Thessalonians 2:1–2 ESV Now concerning the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our being gathered together to him, we ask you, brothers, not to be quickly shaken in mind or alarmed, either by a spirit or a spoken word, or a letter seeming to be from us, to the effect that the day of the Lord has come. The Lord knows what we need and when we need it. He knew that I needed to hear 2 Thessalonians 2:2 this morning, “…we ask you, brothers, not to be quickly shaken in mind or alarmed...” The Thessalonians were apparently shaken because someone had (erroneously) taught them that the Day of the Lord had come (i.e., the Day of Judgment). If the Day of Judgment had come, they were concerned about what had happened to those brothers and sisters in Christ who had died. If they had died before the return of Jesus, before He could judge the nations in righteousness, then had those dead saints missed out on Heaven? Paul, the human author of 2 Thessalonians, will go on to teach them the truth but first he says, “(Do not) be quickly shaken from your composure or be disturbed” or “(Do not) be quickly shaken in mind or alarmed.” Let’s focus on that for a moment. During this time of trial, there are lots of people saying, “This is the end.” There are also lots of people acting like its the end. If you watch the news all day or constantly refresh you Facebook feed, you might be even come to believe that this is the end. But what does the Word of God say? “(Do not) be quickly shaken in mind or alarmed.” Brothers and sisters, even if this were the end, we know Him who is the Beginning and the End! We know Him who rules and reigns through trial and tribulation! We know Him who will cause us to endure to the end, through the end, and into the eternal glory of Heaven! So, let our minds not be quickly shaken! Let us not be quickly alarmed! Let us be informed? Yes! Let us take precautions? Certainly! But let us trust the Lord Jesus most of all! Turn off the news. Go to your Bible. Go to prayer. Go outside. Go to your neighbor. And do not be quickly shaken or alarmed.