"...Ye do err, not knowing the scriptures nor the power of God." Matthew 22:29
When I was young I participated in a ministry called Bible Quizzing. Bible quizzing allows young people to learn hundreds of scriptures. I could quote scriptures by the mention of the verse and could cross reference scriptures that had similar phrases or words. One of my teammates was nick-named the Michael Jordan of bible quizzing because of his knowledge, speed , and memorization of the word. Although, I had memorized so much of the bible I did not quite understand the power of God until later in life.
Today's reading demonstrates examples of people who memorized the word but did not know or truly understand the power of God. In Matthew, the Sadducees and Pharisees asked Jesus numerous questions in an attempt to stump him or have him misspeak . In their continued efforts to prove that he was not the Messiah they were blinded to his power. They over looked his miraculous healings and missed the fact that he was God. These were the spiritual leaders of the time who knew all of the scriptures, but did not understand them or the power of God.
Likewise, Balaam a sorcerer who heard from God did not understand his full power. God had given him an assignment, but Balaam was focused on the financial benefit and motivated by greed rather than the assignment God had given him. In order to remind Balaam of his assignment, God demonstrated his power to Balaam by allowing his donkey to speak and opening his eyes to see the angel of the Lord.
It is not enough for us to read the bible we need to KNOW the scriptures.
If you desire to know the bible take the following challenge:
There are 168 hours in a week. How are you investing time in getting to know the Bible? The following chart is to help you consider any needed changes as you analyze your current patterns. As you fill it in, pray about setting new goals
|Hearing the Word|
|Reading the Word|
|Studying the Word|
|Memorizing the Word|
|Meditation on the Word|
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