It’s the way we do it these days. We get a few free thinkers together. A few new bible students. A few old ones. And we gather in our circle and pontificate on what this passage means to “me.”
- I think it means…
- Well I see it more like…
- What if this scripture is saying…
This is one of the most dangerous trends in this 21st century church. Why? Because it doesn’t matter what we think. It doesn’t matter how a verse touches me, how I see it or how it makes me feel. That only thing that matters is what the God of the universe is actually saying in those words.
I came from dust.
Then the Lord God formed the man from the dust of the ground. He breathed the breath of life into the man’s nostrils, and the man became a living person. Gen. 2:7
I am a created being. How can I, the created, speak for the Creator? The very nature of the Word of God is that it is his message. It is his stage. It is his love story to mankind.
I am not divine.
None of us are. We are mortal people who have no business whittling God’s end of the stick. We need to be reminded just where our place is in this universe.
Where were you when I laid the foundations of the earth?
Have you ever commanded the morning to appear
and caused the dawn to rise in the east?
Can you direct the movement of the stars?
Can you shout to the clouds and make it rain? (read all of Job 38)
He has a clear message.
Despite what some ecumenical church leaders want us to believe, there is one truth and God has revealed it. We need to be turning our pages to find what God’s desire is for my life, my family and my church. We have to stop being satisfied with “let’s agree to disagree.”
God has now revealed to us his mysterious plan regarding Christ, a plan to fulfill his own good pleasure. Eph. 1:9
God expects me to know it.
The times of ignorance God overlooked, but now he commands all people everywhere to repent. Acts 17:30
Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth. 2 Tim. 2:15