Ginrich's Devotional Blog

May 31, 2020

Search Ourselves

Filed under: devotion,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,scriptures,Uncategorized,Word — by ginrich @ 7:15 pm

Acts 17:11 11 Now the Berean Jews were of more noble character than those in Thessalonica, for they received the message with great eagerness and examined the Scriptures every day to see if what Paul said was true.  (NIV)

The Berean Jews were very wise.  When anyone quotes scripture or explains it, regardless of who they are or how well know or educated they are, it is important for each of us to search out and study the scriptures for ourselves.  Words tend to mean different things to different people.  Scripture can be misread, misquoted and misinterpreted.  Also, when we listen or even when we read, we often mishear or misread a word or two which can change the entire meaning of what we are hearing or reading.  I did an experiment in a sermon I preached one time.  I omitted a word.  It was a very small word.  It was the word, “in”.  No one caught the omission.  Leaving that little word out of the sentence totally changed the meaning of the sentence.  It is so very important to read the scripture along with the minister when he/she reads it.  It is important that you look up the scriptures I use and read them in the context, not just the one or two lines I quote.  It is also important to read several different translations.  The most important thing to do is to pray before reading or listening and ask the Holy Spirit to open your mind to the interpretation and application God wants you to understand for you on this very day.  This is the living word of God.  He provided for us for our daily road map.  Let us never have a day we don’t search out with great eagerness the words God has for us each and every day.

 

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