Vs. 10, “For there are many rebellious people, mere talkers and deceivers, especially those of the circumcision group.” As the church grew on Crete, they needed more Godly people to step up. Paul once again lays out some attributes that a leader/elder must possess to set the example and be effective (vs. 5-9). Question: Why? Because where God is working, the enemy is also working hard to bring division and false doctrine. Paul does not pull any punches when it came to addressing these people who were contributing towards these false ways (vs. 10-16). Titus was not to tread lightly, but rebuke them harshly for the error of their ways (vs. 13). While this may seem harsh, there is a difference between rebuking those who know the error of their ways vs. those who ignorantly believe the false teaching.
Regarding application…Why Doctrine? Vs. 9, “He must hold firmly to the trustworthy message as it has been taught, so that he can encourage others by sound doctrine and refute those who oppose it.” There is a tendency these days not to pay much attention to good biblical doctrine. I believe this, they believe that, my church believes this, etc. There are huge ramifications if we do not know sound doctrine. When the enemy comes to plant his seeds of lies, if we don’t know the truth, we may fall into the trap. When we try to encourage others and they think that Jesus didn’t really die on the cross but lived out his life to old age, how then can they think they can overcome if God’s son did not overcome death? We need sound doctrine in our lives to be able to encourage others and have an answer for our faith.
Vs. 5, “The Lord said to me, “Son of man, look carefully, listen closely and give attention to everything I tell you concerning all the regulations regarding the temple of the Lord. Give attention to the entrance of the temple and all the exits of the sanctuary.” Ezekiel is given a further vision and instruction regarding the prince, the priests and the Levites. The instructions of Mount Sinai (Exodus 24) were not followed in the past, so we are now actually given even more strict regulations based on how people responded in the past. The sanctuary of God and how we enter it is not to be taken lightly. Serving God in any capacity must always be looked at as a privilege.
Regarding application…Impure Ways. Vs. 6, “Say to the rebellious house of Israel, ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says: Enough of your detestable practices, O house of Israel!” Question: Why would this happen? In Psalm 19, it states, “the fear of the Lord is pure…” When God’s people entered His house in the past, they brought their impure ways with them. Sadly, this application is something that we have continued to do to this very day. When we bring our impure ways to God, there are consequences to this. It’s easy to point our fingers to others: blame the Pastor, blame the elders, blame the coach, blame the CEO, blame the teacher, etc. God does deal with the leaders in good ways and bad ways in how they live, but He also deals with each of us in how we live this life. I urge you brothers and sisters not to underestimate our impure ways. Ask the Lord today to convict your heart and let His word dwell richly in you.