4.11.2016

Read, Meditate, Know - GO!

Sometimes we make the Bible seem more complicated than it really is.
We think only pastors or theologians are able to fully understand the truths tucked inside the covers, and grossly underestimate our ability to read it, discern it, and apply it to life.
At its core, Scripture is quite simple. Straightforward. Logical. Applicable to everyday life, in every stage of life.

God did not inspire the writing of His Word to confuse man or make him feel inept when reading it.
He inspired His Word to be written so man might come to know Him and then - make Him known to the world!
We do not need to attend Bible college to understand it as adults, nor do we need to dumb it down for children.
God's Word is living, and powerful, and active and able to meet each person who reads it - where they are - regardless of intelligence, education, age, or maturity.
Look at what Paul says to Timothy:
But as for you, continue in what you have learned and firmly believed, knowing from whom you learned it, and how from childhood you have known the sacred writings that are able to instruct you for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. All scripture is inspired by God and is useful for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, so that everyone who belongs to God may be proficient, equipped for every good work. II Timothy 3

Everyone who belongs to God - will be proficient and equipped to live the life of obedience and holiness to which He has called us.
Not the just the educated and elite.

To be "proficient" in God's Word requires study and understanding, of course. But God has not called every believer to be a Biblical scholar.
The old widow with a worn-out, tear-stained, ink-blotted Bible in her hands is as godly and pleasing to the Lord as the man who has a stack of Bibles in every version and a wall covered in degrees.

We are challenged to study Scripture ...
Now the Berean Jews were of more noble character than those in Thessalonica, for they received the message with great eagerness and examined the Scriptures every day to see if what Paul said was true. Acts 17:11
We are challenged to meditate on Scripture ...
But his delight is in the law of the Lord, and in His law he meditates day and night. Psalm 1
We are commanded to know Scripture ...
Sanctify the Lord God in your hearts, and always be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you, with meekness and fear ... I Peter 3



If we READ God's Word,
we can MEDITATE on God's Word,
and KNOW God's Word.

And when we know His Word, we can give an answer for the hope that is in us.
Just like the apostles did.
Our hope is Jesus Christ, crucified, risen again, seated at the right hand of the Father waiting for the day He is allowed to return and take us HOME.
HE is our hope!
Not the etymology of every text, nor the cultural and geographical setting of every story.
The apostles were unlearned men - and they changed the world for Jesus Christ!
Twelve men who did not go to university or seminary.
They were called by Jesus, they followed Him, they made a ton of mistakes, they left Him when He needed them most, they watched Him die, they saw His resurrected body, and they witnessed Him ascend into heaven.
They did not spend the next three years studying lexicons and commentaries.
They traveled the world telling everyone who would listen why they had hope. Jesus is RISEN! He is the Christ! The Son of God!
And they turned this world upside down.

Isn't that what Jesus told them to do?
And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen. Matthew 28
He did not command them to obtain degrees, open a seminary, or write a Bible study curriculum.
He commanded them to take what they knew about Him, and GO! "Make Me known to the world!"

READ the Word.
MEDITATE on the Word.
KNOW the Word.

If we are faithful to do this - and - if we love the Lord with all our heart, soul, mind, and strength - there are no limits on what we can do for the Kingdom!

With my whole heart I seek You; let me not wander from Your commandments! 
I have stored up Your word in my heart, that I might not sin against You. Psalm 119:10,11

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