It is indisputable that God wants us to think about what we read in His Word. While some find it challenging to regularly read the Bible it is important to remember that God doesn’t simply want us to read, say, three chapters of Scripture and go about our daily business; rather, He wants us to read however-many-verses (or chapters) of Scripture and think about what we read. I know that in our fallen-frames such an exercise can sometimes seem difficult; and I know that sometimes it seems like there’s something wrong with our ability to stay mentally focused on a biblical subject without getting sidetracked; but I also know that the Spirit of God is greater than the weaknesses in our flesh; therefore, this brief exhortation is meant to be an encouragement for you wherever you are in your Gospel-centered walk with Christ to think about what you read.
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Then He went down to Capernaum, a city of Galilee, and was teaching them on the Sabbaths. (Lk. 4:31)
At first glance this verse may seem simply informational; however, upon considering its immediate context it’s rather astonishing. The formerly marveling hometown crowd (vs.22) had turned murderous and sought to make the beginning of Jesus’ public ministry become the end by throwing him over a cliff (vs. 28-29). Despite their anger and effort, Jesus miraculously escaped their clutches, passed through the midst of them, and went His way (vs.30).
The premise of this exhortation is one that every Christian would agree with: a little Bible-reading is better than no Bible-reading. Every Christian would affirm that the Bible, being the inspired word of God (2 Tim 3:16), and being the spiritual food by which man lives (cf. Mt 4:4), even if ingested in very small amounts, is an exponentially better option than going without it. That being said, too often it can happen where professing Christians can go days, weeks, and perhaps even months without reading the Bible. My hope is that this brief exhortation will help you avoid that trap.
When I was a child there was a time in which ‘trick-birthday candles’ were all the rage. It was always somewhat interesting to watch someone’s face as they tried, tried, and tried again to blow out their birthday candles to no avail. Some of us tried with all of our might, and no a matter how hard we tried, the light we thought we snuffed out came back. And it’s been like that throughout history as it pertains to God’s Word. Whether it was Antiochus or Diocletian, philosophers, false religious systems, or Communist regimes, many have tried throughout history to either chain or cut off the Word of God. Some have tried to cut off translations, others have tried to prohibit transmissions, all have one thing in common – they have failed. And one of those men who stand in such a line of infamy is Jehoiakim. Granted, his attempt was on a small scale when compared with some of the aforementioned attempts at such things, but he attempted nonetheless.
4 Then Saul said to his armorbearer, “Draw your sword, and thrust me through with it, lest these uncircumcised men come and thrust me through and abuse me.” But his armorbearer would not, for he was greatly afraid. Therefore Saul took a sword and fell on it.
(1 Samuel 31:4)
10 So I stood over him and killed him, because I was sure that he could not live after he had fallen. And I took the crown that was on his head and the bracelet that was on his arm, and have brought them here to my lord.”
(2 Samuel 1:10)
Have you ever told a story to make yourself look better than you are? Have you ever changed certain details while recounting a personal story in the hopes that you’d win favor, or approval, or applause with your hearer(s)? That appears to be exactly what the young man in 2nd Samuel was doing – a strategy which didn’t work out well for him. But nonetheless, his fabrication provides an explanation for the different accounts of Saul’s demise.