Let the Word of Christ Dwell in You Richly

Jeff Munroe

READ : Luke 4:1-13

Jesus answered him, “It is written.” (vv. 4, 8)

Jesus was raised in a religious culture where children memorized large amounts of Scripture. In that pre-printing press era, memorization was essential, and different
passages in the New Testament indicate that Jesus’ Bible knowledge was exemplary. What made Jesus distinctive was not only that he had it memorized but also that he had deep insight into what he had memorized. Luke 2:47 says that as a 12-year-old in the temple all who heard him were amazed at his understanding and answers. Mark 1:27 and Matthew 7:28 refer to crowds being astounded at his teaching.

Jesus’ encyclopedic knowledge is the only weapon he has to fend off the temptations of the devil in the wilderness. Although Jesus’ hunger made him vulnerable, he uses the truth of Scripture to expose the lies of Satan. What is interesting is that Jesus isn’t the only one quoting Scripture here. The devil quotes Psalm 91 to tempt Jesus!

Like anything of power, the Bible can be (and has been) misused. That is why Paul encourages us in Colossians 3 to not only let the Word dwell richly inside of us but also to use it with great wisdom. God’s Word is the key that helps us distinguish right from wrong, good from evil, and the truth from a lie. If Jesus is your model, take the time to memorize, so the Word may dwell in you richly.

PRAYER

Author of truth, we ask for your insight into your Word