Know Your Master's Crib
Wisdom's Corner
Know Your Master's Crib

In Biblical times, most farmers had at least one ox or one donkey. He would use these animals to work his field and to carry loads. The animal was very valuable to the farmer. He took very good care of his animal. The animal grew to know his master very well. He would follow his master wherever he went.

At the end of the day the farmers would come back into the town from the field. Many times he did not have to lead his ox or donkey to the house. The animal knew the way to go and would just go there on his own. Even though the animal might have to make many turns down many small streets, he would know exactly where to go. He knew his crib (the place for him to sleep and to eat) was in his master's house.

In Isaiah 1:3-4, we read, "The ox knoweth his owner, and the ass his master's crib: but Israel doth not know, my people doth not consider. Ah sinful nation, a people laden with iniquity, a seed of evildoers, children that are corrupters: they have forsaken the Lord, they have provoked the Holy One of Israel unto anger, they are gone away backward."

The nation of Israel had become less wise than an ox or a donkey. The animals would go to their master's home. The animals would follow their master. But the people of Israel refused to do such with their God. And God was condemning them for not following him.

I do not want to be like the people of the passage above. I do not think you do either. You must study your Bible and learn what God wants you to do. You must learn all about your Master. He thinks you are very valuable. And He loves you. He has given us a home with the church if we will do what He says. And there is a final home in heaven for those who obey Him.

Until next time, keep reading and studying your Bible. And if any of this is hard to understand, ask an adult to help you.

Mark McWhorter

Copyright 2002

Published by The Old Paths Bible School