The Bible's Bookmark
Could modern Christendom's greatest malaise be not listening to Jesus?
(This was certainly an issue God had with Jesus' selected inner core - Peter, John & James, in Luke 9 - more tomorrow.)
The Lord pleads:
My Christian church listens to the lords of The Word, but not me, the Lord of The Word. My Word points to me but who will listen? Who will listen and stop still, withdraw and put the books away to just learn from Me?
This problem is identical for the pew-dweller, the pastor and the clergy alike. It continues while ever we seek the lords of The Word (scholars), and so neglect the Lord of the Word.
You study the Scriptures diligently because you think that in them you have eternal life. These are the very Scriptures that testify about me, yet you refuse to come to me to have life. (John 5:39-40)
We ask men (even dead men) to explain what God has penned, to open the mind of the Lord.
We have learned to worship the lords of The Word at expense to the Lord of The Word.
Teaching is a spiritual gift from the Lord of the Word.
BUT the teacher of The Word is never to become lord over the Word.
“The student is not above the teacher, nor a servant above his master." (Matthew 10:24)
"The intellect is not the way for knowing the Lord deeply." ~ Frank Viola & George Barna.
The Holy Spirit of Truth is the Bible's bookmark; He takes me to and through God's food daily. He is the person and place I turn to; the best commentary for listening to God through His Word.#
Today's Soul Snippet:
"Theological competence and high voltage intellect do not qualify a person to serve in the Lord's house." ~ Frank Viola & George Barna.
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