"Take to heart all the words I have solemnly declared to you this day, . . . They are not
just idle words for you-- they are your life" (Deuteronomy 32:46-47).

Friday, April 11, 2014


How silly we often prove ourselves to be! How? By reading a Bible verse, passage, chapter, or book and, along the way, appraising the text as right or wrong, relevant or irrelavent. Professing Christians are called to ...scholarship: "Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth" (2 Tim. 2:15, KJV).

This biblical command not only means we are to do our best as led by, enlightened by, and enabled by the Holy Spirit to master scripture intellectually but also to become skilled at obeying and living according to scripture. Ask yourself an important question: Do I read the Bible as its pundit or as its pupil? Pundits are critics and faultfinders; whereas, pupils are learners and apprentices.

In his book "The Knowledge of the Holy," A. W. Tozer said,

The scholar has a vitally important task to perform within a carefully prescribed precinct. His task is to guarantee the purity of the text, to get as close as possible to the Word as originally given. He may compare Scripture with Scripture until he has discovered the true meaning of the text. But right there his authority ends. He must never sit in judgment upon what is written. He dare not bring the meaning of the Word before the bar of his reason. He dare not commend or condemn the Word as reasonable or unreasonable, scientific or unscientific. After the meaning is discovered, that meaning judges him; never does he judge it (29).
The writer of Hebrews, declaring the absolute, infinite, unrestricted power of the Bible over the human being, said definitively, "The word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart" (Heb. 4:12, NIV). Therefore, sitting down to the Bible as its self-appointed assessor and magistrate is moronic; moreover, it's an act of personal irresponsibility.

What kind of Bible scholar have you been? Moreover, what adjustments do you need to make and steps do you need to take to become the Bible scholar God commands you to be?