Thursday, March 7, 2019

“Precept Upon Precept, Line Upon Line”

The Special of the Day… From the Orange Moon Cafe…

"Precept Upon Precept, Line Upon Line"

     Scripture interprets Scripture.

     "Whom shall He teach knowledge?  And whom shall He make to understand doctrine?  Them that are weaned from the milk, and drawn from the breasts.  For precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little" (Isaiah 28:9-10).

   I thought of this today while listening to my wife Frances share the truth that no one verse or passage of the Bible begins to fully explain anything about God, ourselves, other people, the world, or our lives.  Consider, for example, the simple affirmation, "The Lord our God is one Lord" (Deuteronomy 6:4).  If no other Scriptures addressed the being of God, we would conclude He exists as a singular rather than a Triune unity.

   "There is but one God, the Father" (I Corinthians 8:6).
   "Unto the Son He saith, Thy throne, o God, is forever and ever!" (Hebrews 1:8).
   "The Spirit of God hath made me, and the breath of the Almighty hath given me life" (Job 33:4).

   The Bible, considered in the fullness of its revelation, plainly reveals the truth of one God united in the reality of three distinct Personalities who dwell in the glory of the Trinity.  Again, this illustrates the fact that all Biblical doctrine requires many "precepts" and "lines" correlating and coordinating to fully reveal God's Truth.  Our response must involve awareness and respect for the Word of God as given by our Lord.  He inspired the Scriptures to require a gaze rather than a glance.  This calls us to a lifetime of reading and assimilating words, sentences, verses, and chapters whereby we discover God and Truth according to the Bible's "precept upon precept… line upon line" revelation.
   A final thought, and a suggestion.  We should seek Christian communicators who bear clear indication they understand the truth we consider.  Again, Scripture interprets Scripture.  Those who understand and respond to this blessed way of seeking and responding to God's light will be far more likely to direct our feet along the path of Truth.  All others must be viewed as suspect, and perhaps even perilous to our spiritual well being.

"All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness."
 (II Timothy 3:16)
"Thy words were found and I did eat them.  And Thy Word was unto me the joy and rejoicing of my heart."
(Jeremiah 15:16)

Weekly Memory Verse
   "The earth is full of the goodness of the Lord."
(Psalm 33:5)

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