November 17, 2018
John 10:24…So the Jews gathered around him and said to him, “How long will you keep us in suspense? If you are the Christ, tell us plainly.”
This exchange shows us that the Pharisees weren’t totally confident about Jesus being an imposture. They opposed Him because He did not meet some of their preconceived opinions about the Christ. They believed their interpretation of scripture more than they believed God. Are we ever guilty of that? Denominations are formed, at least partly, because of interpretation of scripture. Scripture is vague enough to allow for error on our part. Did I just say that? It’s really not vague; it is complex. It is an autobiography from God and he is above all out thoughts and ways. He says, “Come to me”… but how do we do that when He is invisible and, by His own words, unviewable? “One cannot see God and live.” The Jews knew that, so when Jesus said that He came from God, they heard him as blasphemous. We know Him in/by His words. People talk about experiences with Jesus; and I don’t discount or doubt those. Paul had an encounter with Jesus and he described him as a bright light which he could not look at intently. I am always skeptical of 1st person encounters with Jesus. If you are holding onto one of those, I am not disagreeing with you, I am just skeptical.
I have heard some stories that are just that…stories.
If a new Christian was going to read the Bible for the first time, he would likely start at the beginning. That seems logical, and he would probably appreciate Genesis. But what would happen as he read Exodus, Leviticus, and Numbers? Those books are difficult and don’t have much value except in the context of the whole Bible; so reading them in order causes consternation and doubt. When I first began to study, I was not aware of the ongoing revelation. I just knew I needed to read my Bible. Over years, I have learned that my humanness doesn’t grasp the Spiritual things of God. Only as I am saturated in His words can I begin to understand his word. He is revealed line upon line, precept upon precept. Each new understanding is a door to a greater truth.(see Isaiah 28:9&10) Though we cannot see God and live, He allows us to ‘see’ Him in his words. He is so gracious. We can know our King.