Why do people think that saying the words on the page or screen is reading? Maybe you think that saying popular and trending words improve your learning or appearance of being informed. To make a point people will say “when you look at…” and the poor audience, without access to the mentioned source, is left without a path to a conclusion. There are far too many people who say “When you look at” when they may not have seen the source and worse, stoking the flames of rank rejection of revelation.
THINGS REVEALED = THE TEXTSDeuteronomy 29:29
“The secret things belong to the Lord our God, but the things revealed belong to us and to our sons forever, that we may observe all the words of this law.
Looking elsewhere is hazardous
Discrimination turned towards understanding
If you want to pretend that the reliable source of divine revelation is a seventeenth century translation of the Bible you are looking at … with glazed eyes. I know hundreds of people who stand as clergy who think that competence to teach culminates with the gift of gab. If you can talk you can teach.
The trashing of intellect
When I was a child I thought that English grammar was great, but French and Latin were way more interesting. They had rules. When I discovered that meaning was latent in the actual words of the Bible and that what the writer intended was often not produced in the popular translations a whole new world opened up for me. Translations are still great for public reading, but the only way to be certain of getting past “looking at…” is to look into the written words in their original languages. Anything else is likely to land you in the ditch with the blind leaders.
Slander the educated and idolize the ignorant
You have bought a good study Bible and you imagine that the insights you have gained from it arise from the witers’ survey of the offerings in the marketplace. That may be true of some but the average study Bible or commentary is created with the original languages as the source. It still amuses me to hear a gospel minister bragging about his low level of formal education. Whatever happened to the quest for excellence?
Let us not fool ourselves with the thought that we can repeat with any confidence the things said by Yeshua’s contemporaries.
Who knew? Who understood?Mark 12:24
Jesus said to them, “Is this not the reason you are mistaken, that you do not understand the Scriptures or the power of God?
The Spirit will not give you things you can find for yourself. You can learn what to do from day to day but you cannot teach without learning. If you are not a sluggard there is a chance you can still display some nobility by selling a few things and buying the relevant tools so you do not depend on a semi-literate minister’s interpretation of a comment on a comment.
When you look into the facts intending to be guided by them you do not end up suggesting that people follow your application of your discoveries apart from the latent meaning in the words and their unique values as they appear.
At some point all the opinions we have about what God’s will is are going to be tested by what was actually written. Think about that and challenge yourself to be God’s child, longing for the least watered-down milk from Christ himself.
Unadulterated Nutrition1 Peter 2:2
like newborn babies, long for the pure milk of the word, so that by it you may grow in respect to salvation,