Looking at the world of internet, some may question whether there really needed to be another blog out there. Maybe the internet didn’t NEED another blog, but I do. God is simply laying things on my heart that I just need to share with as many people as I can possibly reach.
As the name of this blog implies, what you will find here is a study of the Word of God. What may be different from other blogs will be the all out attempt to be absolutely sure the Word is studied IN CONTEXT.
It is actually relatively easy to pull words out of the Bible and then twist them to mean just about anything the human mind can conjure up. This is not OK!!! The study of God’s Word MUST be an exercise in attempting to understand what God is telling us, and that can only be done by studying the words within the context in which they are written. Consider the following example:
1 Timothy 6:10 reads, “Money is a root of all sorts of evil”. This can preach! This thought can be expounded to explain why living in poverty is the only Christian way to live! It can even be supported by other biblical accounts. For example, Jesus told a rich young man that in order to follow after Him, he would first have to sell all his possessions and give to the poor!
Problem is, a sermon manufactured in this way would most assuredly have to be targeting people of means. It basically carries a false message that people need to be poor before they are worthy of salvation. (The truth is, no one is worthy of salvation. Reference Romans 3:23.)
Now, if we do the right thing and place the selected quote back within its context (in other words put in the stuff in front and following it), it really says: “For the love of money is a root of all sorts of evil, and some by longing for it have wandered away from the faith, and pierced themselves with many a pang.” 1 Timothy 6:10 Yep, that’s actually the whole verse, and what does it really say?
Does it say money is evil? NO, money can’t be evil. It is an inanimate object.
Does it imply that people who have money are evil? Nope! When you consider the whole verse, it is easily applicable to all people, rich or poor.
This verse tells us that the LOVE OF MONEY gives root to evil in our lives. It does not matter whether you have none, a little, some, or a great amount, to avoid evil, one thing you definitely must do is abstain from the LOVE OF MONEY! The message here is that when you are obsessed with what you have or what you don’t have, you simply set your self up for grief (“many a pang”)!
What about the rich young man? Oh, yes, refer to Mark 10:17-27. Jesus was not actually concerned with the material wealth of this individual, but here, as we have seen with other accounts in the Bible, He was concerned with the condition of the young man’s heart. Jesus did tell him to sell ALL his possessions. (In other words, let them go.) Jesus did tell him to “give to the poor”, but Jesus did not say the young man had to give it ALL away.
The bottom line is, while Jesus does not call us to vow poverty, He does want to be more important to us than anything and everything we do or do not have in this world!
I hope you will continue to follow this blog, and I surely welcome your insights and/or questions.
Please know that my postings will not necessarily follow a regular schedule, as they will be inspiration driven. (Each time the Lord gives me an “AHA!” moment, I hope to share it here.)
Thank-you for reading!
Praying Numbers 6:24-26 for you!