The Special of the Day… From the Orange Moon Cafe...
"With Its Author"
Perhaps you've heard the old adage, "The Bible is the only book in the world that comes with its Author." This is blessedly true, but even more, it is necessarily true.
"But the Comforter, which is the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you" (John 14:26).
"For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him? Even so, the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God. Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God" (I Corinthians 2:11-12).
Born again believers in the Lord Jesus Christ do well to seek God's illumination as we read and ponder the Scriptures. We will not understand His truth otherwise. This does not mean that we do not read the Bible carefully and consistently, nor that we do not seek to consider the truth in accordance with reasonable guidelines for proper interpretation. In fact, one of the Holy Spirit's aspects of teaching will be to instruct us in how to effectively read the Bible. This will involve maintaining primary focus on the Person and work of the Lord Jesus, which serves directly and indirectly as the theme of every word of the Word (John 5:39). The Spirit will also guide us in reading the Bible in context, and also to realize that 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).
We do well to seek the Holy Spirit's illumination upon every reading of Scripture, realizing our need for His teaching and guidance. We cannot understand even the simplest Biblical concept apart from the light He shines upon God and His truth. The Bible comes with its Author for all who trust the Lord Jesus, and who realize that reading the Scriptures with a trusting, humble heart offers not merely learning, but also living fellowship with God.
"Lead me in Thy truth, and teach me: for Thou art the God of my salvation; on Thee do I wait all the day."
Weekly Memory Verse
Unto the upright there ariseth light in the darkness: He is gracious, and full of compassion, and righteous.