Matthew R. Perry

Studying The Bible … Carnally?

In For Preachers/Pastors, For Seminary Students, Leadership on April 12, 2006 at 2:17 am

In the March 9 edition of his Turning Point Daily Devotional, David Jeremiah talks about a well-known Old Testament scholar who spent the summer in Jerusalem as part of a team of scholars working on a new translation of the Bible. When he returned to the classroom in September, he told his students it had been a carnal, spiritually dry summer. His students were shocked. Weren’t they studying God’s Word all day? He replied, “It became a project instead of a passion. We became so familiar with the intricacies of the text that we stopped seeing its grandeur.”

Jeremiah adds, “Is it possible to study the Bible in a carnal fashion? Apparently so. Maybe when you read the professor’s testimony, you said to yourself, ‘That’s happened to me.’ You don’t have to be a scholar or translator to lose sight of the inestimable privilege of reading God’s Word. It can happen when you become so faithful with your quiet time that it becomes a routine — something to check off your ‘to-do’ list for the day.”

This is a danger pastors and church leaders face on a constant basis. As we dig through God’s Word developing sermons, lessons and other presentations, it is all too easy to begin treating Scripture as a resource to use in our work, losing sight of the incredible treasure God has given us in His Word. As you pick up your copy of God’s Word today, take time to meditate on its power and its unique value. Take time to thank God for allowing you to handle His precious Word, and ask Him to help you discover new riches in those remarkable pages.

As A.W. Tozer said, “The sacred page is not meant to be the end, but only the means toward the end, which is knowing God Himself.”

Michael Duduit, Editor
michael@preaching.com
http://www.michaelduduit.com

(From MRP: “Oh God, forgive me when the Bible simply becomes fodder for my sermons rather than a way for me to know You more and proclaim you best! Revive me again, O Lord.”)

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