In the Gospel of Mark we find Jesus in discussion with the Sadducees about the resurrection. That particular Jewish sect didn’t believe in the resurrection, accepting only the Pentateuch as Scripture. So they came to the Lord with a challenge involving 7 brothers who had married the same woman after her former husband had died. Whose wife would this woman be at the resurrection was the question asked of Jesus.
The Lord defeated their attempt to confound Him by telling them that they didn’t know the Scriptures and so were unable to understand what the resurrection life would be like. I think that’s a good warning to you and me also. Most of those reading this post don’t doubt the reality of the resurrection–that’s not the lesson we can draw from here. But most Christians have an imperfect knowledge of the Word of God as found in the Bible. Consequently we can occasionally find ourselves saying or doing things that are contrary to God’s Word.
For example, God is very clear about the damage that can be done by idle gossip about someone. And yet there are few of us who do not regularly engage in gossip. God is also very clear about His care and concern for the least, the last and the lost amongst us. And there is nothing in His Word that would divided the poor in this world into the categories “deserving” and “undeserving.” Yet how often we do just that very thing, saying there are people we should help and people we should not. And then there’s war. Our nation has been engaged in some form of war of another for most of my life. Yet we claim to serve a Lord who told us to turn the other cheek. We bow before a God who told us that we are to trust not in weapons but in the Name of the Lord our God for our security.
Friends, I don’t think it should come as a surprise to anyone that many of the generations who came before us had a far better grasp of Scripture than do the ones alive today. They still failed to live perfectly, but I suspect they knew they were failing and weren’t fooling themselves into thinking everything was good between them and God.
There’s really only one way to rectify this problem–study the Word of God. Read it for yourself. Study it in conjunction with other Christians. Don’t skip quickly pass the parts that challenge you or that are hard to understand. God wants us to know the easy to accept parts and the hard to understand parts. The Bible has been rightly called God’s love letter to the Church. And so it is. I’m going to end by quoting a song by Cary Landry.
Great things happen when God mixes with us, great and beautiful, wonderful things, great things happen when God mixes with us. Some find hope, some find peace, some people even find joy. Some see things that they never saw before and some people find that they must now begin to change. Great things happen when God mixes with us.
And He mixes with us in Word He has given us in the Bible.