July 14, 2018
Matthew 22:29… But Jesus answered them, “You are wrong, because you know neither the scriptures nor the power of God.”
By this sentence we know that scriptures are important but not conclusive. I said that wrong. Scriptures are conclusive but are active in the power of God. I know people and even churches that brag about their grasp of scriptures. The emphasis is on memorization and interpretation. Paul said that the importance of scripture was in the power of God.
1 Corinthians 1:18… For the word of the cross is folly to those who are perishing; but to us who are being saved, it is the power of God.
God’s word is not like any other compilation of words. His words are alive and produce results.
Hebrews 4:12… For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and spirit, of joints and marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.
Avoid the trap of becoming an answer man. In the world, you might be called a know-it-all. Most of us have interacted, at one time at least, with a know-it-all. It is not a fulfilling experience. When I was hiring carpenters for my construction company, I encountered some applicants who tried to impress me with what they knew. What they really showed me was what they didn’t know and that they were unteachable. One sign of a good leader is that he is teachable. That can seem contrary to leadership, but it is not. If you and I were to talk about how many scriptures we had memorized, we could argue all day. But, if we were to talk about the power of God, we would be awestruck by Him and that would guide our talk. The beauty of God’s word is that He lives in His words. Memorize, yes, but don’t’ stop there. Ask Him to make His words like blood in your veins. Let His words be alive in you, changing the way you act and affecting the way thou think. His word is alive, it has purpose. The Sadducees in today’s story, lacked knowledge of the word of God and of His power. Know, appreciate, love the power of God. His power is active in His words, like at creation. God said, “Let there be…” And it happened just as He said.