Bread – Speak

August 31, 2016


Psalm 33

Let all the earth fear the Lord; let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe of Him!  For He spoke, and it came to be; He commanded, and it stood firm.” Ps. 33:8-9

Don’t you sometimes wish that, when you speak, people did what you commanded?  Or when you have to take out the garbage, wouldn’t it be nice to just tell the garbage to leave and it left?

We laugh because we know that we have no power to effect anything by our speech, except maybe stir up the flame of the tongue.  We can destroy with the tongue, but even then the world does not obey our spoken word.  It is harder to build up with speech, but it is possible.  Even then, though, the world does not obey our speech.  We can tell someone to care for themselves when they are ignoring personal hygiene and they won’t; we can tell them to care for others when they are being selfish, and they won’t.  Even if we have some power over them (like a place to live or a place to work), at best we stand a 50-50 chance that, when we speak, we will be heard and our commands will be obeyed.

But God is not like us.  His power is beyond our imagination.  “For He spoke, and it came to be; He commanded, and it stood firm.”  He speaks and it happens.

If God who spoke into creation is willing to commune with us through His Word, His sacraments, and His presence through the Holy Spirit, why don’t we let Him?  After all, if He speaks into our lives, we will come to be in His strength.  If He speaks to us in our time of need (and in our time of plenty), we will stand firm in the evil day.

God’s Word creates, it encourages, it restores, it satisfies, and it saves.  When God speaks, it comes to be.  What He says goes.  What He says be, it is.  What He says ends, ends.

Do we not want that creative, loving, powerful, encouraging, hopeful voice of God in our lives?

Lord, speak to me so that I might hear?  No.

Lord, speak to me that I might be.  Be free, be happy, be content in all things, be strong, be persevering, be confident, be full of grace, love, and wisdom … in other words, be me.

Do we feel free?  Are we happy?  Are we content, strong, persevering, confident?  Are we full of grace, love, hope and wisdom?  Are we fully we?  No… then maybe it is because God needs to speak to us.  Are we going to let Him?

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© 2016 GBF  All Scripture quotations are from the English Standard Version (2001), unless otherwise indicated.

 

 

 

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Bread – Crowd

April 6, 2016


Psalm 14

“They [children of man] have all turned aside; together they have become corrupt; there is none who does good, not even one.  Have they no knowledge….”  Ps. 14:3-4

When I read the phrase “They have all,” it reminded me of two concepts.

The first goes back to my college days.  A group of friends and I were waiting to get into the cheap movie at the student center, and we had gotten there late and we were at the end of the line.  One of my friends said, “watch this,” and then proceeded to stand out from the line, walk brusquely to the front, and then started yelling at everyone that the line started where we were in the back.  Before even five minutes had gone by, the entire line of over a hundred people had shifted to behind us and, all of a sudden, we were now in the front of the line and got the primo seats.  This was my first real lesson in crowd-think, where someone with a strong enough voice and the air of authority could order people to change their entire lives and be happy about it.  And once the front of the line started moving, in response to my friend’s directions, the entire line moved out of the way.  The blind leading the blind from their position of prominence to their position of subservience.

How like Satan.  He and his minions come at us from all directions, shouting at us, and when the society begins to move, we do too.  When our friends start to run off the rails, most of the time we are not far behind.

When our leaders and friends and bosses and neighbors begin to reject God and His teachings, do we follow?  Much of the time, if we are honest with ourselves, the answer is “yes.”

The second concept which came to mind is actually quite new and it is called “crowd funding.”  If I have an idea which I want to promote and have people invest their money in, I can put it on a website and solicit contributions and, if lots of people send in $10 or $100, I am funded by the “crowd.”  Now, normally, if I want to raise money, I have to sell the idea to people who already have money and are quite capable of carefully analyzing my idea and deciding whether it is worthy.  However, the principle behind crowd funding is the crowd.  If you want to know what the latest and best ideas are, see who is attracting crowd funding.  After all, if 100 people agree that it is a good idea, it must be a good idea, right?  Whether the invention is sound, whether the financial plan is carefully thought out, whether the market is clearly defined – all that becomes irrelevant once the crowd likes you.

When I read the statement “They have all turned aside…[from the truth, from good behavior, from morality, from honesty, from hope … you name it],” how did that happen?  One simple answer could be that we all sin and fall short of the glory of God and, therefore, we all turn aside.  However, many of us claim to be saved and to be engaged in the transformation of our minds.  If that is the case, then how is it that we fall into the “they have all turned aside” category?

I think in each of my examples the answer to this question lays.  We go astray when we (a) do not take the time to understand what is going on, (b) we follow a strong leader who may or may not have our best interest at heart because he or she “sounds good,” and (c) we are afraid of the crowd and afraid to stand our ground when the crowd is going somewhere else.

Lack of understanding, following the wrong person, and fear of the crowd.  A trifecta leading to us turning aside, leading us to corruption and misery, leading us to no good.

If we fail as Christians in any of these three areas, it must be because we are not well-grounded in God’s Word.  The reason is that there is understanding aplenty in the Word, when illuminated by the Holy Spirit and built deep into our psyche and our lives by consuming it as the living water it is.  The reason is that God’s Word points to the right person, Jesus Christ, to follow, and gives us lots of examples of the wrong kind of people not to follow.  And, finally, the Word leads us to understand that, when we are saved, we need not fear death and, as a result, need not fear the opinion of others (the crowd).

You want an antidote to corruption, to falling away?  It is in the Word.

And what is interesting about the Word is that it is not a crowd thing.  Yes, it can be read at church in the congregation and it is.  And, yes, it can be read in small study groups and prayer groups, and it is.  But at the end of the day, it can only be grasped by a single person taking the time and the energy to be with God, to study God, and to learn from God.

“Have they no knowledge, the evildoers…?” Ps. 14:4.

No, they don’t.

Don’t you fall in the same trap.

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© 2016 GBF   All Scripture quotations are from the English Standard Version (2001), unless otherwise indicated

Bread – Refined

March 25, 2016


Psalm 12

“The words of the Lord are pure words, like silver refined in a furnace on the ground, purified seven times.”  Ps. 12:6

I almost called this Bread “Pure,” but the truth is that we have a hard time comprehending what “pure” means, much less coming up with a “pure” example.  We have a saying, “pure as wind-driven snow.”  We say that because that kind of snow is white, soft and fluffy.  But is snow really pure?  We know it isn’t because we know that snow strips the pollutants from the air, it lands on the dirt on the ground, and we (filled with germs) touch it.

However, we know two things.  We know that metal which has been heated to high temperature boils off the impurities, leaving the elemental metal, unmixed with anything else.  We also know the more we do this, the purer the metal gets.

And the Bible tells us that God’s Word is pure.  And to make sure we understand how pure God’s Word really is, it is “like” metal which has been melted and the dross removed, not once, not twice, but seven times.  If seven is a symbol of completeness or perfection, then the Psalmist is saying that the God’s Word is the highest definition of pure we can dream up.

What will it take for us to be refined into purity?

If we had to be heated up seven times to become pure, we would not like it.  In fact, we complain when it heats up just a little in our lives.  When trouble is happening at work, at home, or among our friends, we are the first to complain.  What if we had to go through the fire of refinement seven times to have our dross, our sin removed?

There is another way for us to be refined, and that is to immerse ourselves in what is pure – God’s Word written, Scripture, and God’s Word enfleshed, Jesus Christ.  When we engage the pure, the Word of God, it may hurt, it may challenge, it may even condemn, but it is not the lake of fire.  A fire sufficient to make us pure would kill us.  God’s Holy Spirit, the fire which convicts us, trains us, empowers us, and helps us, is a fire which would make us live.

The words of the Lord are pure words.  They have meaning, they have power, they heal, and they save.  Pure words save … and there is only one source of them.    The Lord.

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© 2016 GBF   All Scripture quotations are from the English Standard Version (2001), unless otherwise indicated.

 

 

Bread – Certainty

September 24, 2014


Readings for Wednesday, September 24, 2014, designated by the 1979 Book of Common Prayer: Esther 6:1-14; Acts 19:1-10; Luke 4:1-13; Psalms 81,82,119:97-120

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We may feel that our lives are uncertain, resting on a sea of doubt, but God tells us in many, many ways that life in Him and with Him is built on a rock, is certain.

We have three examples of this today in our readings from God’s Word.

The first certainty is that, when God acts, the outcome is certain – He wins. We see this in between the lines today in Esther. In Esther, Haman has set out to destroy Mordecai, the Jewish elder in the Assyrian kingdom. In a reversal of positions caused by the king’s realization that Mordecai should be blessed combined with Haman’s narcissistic selfishness, in a reversal of circumstances fit for the movie screen, instead of Mordecai being hanged, Mordecai is honored in an over-the-top way. After this set-back, Haman goes home and starts complaining. In response, his wise men and his wife said to him “If Mordecai, before whom you have begun to fall, is of the Jewish people, you will not overcome him but will surely fall before him.” Esther 6:13b To put a theological twist on it, if you oppose the person whom God has blessed, you lost already. When God acts, He and His people win.

The second certainty is that God’s purpose will be achieved and you will be re-purposed according to His plans and not yours. We see this in Acts today, where Paul enters into Ephesus and essentially takes up residence there, speaking boldly in the synagogue and, when that was thwarted by evildoers, in the secular hall. Paul’s purpose was to preach in the synagogue; God made sure that, after a while, this venue was unavailable to him; therefore, he went somewhere else. The reason for this was “…so that all the residents of Asia heard the word of the Lord, both Jews and Greeks.” Acts 19:10

The third certainty is that Satan opposes everyone, but that, in the fullness of the Holy Spirit, man can oppose him successfully. This conclusion comes from our reading today in Luke, where Jesus is tempted three times by Satan in the wilderness, first with an attempt to reach Jesus at His base needs level (food), second with an attempt to appeal to His ego (authority), and third with an attempt to appeal to His position in life (Lord of the angels). We say “of course He did that, He is God.” But He was also man and there was a necessary component of Jesus’ ability as man to resist Satan, and that was that Jesus was, at the time, “full of the Spirit.” Luke 4:1. If Satan opposed Jesus, he will oppose us. But Jesus as man gave us the certain tool of resistance, the Holy Spirit (together with a knowledge of God’s Word as our standard of living).

God overcomes circumstances (Esther), opposition (Acts), and treachery (Luke) with absolute certainty. He invites us to do likewise, joining Him through the cross in the fellowship of the Father (Esther), the Son (Acts), and the Holy Spirit (Luke).

With the Father, Son, and Holy Spirt we may live our lives in absolute certainty. Without them, absolute uncertainty.

Boring, you might say, living with certainty all your life. Really? What was boring about the life of Mordecai, Paul, or even Jesus? Mordecai was constantly threatened with death and exclusion, Paul was constantly threatened with expulsion and exclusion, Jesus was constantly threatened with ridicule, exclusion, and death. What was unexciting about their lives?

The truth is that certainty in Christ is a great adventure whereas uncertainty in the world is a drudge.

Our Scripture readings today ended well, but by the world’s standards they could have ended poorly. Mordecai could have been hanged and Paul could have been stoned. If those things had happened, many people would have been inclined to say “see, their faith got them no-where.” But the problem with that is that the certainty which surrounds God would still exist. When God acts, He wins. His purposes will be achieved. Satan may oppose Him, but He always overcomes.

And you can take that to the bank, with certainty.

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© 2014 GBF

Bread – Domains

June 2, 2014


Readings for Monday, June 2, 2014, designated by the 1979 Book of Common Prayer: Lev. 25:35-55; Col. 1:9-14; Matt. 13:1-16; Psalms 77,79,80

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The word “domain” has both an old meaning and a newer application, which takes the old meaning and updates it. Historically, a domain is a geographical place over which a person of temporal power (emperor, king, prince, earl, duke, etc.) ruled. It could also mean a sphere of influence, where it could be said that someone occupies the domain of internal medicine. More recently, it has come to mean an area of cyberspace over which I rule. That domain has a name, called a domain name and, if I am the administrator of that domain, then I rule it.

We have gone from domains of substance (England) to domains of expertise to domains of virtual reality. In the field of domains, we have slid from domains of “real” property to domains of “personal” property to domains of imaginary property.

In today’s reading from Colossians, Paul makes this statement – “He [the Father] has delivered us from the domain of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of His beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.” Col. 1:13

Aside from our previous discussion of domains, now we have two new ones – the domains of darkness and light. The kingdom (domain) of Jesus Christ is one of light, by implication, because it is not the domain of darkness. The domain (kingdom) of darkness is one ruled by Satan or, possibly man, by implication because it is not ruled by Jesus Christ.

Just like a physical domain, you cannot be in both at the same time, unless you like straddling the fence.

It is the Father (and not us) who delivers us from the domain of darkness into the kingdom of light. He actually “transfers” us, suggesting not only a physical placement from one to the other, but a placement of citizenship as well.

One of the things you can say about domains is that they have rules. For example, if you don’t create your domain name just the right way and it is not approved by the people who keep track of domain names, you can’t do it. If you are in the king’s forest and he says not to kill a deer but you do anyway, you become someone who has disobeyed the laws of the domain.

So what are the rules of the domain of light?

There are two questions hidden in this question. The first hidden question is, “Do I even know what the rules of the light domain are?” The second hidden question is, if I know what the rules of the kingdom of light are, do I know when I have broken them?”

These are actually much harder questions to answer than appear at first light. How many of us actually feel and believe that we are doing “all right” in that department (knowledge and obedience)? We may know that we are not living up to Christ’s standards, but we are fundamentally content with our relationships, our efforts, our attitudes, and our character.

Earlier, I made reference to the fact that the domain of darkness could be ruled by Satan or, possibly, us. There is a reason for that. God’s ways are not our ways. Our natural inclination is always for our way.

That being the case, in which domain will we always be most comfortable? The answer is the one of our making, the domain of darkness.

So, when you meditate on how well you know the laws of the kingdom of light and how well you are doing in obedience to them, if you conclude you are doing “OK,” ask yourself which kingdom you are really operating in, which domain are you located in?

Since our natural domain is the domain of darkness, our unnatural domain is the kingdom of light. So, if we are living in the domain of light, it should feel unnatural because it is unnatural. The rules don’t make sense according to our ways of thinking and our obedience to the rules we even know about are sketchy at best.

Since we cannot rely on our natural instincts, knowledge, and abilities in the kingdom of light, on whose will we rely? When the natural does not work, it is the supernatural which does. God brought us into this kingdom of light by His supernatural power, He will teach us His commands by His supernatural Word, and He will sustain us in His domain during our feeble attempts at obedience by His supernatural power.

Man rules over the domain of darkness; God rules over the domain of light?

To which king do you bow? In which domain do you think you live? In which domain do you really live?

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© 2014 GBF

Bread – Famine

December 11, 2013


Readings for Wednesday, December 11, 2013, designated by the 1979 Book of Common Prayer: Amos 8:1-14; Rev. 1:17-2:7; Matt. 23:1-12; Psalms 38,119:25-48

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When we think of “famine,” we think of lack of food leading to weakness, loss of strength, and ultimately, death. This idea of famine may be somewhat foreign to Americans, since we are used to supermarkets overflowing with food of every origin, variation, quality, and quantity, but it really exists in much of the world among many of its peoples.

In our reading from Amos today, we are presented with a totally different type of “famine.” Amon prophesies “’Behold, the days are coming,’ declares the Lord God, ‘when I will send a famine on the land – not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the Lord. They shall wander from sea to sea, and from north to east; they shall run to and fro, to seek the word of the Lord, but they shall not find it.’” Amos 8:11-12

The more I thought about the type of famine where the word of the Lord was gone, where there was none to be had, the more worried I became. What would happen if the word of God was just … gone?

In no particular order, these are the things I can think of which would happen if there was a famine of God’s words in Plano, Texas, where I live. First, there would be no prayer. Oh I could toss up my wants of the day, but there would be dead silence in return. There would be no “No,” no “Yes,” or no “Trust Me.” Second, there would be no personal relationship to God. God would be theory, something to contemplate. But he would not be someone with whom I could talk. He would not be someone who walked with me. He would not be someone who was with me at the heights of my life or in the valleys; He would not be someone who was with me at death. Oh, He might be there, but without His words, how would I know it? Third, there would be no guidance for living. There are only two sources of rules for my life … those that I receive from God and those that I receive from other people. Without God’s words ringing in my ears, my only rules would be from others, giving them absolute power over me. Some might say that I could impose my own rules, but that is a joke, because sinful man imposes no rules on himself; anarchy is just a step away from exaltation of the self (my rules) over everyone else’s rules. Fourth, charity would disappear. In my sinful self, why would I care about my brother unless to get something from him or her? Fifth, civility and civilization itself would disappear, unless imposed by a dictator, meaning that freedom would also disappear. Hope would also evaporate.

You can probably add to this list, but you may not want to.

On the other hand, it is useful to contemplate the absence of God’s word because it reminds of us of how much we have to grateful for, and to whom we should be grateful.

God’s word incarnate is Jesus Christ. If there is a famine of God’s words, there is no Jesus Christ.

No hope, no salvation, no rescue, no life. Just death. That is the reality of a famine of God’s words.

Now, perhaps, one significance of the Incarnation, the birth of Jesus Christ, can be better appreciated. When Jesus was born, it was like God built a supermarket, filling it with good food, and declaring that there is no longer any famine of God’s words in the world.

And then we are reminded of Jesus’ command to us to “Take, eat” and “Take, drink.” Take and eat of Him, for His body is life. Taken and drink of Him, for His blood is the blood of sacrifice for you and me.

To God be the glory! Come, let us adore Him!

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© 2013 GBF

Bread – Fall

June 21, 2013


Readings for Friday, June 21, designated by the 1979 Book of Common Prayer: 1 Sam. 3:1-21; Acts 2:37-47; Luke 21:5-19; Psalms 888,91,92

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“And Samuel … let none of His [God’s] words fall to the ground.” 1 Sam. 3:2

When I read this today, an image entered my mind of the Lord dumping His words into our laps through Scripture, His creation, and through the Holy Spirit, like gold coins. In my imagination, we received these gold coins into our laps and then stood up, letting them all fall out onto the ground.

How many of us do this every day? We read something in Scripture which is powerful and is perhaps instructive, perhaps directing attention to flaws in our lives as Christians, perhaps lifting us up, perhaps giving us rest … and then we stand up to go into the world to deal with life, and the words of God drop to the ground in disuse, forgotten. Or maybe our pastor or one of our Christian friends or accountability partners or teachers say something of great wisdom, inspired by the Holy Spirit, and it goes in the ear, rattles around in the brain, and falls on the ground once we leave the meeting or the conversation.

Some churches require members to memorize Scripture. Others re-use Scripture in their liturgies over and over again so that a form of memorization takes place. These have as their purpose an attempt to stop us from letting God’s words fall to the ground, so that we can recall them in time of need.

But no matter what we do, there seems to be a lot of the Lord’s words which we let slip through our fingers or which we deliberately let fall to the ground.

What in a sense is worse about this is that we not only let them drop to the ground, but we leave them behind when we walk off to do “our thing.” We not only don’t treasure them, we don’t even think enough about them to carry them with us. There is nothing for the prince of this world to try to steal from us because we are not carrying anything worth stealing.

Maybe I am being harsh, but we live in the world with a citizenship in the kingdom of God. How will we know how to behave according to kingdom principles in a foreign land (the world) unless we carry these principles with us in our hearts, our brains, our thoughts, our emotions, our souls?

Whether we let God’s words fall to the ground out of neglect, inattention, or deliberately, doesn’t matter – the effect is the same. We are weakened in our Christian walk.

And we are coming into a time of testing. Just yesterday, I heard that our President said something about the existence of Catholic schools as being “divisive.” Of course, the same thing can be said about Baptist schools, Episcopal schools, Church of Christ schools, and every school which attempts to bring Christ into the world. Christ is divisive. The truth is divisive to those people who do not want to hear it.

No one can see these signs of storm clouds gathering without seeing the storm to come. Jesus said this in our reading from Luke today. Listen to His words – “Before all this [wars, tumults, terrors] they will lay their hands on you, delivering you up to the synagogues and prisons, and you will be brought before kings and governors for My name’s sake. This will be your opportunity to bear witness…You will be delivered up even by parents and brothers and relatives and friends, and some of you they will put to death. You will be hated by all for my name’s sake.” Lk. 21:11-16

Now Jesus in that passage was directing His listeners to an immediate future, but like so many prophetic statements, the passage is also a pointer to the future. I think it is a pointer to us, now and in the future.

So, at the time of testing, will we fall? We might if we let God’s words fall.

How might we keep that from happening? Well, in the same passage from 1 Samuel, there is a hint because I did not give you the complete quote. Here is the complete quote: “And Samuel grew, and the Lord was with him and let none of his words fall to the ground.” 1 Sam. 3:19 Who is it that stopped God’s words from falling to the ground? God.

So what is the answer? Prayer. I need to ask God for help in keeping His words in my mind, heart, and soul. I need God to make it stick.

And how is this any different than anything else? How might we keep from falling? By the Lord’s power, not ours. Through faith in Him, not ourselves. Through His work, not ours. Through His wisdom, not ours.

Christ says as much today in Luke. In between my quotation is another sentence which reads – “Settle it therefore in your minds not to meditate beforehand how to answer, for I will give you a mouth and wisdom, which none of your adversaries will be able to withstand or contradict.” Lk. 21:14-15.

In my power, I will always fall. In God’s power, I never will.

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© 2013 GBF

Bread –Trivialize

October 5, 2011


Readings for Wednesday, October 5, designated by the Book of Common Prayer: 2 Kings 22:14-23:3; 1 Cor. 11:23-34; Matt. 9:9-17; Psalms 119:145-176, 128, 129, 130

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This morning, I (“by mistake”) copied down the reading from Corinthians as 11:23-24 instead of 11:23-34. I caught it when I thought to myself that the readings are not normally that short and that there must be something wrong. Of course, the wrong was me.

The point is that, if the reading had been merely 1 Cor. 11:23-24, it would have been this: “…and when He had given thanks, He broke it and said, ‘This is My body, which is for you; do this in remembrance of me.’” If this were the reading, it would have led to two possible trivializations in one blow. The first would have been to provide a proof text for Christ dying for the world, thereby potentially leading one to believe that we are saved no matter what (the “you” would be translated, in my best Texan, “all you all”). The second would be that the Holy Communion is no more than a “remembrance,” a memorial service so to speak.

When we add the remaining ten verses, however, much substance is added. The first is that the bread (the Body) is connected to the cup (the Blood) of Jesus. The second is that one purpose of the Holy Communion is the proclamation of the death of Jesus until He returns. The third is that Holy Communion must not be done casually, but a worthy way, after self-examination. The fourth is that, in a way not fully understood, we must recognize spiritually that somehow, in the bread and the wine, there is something more than bread and wine, there is the body of the Lord [“For anyone who eats and drinks without recognizing the body of the Lord eats and drinks judgment on himself.” 1 Cor. 11:29]. The fifth is that the Holy Communion must be conducted in good order.

This whole event points out to me that, when we fail to read the entirety of God’s Word, His written revelation of Himself to us, we trivialize God and we trivialize the things of God. This can happen by intent (I refuse to read), but more often it happens by neglect (I don’t have time to read it all). To obey God and to love Him with all of our heart, it is not enough that we know that we feel good when we are in the sanctuary. To obey Him and to love Him we have to know Him, and that means we cannot trivialize the reading of His Word, the maintenance of a person relationship with God in prayer, the importance of the Christian community to our spiritual health, or worship.

In 2 Kings today, the people, magistrates, king, and priests of Judah had so trivialized the Word of God that they had actually lost it entirely (apparently they were running solely on ritual and memory, what we might call “tradition”). As incredible as this sounds, we know this because Hilkiah the high priest said “I have found the Book of the Law in the temple of the Lord.” 2 Kings 22:8. In order to find something, it must first be misplaced. Upon finding it, the king read it, realized how he had strayed from God’s commandments, and “he tore his robes.” (a sign of repentance) When the whole of the elders and people of Jerusalem heard Scripture read, they also repented.

When we trivialize the Word of God we run on fumes. We run on memory and tradition. We run on what we think might be the case. When we trivialize the Word of God, we know nothing about what He has done for us and for our ancestors. We know nothing about what He will do for us and for our descendants. We know nothing of the right relationships of man, both to each other in families and societies and to God. We know nothing, really, of ourselves, thinking of ourselves more highly than we ought (if there is no God or a trivial God to look to, then the only other person staring at us is looking at you in the mirror) or thinking the opposite, more lowly than we ought (man was made in God’s image and was so precious in God’s eyes that He sent one of the Trinity, His Son, to die as a ransom for those who truly believe in Him). When God’s Word is trivialized, we hang on to wisdom by a thread.

How have you trivialized God’s Word today?

Let’s rededicate ourselves to doing what Hilkiah did. Let’s go the temple or our bookshelves, find the Bible which was “lost,” read and inwardly digest it, and then act in ways which are worthy of God’s call on our life, that are worthy of God’s sacrifice for our redemption from sin, and that are worthy of our place in God’s kingdom.

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