Wednesday, August 6, 2014
I have touched before on the matter of taking bible verses out of their context. The meaning of the verse is often changed dramatically when you do that. On some occasions, the result may even be funny. For example, lets isolate Acts 10:1 in the King James Version. It reads: “There was a certain man in Caesarea called Cornelius, a centurion of the band called the Italian band.” Have you ever heard of folks who open a bible page at random and with eyes closed will point their finger to see what verse they fall upon? When they read the verse they believe it is God’s message to them for that day. Well, what if they landed on the verse on top? Would they think that Cornelius was a centurion by day and played for a band at night and that God was telling them to get a part time job at night by joining a band?
Many years ago when there no such things as cell phones, computers, or SUV’s, I saw a full spread side-view picture in a magazine of a brand new station wagon in the GM lineup. My first impression was “wow!” Since our children were young and we needed a family car at the time, I remember calling my wife to tell her I thought I had found the car for us. We were able to buy it and on the evening we drove it out of the dealership, it was pouring down rain. For a moment, I thought that may have been an omen but I just shook it off as a coincidence. Do I have to tell you that after we had it for a while, I hated how the car looked from all other angles except the side view? Today, when considering a new car, we can see it in every angle imaginable and get all the information on it before we even set foot on the dealership lot. The reading of the Bible is like that. To understand it better we have to read it carefully and get as much information as we can to get a more complete and concise picture. Another thing to keep in mind is that the One who best enlightens the readers of God’s Word, is God Himself by His Spirit. Therefore, when reading the scriptures and especially when the meaning is unclear, if you let the words sink in and lift up a prayer to God to give you understanding, He will. That is one reason James wrote, “If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him.” (James 1:5)
Memory verse for the week: (1 John 5:13) These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that you may know that you have eternal life, and that you may believe on the name of the Son of God.
PS: Don’t forget the movie, “Heaven Is For Real” this coming Friday at 7 PM at the church. Its free and it’s a great movie. Hope to see you then.