I love it though when I read a new explanation of scripture
Reference: “But we know where this man is from; when the Messiah comes, no one will know where he is from.”” John 7:27 NIV
Explore: Growing up in a Christian family we used to read a Bible passage every night after our evening meal. Couple that with going to church at least once a week, and I think it would be fair to say I’ve heard a lot of scripture read out.
I love it though when I hear a sermon or read some explanation of a scripture that gives a different perspective on what I had originally thought. Especially when it’s a common scripture that I think I’ve heard a thousand times before.
One that comes to mind is the widow Jesus highlights in the synagogue, giving only a few coins but the whole of her wealth. This passage is often used during offering talks as an illustration of how it’s not about the amount you give, but the heart with which you give.
Then I read, however, that Jesus could have been highlighting the corrupt position of the religious leaders at the time. Here was a widow with very little being pressured into giving all she had.
Caring for the least of these and pushing the religious leaders’ buttons does sound a lot like Jesus!
Application: Scripture is very important to our faith and our life. I have dedicated literally hundreds of hours to reading it and writing my thoughts about it.
But we need to be careful we don’t lock our understanding into just one way of reading and interpreting scripture. Even in Jesus’ day people were getting it wrong.
Even those who visited the synagogue regularly, and were exploring the scriptures to work out whether Jesus was the Messiah, were off track.
Yes, explore the scripture; yes, apply it to your life. But yes, keep exploring it and examining it and looking for other ways God may be giving you guidance on how to interpret what you are reading.
Prayer: Lord, wisdom is so precious and yet so challenging to come by at times. Help us to explore You every day, through Your Word but also through other people’s experience and our own interaction with who You are. Amen.
What is a new understanding you have gained from scripture recently?
This article was written by Linda Bailey
Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible. Follow her on Google Plus +Linda Bailey or Facebook by clicking the like button on the right of this page.