“You have neglected the more important matters of the law—justice, mercy and faithfulness…You strain out a gnat but swallow a camel.” (Matthew 23:23–24, NIV 1984).
“Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a workman who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth.” (2 Timothy 2:15, NIV 1984).
“Above all, you must understand that no prophecy of Scripture came about by the prophet’s own interpretation. For prophecy never had its origin in the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.” (2 Peter 1:20–21, NIV 1984).
My Musings – Does anyone refer to it as the Holy Bible or the Sacred Scriptures anymore? These are words “spoke from God” and carried to the mind of the writers “by the Holy Spirit.” It cannot get any more Holy or Sacred than that. It should keep calling us back to its pages with a yearning to learn “the more important matters of the law—justice, mercy and faithfulness” so intimately that we are known as someone who “correctly handles the word of truth.“
Unfortunately, all too often, if we do not neglect the Word altogether we have such a casual understanding that we cannot help but neglect those all important matters. Or, perhaps even worse, we are unable to rightly divide the word. Straining out interpretations that suit us, while swallowing the truth that would bring us closer to our Savior and know what His will is when confronted with the many choices we face in life.
Knowing His will is so very important because the imposter is very crafty. We see his craftiness in how he deceived Adam and Eve in the Garden. When confronting them doing (listening and following) what God had told them, he did not start with outright contradiction. First, he caused them to begin doubting the Word of God (“did God really say?”) by distorting the Word of God (“you must not eat from any tree?”). That made God’s Word seem unreasonable. Eventually, this allowed him to take things where he wanted them all along – disputing God’s Word altogether (“you will not surely die”). This ultimately led them into disobeying God’s Word and with God calling out – “Adam, where are you?”
My Advice – Reader, where are you? How well do you know God’s Word? Can you distinguish between a gnat and a camel? Would God approve or would you be ashamed? Are you rightly interpreting His Word? Maybe you’re neglecting it altogether? How can you turn things around? Attend Church regularly. Join a small group Bible study. Find a mentor that you respect because you know they “correctly handle the word of truth.” Reserve a certain time of the day to spend in study of the word and prayer. Treat the Holy Bible, those Sacred Scriptures, as you would a good friend you cannot wait to spend more time with and learn more about. It will result in a “closer walk with thee.”