READ : 2 Timothy 3:10-17
That the man of God may be competent, equipped for every good work. (v. 17)
Understanding scripture is not easy. If it were, there would be greater agreement between Christians across traditions and through time. As it is, disagreements over biblical interpretation range from the mundane to the heretical. And that's just between people who believe in the centrality of scripture!
Perhaps one reason for the disagreement is because, as Hebrews 4:12 tells us, the Word of God is “living and active.” This means it might be less important that we agree on exact answers to things like the age of the earth or the details of the second coming than it is to commit to a lifetime of engagement with scripture. It is dangerous to reduce the Bible to a series of stagnant principles. The Bible is at its most beautiful and most powerful when it is allowed to grow deep roots into our heart and bloom in our daily activities.
For the next few days, Travis West will invite us to dwell in scripture. He uses the Hebrew language to show how we might read the Bible with a deeper intellectual understanding as well as hear the call to action that is often inherent in the text. In short, he invites us to open our hearts to the Word of God. There may never be complete agreement about everything the Bible teaches. But all Christians, regardless of age, education, experience, or ability, should commit to serious engagement with, and obedience to, the Word.
Open the scriptures to us so that our hearts might burn.