1 Corinthians 3:2 NIV “I gave you milk, not solid food, for you were not yet ready for it. Indeed, you are still not ready.”
This is the Apostle Paul speaking to the church at Corinth. And it is, unfortunately, the state of affairs with regard to understanding the wisdom and depth of knowledge contained within God’s Word, in far to much of the church today.
Am I counting myself as one who understands all the meat that is contained within God’s Word? The answer to that question towards myself is no, I’ve advanced beyond the milk stage, probably somewhere in the hamburger stage, where the meat is ground up so that it is easier to digest, but I’ve still got a long way to go. Every once in a while, a solid small piece of meat appears on my plate, and through God’s grace, I am able to get a glimpse of the richness that lays within.
I recently purchased a hard copy of the New Amplified Study Bible. I have a number of different translations of the Bible on my IPad and Apple computer but I found that I missed the hard copy studying method. And so, once again, I am going through the entire Bible, learning, as always, new things that I never noticed or understood before.
I also noticed myself doing a rather strange thing, I frequently kind of caress or stroke the page that I am reading or studying. And there’s a reason for this unconscious action of mine, I really love God’s Word. And, if you haven’t noticed, you can’t really do that on an IPad or computer. Well you can, but it also would look kind of strange, not to mention, it then starts going all over the place. Actual hard copy pages stay put!
No matter how many times I’ve read through the Bible, every time that I do it again, without exception, something new seems to unfold before my eyes. I think in many ways, reading the Bible is like peeling an onion. Each time you read through the Bible, it’s as though, a layer of understanding is revealed to a new level. A deeper appreciation, a clear vision per sec. Problem is, we have no concept of how big the onion is. It’s really big, huge in fact. And even now, we only know in part.
You know how, when you’re on a go-cart track, they put a governor on the gas that can be applied to the motor, so that the acceleration is limited to within a certain speed? I don’t know about you but I often feel that there’s a governor on my brain, my ability to comprehend and understand. We’re told in God’s Word to ask for wisdom and it will be given to us, but I think, even here, this is done in stages as we, through God’s grace, get those layers of self and what the world teaches us, peeled back to reveal true reality.
Matthew 22:29 NIV “ Jesus replied, “You are in error because you do not know the Scriptures or the power of God.”
2 Timothy 2:15 KJV “Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.”
And I don’t know if you use color codes to highlight scripture like I do. Different colors for different themes I am following. I actually had so much underlined in one of the Bible apps I had on my IPad that the application starting slowing down to where it was no longer usable due to how long it took to update. Hence the hard copy, no slowing down there!
Do you want to hear an example of meat? Frances Rogers from godsgracegodsglory.com/ graciously sent me an audio and video link to an outstanding sermon called “Love – The Mark of Christians”. I’m pretty sure she won’t mind me sharing it with you.
It’s an entire sermon so it’s a little lengthy but it is well worth the investment of time. Watch and listen to it, listen to it hard, seriously consider the message. This is meat. Real meat! It’s powerful because God’s Word is powerful. It peels back some of those layers I’ve mentioned.
I mentioned to Frances, in my response to the video link, that sometimes when I’m praying, I hesitate on actually uttering words because of the underlying motives and limitations of my understanding. I basically have to ask God to exercise His will for me, in spite of me. The wonder of it all is that He will. It’s who He is, it’s what He does.
Worthy is the Lamb! Blessings!