Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Precept upon Precept, Line upon Line

One Year Bible
Old Testament passage for Tuesday, September 17, 2013:  Isaiah 25:1-28:13

“Whom will he teach knowledge?  And whom will he make to understand the message?  Those just weaned from milk?  Those just drawn from the breasts?  10 For precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept, line upon line, line upon line, here a little, there a little.”  Isaiah 28:9-10 (NKJV)

God speaks.  He talks to us.  He HAS SPOKEN to us in Scripture.  It is incredible to realize that Almighty God has revealed Himself to us, and we may know Him.  

But here's the question:  How may we know God better?  How may we become closer to Him and more acquainted with His ways?  I propose to you that we cannot truly love God any more than we love His Word.  

A disconcerting trend has grown in recent years that knowing God is a matter of content-less emotional experience.  It matters not WHAT you believe just so long as you believe.  Scripture is but a distant resource that complements knowing God, but is somewhat unnecessary.

Bible study has fallen on hard times in our day.  It seems that few want to dive into the Scriptures.  Sunday sermons have often degenerated into entertainment times where the center of the message is a knock-out illustration or a humorous anecdote.  

Don't get me wrong.  I believe that the anointed declaration of the Word of God will thrill the soul like nothing else.  It is the best show in town.  It should be packaged in ways that make it accessible to the common man.  But, there is no need to embellish the Word of God in order to make it more attractive.  

How can we know God better?  To whom will the message become clearer?  

Isaiah says it this way:  "Line upon line, precept upon precept."  That means we learn how the Bible builds upon itself.  No line and no precept may be taken out of context.  It must all fit together to make a powerful declaration of the will of God.  

How are you doing with the Bible?  Is it like fast food or is it like a gourmet meal?

Isaiah says we are to be like children just weaned from milk.  "Weaning" means we have to learn a new way to get nourishment.  We have been nourished by being "spoon fed."  Now we must learn to dig out the truth for ourselves.

It is time to dive into God's Word in earnest.  There are riches beyond measure waiting for you.  It will be nourishment that will delight your soul.

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