Do we know what we think we know about the Bible?
Please understand I’m not saying that we need to know everything there is to know about the Bible–none of us will ever be able to do that!
But I am saying we need to be sure that what we’re saying is in the Bible really is in the Bible. Before we write or speak words of encouragement, admonition, or explanation and state something as fact, we need to make sure it is indeed that: A fact.
We can’t depend on what we’ve been told.
A few years ago, I wrote a blog post, Christmas Chaos? Check Out Mary’s First Christmas. In that piece, I addressed a couple of misconceptions that were cleared up the first time I really studied the scripture regarding Jesus’ birth instead of depending on what I’d been told.
- Remember when the angel appeared to Mary and she was greatly troubled? I had always thought she was troubled because the angel told her she was going to have a baby. But the Bible tells us she was troubled because an angel had appeared to her. She hadn’t been told the good news yet.
- Remember in Luke 2 where it talks about Mary pondering all those things in her heart? I had always thought she was pondering the Wise Men’s visit and all that entailed, but in reality, it was the shepherd’s visit that she tucked away and treasured.
- And after that post ran, my friend Edie Melson pointed out another frequent misconception I had never noticed: The angels SAY “Glory to God in the highest,” they don’t sing it.
But Jesus’ birth isn’t the only thing I’ve been confused about through the years.
- I had always envisioned Adam off playing with the elephants or something when Eve was enticed and seduced by the serpent. But the Bible says, “She also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it.” That definitely puts a new light on the subject.
- Until I actually studied the Word I thought becoming a submissive wife meant I would have to become a doormat. But God’s Word is overwhelmingly clear that submission has nothing to do with a doormat! And if you need to find out more about that, just look at the word “head” in Ephesians 5 and 1 Corinthians 11. God is head over Christ and man is head over woman. The word head is the same Greek word in both instances. Is Christ a doormat to God? I don’t think so.
- And did you know:
- Eli didn’t tell Hannah she would have a son?
- Job wasn’t patient?
- The Holy Spirit Himself thwarted Paul’s missionary journey plans?
The truth is, the Bible is Truth. But our tradition or recollection of it can be innocently misguided. Before we share the Bible as Christian writers and speakers, we must be sure that we check our instruction and our interpretation against the Truth within His Word. After all, His Word is the only one that matters.
Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a workman who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth. 2 Timothy 2:15
I pray God’s blessing on the work of your hands and your heart,