Make understanding your best friend.
“You are so senseless!” He said to them. “So slow in your hearts to believe all the things the prophets said to you! Don’t you see? This is what HAD to happen: the Messiah had to suffer and then come into His glory!” So He began with Moses, and with all the prophets, and began to explain to them the things about Himself throughout the whole Bible. then He said to them, “This is what I was talking about when I was still with you. Everything written about me in the law of Moses, and in the Prophets, and in the Psalms, had to be fulfilled.” Then He opened their minds to understand the Bible.
How we read the Bible is so very important. It is sacred text, inspired by the Holy Spirit, therefore meant to be read on the level of the spirit. All of it speaks of God the father, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit.
This we must keep in mind as we read, to be open to what God is telling us thru it. It was not meant merely to be a history book, and definitely not a science book. These miss the point. It can and should be studied, yet this also is missing the heart of it.
Sacred text is to be read with the heart, open and willing to hear what it is ready to penetrate us with. Even reading it to merely live life better is missing a much deeper meaning available to us. If we read it with our heart open to it, we will hear the Lord and then must respond in obedience to it. The Bible is best read unhurried, receptive, and open to whatever God may want to say to us and ask of us…reading it to seek after God, ready with a holy expectancy for His presence to be made manifest to us in the midst of our reading.
Only the Holy Spirit can truly teach us the Scriptures. Some go so far as to say that reading the Bible without really knowing how to read the Bible is like giving your car keys to a child and letting them go for a spin. It’s that dangerous. Just look at what people have done with the Bible over the centuries. Misreading it, they have acted against what it purports, yet in the very name of it!
Judging, condemning, bombing, hating…..in the name of Jesus…!