Condensed Bible study isn’t study

the-foolThere are people who love brief sermons and 20-minute Bible studies and prefer their preacher not delve into the details of inspired scripture.

Don’t ask me to come preach or teach for you, then.

I don’t like a “Reader’s Digest” approach to Bible study. It may be just fine for Perry Mason’s case of the Lost Lover’s Liver (or some such), but it is not how God wants his people to study his word.

By the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, King David wrote, “O how I love Your law! It is my meditation all the day,” (Psalm 119:97 NASB). Note well that the writer said, “all the day.” In other words, Bible study isn’t supposed to be a condensed version of the “big points” of scripture which all begin with the same letter or word as in some cute, handy dandy sermons. It is labor intensive. 

My years in college were spent in studying the Bible intensely. Why? That was the way I was going to have to know it. But, are people in the pew as motivated to learn the details of God’s truth? Few are. There are many more people who would rather sit in front of a pulpit only ten minutes so they can sit in the restaurant for an hour

This reminds me of something Solomon wrote in Ecclesiastes. “It is better to listen to the rebuke of a wise man than for one to listen to the song of fools,” (Ecclesiastes 7:5 NASB). Yet, how many people are captivated by the “hit song of the month?” How many rave over the love songs of some country artist (whose words were never his to begin)? How many ignore the rebuke of a wise man because they can’t stand to be corrected?

Yet, which one is worth more? Is it the songs of the fool or the wise man’s words? Solomon likened the fool’s words as the crackling of a fire of thorns. Not much is nosier. Not much is more worthless.

Yes, it is work studying the Bible in detail. To whose words do you listen?

 

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